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This internationally-leading joint EngD with IDCORE aims to meet the UK’s ambitious deployment targets for offshore renewable energy technologies. Read more
This internationally-leading joint EngD with IDCORE aims to meet the UK’s ambitious deployment targets for offshore renewable energy technologies.

An EngD is a four year research degree awarded for industrially relevant research, the degree provides a more vocationally oriented approach to obtaining a doctorate in engineering commensurate with that of a PhD.

Led by the University of Exeter at its Penryn Campus and based at the University of Edinburgh, this EngD programme is delivered through a partnership with the universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Exeter together with the Scottish Association for Marine Science and HR-Wallingford.

The programme will allow you to receive postgraduate-level technical and transferable skills training at three leading UK universities in the renewable energy research field together with the Scottish Association for Marine Science and HRWallingford. This university and industry collaboration forms the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), RCUK Energy programme/ETI-funded Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE).

Students will benefit from a vibrant learning environment and, in partnership with industry, will learn to deliver world-class industrially-focused research outcomes that will accelerate the deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current technologies. This will help the UK to meet its 2020 and 2050 targets for renewable energy generating capacity, and expand and sustain a community of high-quality post-doctoral staff for the UK offshore renewable energy industry.

This programme will produce highly trained scientists and engineers, they will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle current and future offshore renewable energy challenges. This includes developing new techniques and technologies to design, build, install, operate and maintain devices in hostile environments at an affordable economic cost with minimal environmental impact.

This will reinforce and support the UK’s conjoined infrastructure, which begins in the best academic research centres with leading test facilities and extends through a unique combination of demonstration facilities, ultimately to test and deployment sites.

Programme structure

Each Research Engineer will spend approximately 25% (180 credits) of his or her time in a structured training programme.
The following are some examples of the taught modules;
Introduction to Offshore Renewable Technologies; Hydrodynamics of Offshore Renewable Energy Devices; Electromechanical & Electronic Energy Conversion Systems; Marine Renewable Resource Assessment; Economics Tools for Offshore Renewables; Physical Model Testing for Offshore Renewables; Structural Behaviour of Offshore Renewable Energy Devices; Electricity Network Interaction, Integration and Control; Moorings and Reliability and Innovation Design and Manufacturing Management.

Research project

Research Projects will comprise 540 credits, amounting to 75% of the research engineer effort on the EngD. Research Engineers will attend a total of three summer schools during their projects, and will attend the annual Company Day, and appropriate technical conferences

Research projects are proposed by renewable energy companies in wave, tidal and offshore wind energy. Projects are allocated during the first year of the programme, at the beginning of the second semester (in January). The Research Engineer will take an active role in defining his or her professional development programme in line with the needs of the research project and his or her individual aims.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

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This multidisciplinary programme is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to take up the exciting job opportunities arising from the recent adoption of marine spatial planning and related developments in marine conservation and the maritime industries. Read more
This multidisciplinary programme is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to take up the exciting job opportunities arising from the recent adoption of marine spatial planning and related developments in marine conservation and the maritime industries.

Marine spatial planning is now developing as a key component of marine management. It aims to deliver a more organised sharing of sea space between demands as diverse as nature conservation, tourism, ports and shipping, renewable energy, fishing, aquaculture and mineral extraction. It seeks to integrate social, economic and environmental uses of the coast and sea.

Marine planning is being taken up by coastal nations around the world, including Australia, China, the United States of America, South Africa and several European nations, such as Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Some nations, such as the UK, now have statutory provisions for planning their coastal and marine waters and bodies and procedures for preparing marine plans and implementing them. All European Union coastal states are now required to introduce marine planning, following a Directive passed in 2014.

So there is a growing demand for professionals who understand marine science and management on the one hand, and spatial planning, as has long been practised on land, on the other. This postgraduate programme bridges the gap between these two disciplines, and equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to embark on a career within marine management.
This programme leads to the award of a Master of Science degree. It is a full-time, one-year course, though it is also possible to study part-time over two years, combining studies with other responsibilities. This is the first programme of its kind to be accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a specialist Masters course. Gaining the degree is a step towards professional membership of the Institute.

Here is a selection of the topics recently chosen by the MSc students for their dissertations:
• Implementation of Marine Spatial Planning in Portugal
• Global food security: finding space for aquaculture
• Stakeholder Participation in Marine Planning in the UK
• Success factors for offshore wind energy
• China’s system of Marine Functional Zoning
• Assessing the value of sand dune systems in the North West of England
• Stakeholder involvement in the Irish Sea Conservation Zone project
• Reducing the impact of offshore wind farms on seabirds
• Mitigating the impacts of tidal barrages

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You explore how multinational enterprises operate and carry out comparative business analysis. Work on the practical consultancy skills necessary to work efficiently in an international business environment. Read more

You explore how multinational enterprises operate and carry out comparative business analysis.

