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MSc in Renewable Energy

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About the course

As the renewable energy sector continues to grow there is a need for trained individuals to plan, implement and manage new renewable energy projects. With the Humber – Britain’s ‘Energy Estuary’ – rapidly becoming the focus of Britain’s renewables industry, offering excellent scope for industrial placements and career prospects, you could hardly choose a better place to study than the University of Hull. Developed in cooperation with industry experts, this vocational course is one of the only Masters degrees in the UK specifically designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to work in the renewables sector as a project manager or resource analyst.

You will gain a good understanding of a range of technologies, including wind, tidal, solar, wave and bio-fuels, through both study and hands-on experience in the lab. You will develop an understanding of the key research and analytical skills relevant to renewable energy resource analysis, including GIS and industry software, as well as learning key professional skills such as project management, presentations and group work. There is a strong industrial component, including site visits, guest speakers from industry and the use of 'real-world' examples. The programme is also ideal for students interested in further research.

The programme offers two pathways leading to the following awards:

MSc Renewable Energy

For applicants interested in understanding a wide range of renewable energy technologies and developing the analytical and research skills relevant to the sector.

MSc Renewable Energy (Resource Management)

For applicants who wish to focus on the exploitation of bio-renewable sources for energy production. For this programme the course content is concentrated on developing an understanding of the range of different sources, methods for conversion into energy and the regulatory and economic context of the use of bio-renewables as sources of energy.

Key Facts

Tuition Fees

UK/EU: £7,000 full-time
Part time: £780 (20 credits) £2,335 (60 credits) £3,500 (90 credits)

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,000 a year for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

Overseas: £15,300 full-time


More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements

Minimum

A good Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or appropriate experience in a professional environment. A minimum of GCSE Grade C Maths and/or Physics or equivalent is also required.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Study information

Core modules (both pathways):

  • Principles of Renewable Energy
  • Principles of GIS
  • Research Design
  • Dissertation (18,000 word limit)

You will then follow your specialist pathway:

MSc Renewable Energy

  • Core:  Applied Renewable Energy                                                                                        

Plus two modules from the following options:

  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Professional Consultancy Project
  • Sustainable Waste Management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Energy Generation from Conventional and Renewable
  • Renewable Energy Technologies for Buildings

MSc Renewable Energy (Resource Management)

Those seeking to take the Resource Management pathway will also study the following core modules:

  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Sustainable Waste Management
  • Energy Generation from Conventional and Renewable Fuels 

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

The Renewable Energy Masters programme provides the essential background knowledge and key transferable skills for students to gain employment in the renewable energy sector. The course covers all of the current renewable energy technologies and enables students to gain a comprehensive overview of the sector combined with the opportunity to specialise as the student progresses through the programme.

The course has been specifically designed - in close consultation with industry - to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to work in the renewables sector as a project manager or resource analyst. Hull’s position on the River Humber – Britain’s Energy Estuary – makes us the ideal location for students hoping to pursue a career in the renewable energy industry.

This MSc degree is specifically designed to combine theoretical studies with hands-on practical work to make you highly employable for careers in industry, consultancy, government, academia or NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

The programme is also suitable as preparation for a PhD for anyone interested in further research in renewable energies.