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Sustainable Energy Technologies (MSc) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-H1A0
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MSc
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


Warwick's Engineering Department is consistently in the top ten of UK league tables. Join their Sustainable Energy Technologies MSc where you will gain in-depth and advanced knowledge of a diverse range of sustainable energy technologies, including wind, solar, fuel cells and bioenergy.


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 of 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.


Core Modules

  • Batteries and Fuel Cells
  • Renewable Energy
  • Bioenergy and Biotechnology
  • Individual Project
  • SET Design Group Project
  • Research Methods and Professional Skills

Optional Modules

  • Heat Transfer Theory and Design
  • Fuels and Combustion
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Thinking Water

Teaching

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.

Contact Hours

The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:

  • Eight taught modules (15 credits each)
  • A research project (60 credits)

The typical workload for a 15-credit module is as follows:

  • 20-30 hours of lectures/seminars
  • 5 hours of laboratory work
  • 45 hours of private/directed study
  • 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

Class sizes for lectures, practical laboratory sessions and seminars vary depending on the number of students taking the module.

Assessment

A combination of coursework and written examinations.


Minimum requirements 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant branch of engineering or science

English language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

Maths requirement: All applicants will be expected to know the prescribed mathematical concepts - shown here. The onus is on the individual to ensure that they understand the required material in order to cope easily with the course. We are looking for competence in the majority of mathematics that is taught in the first and second year of an undergraduate Engineering or Physics course. We reserve the right to request that you undertake a short online test assessment.

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Additional Course Costs

This course also includes additional costs.


Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: AECOM, BAE Systems, BT, Morgan Sindall, Mott MacDonald, Proto Labs, TSP Projects and Volvo Cars Corporation. They have pursued roles such as: business, research and administrative professionals; civil engineers; design and development engineers; mechanical engineers; quality control and planning engineers.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Options in Engineering
  • Meet an Engineer
  • Engineering, Science and Technology Fair
  • Considering a PhD in the STEM Subjects
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.