  • Work on the practical consultancy skills necessary to work efficiently in an international business environment
  • Gain a thorough understanding of business analysis and development
  • Learn the key skills for international business consulting, such as outlining international business problems, writing business reports and preparing for interviews-
  • The client-facing project with an external organisation allows you to apply your learning to a real business issue, giving you valuable work experience and generating excellent networking opportunities.
  • Projects are sourced from a range of small, medium and large businesses, across a wide range of sectors in Manchester and the UK's North West region.

Special features

The client-facing project is a unique element of this course that provides an excellent opportunity to test, improve and enhance the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. It is a great chance to build your networks.

This consultancy project, lasting up to three months over the summer, involves you in either supporting a start-up company, finding growth opportunities for a medium-sized firm, or improving the effectiveness and efficiency of a function within a large, blue chip company.

Projects are sourced from a range of industries and sectors based in Manchester and the North West region. These can be SME's to large corporations. You'll also receive additional application and interview support from the School's Careers Service.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules chosen. It may include a combination of coursework, group project assessment, presentations, assignments, report, individual essay and examinations.

The summer project is offered if you do not have any unit marks below 40%, and not more than one unit mark between 40-49% in semester 1. If you don't meet these criteria you will be offered a project related to an external client, with no direct contact with them. For those working on group projects, a group report and an individual report will be produced (both 6,000 words).

Alternatively, you may undertake an academic dissertation of 12,000 words.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.  

The compulsory units are built around the problems of strategic management, the operation of multinational enterprises, comparative business analysis and the skills necessary to work efficiently in a international business environment. The optional courses allow you to specialise in particular aspects of strategic management and business analysis.

During the summer period, you will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learnt during the first two semesters, enhance your skills while working with a major real life client and work as part of a team. The result of this project is presented as a research report/dissertation. This part of the course is closely related to the Manchester Method that enables you to experience experiential learning and helps you to become a reflective practitioner or manager.

Examples of recent projects include:

  • Exploring the strategic expansion of the volunteer tourism industry into the academic market
  • An in-depth analysis of the wholesale market and changing trends towards online shopping
  • Strategic positioning in relation to the offshore wind turbine market in northern Europe
  • Identification of venture capitalist acquisition targets in the UK software industry

Projects are sourced from a range of small, medium and large businesses, across a wide range of sectors in Manchester and the UK's North West region.

The project is offered if you gain a minimum of 50% in each first semester course unit. If not, you will be offered a project related to an external client, with no direct contact with the client. For those working on group projects, a group report and an individual report will be produced (both 6,000 words).

Alternatively, you may undertake an academic dissertation of 12,000 words. Your supervisor will help you to define the research and advise, guide and support you throughout.

Scholarships and bursaries

Contact us for further information on scholarships available .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

The course is aimed at graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in the area of business analysis and development, including business consulting, as well as candidates who seek a pathway to a research degree in the field of international management and comparative studies.

Graduates move into a wide range of careers, and recent recruiters include Accenture, BP, Ernst & Young, IBM, Tesco, Rolls Royce, Shell Petroleum, Standard Chartered Bank, Unilever and IBM.

More details on our Careers Service.

Latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students.



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Many employers are desperate to recruit highly trained electrical and electronic engineers and this MSc provides you with advanced knowledge across a broad area, as well as highly sought and transferable skills that are valued by employers. Read more

Many employers are desperate to recruit highly trained electrical and electronic engineers and this MSc provides you with advanced knowledge across a broad area, as well as highly sought and transferable skills that are valued by employers.

It is a flexible programme with a range of options to accommodate your preferences, allowing you to gain subject-specific and generic skills, and combines academic depth with current industrial practice in the context of real engineering applications. You study a balance of core areas and specialist topics related to research and emerging technologies. Many of the projects are carried out in research groups or are linked to industry.

Study information

All students will complete a compulsory project, modules vary depending on your chosen pathway. 

Themes include:

Electrical and electronic engineering

  • Energy technologies
  • Energy distribution and storage, smart grids
  • Energy efficiency
  • Instrumentation
  • Project Management and Research Skills

Electronic Engineering

  • Embedded systems
  • Radio systems engineering and mobile radio
  • Digital coding
  • Project Management and Research Skills

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

Electrical and electronic engineering is one of the most in-demand subjects within engineering and many employers are keen to recruit engineers trained beyond BSc level. A lot of opportunities exist in conventional power generation and distribution, offshore wind and other renewable energies, process and food industries, communications, automotive and automation industries.

This MSc provides a rational, flexibly structured and coherent programme of postgraduate study. You achieve a profound knowledge base in a wide area of electrical and electronic engineering and develop wider skills in IT, communication, problem-solving, team working and task management.



