Taught course

Renewable Energy Engineering

Institution
Heriot-Watt University · School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Qualifications
MScPGDip

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree in a suitable subject with a numerate background. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be considered. Applicants for whom English is not their first language and who do not already hold a degree in which the teaching was in English must satisfy the university minimum requirements for competence in English - IELTS at 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This is an advanced, specialist programme in the rapidly expanding area of renewable energy engineering with a clear Mechanical Engineering focus. The programme is aimed at students wishing to develop critical understanding of the significant changes afoot in the energy system due to the development and integration of wind, marine, biomass and solar technologies. The programme will enable graduates to develop and implement creative solutions to the problems encountered in renewable energy capture, conversion, storage and management.

Students will gain the knowledge and skills to assess renewable energy resources, design appropriate renewable energy systems, evaluate the performance of these systems and assess the wider impacts of renewable energy development. The programme provides introductory courses to fundamental energy science and current energy issues, while the project-led courses focus on the design of renewable energy systems. The programme concludes with a research-led dissertation in the summer.

Renewable energy research focuses on six main areas:

  • Photovoltaics and Solar Energy
  • Wind and Marine Energy
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Minimising CO2 Emissions
  • Biofuels
  • Wind and Marine Energy

The aims of the programme are to enable the students to:

  • develop detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the core skills in renewable energy resources, converters and systems
  • develop and use a significant range of principal and specialist skills, techniques and practices in renewable energy
  • be able to apply this knowledge directly to complex applications
  • critically review existing practice and develop original and creative solutions to problems within the domain
  • communicate and work effectively with peers and academic staff in a variety of tasks, demonstrating appropriate levels of autonomy and responsibility, and
  • plan and execute a significant project of research, investigation or development in a specialist area within the renewable energy arena, demonstrating extensive, detailed and critical understanding of that specialism.

Information for international students

Heriot Watt can provide summer courses in English as a foreign language and further information is available from the EPS graduate school office.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGDip

full time
9 months
part time
21 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations37
Written coursework / continuous assessment13
Dissertation50

Course contact details

Name
Barbara Kerr
Email
pgt@eps.hw.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)131 451 3023
Fax
+44 (0)131 451 3136