Taught course

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies

University of Birmingham · School of Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

You should have, or expect to obtain, a 2:1 Honours degree from a UK academic institution (or an equivalent overseas qualification) in engineering or physical sciences.

Consideration may also be given to excellent applicants with degrees in life sciences and economics where these included an adequate component of mathematics.
Further consideration may be given to candidates with extensive, relevant post-degree experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This is the first-of-its-kind delivery, addressing an immediate need of the UK industry in Fuel Cell and hydrogen technologies as part of a nationwide and global drive for sustainable energy.

As fuel cells increasingly penetrate the market there is increasing demand from a diverse range of industries from transport including automotive, shipping and aeronautical through to lightweight state-of-the-art military applications and power generation providing power to buildings, refrigeration and pollution-free generators.
The use of fuel cells is diverse and stands to play a vital role as the world transitions to more sustainable technologies. This MSc programme offers vital training that has been developed around real world industry need so that graduates will be able to join research teams at the forefront of this technology and make a difference to the nationwide and global effort for sustainability.
The course consists of 120 taught credits which typically involves 12 modules taught in one week blocks. The modules have been carefully designed to give a solid grounding in those aspects of fuel cell and hydrogen technology that are most relevant to industry and ongoing research in this field. You will also have opportunity to study business and project management modules that give advanced training in knowledge and skills that our industry partners have helped identify as most valuable for the leaders of tomorrow.
You will undertake a 60 credit research project that will allow you to take an in-depth and focussed look at a particular area conducting cutting-edge research supported by leading academics in the field of fuel cell technology. During this project you will gain a thorough grounding in experimental and theoretical research work.
Why study Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies Masters at Birmingham?
  • Our course demonstrates the exciting future promise of hydrogen, fuel cells and their applications in a zero-emission world and examines challenges at the forefront of fuel cell technologies as organisations increasingly seek to commercialise or further develop existing products (from vehicles to generators).
  • The course will explain how fuel cells can play a leading role in global energy sustainability in a way that is most beneficial to humanity.
  • Industry supports our developments leading to solid employability within the field, but it should be noted the knowledge and skills learned are highly transferable and relevant to a diverse range of careers
  • The course supports entrepreneurial spirit with three spin-out companies in hydrogen and fuel cells founded.
  • High quality teaching in top grade REF School by leading academics in the field of fuel cell and hydrogen technology
  • Be part of the largest academic research community in fuel cell technology in UK

Information for international students

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band).

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities are available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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