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See the department website - http://www.rit.edu/gis/academics/ms-sustainability/. Read more
See the department website - http://www.rit.edu/gis/academics/ms-sustainability/

The MS degree in sustainable systems focuses on sustainable production systems, which create goods and services using processes that are non-polluting; conservation of energy and natural resources; economic viability; and safety and health for workers, communities, and consumers. Course work and research take a systems level and interdisciplinary approach to solving sustainability problems, as opposed to single disciplinary and locally optimized approaches destined to yield marginally positive impacts.

Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in their chosen field with an understanding of basic sustainability principles and the expertise to analyze and solve complex sustainability issues.

Plan of study

Students must complete 24 semester credit hours of course work plus a 6 semester credit hour thesis or capstone project. Full-time students may complete the degree in one year (two semesters plus one summer term).

Tracks

Students have the option of choosing one of four tracks: sustainable manufacturing, sustainable mobility, sustainable energy systems, and sustainable built environments. Students can also create additional tracks using elective courses (selected in consultation with the student's adviser) from a wide variety of courses offered by the Golisano Institute for Sustainability or any one of RIT's other colleges.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in sustainable systems, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,

- Have fulfilled the following curriculum requirements: one year of college science and one year of college mathematics (including calculus and statistics),

- Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0,

- Participate in an interview with the academic department,

- Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,

- Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE),

- Submit two letters of reference,

- Submit a personal statement of educational objectives,

- Submit a current resume, and

- Complete a graduate application.

- International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) are required. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum acceptable score is 6.5.

Additional information

- Non-matriculated students

An applicant with a bachelor’s degree from an approved undergraduate institution and the appropriate background is permitted to take graduate courses as a non-matriculated student. If the student is subsequently admitted to the graduate program, a limited number of credit hours from courses taken at RIT as a non-matriculated student can be transferred to the degree program. Any applicant who wishes to register for a graduate course as a non-matriculated student must obtain permission from the chair of the graduate program and the course instructor.

Curriculum

- First Year

Fundamentals of Sustainability Science
Industrial Ecology
Economics of Sustainable Systems
Risk Analysis
Sustainability Practice
Electives
Technology Policy and Sustainability

Choose one of the following:
- Capstone
- Thesis

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The Master's programme in Sustainable Systems Engineering is designed for highly qualified graduate students holding a Bachelor‘s degree in engineering or science. Read more
The Master's programme in Sustainable Systems Engineering is designed for highly qualified graduate students holding a Bachelor‘s degree in engineering or science. It provides an in-depth knowledge in fields such as sustainable materials, energy systems, and resilience. The successful completion of the Master's programme qualifies for a career in research, as well as for head positions in industries of conventional and renewable energy, in supply companies and in energy or transport infrastructure operators.

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This course is designed in collaboration with transport industry partners to equip you to meet the needs of the rail and road industries. Read more
This course is designed in collaboration with transport industry partners to equip you to meet the needs of the rail and road industries. There is an increased demand for advancements in electrical, electronic, control and communication systems for transport, with a particular focus on themes like higher efficiency and sustainability, safety and driving assistance, position and traffic control for smart transport planning.

Modern electrical, electronic, control and communication systems for intelligent transport require today engineers with a combination of skills and solutions from cross-disciplinary abilities spanning electrical, electronic, control and communications. In this context, the overall aim of this Conversion Masters is to provide you with an enriching learning experience, and to enhance your knowledge and skill-base in the area of modern road vehicle and rail transport systems design.

This conversion course is intended both for engineers in current practice and for fresh honours graduates to facilitate their professional development, mobility and employability.

Course content

This course aims to enhance your knowledge and skills in the area of intelligent and efficient transport systems design. You will develop advanced practical skills that will help you determine system requirements, select and deploy suitable design processes and use the latest specialist tool chains to test and/or prototype a device or algorithm. The programme will help you acquire the cross-disciplinary skills and abilities that today are vital to be able to implement effective solutions for modern electrical, electronic and communication systems applied to intelligent transport. The broad range of disciplines covered by the course will enable you to enter a career that requires a cross-disciplinary approach with a practical skillset.

The subject areas covered within the course offer you an excellent launch pad which will enable you to enter into this ever expanding, fast growing and dominant area within the electrical engineering sector, and particularly in the area of intelligent and efficient transport systems. Furthermore, the course will provide the foundations required to re-focus existing knowledge and enter the world of multi-disciplined jobs.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-Electric Motors and Control for Transport Systems
-Power Conversion and Drives for Transport Systems
-Project
-Sensor, Data Acquisition and Communication for Transport Systems

Associated careers

The course provides the foundations required to re-focus existing knowledge and enter the world of multi-disciplined jobs. Graduates can expect to find employment, for example, as Electrical systems design engineers; Control systems engineers, Transport systems engineers; Plant control engineers; Electronic systems design engineer; Communication systems design engineers; Sensor systems engineers; Computer systems engineer. Examples of typical industries of employment can be: Transport; Automobile; Aviation; Electrical systems; Electronic systems; Assembly line manufacturers; Robotics and home help; Toy; Communication systems; Logistics and distribution; Consumer industry; Life-style industry; Security and surveillance; Petro-chemical.

Professional recognition

This course will be seeking accreditation from the IET.

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The global challenge of environmental sustainability highlights the need for holistic design and management of complex environmental and technological systems. Read more
The global challenge of environmental sustainability highlights the need for holistic design and management of complex environmental and technological systems. This interdisciplinary Master's programme presents environmental issues and technologies within a systems engineering context. Graduates will understand interactions between the natural environment, people, processes and technologies to develop sustainable solutions.