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Learn how to apply the best methods and practices used in environmental systems for air, water, energy, and waste. In our Environmental Technology and Sustainability program, you’ll choose from concentrations in water resources, environmental compliance, climate change, and sustainable technology. Read more

Learn how to apply the best methods and practices used in environmental systems for air, water, energy, and waste. In our Environmental Technology and Sustainability program, you’ll choose from concentrations in water resources, environmental compliance, climate change, and sustainable technology.

In order to broaden your expertise in sustainability concepts, tools and practices, we combine many disciplines in our curriculum, including:

  • engineering
  • environmental science
  • ecology
  • law
  • pollution prevention
  • climate change
  • contamination migration
  • sustainable technology

Faculty and students often collaborate on projects, which have included:

  • hurricane preparedness/resiliency for utilities
  • environmental technology curriculum for K-12
  • carbon footprint study
  • green building design
  • offshore wind power development

Before earning your degree, you’ll complete a thesis research study or design project in a specific area of environmental technology, sustainability, natural systems, or energy.



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Engineering geological expertise is critical to all types of civil engineering projects such as tunnels, dams, mines, quarries, offshore platforms and wind farms. Read more

Why take this course?

Engineering geological expertise is critical to all types of civil engineering projects such as tunnels, dams, mines, quarries, offshore platforms and wind farms.

This course provides you with the advanced skills to carry out detailed investigations into surface and subsurface geology, identification of adverse ground conditions and the design of suitable remedial measures of engineering structures.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Be taught by internationally recognised experts with extensive expertise in engineering geology and geotechnics
Gain experience of environmental assessment techniques, plus a range of other skills such as mapping using GIS, GPS and remote sensing technologies
Go on numerous fieldtrips, both locally and overseas, to undergo specialist field training

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is accredited by the Geological Society of London. It offers advanced professional and scientific training providing an accelerated route for you to attain Chartered Status, such as Chartered Geologist (CGeol) and Chartered Scientist (CSci) on graduation.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Aid organisations
Environmental organisations
Offshore work
Civil sector roles
Mining
Insurance companies

Module Details

You can opt to take this course in full-time or part-time mode.

The course is divided into two parts. The first part comprises of the lecture, workshop, practical and field work elements of the course, followed by a five-month independent research project. The course is a mixture of taught units and research project covering topics including site investigation, soil mechanics and rock mechanics, geotechnical engineering design, contaminated land, slope stability and rock engineering.

Here are the units you will study:

Rock and Soil Mechanics: These topics are integral to the role of an engineering geologist. You will gain an advanced understanding of the geo-mechanical behaviour of rocks and soils and how they behave under different geotechnical design scenarios. You will also develop key skills in the assessment, description and testing of geological materials in order to understand and quantify their behaviour, using current British and Eurocode standards.

Soil and Rock Engineering: This unit will give you an advanced understanding of engineering and design in soils and rock masses, including fundamental design principles associated with common geotechnical solutions encountered on engineering geological and civil engineering projects.

Contaminated Land and Groundwater: These are important considerations in all types of construction and so an understanding of both is essential. You will learn key techniques for the identification and assessment of contaminated land and groundwater resources in an engineering geological context.

Ground Models: You will train in the development of geological ground models and geomorphological terrain models within the content of engineering geological practice, essential parts of any investigation.

Ground Investigation Techniques: You will gain advanced experience of ground investigation using invasive techniques, in-situ tests and geophysical methods – essential to an engineering geologist's skill base.

Landslides and Slope Instability: On this unit you will develop an advanced understanding of landslide systems, types of slides in soils and rocks and methods for identification and numerical analysis.

Field Reconnaissance and Geomorphological Mapping: The techniques covered on this unit are integral to the course and an essential skill for any graduate wishing to work in this area. You will have fieldwork training in techniques such as geomorphological mapping and walk-over surveys combined with interpretation of remote sensing and aerial photography imagery.

Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing: On this unit you will cover the key tools for terrain evaluation and be trained in the acquisition and interpretation of aerial photography and satellite imagery, and the integration and analysis of spatial datasets using GIS.

Independent Research Project: This give you the opportunity to undertake an original piece of research to academic or industrial standards, typically in collaboration with research staff in the department or external industry partners. In addition to submission of a thesis report, you also present the results of your project at the annual postgraduate conference held at the end of September.

Programme Assessment

The course provides a balanced structure of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You will learn through hands-on practical sessions designed to give you the skills in laboratory, computer and field techniques. The course also includes extensive field work designed to provide field mapping and data collection skills.

Assessment is varied, aimed at developing skills relevant to a range of working environments. Here’s how we assess your work:

Poster and oral presentations
Project reports
Literature reviews
Lab reports
Essays

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Research profile. The Institute for Energy Systems (IES) helps shape tomorrow's difficult energy decisions in decarbonising society. Read more

Research profile

The Institute for Energy Systems (IES) helps shape tomorrow's difficult energy decisions in decarbonising society. It continues a long line of world leading innovation by Edinburgh researchers, including the 1970s 'Duck' wave energy converter, invented by Stephen Salter - now Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design.

