Taught course

Renewable Energy

Harper Adams University · Harper Adams University

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Entry requirements

An honours degree of 2:2 or above in a subject related to the course, or a good FdSc/HND pass in a relevant subject area together with related industrial or professional experience of at least two years. In addition, the suitability of candidates for particular programmes may be assessed by interview, considering reports from referees and by evaluating previous experience. Applicants with prior related experience will also be considered.

Where a candidate’s honours degree (or equivalent) was not assessed in English, their English language skills will, typically, be evaluated by interview and/or through demonstration of overall IELTS scores of 6.5 or above (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Ensuring energy security is becoming increasingly important globally. With the current rate of fossil fuel depletion, alternative sources of safe, reliable energy production are critical. As well as the financial aspects of energy generation technologies, serious consideration should be given to the environmental impact of all energy production methods. With UK and EU legislation constantly evolving, renewable energy technologies need to be robust yet flexible, to secure their place in a future energy industry.

The course is designed to help you understand and deliver a range of renewable technologies for the rural, peri-urban and urban scenarios. Operators and advisors to the renewable sector need to understand planning application approval, informing local communities, plant operation, research, overseeing safe operation of plants, and influencing legislation (both national and internationally), amongst other things.

Harper Adams is renowned for its agri-environment research and long-standing collaborations with research institutes and other organisations in the UK and overseas.

Specifically the course will enable students to:

  • Identify suitable decentralised renewable energy technologies for urban, peri-urban and rural use technologies in a global, sustainable context.
  • Evaluate the interactions of different influential factors, including legislation, environmental implications, financial and social aspects, for the expansion of a renewable energy industry.
  • Offer vocational training and career development in area of renewable energy, with particular focus on anaerobic digestion.
  • Develop transferable skills in problem solving, analysis, evaluation, communication, global awareness and sustainable practices.
  • Communicate ideas and technical management solutions to a variety of audiences.

How will it benefit me?

The knowledge and skills you will develop will give you a strong foundation for vocational careers in the growing renewable energy industries, in a range of roles. This course is supported by a range of industrial and research-institute collaborations to provide students with real world application.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office
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