Degree information

Students will develop an understanding of systems engineering and environmental engineering. Environmental engineering is a multidisciplinary branch of engineering concerned with devising, implementing and managing solutions to protect and restore the environment within an overall framework of sustainable development. Systems engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the development and management of large complex systems.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), a collaborative environmental systems project (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and an individual environmental systems dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Core modules
-Collaborative Environmental Systems Project
-Environmental Systems
-Systems Engineering and Management
-Systems Society and Sustainability
-Environmental Modelling

Optional modules - options may include the following:
-Urban Flooding and Drainage
-Coastal Engineering
-Water and Wastewater Treatment
-Natural Environmental Disasters
-The Control of Noise
-Industrial Symbiosis
-Environmental Masterplanning
-Energy Systems Modelling
-Smart Energy Systems
-Low Carbon Energy Supply System Design for Buildings and Neighbourhoods
-Energy Systems & Sustainability
-Politics of Climate Change
-Natural Environmental Disasters
-Engineering and International Development
-Waste and Resource Efficiency
-Project Management for Engineers

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project addressing a problem of systems research, design or analysis, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory classes and projects. The individual and group projects in the synthesis element involve interaction with industrial partners, giving students real-life experience and contacts for the future. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentations, and group and individual projects.

Careers

Career paths for environmental systems engineers are diverse, expanding and challenging, with the pressures of increasing population, desire for improved standards of living and the need to protect the environmental systems. There are local UK and international opportunities in all areas of industry: in government planning and regulation, with regional and municipal authorities, consultants and contracting engineers, research and development organisations, and in education and technology transfer. Example of recent career destinations include Ford, KPMG, EDF Energy, Brookfield Multiplex, and the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Environmental Specialist, BHP Billiton
-Project Engineer, Alberta WaterSMART
-Project Manager, Veolia Environmental Services
-MSc Business Management, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College
-PhD Environmental Research, Imperial College London

Employability
The discipline of environmental systems engineering is growing rapidly with international demand for multi-skilled, solutions-focussed professionals who can take an integrated approach to complex problems.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The discipline of environmental systems engineering is growing rapidly with an international demand for multi-skilled professionals who can take an integrated approach to solving complex environmental problems (e.g. urban water systems, technologies to minimise industrial pollution). Environmental engineers work closely with a range of other environmental professionals, and the community.

Skills may be used to:
-Design, construct and operate urban water systems.
-Develop and implement cleaner production technologies to minimise industrial pollution.
-Recycle waste materials into new products and generate energy.
-Evaluate and minimise the environmental impact of engineering projects.
-Develop and implement sound environmental management strategies and procedures.

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting environment in which to explore environmental systems engineering. Students have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty institution with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated at the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.

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The Sustainable Smart Cities Dual Master’s program from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA) and Staffordshire University (UK) is a unique professional postgraduate program that provides an inter-disciplinary grounding in the principles, application and key technologies required to develop sustainable smart cities. Read more
The Sustainable Smart Cities Dual Master’s program from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA) and Staffordshire University (UK) is a unique professional postgraduate program that provides an inter-disciplinary grounding in the principles, application and key technologies required to develop sustainable smart cities.

Delivered by experienced faculty at both UAB and Staffordshire University, this genuinely international course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking to assess, design and implement sustainable smart cities strategies across the globe.

Get two Master's degrees

As a Dual Award you will receive two Master’s degrees, one from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and one from Staffordshire University. Upon successful completion of the Master’s programme you will be awarded the following degrees:

MEng Sustainable Smart Cities (UAB)

MSc Sustainable Smart Cities (SU)

The course offers a broad curriculum covering sustainability theory, sustainable urban development, low carbon and renewable energy systems, green infrastructure, natural resource management, health and liveability, transport and mobility, big data analytics and smart technologies.

Course content

The Dual Master's in Sustainable Smart Cities is delivered via ten modules:

Principles of Sustainable Development (UAB)
Drivers of sustainable smart cities (i.e. climate change, population growth, resource scarcity, etc) and the principles of sustainable development.

Introduction to Sustainable Smart Cities (SU)
Sustainable urban planning and smart growth, engaging with smart citizens, sustainable governance and creating sustainable economic development.

Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Systems (SU)
Low carbon and renewable energy technologies, renewable energy integration and smart grids.

Managing Natural Resources and Sustainable Smart Cities (SU)
Water, waste and carbon management, pollution prevention, climate adaptation and resilience and integrated environmental systems management.

Green Infrastructure and Transportation (UAB)
Public and open space design, principles of urban design and smart sustainable mobility and transportation.

Green Buildings (UAB)
Smart buildings and infrastructure, principles of sustainable construction, sustainable building materials, building and energy management systems and standards and rating systems.

Health & Liveability (UAB)
Genomics, health informatics, designing for well-being:, environmental justice and food smart cities.

Smart Technologies for Cities & Buildings (SU)
Internet of things, remote sensing and communication technologies at individual building, neighbourhood and city-scale.

Big Data & Smart Cities (SU)
Big data platforms and cloud computing, urban informatics, GIS and spatial analysis, measuring impact and data visualization.

Research Methods & Project Planning (UAB & SU)
Introduction to research methods and the principles of project planning to enable students to plan for their capstone project.

Capstone Research Project (UAB & SU)
You will design and implement a piece of research that will enable you to reflect on the knowledge and skills which you have learned during your taught modules and apply them to a real world problem or issue. This research may draw on the practical and work-related experiences of the student.

You will have an opportunity to present their capstone project findings at the annual Sustainable Smart Cities Research Symposium hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Staffordshire University.

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Become a sustainable engineering expert, learning to use energy and resources so that the natural environment meets the needs of future generations. Read more
Become a sustainable engineering expert, learning to use energy and resources so that the natural environment meets the needs of future generations.

You might already be in industry and are looking to develop your engineering skills for career progression, or you could be keen to further your studies before entering the profession.

Our course enables you to understand sustainability in which ever area of engineering you wish to specialise, from simulation, modelling and eco engineering, to sustainable systems design and green computing technologies, to name just a few.

