Renewable Energy Systems Engineering MSc

Why choose this course

How do we balance finite resources and infinite human ambition? Renewable energy systems are part of the solution.

Our MSc Renewable Energy Systems is ideal for graduates from engineering, science or other relevant backgrounds who also have an interest in pursuing a successful career in research, technological change and the commercialisation of renewable-energy systems. 

You will be taught by academics who are experts in their fields, and have access to a range of advanced facilities and resources.

What you will study

Created in the context of the rapid advancement of the renewable-energy industry, our MSc Renewable Energy Systems Engineering investigates both renewable energy and systems technologies.

It will give you opportunities to learn about major renewable-energy technologies, energy-sector economics, supply-chain management and sustainable development.

It is designed to build your competence and confidence in the research, development and engineering tasks that are demanded of scientific engineers in the renewable and sustainable-development sector.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
MSc Full-time 12 months October 2019
MSc Part-time 24 months October 2019
MSc Full-time 12 months February 2019
MSc Part-time 24 months February 2019

Facilities, equipment and academic support

Your modules will be taught by a total of six full-time members of staff and a number of visiting lecturers.

As part of your learning experience, you will have at your disposal a wide range of relevant software needed to support the course material dissertation projects. In recent years, this work included the design of various business and knowledge-based systems on the internet, the application of optimisation algorithms, and semantic web applications.

If you choose to pursue a technology-based project, you will have access to a wide range of relevant software and laboratory facilities across the University, such as the process engineering facility, a control and robots facility, and signal processing laboratories.

The work related to the MSc dissertation can often be carried out in parallel with, and in support of, ongoing research. In the past, several graduates have carried on their MSc research to a PhD course.

Career prospects

Engineers and scientists are increasingly expected to have skills in information systems engineering and decision-support systems alongside their main technical and or scientific expertise.

As a graduate of this course, you will be well prepared to help technology-intensive organisations make important decisions in view of vast amounts of information by adopting, combining, implementing and executing the right technologies.

Programme leader

CECELJA F Dr (Chm Proc Eng)

Terms and conditions

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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

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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.

Modules

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

Timetable

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, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH 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.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in either Chemistry, Engineering or Physics, 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, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

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

Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time October 2019 £10,000 £21,100
Part-time October 2019 £5,000 £10,500
Full-time February 2019 £9,800 £20,500
Part-time February 2019 £4,900 £10,300

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.

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Admission information

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