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

Key features

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

Course details

The taught modules in the first period are compulsory and are designed to provide you with a broad background on marine renewable as well as a solid basis for the option modules in period two. 

You’ll undertake four modules in period one that provide a background in marine renewable energy: 

  • introduction to marine renewable energy, 
  • economics, law and policy for marine renewable energy, 
  • research skills and 
  • research methods. 

Careers in marine renewable energy.

This programme provides a gateway into careers in the growing marine renewable energy industry, providing a broad background with the opportunity to specialise in environmental, engineering or socio-economic aspects of marine renewables.


Visit the Marine Renewable Energy - MRes page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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