Our aim is simple - to provide you with a learning experience that helps you to achieve the career you want. That's why our course is made up of option modules - it's an opportunity to tailor the course so that it reflects engineering sustainability issues that are most important to you.

Innovation will be at the heart of your studies, developing your ability to find sustainable solutions to engineering problems anywhere in the world, and equipping you with the skills to design and construct sustainable systems.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/sustainableengineering_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Bursting with creative solutions to sustainable challenges, your engineering skills will be in demand around the world and across many industries.

If you're currently in a junior management or technical role, you will gain the expertise to progress your career to focus more on the processes and management of environmentally sustainable engineering.

- Engineer
- Environmental surveyor and analyst
- Automation consultant
- Project manager

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will have access to a range of impressive facilities, including FlexSim Discrete simulation software, Dimension Rapid Prototyping machine, ARM development boards, concrete beam production testing, structural element testing and hydraulics equipment, to name just a few.

To meet the government objective of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by four fifths by 2050, UK businesses are increasingly looking for professionals who are experts in how energy is used in buildings. The research findings of the Leeds Sustainability Institute at our University will feed into your course and ensure what you learn reflects the latest, cutting-edge developments in sustainable engineering so you can catch the eye of such employers.

In addition to this, you'll benefit from our strong connections with business leaders and sustainability experts, many of whom provide guest talks to our students.

If you're already working in industry you will also benefit from assignments that allow you to focus on your own place of work, enabling you to apply what you learn straight away in your current role.

Modules

Work Based Learning (option module)
Provides a foundation upon which to develop engineering skills and protocols through a work based or work simulated environment.

Final project
Carry out an in-depth research project, presented in a dissertation, into an area of sustainable engineering.

ICT and Environment (option module)
Examine the environmental impact of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in an industrial / commercial setting.

Project Management (option module)
Develop the ability to initiate, plan, execute, manage and sign off a project.

Simulation and Modelling (option module)
Use discreet event simulation and 3D modelling techniques to construct virtual factories that use automated systems.

Sustainable Systems Design (option module)
Review current trends in building services systems design, focusing upon design approaches, sustainability considerations, electrical systems and lighting design.

Engineering Systems Control (option module)
Study real time control issues using the latest PLC controls and emulation software.

Lean and Agile Engineering (option module)
Analyse how organisations respond to rapidly changing markets, unknown or changing product requirements.

Green Computing Technologies (option module)
Investigate, identify and evaluate technologies to minimise the energy consumption and environmental impacts of computing resources.

Sustainable Buildings (option module)
Enhance your knowledge of building and system performance in resolution of carbon reduction and achieving long-term sustainability.

Eco Engineering (option module)
Explore the environmental issues for the life cycle of a product, from raw materials to the final recycling.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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This course is for engineers who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in energy systems that will meet future energy needs. Read more
This course is for engineers who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in energy systems that will meet future energy needs. Such energy systems will need to be designed and implemented in accordance with principles of sustainability.

The course content is designed to be relevant to international, national and local government energy policies and strategies, and will be of value to anyone working in an energy related engineering discipline. The primary focus of the course is for graduates in building services, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering.

The aims of the course are to:
- Present and take forward arguments for sustainability in the design and implementation of energy delivery systems

- Provide you with a broad basis of advanced understanding in the technologies that deliver high quality energy services with minimum environmental impact

- Design appropriate decentralised energy delivery systems, based on a range of criteria including environment, cost and engineering potential

- Develop your understanding of policy, market and institutional factors that promote or constrain innovation.

Excellent scholarship opportunity

Students who have accepted an offer for a full-time place on this course are encouraged to apply for LSBU's Kevin Herriott scholarship. Find out more about the Kevin Herriott scholarship.

Students on this course are also eligible to apply for a bursary from the Panasonic Trust fellowship scheme, worth £8,000.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/sustainable-energy-systems-msc

Modules

An indicative list of topics covered on this course are:

- Renewable energy technologies 1
This module provides the necessary knowledge and skills to analyse the technical performance, environmental impact and economic feasibility of a variety of solar and wind powered systems. The module provides a systematic understanding of current knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights at the forefront of professional practice; train students to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the field of solar and wind power; enables students to evaluate solar and wind power technologies, develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose novel solutions.

- Renewable energy technologies 2
The module provides the necessary knowledge and skills to analyse the technical performance, environmental impact and economic feasibility of a number renewable energy technologies such as fuel cells, biofuels, geothermal, and micro-hydropower systems.

- Energy resource and use analysis
This module is designed to develop strategic and operational management skills in the fields of infrastructure asset management and project appraisal. It covers design life extensions, risk and asset management techniques for infrastructure, and techniques for physical appraisal of infrastructure, and their economic, environmental and social impacts.

- Electrical power
The module covers electrical power engineering as applied to the design of systems in buildings. In particular, this includes the connection of, and the effects of, small-scale embedded generation as might be employed to exploit renewable energy sources. The module aims to provide appreciation and understanding of electrical services design in buildings with particular reference to safety requirements and the effects of embedded generation on the supplier and the consumer.

- Sustainable refrigeration
The module introduces the principles of thermodynamics, and applies them to the study and design of energy efficient refrigeration systems. Vapour compression, absorption and other novel cycles are analysed and modelled Practical applications of sustainable refrigeration are investigated through case studies.

- Environmental management
The module is designed to develop understanding of the way in which human social and economic activities impact on the environment. The emphasis is on how managers can assess and influence the environmental impact of their particular organisation, with reference to key technologies and the political and legal constraints within which organisations must operate.

- Energy engineering project

Employability

The emergence of sustainable energy technologies, together with targets for implementation, mean that specialist engineers will increasingly be in demand to specify, design and install these systems. Many engineering consultancies and energy service companies are developing specialist sustainability teams, and already there is a shortage of skilled personnel.