Our research covers all aspects of the low carbon energy chain: resource modelling, impact of climate change, wind, wave, tidal & solar energy, electrical power conversion, energy storage, carbon capture, biofuels and delivery into the electrical network. In addition, we have established a low carbon vehicle group developing more efficient internal combustion engines. IES is also involved in two doctoral training centres: the Industrial Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) as a lead partner and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine, led by Strathclyde University.

Training and support

Students are strongly encouraged and trained to present their research at conferences and in journal papers during the course of their PhD.

Students are also encouraged to attend transferable skills courses provided by the University and to participate in external courses provided by organisations such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

PhD candidates pursue their research projects under continuous guidance, resulting in a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge. You will be linked to two academic supervisors, and one industrial supervisor if the project is industrially sponsored.

Facilities

IES has excellent experimental facilities for both marine and electrical power. The Institute hosts the unique FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility, which is the world’s most sophisticated large marine energy test laboratory.

Masters by Research

An MSc by Research is based on a research project tailored to a candidate’s interests. It lasts one year full time or two years part time. The project can be a shorter alternative to an MPhil or PhD, or a precursor to either – including the option of an MSc project expanding into MPhil or doctorate work as it evolves. It can also be a mechanism for industry to collaborate with the School.



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Subsea engineering plays a vital role in the exploitation of oil and gas resources. The subsea engineering industry help to specify the curriculum so we meet their requirements. Read more

Subsea engineering plays a vital role in the exploitation of oil and gas resources. The subsea engineering industry help to specify the curriculum so we meet their requirements. The course is designed for you as an experienced or recently graduated engineer who wants to develop your subsea knowledge.

Your teaching modules operate in short 'intensive schools' with time after the module to complete the assignments, where applicable. They include:

-Input from industry experts

-Site visits

-Industry-based projects

-Teaching from other disciplines

Teaching consists of lectures, practical sessions, seminars and personal supervision covering a variety of topics in subsea engineering. The degree is taught using a mix of the academic staff from the School of Marine Science and Technology as well as visiting lecturers and experts from industry.

You will undertake a research project leading to a dissertation. This may be a critical review and/or computational or experimental project using the University's world leading testing facilities. The research project is supported by an academic supervisor and may be conducted with an industrial partner which, where appropriate, may be your employer.

Delivery

Ten taught modules worth 120 credits are delivered in blocks through semester one and/or two. A dissertation or research project, worth 60 credits, is undertaken across the three semesters.

Accreditation

Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) on behalf of the Engineering Council. This means that you are automatically recognised as satisfying the educational requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures. Members of RINA are widely represented in industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations in over 90 countries.

IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.

Our accreditations give you an additional benchmark of quality to your degree, making you more attractive to graduate employers. It can also open the door to higher-level jobs, most of which require Chartered Engineer status.

Facilities

You have access to dedicated facilities including:

  • a student common room
  • a computer laboratory
  • the Henri Kummerman Marine Resource Centre

You also have access to a set of excellent testing facilities:



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Mechanical engineering combines scientific principles, mathematics, and realisation to design, develop and implement innovative solutions to contemporary problems. Read more

Mechanical engineering combines scientific principles, mathematics, and realisation to design, develop and implement innovative solutions to contemporary problems. This programme will enhance your skills and provide you with advanced subject knowledge to accelerate your engineering career.

From designing replacement hip joints and hospital MRI scanners, to developing autonomous vehicles and monitoring the structural health of offshore windfarms, mechanical engineering contributes greatly to contemporary life and is central to the innovation carried out in many industries.

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), our MSc Mechanical Engineering programme comprises of advanced topics in mechanical engineering and industry linked project work. You will benefit from the teaching of some of the world’s experts in their fields, a state-of-the-art working environment, and networking opportunities to enhance your career prospects.

Over the course of the year, you will study six taught modules and also undertake a major individual project. These will provide you with advanced knowledge while allowing you to develop your specialist skills, which will enable you to take advantage of the many senior engineering and technology employment opportunities available at home and abroad. You will become familiar with stress analysis, finite element analyses and modelling; renewables including wind, tidal and hydro-power; mechanisms and mechanical design; control and self-learning systems; and systems analysis, among other topics. At the same time, you will develop capabilities that are highly valued by employers more generally, such as problem-solving, analytical skills and team-working abilities.

A major element of the programme is a dissertation project during which you will undertake independent research and receive one-to-one supervision from an academic specialist, and possibly be working with one of our industry partners. During this project, you will bring together everything that you have learnt and apply it to an advanced individual project. This will allow you to practise your skills and demonstrate your professional competences, thereby improving your employability. These projects have led to employment for many graduates and recent examples include:

  • Control design for a mobile robot used for nuclear decommissioning tasks
  • Fire resistance of FRP-concrete columns
  • Wave powered eddy current heat generator for seawater desalination technologies
  • Improved solar thermal systems

Additional to the dissertation project, you will also complete an industry linked project. This exciting project will both challenge you and allow you to apply your abilities to real-world problems. You will gain experience of working in real professional environments, while gaining and developing highly employable skills, such as communications, team-working and project management.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

Assessment

Engineering is more than just theory and, as a result, you will experience labs/practical sessions, workshops and group tutorials, alongside lectures. This contact is with academic staff that are internationally recognised and work alongside global companies.

