The development of sustainable and renewable methods for energy supply is a global priority, driven by the impacts of carbon-based fossil fuel use on the environment, as well as dwindling reserves fossil fuels. The main challenges in the shift away from fossil fuel based power generation lie in the development of sustainable energy technologies, ranging from the engineering of new materials to the integration of these technologies into power distribution networks.
This course provides the fundamental scientific and technical aspects of sustainable energy technology, introducing you to key enabling technologies, including electrical, electrochemical, mechanical and thermal aspects.
*Before you apply, we ask that you look at the problems presented here for the prescribed mathematical concepts and check whether you can do them. All applicants will be required to take an online maths test as part of the application process.
- Fuel Cells and Energy Storage
- Renewable Energy
- Bioenergy and Biotechnology
- Fuels and Combustion
- Individual Project
Previously, a selection of the following optional modules have been offered:
- Operation and Control of Power Systems
- Heat Transfer Theory and Design
- Power Electronic Converters and Devices
- Electrical Machines and Drives
- Finite Element Methods
- Thinking Water
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
The degree comprises eight taught modules and a project. The research project entails an in-depth experimental, theoretical or computational investigation into a topic chosen by the student in conjunction with an academic supervisor. Previous titles include: Developing and testing an improved solar thermal collector (for hot water); Gearbox design for wind turbines to withstand electrical faults; Energy footprint of power device fabrication.
The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:
i) Eight taught modules (15 credits each)
ii) A research project (60 credits)
The typical workload for a 15-credit module is as follows:
i) 20-30 hours of lectures/seminars
ii) 5 hours of laboratory work
iii) 45 hours of private/directed study
iv) 70 hours of assessed work
The research project is valued at 60 credits and students should plan to execute around 600 hours of work towards the completion of the project dissertation.
Class sizes for lectures, practical laboratory sessions and seminars vary depending on the number of students taking the module.
A combination of coursework and written examinations.
Our graduates have gone on to work in in sectors including:
- Information and communication
- Professional, scientific and technical activities
They have progressed into roles such as:
- Senior Engineer
- Graduate Electronic Engineer
- Project Manager
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Full-time: 1 year
(September 2019 - September 2020)
2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant branch of engineering or science
Important note: In order for you to cope easily with the course we are looking for competence in the majority of the mathematics taught in the first and second year of an undergraduate Engineering or Physics course.
English Language Requirements
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0.
Department of Study
Location of Study
University of Warwick
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Offer holders qualify to apply for a School of Engineering Taught Master’s Scholarship. For 2018 entry, 9 scholarships were available for £5k-£10k each.
Additional Course Costs
No additional course costs.
Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.