Batteries, Fuel Cells and Energy Storage Systems MSc

Why choose this course

How do you balance finite resources with infinite human requirements? From driving your car to powering industry, today’s world requires huge amounts of energy. This has created an increased need for renewable energy systems, and these systems require effective energy storage.

Unique in the UK, our MSc Batteries, Fuel Cells, and Energy Storage Systems will teach you the principles of knowledge management, decision-making and design in energy storage systems and energy applications. 

Taught by experts in the field, this course is ideal if you’re interested in pursuing a career in technology change, research, or improvement of environment and human wellbeing.

What you will study

Created in response to the rapid advancement of renewable energy applications, our MSc Batteries, Fuel Cells, and Energy Storage Systems will enable you to investigate technologies and systems of energy storage.

You’ll have opportunities to learn about energy sector economies and major energy storage technologies, as well as how to make decisions in a complicated technical and economic environment. To inspire your individual path through our course, you’ll also have the option to choose from a range of engaging additional modules. These allow you to customise your degree to your preferred area of study and cover areas like wind and solar energy networks, electric automotive applications and mobile device applications.

Key information

Start date: February 2020

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Start date: October 2020

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Programme leader

AMINI HORRI Bahman (Chm Proc Eng)

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Year 1 (part-time)

Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Semester 1: Two compulsory modules (no optional)
Semester 2: One optional module to chose from the listed options
In overall, one optional module and three compulsory modules in year 1

Year 2 (part-time)

Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Semester 1: Two compulsory modules (no optional)
Semester 2: One optional module to chose from the listed options
In overall, one optional module and three compulsory modules in year 2

Timetable

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Learning and disability

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in either Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Offshore Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Chemistry or Chemistry or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other component

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Start date: February 2020

Full-time

UK/EU £10,000

Overseas £21,100

Part-time

UK/EU £5,000

Overseas £10,500

Start date: October 2020

Full-time

UK/EU £10,300

Overseas £21,700

Part-time

UK/EU £5,200

Overseas £10,900

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Funding

You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

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Address

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