In addition, our technicians and admin support team are very approachable and have many years of experience in helping students achieve success.

Assessment varies between modules, allowing students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typically you can expect assignments such as coursework, presentations and formal examinations.

Community

As a department, we prioritise delivering high-quality, rigorous programmes that prepare and equip our graduates for a rewarding career. The Department provides an interdisciplinary approach that reflects the dynamic nature of professional engineering.

Our Department is an internationally recognised leader in research and innovation and, as such, you will join a thriving and supportive academic community. Staff and students alike will welcome and support you both academically and socially.

You will be encouraged throughout your programme in a friendly, vibrant environment that is conducive to excellent research and learning.

Career

Our MSc in Mechanical Engineering is designed to support your career ambitions and progression. By enabling you to develop your technical and professional skills to an advanced level, and allowing you to apply what you have previously learnt to real-world problems, this programme equips you with the knowledge and experience for a range of engineering careers, and will put you ahead of the competition.

There is a wide range of sectors where mechanical engineering is relevant, and starting salaries are highly competitive. Roles include:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Technical Team Leader, Manager or Director
  • Engineering Consultant

In addition, studying at Masters level will further enhance your prospects, opening up opportunities to progress further in your career.

Alternatively, our programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and experience to take up further study at PhD level and begin a career in research, exploring innovative, cutting-edge areas of the engineering discipline.



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Renewable energy is a cornerstone of the green economy and marine wind, wave and tidal energy are key elements of the UK, European and global renewable energy roadmaps. Read more
Renewable energy is a cornerstone of the green economy and marine wind, wave and tidal energy are key elements of the UK, European and global renewable energy roadmaps. Begin your voyage to being a part of this vital transformation by studying on the UK’s first MSc Marine Renewable Energy programme. Building on our international reputation for marine research and teaching along with regional and national initiatives, this distinctive degree focuses on the growing marine renewable energy sector.

Key features

-Be at the forefront of the emerging field of marine renewable energy at a time when such expertise is increasingly sought after.
-Develop knowledge and confidence in the critical areas which will help you to be an integral part of the effort to develop and promote marine renewable energy.
-Benefit from our research team’s expertise – our staff achieved ratings of ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ in the UK Government’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
-Take advantage of Plymouth University’s active role in the Southwest Marine Energy Park and the Offshore Renewables Development Programme to stay abreast of the latest developments and make contacts with key players in the field.
-Gain experience in the use of world leading facilities such as the COAST Lab test tanks and the Falcon Spirit research vessel as part of your taught programme and your research.
-Learn in an environment which benefits from PRIMaRE investment in new staff expertise and facilities.
-Benefit from a programme fully-integrated with the £42 million wave hub project, the world's largest wave energy test site, off north Cornwall.
-Live and study in ‘Britain’s Ocean City’, with easy access to businesses and the natural environment involved in your area of study this is an ideal location to study marine renewables.
-Take the opportunity to study abroad in the research project phase and be supported by one Plymouth University supervisor and one supervisor overseas.

Course details

The taught modules in the first period are compulsory and are designed to provide you with a broad background on marine renewable as well as a solid basis for the option modules in period two. You’ll undertake three modules in period one that provide a background in marine renewable energy: introduction to marine renewable energy, economics, law and policy for marine renewable energy, research skills and research methods. In period two you can choose three options from a choice of five: assessment of coastal resources and impacts, marine planning, economics of the marine environment, mechanics of marine renewable energy structures, and wave and current modelling for marine renewable energy. During period three you’ll undertake a research project and dissertation. Due to the extensive staff research expertise there is a wide range of potential projects spanning marine science, engineering and socio-economics. You may also carry out projects with external organisations that have interests in marine renewable energy.

Core modules
-MAR513 Research Skills and Methods
-MAR526 Introduction to Marine Renewable Energy
-MAR527 Economics, Law and Policy for Marine Renewable Energy
-MAR524 MSc Dissertation

Optional modules
-MAR529 Marine Planning
-MATH523 Modelling Coastal Processes
-MAR528 Mechanics of MRE Structures
-MAR507 Economics of the Marine Environment
-MAR512 Assessment of Coastal Resources and Impacts

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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There is still a shortage of qualified engineering specialists in the oil and gas sector, with skilled professionals enjoying competitive salaries. Read more

About the course

There is still a shortage of qualified engineering specialists in the oil and gas sector, with skilled professionals enjoying competitive salaries.