Professional accreditation

The course provides the Masters level academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer status when following on from an appropriate accredited BEng degree.

The course is accredited on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Professional links

Accreditation:
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CISBE) and the Energy Institute as masters further learning to meet the academic requirements of becoming a Chartered Engineer (with a suitable first degree).

The course is accredited on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is the standard setter and authority on building services engineering in the UK and overseas. It speaks for the profession and supports career development.

The Energy Institute is the professional members' body for the energy industry, delivering good practice and professionalism across the sector. Its purpose is to develop and disseminate knowledge, skills and good practice towards a safer, more secure and sustainable energy system.

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This programme is idea for graduates from engineering, science or other relevant backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a successful career in research, technological change and the commercialisation of renewable-energy systems. Read more
This programme is idea for graduates from engineering, science or other relevant backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a successful career in research, technological change and the commercialisation of renewable-energy systems.

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

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Created in the context of the rapid advancement of the renewable-energy industry, this Masters programme investigates both renewable energy and systems technologies.

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

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Optimisation and Decision-Making
-Process Modelling and Simulation
-Technology, Business & Research Seminars
-Renewable Energy Technologies
-Refinery and Petrochemical Process
-Solar Energy Technology
-Advanced Process Control
-Energy Economics and Technology
-Process Systems Design
-Biomass Processing Technology
-Wind Energy Technology
-Process and Energy Integration
-Knowledge-based Systems and Artificial Intelligence
-Supply Chain Management
-Introduction to Petroleum Production
-Process Safety and Operation Integrity
-Economics of International Oil & Gas
-Dissertation

FACILITIES, EQUIPMENT AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Modules related to the different groups are taught by a total of six full-time members of staff and a number of visiting lecturers.

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

Numerous laboratory facilities across the Faculty and the University are also available for those opting for technology-based projects, such as the process engineering facility, a control and robotics facility and signal processing labs.

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 programme.

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.

Graduates of this programme 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.

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

This programme investigates both renewable energy and systems technologies in order to produce scientific researchers and engineers who are competent in the R&D and engineering tasks applicable to the renewable energy and sustainable development sectors.

Its primary aims lie in developing a global understanding of the major types of renewable energy technologies, in-depth knowledge of the technology for biomass-based renewable energy, and knowledge and skills in systems modelling and optimisation.

A balanced curriculum will be provided with a core of renewable energy and systems engineering modules supplemented by a flexible element by way of elective modules that permit students to pursue an element of specialisation relevant to their backgrounds, interests and/or career aspirations.

An integrated approach is taken so as to provide a coherent view that explores the interrelationships between the various components of the programme.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding
-State-of- the-art knowledge in renewable energy technologies, in terms of: the sources, technologies, systems, performance, and applications of all the major types of renewable energy; approaches to the assessment of renewable energy technologies; the processes, equipment, products, and integration opportunities of biomass-based manufacturing
-State-of- the-art knowledge in process systems engineering methods, in the areas of: modelling and simulation of process systems; mathematical optimization and decision making; process systems design
-Advanced level of understanding in technical topics of preference, in one or more of the following aspects: process and energy integration, economics of the energy sector, sustainable development, supply chain management

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Select, define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level
-Collect and digest knowledge and information selectively and independently to support a particular scientific or engineering enquiry
-Develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies for analysing the issue, developing solutions, recommendations and logical conclusions, and for evaluating the results of own or other’s work

Professional practical skills
-Assess the available renewable energy systems
-Design and select appropriate collection and storage, and optimise and evaluate system design
-Apply generic systems engineering methods such as modelling, simulation, and optimization to facilitate the assessment and development of renewable energy technologies and systems

Key / transferable skills
-Preparation and delivery of communication and presentation
-Report and essay writing
-Use of general and professional computing tools
-Collaborative working with team members
-Organizing and planning of work
-Research into new areas, particularly in the aspect of literature review and skills acquisition

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The Master's course in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy places strong emphasis on state-of-the-art semiconductor devices and technologies, advanced power electronics and drives, and advanced power systems. The Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy course also covers conventional and renewable energy generation technologies. Exciting new developments such as wide band gap electronics, energy harvesting, solar cells and biofuels are discussed and recent developments in power electronics are highlighted.

Key Features of MSc in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy

The College of Engineering has an international reputation for electrical and electronics research for energy and advanced semiconductor materials and devices.

Greenhouse gas emission and, consequently, global warming are threatening the global economy and world as we know it. A non-rational use of electrical energy largely contributes to these.

Sustainable energy generation and utilisation is a vital industry in today’s energy thirsty world. Energy generation and conversion, in the most efficient way possible, is the key to reducing carbon emissions. It is an essential element of novel energy power generation system and future transportation systems. The core of an energy conversion system is the power electronics converter which in one hand ensures the maximum power capture from any energy source and on another hand controls the power quality delivered to grid. Therefore the converter parameters such as efficiency, reliability and costs are directly affecting the performance of an energy system.

Transmission and distribution systems will encounter many challenges in the near future. Decentralisation of generation and storage systems has emerged as a promising solution. Consequently, in the near future, a power grid will no longer be a mono-directional energy flow system but a bi-directional one, requiring a much more complex management.

The MSc in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy is modular in structure. Students must obtain a total of 180 credits to qualify for the degree. This is made up of 120 credits in the taught element (Part One) and a project (Part Two) that is worth 60 credits and culminates in a written dissertation. Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy students must successfully complete Part One before being allowed to progress to Part Two.

Part-time Delivery mode

The part-time scheme is a version of the full-time equivalent MSc in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy scheme, and as such it means lectures are spread right across each week and you may have lectures across every day. Due to this timetabling format, the College advises that the scheme is likely to suit individuals who are looking to combine this with other commitments (typically family/caring) and who are looking for a less than full-time study option.

