This MSc is for ambitious engineering graduates who wish to strengthen, lead and transform the high-growth global wind energy industry.
This course offers engineering graduates the opportunity to study at one of Europe's largest and leading University power and energy technology groups - the Institute for Energy & Environment.
The Institute is home to over 200 staff and researchers conducting strategic and applied research in the key technical and policy aspects of energy systems. It also houses the UK’s only Government funded Centres for Doctoral Training in Wind & Marine Energy Systems, and Future Power Networks and Smart Grids, both of which are dedicated to pioneering research and advanced skills training.
On this course you'll develop and enhance your technical expertise of wind energy and deepen your understanding of the engineering, political and economic contexts of wind power. This course will provide you with an advanced level of knowledge to address the current and future challenges of this exciting and dynamic sector.
With links to key UK and global business and industry energy partners, you’ll have unique access to companies at the forefront of wind energy developments.
There are two semesters of compulsory and optional classes, followed by a three-month research project in a specialist area. There’s the opportunity to carry this out through our department's competitive MSc industrial internships.
The internships are offered in collaboration with selected department industry partners eg ScottishPower, Smarter Grid Solutions, SSE. You'll address real-world engineering challenges facing the partner, with site visits, access and provision of relevant technical data and/or facilities provided, along with an industry mentor and academic supervisor.
You'll have exclusive access to our extensive computing network and purpose built teaching spaces including our outdoor test facility for photovoltaics high voltage laboratory, equipped with the latest technologies including:
You'll have access to the UK’s only high-fidelity control room simulation suite and the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC). This is Europe’s first centre dedicated to the development and demonstration of “smart-grid” technologies.
We use a blend of teaching and learning methods including interactive lectures, problem-solving tutorials and practical project-based laboratories. Our technical and experimental officers are available to support and guide you on individual subject material.
Each module comprises approximately five hours of direct teaching per week. To enhance your understanding of the technical and theoretical topics covered in these, you're expected to undertake a further five to six hours of self-study, using our web-based virtual learning environment (MyPlace), research journals and library facilities.
Individual modules are delivered by academic leaders, and with links to key UK and global industry energy partners, you'll have unique access to companies at the forefront of wind energy developments.
The teaching and learning methods used ensure you'll develop not only technical engineering expertise but also communications, project management and leadership skills.
You'll undertake group projects. These will help to develop your interpersonal, communication and transferable skills essential to a career in industry.
Interaction with industry is provided through our internships, teaching seminars and networking events. The department delivers monthly seminars to support students’ learning and career development. Atkins Global, BAE Systems, Iberdrola, National Grid, ScottishPower, Siemens and Rolls-Royce are just a few examples of the industry partners you can engage with during your course.
A variety of assessment techniques are used throughout the course. You'll complete at least six modules. Each module has a combination of written assignments, individual and group reports, oral presentations, practical lab work and, where appropriate, an end-of-term exam.
Assessment of the summer research project/internship consists of four elements, with individual criteria:
With the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) forecasting UK/EU employment in wind energy related jobs to double to more than 500,000 by 2020, graduates of this course have excellent career prospects.
The UK electricity supply industry is currently undergoing a challenging transition driven by the need to meet the Government's binding European targets to provide 15% of the UK's total primary energy consumption from renewable energy sources by 2020.
Graduates of this course have unique access to key UK and global industry energy partners, who are committed to fulfilling these UK Government targets. These companies offer a diverse range of professional and technical employment opportunities in everything from research and development, construction and maintenance, to technical analysis and project design. Companies include Siemens Energy, Sgurr Energy, DNV GL, ScottishPower Renewables and SSE.
Wind turbine blade performance is directly affected by the condition of the blade leading edge surface. The flow over the blade is disrupted and can lead to power losses of 25%. Contamination by insect, ice or biofouling along with damage to leading edges caused by erosion all lead to drag increases, especially at angles of attack close to the stall. Leading edge erosion protection tapes are used to provide resistance to erosion damage but can also disturb the flow over the blade section. The stall angle can also be effected by all these issues. A numerical model will be developed using a Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) software (e.g. Ansys Fluent, Openfoam) to identify the losses over the whole blade. Roughness variations over a 3D model of a blade will account for varying effects of conditions and combinations of contamination and damage. Suitable aerofoil sections such as NACA 64-618 and DU 96-W-180 of which there is considerable experimental data will be used as baseline models to validate the simulati ons. Numerical modelling software (e.g. Matlab, Python, Ocatve) will be used to produce a Blade Element Momentum (BEM) model of the blade will be used to estimate power and loads using available NREL data.
Targeting two Journals publications in: Renewable Energy; Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics and one/two Conferences publications: Suitable CFD or wind energy conference.
Strengthen core competencies in renewable energies within engCORE and expand the research base to extend possible future module and course creation options.
The first objective of the study is to offer an understanding of the flow physics of pollutant concentrations in urban areas through full scale 3D numerical models.