This programme trains specialist engineers in oilfield structural design, fabrication and installation. It is aimed both at engineering and physical science graduates who are interested in working in the oil and gas industry and practising professionals who wish to specialise in the design, analysis and construction of oil and gas installations.

Aims

With high demand for qualified oil and gas engineers, graduates enter a global job market and can expect exciting career prospects - a trend that looks likely to continue for years to come.

As the industry now seeks the rapid drilling and commissioning of new wells to meet energy demands, along with major investment in heavy oils and shale oil and gas, skilled engineers who can rapidly design and commission oilfield installations will be the backbone for growth in this industry. It is precisely this type of engineer that Brunel’s programme will develop.

A distinguishing feature of the course is its ambition to instil systems thinking, by treating structures and their operating environment holistically as a system – helping graduates develop the skills to address a wide range of complex engineering problems rapidly.

Course Content

The programme duration will be 12 months for full-time study, or 24 months for part-time.

The taught part of the programme will take place during the Autumn and Spring terms over 24 weeks. Students will be encouraged to start planning their dissertation at the beginning of the programme. During the Summer term, students will be expected to focus their effort on their dissertation project, researching the dissertation topic full-time. Part-time students will be allowed an extended period to execute their dissertation project in line with the overall programme duration. However, they will be expected to devote an equivalent of at least one day per week on their dissertation project.

This programme has been developed with extensive consultation with the industry. It will be delivered by Brunel staff members and by industrial specialists. The programme structure is shown below and comprises two parts:

Core modules: The taught part of the course (Part 1) worth 120 credits. This includes a set of compulsory modules that provides fundamentals of structural and process engineering, and focuses on providing an understanding of how to design oil and gas structures such as pipelines, offshore and onshore to withstand internal loading induced by complex internal flows of oil and gas and also external loads such as waves and wind. Throughout fundamental mathematical, computational, experimental, testing and inspection techniques as well as codes of practice are taken into account. Civil engineering and construction aspects are also taught.

Dissertation: Your dissertation project forms Part 2 of the programme and is worth 60 credits.

Full-time (12 months) MSc and PGDip modules include:

Petroleum Production Fundamentals
Applied Engineering Mathematics
Structural Materials
Structural Integrity and FEA
Multiphase Flow Fundamentals and Flow Assurance
Dynamics of Petroleum Structures
Design and Construction of Installations
Reliability Engineering and Risk Management

Term Three (MSc Only):

Dissertation
Students will conduct a major piece of research (c. 30,000 words) in an area of oil and gas engineering.

Delivery will take place in block mode teaching with each module requiring a week-long teaching schedule. Laboratory sessions will take place at specialist facilities in the week following the module delivery and will last for up to three days each.

Part-time (24 months) MSc and PGDip:

In the part-time mode, four taught modules are taken each year with the completion of the dissertation following in term three of the second year.

Full-time and part-time (12 and 24 months) PGCert:

Students must take the Design and Construction Installations and Petroleum Production Fundamentals modules and select any other two modules.

Work Placements

Brunel has a purpose built award-winning Professional Development Centre with over 30 staff, including specialist industry consultants. The Placement service includes CV writing, one-to-one guidance and mock interviews. Brunel was named ‘Best University Placement Service’ at the Rate My Placement Awards in 2012.

Teaching

Students are introduced to subject material, including key concepts, information and approaches, through a mixture of standard lectures and seminars, laboratory practicals, self-study and individual research reports. Supporting material is available online. The aim is to challenge students and inspire them to expand their own knowledge and understanding.

Preparation for work is achieved through the development of 'soft' skills such as communication, planning, management and team work.
In addition, guest speakers from industries will provide a valuable insight into the real world of the oil and gas sector.

Many elements of coursework involve, and reward, the use of initiative and imagination. Some of the projects may be linked with research in the College's research institutes.

Assessment

Each module is assessed either by formal examination, written assignments and laboratories or a combination of these. Cut-off dates for receipt of assignments are specified at the beginning of the academic year. Examinations are normally taken in December and May.

Special Features

Students will be able to access laboratory facilities at the recently formed NSIRC site which are extensive, modern and well equipped.

Although we recruit a large number of highly qualified students to our undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees each year, we don’t forget that you are an individual. From the beginning of your time here, you are allocated a personal tutor who will guide you through academic and pastoral issues.

The College is research intensive as our academics are actively involved in cutting-edge research. Much of this research is undertaken with collaborators outside the University, including leading oil and gas companies, construction companies, water utilities, and other leading industrial firms. We work with universities in China, Poland, Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Denmark and Japan. This research is fed directly into our courses, providing a challenging investigative culture and ensuring that you are exposed to up-to-date and relevant material throughout your time at Brunel.

We have excellent links with business and industry in the UK and overseas. This means:
Brunel degrees are designed to meet the needs of industry and the market-place;
The latest developments in the commercial world feed into your course;
You have greater opportunity at the dissertation stage of conducting a dissertation in industry;
We have more contacts to help you find a job when you graduate.