Those candidates seeking to combine the part-time option with full-time work are unlikely to find the timetable suitable, unless their job is extremely flexible and local to the Bay Campus.

Modules

Modules on the MSc Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy course can vary each year but you could expect to study:

Advanced Power Electronics and Drives
Power Semiconductor Devices
Advanced Power Systems
Energy and Power Engineering Laboratory
Power Generation Systems
Modern Control Systems
Wide Band-Gap Electronics
Environmental Analysis and Legislation
Communication Skills for Research Engineers
Optimisation

Facilities

The new home of MSc in Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy is at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Engineering at Swansea University has extensive IT facilities and provides extensive software licenses and packages to support teaching. In addition the University provides open access IT resources.

Our new WOLFSON Foundation funded Power Electronics and Power System (PEPS) laboratory well-appointed with the state-of the-art equipment supports student research projects.

Careers

Employment in growing renewable energy sector, power electronic and semiconductor sector, electric/hybrid vehicle industry.

The MSc Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy is for graduates who may want to extend their technical knowledge and for professional applicants be provided with fast-track career development. This MSc addresses the skills shortage within the power electronics for renewable energy sector.

Links with industry

BT, Siemens, Plessey, GE Lighting, Schlumberger, Cogsys, Morganite, Newbridge Networks, Alstom, City Technology, BNR Europe, Philips, SWALEC, DERA, BTG, X-Fab, ZETEX Diodes, IQE, IBM, TSMC, IR, Toyota, Hitachi.

As a student on the MSc Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy course, you will learn about numerical simulation techniques and have the opportunity to visit electronics industries with links to Swansea.

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

The REF assesses the quality of research in the UK Higher Education sector, assuring us of the standards we strive for.

World-Leading Research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

With recent academic appointments strengthening electronics research at the College, the Electronic Systems Design Centre (ESDC) has been re-launched to support these activities.

The Centre aims to represent all major electronics research within the College and to promote the Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree.

Best known for its research in ground-breaking Power IC technology, the key technology for more energy efficient electronics, the Centre is also a world leader in semiconductor device modelling, FEM and compact modelling.

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MSc in Sustainable Development Energy

- Compulsory modules
Interrogating Sustainable Development – This module will introduce you to, or develop your knowledge across, areas such as the history and genesis of sustainable development, an understanding of earth systems science, the social and economic systems that shape humanity and impact on the environment, and an understanding of how these systems interact.

Quantitative Research Methods in Social Sciences – This module will introduce you to various quantitative and statistical approaches used to analyse social processes and phenomena and how to apply these in sustainable development.

Master Class in Sustainable Development – This module will enable an in-depth study of a number of areas. These areas will be investigated via group work with the research being initiated by invited lecturers from the appropriate areas.

Qualitative Research Methods in Social Sciences – This module will provide you with the necessary skills of dealing with qualitative data from interviews, participant observations, questionnaires and other sources.

Postgraduate community

The postgraduate programmes in Sustainable Development have been growing very rapidly. The original MSc programme started with nine students in the 2009-2010 academic year and currently 30 students are registered. On this programme you attend an average number of 24 lectures lasting for three hours each in Semester 1 and an additional 15 lectures in Semester 2. There are also a number of tutorials, seminar presentations, student-led workshops, as well as field trips and away days. There is also a dissertation conference where you can present your research findings before you submit your dissertation.

The double MSc in Sustainable Energy takes place in both St Andrews and Moscow. The first year involves taking similar modules in the one-year programme at St Andrews with a more specific focus on energy issues. The second year challenges students to complete study abroad on a wide range of energy modules.

Sustainable Development students are extremely well catered for in several aspects. Firstly, you have the use of a dedicated postgraduate space in the Observatory. There are ports for physical laptop internet access. The room is also served by high speed WiFi connections. You have access to the room on a 24/7 basis. It offers a location for group or individual work, classes, events, receptions and even relaxation. The building is primarily for the use of Sustainable Development postgraduate students. Secondly, you have a close relationship with staff on the course. Class sizes are limited to provide a one-to-one service for students. This is a unique aspect of undertaking Sustainable Development research and teaching at St Andrews. Thirdly, the interdisciplinary nature of Sustainable Development allows you to interact with a wide range of students in other disciplines. This allows for the creation of an extended group of student and staff contacts. Fourthly, Sustainable Development students have the benefit of a number of targeted field trips, including the Glen Tanar estate trip, pictured opposite, where students reflect on issues from ecology to landownership.

Why does sustainable development matter?

Humanity faces enormous environmental and developmental challenges in the twenty-first century. The United Nations has identified five global issues of particular concern: the provision of clean water and adequate sanitation, energy generation and supply, human health, food production and distribution, and the continuing threat to biodiversity.

We are living in a time of tremendous opportunity, as people are working together across the globe to address the serious challenges facing humankind. We must learn to live within environmental limits and embrace sustainability as the key concept that will allow us to develop in the twenty-first century and beyond.

Our postgraduate programmes in Sustainable Development, co-ordinated by the School of Geography & Geosciences, will enable you to develop the knowledge and understanding you need, not only to understand all these issues from multiple perspectives but also to utilise the knowledge you gain to tackle them and realise the opportunities they create.

Transition University of St Andrews

Transition University of St Andrews was launched in 2009 and is part of the UK-based Transition initiative, which has been expanding worldwide over the last five years. Transition operates within community groups on a grassroots level, founded and operated by the communities themselves, in response to the threats of climate change and peak oil. Through working on practical projects with different community groups, the initiative helps communities minimise their impact on the planet, become more self-sustaining, and strengthens community ties. It also benefits individuals by developing their skills and encouraging re-consideration of
the aspects of life that truly promote happiness and wellbeing. A number of MSc students in Sustainable Development have participated in Transition’s activities which complement a number of themes pursued in our programmes.

