Detailed course guide
A broad range of Energy disciplines are reflected in this degree, which covers Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Legislation and Environmental Impact Assessment. The programme structure is outlined below.
Foundations of Energy
This course is designed to give students an overview over all aspects of energy, from the resources and their extraction to energy use, as well as energy within the environmental, social and economic context..
Renewable Energy Technologies
This course provides an introduction to the various technologies which are available to utilise renewable energy resources and to convert them into a form which is useful in a modern community. It gives the student the knowledge to calculate the availability of such resources and evaluate their potential.
Economics of Renewable Energy
This course covers pricing mechanisms applied to energy, the economics of extracting energy and the cost-efficiency of renewable technologies. It also examines economic instruments for the environment, such as pollution taxes, tradable pollution permits, environmental valuation. and economic incentives.
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Heat Transfer and Heat Exchangers
Transfer of heat is fundamental to almost all energy conversion processes, this course looks at the mechanisms of heat transfer, how to evaluate the relationships between heat transfer , temperature and geometry and an introduction to the design of heat transfer equipment.
Electrical Power Systems
Advanced Renewable Energy Engineering
This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to design a renewable energy system convey this knowledge via a design-based approach, where students will work on developing an on-paper design for an on- or off-grid renewable energy system throughout the term, supported by lectures covering all aspects of the design.
Critical Analysis and Research Preparation
Prior to undertaking the dissertation students learn the fundamentals of undertaking a research project and lay the ground work for their dissertation.
Environmental Impact Assessment
All developments have an impact on the environment, and conventional and renewable energy plant are no exception. This course examines the principles and legal requirements for assessing the environmental impact a development will have.
Demand Management & Energy Storage
Energy supply grids are traditionally designed to meet the demands of all consumers, this requires overcapacity and often the use of inefficient generators, the introduction of novel and often small scale and intermittent energy sources exacerbates the difficulty. In this course methods of managing demand to avoid some of the problems and storing energy to meet peaks in demand, or make up for intermittent supply, are investigated.
Masters Dissertation (Masters students only)
A wide range of project options is available, some are suggested by the staff, alternatively students may suggest their own project for the dissertation and agree this with a supervisor and the Programme Director. Students are encouraged to carry out projects within industry.
For MSc entry, a good relevant Honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. Given the clear practical element of the programmes, we will also consider non-graduate candidates holding less than a good Honours degree, or its equivalent, but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exams and course work are at MSc level.
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English language requirements
Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one year full-time study in English will be required.