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H1K609 New and Renewable Energy MSc Postgraduate Taught  2017


Degree MSc
Professional accreditation IET and IMechE
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 02/10/2017
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 1700

Course Content


The MSc in New and Renewable Energy is designed to equip graduates with the skills required to meet the growing challenge to achieve energy and environmental sustainability through the application of new and renewable energy technologies. The programme aims to enable you to develop the capacity to solve problems across the traditional Engineering boundaries and to have an appreciation of complete energy systems from source to end user, to have knowledge of the relevant technologies and to understand the interactions between them. The programme also provides you with the opportunity to develop skills in research, development, design and project management through individual and team-based project work.

Course Structure

The programme consists of four core modules to provide a solid foundation in a broad range of New and Renewable Energy technologies and three optional modules that allow students to choose more specialised study programmes that are most suited to their interests. The modules include lecture courses, a group design project and a major, individual research and development project. The course starts in September with a fundamentals module which prepares students from different backgrounds to take full advantage of the courses modules that follow and which combines lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments.

Core Modules

  • Renewable Energy Fundamentals
  • Renewable Energy and Environment
  • Group Design Project
  • Research and Development Project.

Optional Modules

You will select three optional modules. In previous years these modules have included:

  • Low Carbon and Thermal Technologies
  • Turbomachinery and Nuclear Power Engineering
  • Energy Delivery and Network Integration
  • Energy Generation and Conversion Technologies
  • Energy Markets and Risk.

Course Learning and Teaching

This is a 12-month full time degree course that starts in September with an intensive core module on engineering fundamentals and finishes at the end of August the following year, when students submit a report and have an oral examination on their chosen research project. The programme consists of four core modules to provide a solid foundation in a broad range of New and Renewable Energy technologies and three optional modules that allows you to choose study programmes which are most suited to your interests. The modules include lecture courses, a group design project and an individual research and development project.

The core modules (Renewable Energy Fundamentals) prepares students from different backgrounds to take full advantage of all aspects of the courses. This module consists of an intensive study programme which typically combines over 30 hours of lectures with 12 hours of tutorials and labs. Topics studied include thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, power system plant, electrical circuits and power electronics and converters. The module also introduces students to best practice research techniques.

The second core module (Renewable Energy & the Environment) typically involves 19 hours of lectures and tutorials. Assessment is through a combination of examination and a coursework.

The third core module is a group design project focused on a realistic application of renewable energy. You will gain experience of teamwork and project management, as well as the technical aspects of engineering design.

A major individual research and development project completes the core modules. This provides an open-ended challenge to each individual student, in collaboration with a staff supervisor. Regular meetings are held with the supervisor to discuss project progress and planning issues. A mid-term assessment is carried out to ensure project is on track. At the end of the project you will be required to submit a final report on your work, in the style of a research paper. You are also required to prepare and to present a poster to allow an assessment to be made of your understanding and ability to present your work, plus an oral examination is held to allow detailed questions to be put to the student regarding the technical aspects of their project. You should expect to have up to 20 hours of contact time with your supervisors plus 500 hours of research work, supported by the School’s technicians and other research workers, over the course of the research project.

Each of the optional modules involves typically 19 hours of lectures in addition to tutorials, laboratory work and assignments.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

To be admitted to the MSc programme in New and Renewable Energy, you need the equivalent of a UK Honours degree to at least an upper second class standard. This should normally be in an Engineering or Engineering-related subject although in some instances we can consider industrial or other relevant experience if you have a different first degree.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £6,900.00
Home Student £6,900.00
Island Student £6,900.00
International non-EU Student £20,900.00

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits


Department Information

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences


The School of Engineering and Computing Sciences offers postgraduate courses that are challenging and technologically relevant, covering topics including big data, image analysis, the internet, the mathematical foundations of computing, digital communications and the challenges of environmental and energy sustainability. Students have access to extensive and diverse research facilities. For example, airflow sensors, made using cutting-edge microfabrication techniques in the class 1000 Cleanroom have been tested and characterised in the School’s Wind Tunnel facilities. We have strong links with industrial partners and recent graduates have become successful entrepreneurs and software developers, gained prestigious positions in banking and finance and have entered the IT and Engineering industries.


Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent or World-Leading research impact in REF 2014.


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