Accreditation

This course has been designed and developed in close consultation with industry and the Oil and Gas Engineering MSc is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). We are seeking accreditation with the following professional bodies:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Institution of Chemical Engineers

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Electrical and electronic engineering are the foundation of 21st century innovations. from digital communications to robotics systems, from sustainable energy to smart environments. Read more

Electrical and electronic engineering are the foundation of 21st century innovations: from digital communications to robotics systems, from sustainable energy to smart environments. With the MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering from GCU, you'll develop the skills to work at the forefront of these exciting fields. Through discovery and invention, you can build a better future for humanity and contribute to the common good.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the programme also meets the Engineering Council's further learning requirements to become a Chartered Engineer. It offers advanced study and ideal preparation so you can enter the next stage of your career. You'll also find professional development opportunities for your continued growth as a successful engineer.

The curriculum offers a comprehensive exploration of electrical and electronic engineering, with particular emphasis on today's fast-growing fields of energy engineering and renewable technologies.

  • Expand your understanding of power systems and instrumentation systems
  • Investigate telecommunications systems and technologies
  • Solidify your personal skills and practise collaborating with a team
  • Connect your learning to the real world with industry case studies and on-the-ground assignments

The MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering offers two options for specialisation.

  • Digital Systems and Telecommunications - Master communication technologies and systems
  • Mechatronics - Study the electronic control of mechanical and intelligent robotic systems

What you will study

In addition to the knowledge and understanding of electrical and electronic engineering the programme will provide an integrated understanding of power systems, instrumentation systems, telecommunications systems and business operations, reinforced with personal and inter-personal skills.

Electrical Power Systems

The module examines topics relating to electric power generation, transmission, distribution and utilisation. This will include examination of individual power system components such as generators, transformers, overhead lines, underground cables, switchgears and protection systems as well as analysis of load flow and system fault conditions which are required for power system design and operation.

Advanced Industrial Communication Systems

Aims to provide a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of modern industrial communications systems. The operation of a wide range of state-of-the-art advanced communications systems will be studied, e.g. SCADA, satellite systems, digital cellular mobile networks and wireless sensor networks.

Measurement Theories and Devices

The generalised approach to measurement theory and devices adopted in this module will allow students to become familiar with the characteristics of measurement systems in terms of the underlying principles. Students should find this methodology to be a considerable benefit to them when they apply their expertise to solving more complex industrial measurement problems.

Measurement Systems

A range of advanced measurement systems will be studied in depth. Sensors, signal processing, low-level signal measurements, noise reduction methods and appropriate measurement strategies will be applied to industrial and environmental applications. The influence of environmental factors and operation conditions will be considered in relation to the optimisation of the measurement system.

Energy, Audit and Asset Management

Focuses on techniques for auditing and managing the amount of energy used in a range of industrial processes. The module will provide an understanding of the strategies and procedures of energy audit and energy asset management. Using case studies throughout, the module will present energy audit, managing energy usage, factors affecting energy efficiency on plant, and cost benefit analysis of introducing alternative strategies and technologies.

Professional Practice

Focuses on two themes, the first aims to develop student moral autonomy within a professional technology framework. It will examine moral issues and moral decision processes through evaluative enquiry and application of professional codes of conduct specifically in relation to design, information technology and the Internet. The second theme enhances the student's knowledge of concepts, methods and application of technology and environmental management as applied to a new or existing venture.

Renewable Energy Technologies

Renewable energy is regarded as an integral part of a sustainable development strategy. This module concentrates on the renewable energy technologies most likely to succeed in the UK and other temperate countries, i.e. solar energy, energy from waste, wind, hydro and biomass.

Condition Monitoring

Aims to provide an understanding of both Mechanical and Electrical Condition monitoring and associated instrumentation requirements for successful condition monitoring. The main focus in Mechanical Condition Monitoring is vibration monitoring since this is the most popular method of determining the condition and diagnosing faults in rotational machines, although other techniques used in condition monitoring are also covered.

Accreditation

MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and its students meet the UK Engineering Council’s further learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed via a combination of examinations, coursework, presentations,case study analysis, reports and the final dissertation.

Graduate prospects

Your degree and specialist knowledge will guarantee you excellent career opportunities around the world. You might find work in the electrical power industry, the renewable energy sector, the offshore industry, transport engineering, electronic engineering or telecommunications.



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This MSc will suit engineering, mathematics and physical sciences graduates who wish to specialise in the maritime engineering science sector. Read more

This MSc will suit engineering, mathematics and physical sciences graduates who wish to specialise in the maritime engineering science sector. The core modules are particularly relevant to the Advanced Materials theme of this course.

