Taught course

Renewable Energy Engineering

Brunel University, London · Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

Students require a minimum 2.2 UK honours degree or an equivalent international degree qualification in related engineering disciplines. Students from disciplines that involve a high degree of mathematical competence such a Physics and Mathematics will also be considered. English Language Requirements IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) TOEFL Paper test: 550 (TWE 4) TOEFL Internet test: 79 (R18, L17, S20, W17) Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)

Months of entry


Course content

The extensive consumption of fossil fuels worldwide has been contributing increasingly to global warming, air pollution and imminent energy crisis. One of the global challenges of the 21st century is to tackle these risks surrounding excessive CO2 emissions by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass. However, a report by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) shows that the world's current use of renewable energy is only 13% of its overall energy consumption. In response to this, European Commission directives aim for a 20% reduction in fossil fuel usage throughout Europe by 2020, and a 15% increase in the use of renewable energy in the UK within the same time period. For Scotland, the Scottish Executive has a target of generating 17% to 18% of electricity from renewables by 2010, a figure rising to 80% by 2020. Renewables located in Scotland count towards both the Scottish target and to the overall target for the UK. Consequently, according to the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan (LCTP) by 2020: 34% of carbon emissions will be cut, over 1.2 million people will be employed in 'green' jobs; the efficiency of 7 million homes will be improved, with over 1.5 million of them generating renewable energy. With any luck, more than 50% of the world's energy supply could be met with renewables by 2050 .

It follows through that huge business incentives, markets and a wide variety of employment opportunities throughout the world can be expected with the development of renewable energy resources as a substitute for fossil fuel technology. The purpose of the MSc programme is to help meet this demand by cultivating qualified and skilled professionals with specialist knowledge into the relevant technology within the renewable energy sector.

The primary aim of this programme is to create Master's degree graduates with qualities and transferable skills ready for demanding employment in the Renewable Energy sector. These graduates will have the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development and acquiring new skills at the highest level.

1 Year Full-Time: The taught element of the course (September to April) is delivered by a combination of lectures, tutorials and group/seminar work. From May to September students undertake the dissertation.

3-5 Years Distance Learning:

The programme is designed to enable you to conduct most of your studies at home, in your own time and at your own pace. Students are supplied with a study pack in the form of text books and CD-ROMs; cut-off dates for receipt of assignments are specified at the beginning of each stage. Examinations can be taken either at Brunel University London or in the country you are resident in. The dissertation is carried out in one year. Modules are assessed either by formal examination, written assignments or a combination of the two.

Information for international students

For English Language requirements, please see the 'Entry Requirements' section above. For Brunel International, please see: www.brunel.ac.uk/international For student experiences whilst studying at Brunel, please read our newsletters, "Spotlight on Engineering and Design" at the website below.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,500 full-time
International students
£17,500 full-time

You will probably need to finance your own study. You may be eligible for Brunel bursaries, as well as external funding and other support.

Overseas students often obtain external funding, and may be eligible for Brunel bursaries studentships and scholarships and prizes and other support.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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