The second objective is to use a location case study to assist government bodies, architects and designers in planning of the built environment leading towards sustainable urban microclimates.
The model geometries will be based on GIS 3D topologies and results will be benchmarked against existing air quality data available through the EPA Ireland.
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations will be used to resolve the velocity fields of wind flows in a zone of <2km length scale. A species transport model will be used to quantify the levels of CO, CO2, NOx and particulate matter for varied wind direction and magnitude. CFD simulation permits anticipated design in advance of construction and monitoring compared to traditional field measurements.
-Aimed publication in the Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics.
-Develop links and contribute expertise to working groups in the research area.
-Collaborate with governing bodies and agencies on case study to achieve EU directive air quality criteria.
This course covers the planning, design, analysis and management frameworks of infrastructure systems. In particular, you will develop expertise in the:
You will qualify with a sound understanding of the whole life-cycle of infrastructure assets, the environmental impact of infrastructure projects, and formal asset-management techniques enabling you to maximise the benefits of infrastructure assets in the future.
The lectures given by our academic staff are complemented by visiting speakers from different infrastructure companies such as Network Rail, Thames Water, Environment Agency, Transport for London, ARUP, KPMG, etc., covering different aspect of infrastructure engineering and management. During the academic year, infrastructure specialists carry out Keynote Lectures focusing on important infrastructure projects and approaches. Past Keynote Speakers include Sir John Armitt, Sir Terry Morgan, Sir Michael Pitt, Sir David Higgins, Keith Clarke, James Stewart, Andrew Wolstenholme, Michele Dix, Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson. A number of field visits are also organised to provide an overview of real-life infrastructure operation and management. Past field visits have taken place to both the National Grid and Network Rail Control Centers.
Graduates from the programme are highly employable but have the potential to progress to relevant specialist PhD or EngD research programmes in the field.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time or distance learning for between two to five academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.
Example module listing
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.
Infrastructure Engineering and Management Group Modules
Structural Engineering Group Modules
Bridge Engineering Group Modules
Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules
Construction Management Group Modules
Water and Environmental Engineering Group Modules
Wind Energy Group Modules
Apart from the usual full-time mode, there are also part-time options. The majority of Bridge, Geotechnical and Structural Engineering modules can be studied by distance learning through the use of an interactive web-based e-learning platform (SurreyLearn).
This programme can be studied via distance learning, which allows a high level of flexibility and enables you to study alongside other commitments you may have. Get full information about our distance learning programme (PDF).
Modules related to the different groups are taught by a total of 20 full or part-time members of academic staff, as well as a number of visiting lecturers from the industry and government.
In addition to the University Library and Learning Centre’s extensive resources, our excellent testing facilities can support experimentally based MSc dissertation projects.
The programme aims to provide graduates with:
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.
- Advanced skills and know-how in the latest advanced technologies in power generation through Renewable Energy technologies, for professional or highly-skilled work and/or further learning
- Credibility as an advanced practitioner in Renewable Energy technologies
- Ability to make independent judgments and high-level decisions in a variety of technical or managerial contexts
- The knowledge and skills to be actively involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation stages of a range of Renewable Energy power generation systems
- An EIT Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies
Next intake starts May 02, 2018. Applications now open; limited places available.
The Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies is an advanced program. It is presented at a considerably higher level than the Advanced Diploma and bachelor degree level programs and intending students should be aware of the greater challenge. This Certificate has identical standing and level to that of a university graduate diploma, but is focused on the career outcomes of a professional engineer and technologist. As the title suggests, it has a greater vocational or ‘job related’ emphasis, and focuses more on developing practical skills that you can apply to the workplace, rather than theory alone.
A feature of this program is that in using web collaborative technologies you will not only study and work with your peers around the world on various renewable energy design projects, but you will do this conveniently from your desktop using the latest techniques in live web and video conferencing. The Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies focuses on the mainstream technologies viz. photovoltaic, wind and small hydro, but also covers other less common technologies such as biomass, osmotic and tide power generation, among others. The course deals with practical issues of renewable energy that will confront an advanced practitioner in the field. For example, you will be exposed to the modeling and simulation of wind turbines, and the design of wind farms. You will also be expected to undertake advanced design and conceptualisation work in which you will apply the calculations learned in less advanced programs. Some of the work and study you will be undertaking will involve pioneering technology and exploring new approaches. There is a definite ongoing need for highly qualified and skilled specialists in the Renewable Engineering field and this course caters for that need. Upon completing this program you will be able to show technical leadership in the field of Renewable Energy, and be recognised as an advanced practitioner in the field.
Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Potential students include:
- Practising engineers or technologists with advanced knowledge, experience and education (such as an Advanced Diploma, or undergraduate degree)
- Practising engineers or technicians with demonstrated competence
- Engineers or technologists from another discipline (such as mechanical and chemical engineering) wanting to up-skill in this area
- It would not be suitable for a student with no relevant work experience. We will review your enrolment application and may recommend pre-course studies if required.