Introducing your degree

Maritime Engineering Science is an MSc course designed for graduates, or similarly qualified, with an engineering, scientific or mathematical background, who desire to pursue a career in maritime sector. An introductory module is provided at the start to give students the fundamental knowledge necessary for them to succeed in the course. The masters course in Maritime Engineering Science / Advanced Materials enables the students to specialise in the in-depth study of engineering materials in addition to core naval architecture subject areas.

Overview

This course will enable you to develop a fundamental understanding of maritime engineering. Core modules are particularly relevant to the advanced materials theme where you will explore composites, titanium and aluminium and understand their selection and engineering for maritime applications.

The year is divided into two semesters. Each semester, in addition to a set of specialist modules, you will also have opportunity to select from a range of option modules including marine structures, finite element analysis and composite engineering design. You will also learn the broader principles of marine safety, environmental engineering and management.

The last four months will put your newly developed knowledge into practice. You will complete a major research project and take advantage of our many facilities, including a state-of-the-art Transportation Systems Research Laboratory and wind tunnel complex to support your experimental work.

View the specification document for this course

Career Opportunities

The maritime sector provides many and varied career opportunities in engineering and project management related roles. Maritime Engineering Science graduates are in strong demand with good starting salaries and excellent career progression opportunities.

Our graduates work across many different organisations. The Solent region around Southampton is the main UK hub for the maritime sector with organisations such as Lloyd’s Register, Carnival, BMT Nigel Gee, Maritime and Coastguard agency and many others based nearby. Organisations such BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Babcock support primarily the defence sector and employ a good number of our graduates. The offshore and marine renewable developments are offering excellent prospects both to work in the UK (locally, London or Aberdeen) or worldwide in places such as Singapore, Houston or Perth, etc.



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Energy supply is fundamentally important to our homes and workplaces. Read more

Energy supply is fundamentally important to our homes and workplaces. Future energy supply has to be stable, secure, not only affordable but sustainable, which makes energy supply a systems engineering problem. Energy Informatics is an emerging discipline that utilises powerful tools from modern information technology to analyse data from different energy systems and sources to solve energy supply problems.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Information Technology graduates and practicing IT engineers wishing to pursue a technical management career in the strongly growing energy industry sector. It develops professional engineers and scientists with the multidisciplinary skills and ability to analyse current and future energy engineering problems.

Why this course?

Developed economies now face a number of challenges in procuring energy security and responding to energy pricing and affordability issues, as well as dealing with contributions to carbon emission targets. Due to the growth of sustainable and renewable energy production, energy informatics plays a significant role in managing the world's growing energy demand. Both developed and developing countries are facing great challenges in improvements in energy efficiency, reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and enlargements of renewable energy applications. For example, the UK Government has set ambitious targets to decrease the greenhouse gas emissions to 80% of today’s by 2050; the China Government has also planned to significantly reduce CO2 emissions to a level of 5,000 million tons in 2050, which is half of current emissions.

Through this course, you will develop professional informatics skills required in the growing energy sector, with essential abilities applicable in both the renewables industry (wind, geothermal and solar) and the traditional energy industry (oil and gas).

Students benefit from dedicated state-of-the-art facilities including unique engineering-scale facilities for the development of efficient technologies with low CO2 emissions. In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following learning outcomes from this degree course:

  • Develop systematic strategies using traditional methods to resolve the technical and economic issues involved in the design and operation of industrial energy systems.
  • Apply effectively the informatics knowledge gained to solve practical problems in principal subject areas of energy systems.

Informed by Industry

We have a world class reputation for our industrial-scale research and pilot-scale demonstration programmes in the energy sector. Close engagement with the energy and transport sectors over the last 20 years has produced long-standing strategic partnerships with the sectors most prominent players. The strategic links with industry ensures that all of the material taught on the course is relevant, timely and meets the needs of organisations competing within the energy sector. This industry-led education makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for energy companies to recruit.

Course details

The taught programme for the Energy Informatics masters is generally delivered from October to February and is comprised of eight modules. The modules are delivered over one week of intensive delivery with a second week being free from structured teaching to allow time for more independent learning and reflection.

Students on the part-time programme will complete all of the modules based on a flexible schedule that will be agreed with the course director.

Group project

The group project is an applied, multidisciplinary, team-based activity. Often solving real-world, industry-based problems, students are provided with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project while working under academic supervision. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. Transferable skills such as team work, self-reflection and clear communication are also developed.

Individual project

The individual project is the chance for students to focus on an area of particular interest to them and their future career. Students select the individual project in consultation with the Thesis Co-ordinator, their allocated supervisor and their Course Director. These projects provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in the offshore industry. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, group project 20% (or dissertation for part-time students), and individual project 40%.

Your career

Graduates from this course will develop diverse and rewarding careers in the extremely promising energy sector. The international nature of this growing field would allow Cranfield graduates to develop careers all over the world.

If you are pursuing further study through continue education (PhD or MBA) in the energy sector, this programme would facilitated this through its international, interdisciplinary, project-oriented course design.



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