Careers

Your question should not be “What can I do with a degree in Sustainable Development?” but instead “Can you imagine a future where it could not be useful?” Sustainability impacts upon almost all aspects of life, so your future career could take you in one of many different directions. For example, you could:
• Work in industry addressing sustainability aspects of business management, engineering, planning, transport, project management, construction, waste, energy or environmental management.

• Make yourself heard as a sustainability researcher or policy adviser in local, regional or national government, NGOs and campaigning groups.

• Act as an adviser to supra-national bodies such as the United Nations, World Bank, European Union, and the OECD.

• Become a sustainability adviser and assessor working directly in private sector organisations, industry or as a consultant (in both mainstream and specialist businesses).

• Help others directly through development or aid work.

• Spread the word by outreach and education in sustainable living via public or third sector organisations (e.g. Councils or NGOs).

• Stay at university for a PhD, perhaps eventually going on to a teaching or research career.

• Recent graduates now work at: UNDP; the World Bank; Christian Aid in Africa; LCI consultancy; and at a global bank in Dubai.

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COURSE AIMS. This MSc programme meets the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation. Read more
COURSE AIMS
This MSc programme meets the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation. This programme aims to produce graduates of the highest calibre with the right skills and knowledge who will be capable of leading in teams involved in the operation, control, design, regulation and management of the power systems and networks of the future.

This programme also aims to provide graduates with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods in:

Power system engineering – using state-of-the-art computational tools and methods;
Design of sustainable electrical power systems and networks;
Regulatory frameworks for, and operation of, power systems and electricity markets.
Who should Study this Course?
This newly designed M.Sc. programme is appropriate for those seeking an in-depth knowledge of sustainable electrictrical power including:

Graduates in power or electrical engineering, physical sciences, or related disciplines who aspire to work in the electrical power industry;
Industrially experienced graduate engineers and managers who recognise the importance of developing new analytical and critical skills, and state-of-the-art methodologies associated with the development sustainable electrical power systems.

COURSE MODULES

Sustainable Power Generation

Generation costing of solar, geo-thermal, bio-mass, wind, hydro, tidal, and wave.
Storage technologies and energy conversion: practical understanding and limitations.
Embedded renewable generation: technical challenges, opportunities and connection in electrical transmission and distribution grids.

Energy Economics and Power Markets

Principles, objectives, regulation, computational methods, economic procedures, emissions trading, and operation of electricity markets.
Restructuring and deregulation in generation, transmission, and distribution.
Concepts of transmission congestion and demand side management.

Power System Analysis and Security

Capabilities and limitations of modern power systems design.
Accurate use of power systems modelling and analysis of secure operation.
Computational techniques for power systems modelling, optimal power flow, mathematical programming, heuristic methods, artificially intelligent methods.

Power System Operation and Management

Business drivers and technical requirements for operational management.
In-depth knowledge of operational management software.
Energy balance and intermittency in sustainable electrical power system operation and management.

Power Electronics and FACTS

Practical understanding of how to design advanced power electronic circuits.
Modern power electronic integration techniques and state-of-the-art Flexible AC Transmission Systems.
Capabilities and limitations of different power electronic circuits.
Integration of power electronic circuits into Flexible AC Transmission Systems.

Power System Stability and Control

How to ensure effective power system stability and control power system operation using computational methods.
Power system stability problems, static and dynamic, relaying and protection, stability control and protection design, excitation and power system stabilisers.

Project Management

Formal methods and skills to function effectively at high levels of project management.
Development of skills to achieve practical business objectives.

Sustainable Electrical Power Workshop
You will gain experience and expertise with industry relevant tools and techniques through hands-on workshop environments. These practical sessions involve individual and group work. Typical assignments include:

Sustainable generation scheduling.
Integration of renewable energy sources.
Computer simulation of active power filters.
Phase-controlled rectifiers.
Power network security.
Sustainable electrical power system stability control.
Electricity market auctions.
Sustainable electrical power system investment and planning.

Project
This provides a stimulating and challenging opportunity to apply your knowledge and develop deep understanding in a specialised aspect of your choice. Projects can be university or industry and company sponsored students have the opportunity to develop their company’s future enterprise. Industrial projects often lead to the recruitment of the student by the collaborating company.

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The 1-year Electrical Power Systems Masters/MSc is good, the 2-year Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research Masters/MSc is even better!. Read more
The 1-year Electrical Power Systems Masters/MSc is good, the 2-year Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research Masters/MSc is even better!

The 3rd energy industry revolution is taking place where the key is the development of electrical power systems in the contexts of smart grids. Electrical power systems are playing a pivotal role in the development of a sustainable energy supply, enabling renewable energy generation. Globally there is a big shortage of skilled engineers for designing, operating, controlling and the economic analysis of future electricity networks – smart grids

The new 2-year MSc Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research will give you the timely advanced skills and specialist experience required to significantly enhance your career in the electrical power industry. The programme builds on a very close involvement with the power industry, the education of power engineers and extensive research work and expertise as well as the successful experience on the 1-year MSc Electrical Power Systems at the University of Birmingham. The 2-year MSc Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research will be able to fill in the gap of skills between the 1-year MSc and PhD research.

Some modules will be taught by leading industry experts, which will give you the exciting opportunity to understand the real challenges that power industry is facing, hence propose innovative solutions. In addition, students working on relevant MSc projects may have the opportunity to work with leading industry experts directly.

The new 2-Year MSc Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research will run in parallel with the existing 1-Year MSc Electrical Power Systems. The taught credits in the 1st year of the 2 Year MSc are identical to that of the 1-Year MSc while the 2nd Year is mainly focused on a research project.

This programme also aims to provide graduates with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and advanced research methods. Year 1 of the programme is focussed on the taught modules covering:

Control concepts and methods
Advanced energy conversion systems and power electronic applications
Advanced power electronic technologies for electrical power networks – HVDC and FACTS
Electrical power system engineering - using state-of-the-art computational tools and methods, and design of sustainable electrical power systems and networks
Economic analysis of electrical power systems and electricity markets.
While Year 2 of the programme will give you the opportunity to work on an advanced research project. For some suitable projects, in conjunction with joint industry supervisions, industry placement may be available.