The Graduate Certificate is an intensive part-time program, conducted over 6 months. Unlike other universities or academic institutions, we operate almost all year round without extended breaks between semesters. The course is composed of 4 units, each conducted over 6 weeks.
Unit 1 - Fundamentals and Balance-of-Plant Components
Unit 2 - Small Hydro and Other Renewable Energy Technologies
Unit 3 - Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
Unit 4 - Wind Turbine Systems
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The programme offers a new and unique approach to energy issues and does not teach how to produce more energy but how to use energy more efficiently! The curriculum provides education in alternative energy materials science and engineering with a strong technology component with specialisations on either materials or processes in sustainable energetics. The goal of this programme is to educate specialists who are able to design, develop and improve materials for use in sustainable energy systems.
The programme offers a joint degree from two of the biggest and most respected universities in Estonia: Tallinn Tech and the University of Tartu
The goal of the programme is to educate engineers and material scientists in the field of sustainable energetics. For that reason there are two specializations to choose between:
Master's programme is connected to the industry and will offer experience in the Estonian Energy Company already during the studies.
The main aim of the curriculum is to educate engineers able to solve or minimize problems connected first of all with the utilization but also with the conversion, transportation and storage of energy. The curriculum provides education in alternative energy materials science and engineering at MSc level with a strong technology component.
The curriculum offers an integrated approach towards current and long term materials and energetics issues, focusing on technologies and concepts in sustainable development of industrial production and use of energy.
The courses will be taught both, in Tallinn University of Technology and University of Tartu in compact courses integrating lectures, laboratory and theoretical classes blocked to just several days duration enabling also the integration of foreign visiting students.
Energy is becoming more and more a major cost factor for all the players in the energy business due to increased worldwide consumption on the one hand and on the other hand a need to restrict the production of greenhouse gases.
By 2030, the world's energy needs are expected to be 50% greater than today. Nowadays, much of this energy comes from non-renewable sources, such as fossil fuels- coal, oil and gas. These fuels are being used faster rate than they are produced and may be unavailable for future generations. At the same time, there is a need for a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to avoid serious changes in the Earth's climate system.
In 2009 Tallinn University of Technology launched in cooperation with University of Tartu a joint master programme „Materials and Processes of Sustainable Energetics“ which teaches different sustainable energy methods.
Keywords such as solar energy, fuel cells, biomass, and wind energy are just the tip of the iceberg to describe the programme. Student can choose specialization either in materials of sustainable energetics or processes of sustainable energetics. Specialization on materials of sustainable energetics will give the student knowledge about solar panels and fuel cells- there is already a spin-off company Crystalsol which specializes on building solar panels. Students who choose to study processes of sustainable energetics will learn different ways how to produce and combine sustainable energy- solar, wind, biomass, etc.
Volume of the programme is 2 years and graduates will be awarded with the Master of Science in Engineering.
Since the beginning of the programme, almost 50% of the graduates have continued their studies at PhD level in Tallinn University of Technology or in other universities in Europe or America. This has the result of many career possibilities as a researcher in the field of fuel cells and solar panels for material specialisation students whereas processes students are demanded in industries related to sustainable energetics.
This is an advanced, specialist programme in the rapidly expanding area of renewable energy engineering with a clear Mechanical Engineering focus. The programme is aimed at students wishing to develop critical understanding of the significant changes afoot in the energy system due to the development and integration of wind, marine, biomass and solar technologies. The programme will enable graduates to develop and implement creative solutions to the problems encountered in renewable energy capture, conversion, storage and management.
Students will gain the knowledge and skills to assess renewable energy resources, design appropriate renewable energy systems, evaluate the performance of these systems and assess the wider impacts of renewable energy development. The programme provides introductory courses to fundamental energy science and current energy issues, while the project-led courses focus on the design of renewable energy systems. The programme concludes with a research-led dissertation in the summer.
Renewable energy research focuses on six main areas:
The Masters in Sustainable Energy is an interdisciplinary programme that will equip you for employment within the international energy sector. This programme addresses all the key aspects of sustainable energy, from the most advanced technologies through to ethical and economic considerations.
Modes of delivery of the MSc in Sustainable Energy include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.
You will take a combination of core and optional courses, and a project which you will select from a list of standard projects or you can suggest a project of your own choosing.
The degree is designed to develop future leaders and decision makers in the growing international energy business. Graduates may expect to forge careers in established energy generation and transmission companies (for instance in the UK, National Grid, Scottish and Southern Energy, etc.), energy consultancy businesses, traditional oil, gas and construction companies who are moving rapidly into renewables, or fresh new companies in the wind, marine, solar or biomass sectors. Scotland, in particular, has seen great expansion in sustainable energy businesses in the last decade, with some of the best worldwide potential for wind, wave and tidal generation.
Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:
The MSc Sustainable Energy is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering. An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.