Taught course (will run subject to approval)


Wrexham Glyndwr University · Engineering

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are a 2:1 or above in a related undergraduate science based degree (Chemistry, Physics, engineering or Materials Science) or suitable industrial experience. For further details please contact the Programme Leader, Prof. Stuart Irvine s.irvine@glyndwr.ac.uk For general enquiries about this course and for advise on the application process, contact Admissions and Enquires on 01978 293439 or email enquiries@glyndwr.ac.uk.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will equip you with the knowledge to understand the behaviour of photovoltaic materials, the issues involved in system design and processes and techniques used in manufacture of PV technologies. Lectures are reinforced and expanded by practical study of photovoltaic materials and techniques in the laboratory.

The course is based at the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER) a centre of excellence at Glyndŵr University, led by Professor Stuart Irvine, which has world class facilities and reputation in researching thin film photovoltaic devices. Based at the St Asaph campus in the OpTIC building which has a 1176 m2 solar wall made up of 2368 Shell CIS modules.

The course comprises a varied programme including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which, facilitates flexible study and delivery, lectures, seminars, practical classes and a research project and may be studied on a full time or part time basis to suit you.

The UK has a key strategic need to ensure that the identified skills gap in the UK Solar industry is met and students completing this course will be well placed to obtain jobs in industry or recruitment onto PhD programmes.

Key Facts

  • You will learn about the vital role of photovoltaic materials, manufacture and system design in the domestic, commercial and consumer markets. In your Research Project you will undertake a programme of experiments designed to develop the skills you want to learn in exploration of an area of personal interest and enthusiasm.
  • The winning formula… the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER) has a world-class reputation and has successfully carried out technology transfer activities by collaborating with industry on research projects for many years. On this course you will learn the trade secrets behind photovoltaic technologies - dealing with issues such as device stability, interdiffusion of impurities, electrical and optical measurements (spectral response, current-voltage (I-V), IQE and EQE), siting, inverter matching and overcoming compatibility issues with multi component systems.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Student Enquiries
01978 293439