It is envisaged there will be the opportunity for students to transfer between the two programmes using the University’s procedures for transfers between programmes, subject to programme requirements. This opportunity would take place at the end of the taught part of the programme.

About the School of Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, is an exceptionally broad subject. It sits between Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Psychology, Materials Science, Education, Biological and Medical Sciences, with interfaces to many other areas of engineering such as transportation systems, renewable energy systems and the built environment.
Our students study in modern, purpose built and up to date facilities in the Gisbert Kapp building, which houses dedicated state-of-theart teaching and research facilities. The Department has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and boasts an annual research fund of more than £4 million a year. This means that wherever your interest lies, you can be sure you’ll be taught by experts in the field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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UCC have developed a Masters in Engineering Science in Sustainable Energy, in recognition of the growing international market for sustainable energy systems and the shortage of qualified engineers. Read more
UCC have developed a Masters in Engineering Science in Sustainable Energy, in recognition of the growing international market for sustainable energy systems and the shortage of qualified engineers. This programme is open to Engineering graduates of all disciplines with an 8 month programme option leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy.

Visit the website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/ckr26/

Course Details

In Part I students take modules to the value of 50 credits and a Preliminary Research Report in Sustainable Energy (NE6008) to the value of 10 credits. Part II consists of a Dissertation in Sustainable Energy (NE6009) to the value of 30 credits which is completed over the summer months.

Part I

Students take 50 credits as follows:

NE3002 Energy in Buildings (5 credits)
EE3011 Power Electronic Systems (5 credits)
EE4010 Electrical Power Systems (5 credits)
NE3003 Sustainable Energy (5 credits)
NE4006 Energy Systems in Buildings (5 credits)
NE6003 Wind Energy (5 credits)
NE6004 Biomass Energy (5 credits)
NE6005 Ocean Energy (5 credits)
NE6006 Solar and Geothermal Energy (5 credits)
NE6007 Energy Systems Modelling (5 credits)

Depending on the background of the student, the Programme Coordinator may decide to replace some of the above taught modules from the following list of modules up to a maximum of 20 credits:

CE4001 The Engineer in Society (Law, Architecture and Planning) (5 credits)
EE3012 Electromechanical Energy Conversion (5 credits)
EE4001 Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Conversion (5 credits)
EE4002 Control Engineering (5 credits)
EE6107 Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Drives (5 credits)
ME6007 Mechanical Systems (5 credits)
NE4008 Photovoltaic Systems (5 credits)
PE6003 Process Validation and Quality (5 credits)

In addition, all students must take 10 credits as follows:

NE6008 Preliminary Research Report in Sustainable Energy (10 credits)

Part II

NE6009* Dissertation in Sustainable Energy (30 credits)

*must be submitted on a date in September as specified by the Department

Detailed Entry Requirements

Candidates must have a BE(Hons) or BEng (Hons) Degree or equivalent engineering qualification, with a minimum grade 2H2. However, candidates with equivalent academic qualifications and suitable experience may be accepted subject to the approval of College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. In all cases, the course of study for each candidate must be approved by the Programme Coordinator.
Candidates, for whom English is not their primary language, should possess an IELTS of 6.5 (or TOEFL equivalent) with no less than 6.0 in each individual category.

Candidates from Grandes Écoles Colleges are also eligible to apply if they are studying a cognate discipline in an ENSEA or EFREI Graduate School and are eligible to enter the final year (M2) of their programme.

Assessment

- Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy -

Students who pass but fail to achieve the requisite grade of 50% across the taught modules and the Preliminary Research Report will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy. Candidates passing Part I of the programme who do not wish to proceed to Part II may opt to be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy.

How to apply: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

Funding and Scholarships

Information regarding funding and available scholarships can be found here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cblgradschool/current/fundingandfinance/fundingscholarships/

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There has never been a more urgent need to train scientists in the area of food security, equipped with skills in agronomy; plant pathology, plant disease and plant genetics; and knowledge of modern agricultural systems and agricultural policy. Read more

Food security: a global concern

There has never been a more urgent need to train scientists in the area of food security, equipped with skills in agronomy; plant pathology, plant disease and plant genetics; and knowledge of modern agricultural systems and agricultural policy. The Royal Society report Reaping the Benefits: science and the sustainable intensification of global agriculture published in October 2009, provided the clearest evidence of the challenge of ensuring global food security during the next 50 years. Crop yields need to rise significantly, but in a manner that requires much lower dependency on chemical intervention and fertilisers.

Meeting the challenge of sustainable agriculture

This programme was developed in collaboration with the agricultural industry, government agencies including Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), and farmers and food manufacturers, to provide a multi-disciplinary training in sustainable agriculture and global food security. Research-led teaching in molecular plant pathology, plant sciences and microbiology is strongly supplemented by Rothamsted Research, North Wyke expertise in grassland management, soil science and sustainable farming systems. Leading social scientists also provide valuable input in rural land use and the rural economy. The combination of expertise in both arable and pastureland systems ensures a truly rounded learning experience.

The curriculum takes account of the key skills shortages in the UK to train highly skilled individuals who can enter government agencies, agriculture and food industries and fulfil very valuable roles in scientific research, advice, evaluation, policy development and implementation tackling the challenges of food security. The programme provides opportunities to gain industrial and practical experiences including field trips.

Expert teaching

Teaching is enriched by expert contributions from a broad cross-section of the industry. Scientific staff from Fera provide specialist lectures as part of the Crop Security module, members of the Plant Health Inspectorate cover field aspects of plant pathology, and a LEAF1 farmer addresses agricultural systems and the realities of food production using integrated farm management. In addition, teaching staff from the University and BBSRC Rothamsted-North Wyke will draw on material and experiences from their academic research and scientific links with industry.

