Research course

Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications

University of Birmingham · Department of Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

Applications are open to UK/EU nationals with an upper second-class degree or better in any relevant Engineering disciplines, Mathematics, Chemical/Material/Biological/Physical Sciences or Economics. Existing employees with relevant industrial work experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme falls within the theme Sustainable Power Generation and Supply of the Research Councils’ Energy Programme, the first of its kind in the UK. It provides a systematic knowledge and understanding of hydrogen, fuel cells and their applications, including developments and problems at the forefront of the discipline.

The MRes in Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications:

  • Demonstrates the exciting future promise of hydrogen, fuel cells and their applications in a zero-emission world
  • Shows that industry supports the developments and that jobs are plentiful
  • Stresses the international nature of the course, with travel overseas
  • Emphasises the high quality nature of the teaching in top grade RAE Schools
  • Supports entrepreneurial spirit, with three spin-out companies in hydrogen and fuel cells founded during the past 12 months at the University of Birmingham

Programme content

The programme will focus on taught modules (60 credits) in science, engineering and team building, as well as business and management, and a dissertation.

Further core modules deal with topics such as:

  • Materials for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies
  • The Energy System
  • Marketing and TQM
  • Effective Project Management
  • Business Methods, Economics and Strategy

Optional modules

A wide range of optional modules enables you to gain specific knowledge relating to hydrogen energy and fuel cell technology. You may also choose to study business, management and public engagement modules, or develop mathematical modelling skills.

The programme can be studied full-time over one year, or part-time over two or three years. Modules are also available individually to fulfil continuing professional development needs.


The research thesis will focus on any of the following areas:

  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Stack Engineering for Domestic Applications
  • Hydrogen Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC)
  • Stack Engineering for Automotive, Hybrid Vehicular Systems
  • Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) & Electrocatalyst development
  • Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC)
  • Stack Engineering for Portable Applications
  • Alkaline Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells
  • Discovery of New Nano-Materials for Hydrogen Production & Storage
  • Discovery of non-PGM alloys Materials
  • Hydrogen Production from Biomolecules by Novel Methods
  • Development of Novel Pd Alloy Thin-films for Use in High temperature Hydrogen Membrane Reactors

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£17,910 FT

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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0121 414 5005