Industrial and practical experience

All students will have opportunities to gain industrial and practical experiences. Teaching visits will be made to the Plant Health Inspectorate in Cornwall to see quarantine management of Phytophthora, and to a local LEAF farm to review the challenges and approaches to food production in integrated farm management systems. You will gain specialised experience in practical science or policy making through a dissertation or project placement with external agencies. Defra and Fera, for example, are offering five dissertation and/or project placements annually.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of modules. The list of modules may include the following; Professional Skills; Research Project; Sustainable Land Use in Grassland Agriculture; Crop Security; Sustainable Livestock and Fisheries; Political Economy of Food and Agriculture and Research and Knowledge Transfer for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

The modules listed 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. Please see the website for an up to date list (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/biosciences/foodsecurity/#Programme-structure)

Addressing a skills shortage to tackle global food security

The MSc Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture curriculum has been designed in collaboration with the agricultural industry to tackle the skills shortage that exists in this vital interdisciplinary area. This programme will provide the highly skilled individuals required in government agencies, agriculture and food industries for critical roles in scientific research, advice, evaluation, policy development and implementation tackling the challenges of food security.

Global horizons

With food security and sustainable agriculture a global concern, opportunities for specialists in the areas of agronomy, plant pathology, plant disease and plant improvement will be worldwide. By combining expertise across the natural, social and political sciences, this programme provides valuable interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in both arable and pastureland systems. Graduates will be prepared to take on the global challenges of food security and sustainable agriculture, being able to adapt to farming systems across the world and identify cross-disciplinary solutions to local agricultural problems.

Learning enhanced by industry

The programme is enriched by expert contributions from a broad cross-section of the industry, with specialist lectures, teaching visits to observe the practical application of techniques, and industrial placement opportunities for project work or dissertations in practical science or policy making.

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Created in response to the worldwide shortage of qualified engineers in the petroleum-refining systems-engineering industry, our programme combines technologies, operations and economics with modelling, simulation, optimisation, and process design and integration. Read more
Created in response to the worldwide shortage of qualified engineers in the petroleum-refining systems-engineering industry, our programme combines technologies, operations and economics with modelling, simulation, optimisation, and process design and integration.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

This programme will equip you with the essential knowledge for engineering careers in the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors.

Upon completion of the course you will have gained a comprehensive understanding of oil refining and associated downstream processing technologies, operations and economics; process safety and operations integrity; and methods for the optimal design of process systems.

You will learn about the general economics of the energy sector, oil exploration and production, as well as renewable energy systems.

Furthermore, your study of the various aspects of petroleum refining will be augmented by unique work assignments at a virtual oil-refining and chemical company.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Optimisation and Decision-Making
-Process Modelling and Simulation
-Refinery and Petrochemical Process
-Renewable Energy Technologies
-Solar Energy Technology
-Advanced Process Control
-Technology, Business & Research Seminars
-Energy Economics and Technology
-Process and Energy Integration
-Process Systems Design
-Process Safety and Operation Integrity
-Knowledge-based Systems and Artificial Intelligence
-Supply Chain Management
-Biomass Processing Technology
-Introduction to Petroleum Production
-Wind Energy Technology
-Economics of International Oil & Gas
-Dissertation

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme aims to provide a highly vocational education that equips the students with the essential knowledge and skills required to work as competent engineers in the petrochemical sector.

This is to be achieved through combining proper material in two popular and complementary topics: process systems engineering and petroleum refining. The key objective is to develop a sound understanding of oil refining and downstream processing technologies, process safety and operation integrity, as well as systems methods for the optimal design of process systems.

A balanced curriculum is provided with essential modules from these two areas supplemented by a flexible element by way of elective modules that permit students to pursue subjects of preference relevant to their backgrounds, interests and/or career aspirations.

An integrated approach is taken so as to provide a coherent view that explores the interrelationships between the various components of the programme.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding
-State-of- the-art knowledge in petroleum refining and petrochemical processing, in terms of the technologies of processes that comprise a modern refinery and petrochemicals complex
-The principles for analysing and improving the profitability of refining and petrochemicals processing
-General Safety, health, and environment (SHE) principles on a refinery and petrochemicals complex
-Methods and systems for ensuring safe and reliable design and operation of process units
-State-of- the-art knowledge in process systems engineering methods, in the areas of: modelling and simulation of process systems, mathematical optimization and decision making, process systems design and process and energy integration
-Advanced level of understanding in technical topics of preference, in one or more of the following aspects: petroleum exploration and production, economics of the energy sector, sustainable and renewable systems, supply chain management

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-The programme aims to strengthen cognitive skills of the students, particularly in the aspects of problem definition, knowledge and information acquiring, synthesis, and creativity, as collectively demonstrable through the successful completion of the research dissertation.
-Select, define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level
-Collect and digest knowledge and information selectively and independently to support a particular scientific or engineering enquiry
-Develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies for analysing the issue, developing solutions, recommendations and logical conclusions, and for evaluating the results of own or other’s work

Professional practical skills
-Apply knowledge of the operation of refineries to analyze and to improve the profitability of refining and petrochemical processing
-Apply relevant principles, methods, and tools to improve the safety and operation integrity of refineries
-Apply systems engineering methods such as modelling, simulation, optimization, and energy integration to improve the design of petroleum refining units and systems

Key / transferable skills
-The programme aims to strengthen a range of transferable skills that are relevant to the needs of existing and future professionals in knowledge intensive industries irrespective of their sector of operation.
-Preparation and delivery of communication and presentation
-Report and essay writing
-Use of general and professional computing tools
-Collaborative working with team members
-Organizing and planning of work
-Research into new areas, particularly in the aspect of literature review and skills acquisition

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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