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The world faces major challenges in meeting the current and future demand for sustainable and secure energy supply and use. The one-year MPhil in Energy Technologies programme is designed for graduates who want to help tackle these problems by developing practical engineering solutions, and who want to learn more about the fundamental science and the technologies involved in energy utilisation, electricity generation, energy efficiency, and alternative energy.

Energy is a huge topic, of very significant current scientific, technological, environmental, political and financial interest. The complexity and rapid change associated with energy technologies necessitates engineers with a very good grasp of the fundamentals, with exposure and good understanding of all main energy sources and technologies, but also with specialisation in a few areas. This is the prevailing philosophy behind this MPhil, fully consistent with the prevailing philosophy and structure of the University of Cambridge Engineering Department as a whole.

The educational target of the MPhil in Energy Technologies is to communicate the breadth of energy technologies and the underpinning science. The objectives of the course are:

  1. To teach the fundamental sciences behind technologies involved in energy utilisation, electricity generation, energy efficiency, and alternative energy.
  2. To develop graduates with an overall view of energy engineering, while offering specialisation in a selected area through a research project.
  3. To prepare students for potential future PhD research.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be expected to have developed fundamental knowledge on primary and secondary energy sources, on energy transformation, and on energy utilisation technologies. They will also have developed proficiencies in project management, in research skills, in team work, and in advanced calculation methods concerning energy technologies.

Graduates from this MPhil will be excellent candidates for doctoral study (at Cambridge and elsewhere) and for employment in a wide variety of jobs (for example, in industrial research and development departments, policy-making bodies, the utilities industry, the manufacturing sector or energy equipment manufacturing).

Continuing

Students wishing to apply for continuation to the PhD would normally be expected to attain an overall mark of 70 per cent.

Teaching

The course is centred around taught courses in core areas, covering basic revision and skills needed (such as communication and organisational skills, mathematical and computational skills, review of basic energy concepts, and research topics), various energy technologies (such as clean fossil fuels, solar, biofuels, wind etc), and energy efficiency and systems level approaches.

Elective courses may be chosen from a broad range, which includes topics such as turbulence, acoustics, turbomachinery, nuclear power engineering, solar panels, and energy efficiency in buildings. Elective courses are delivered mainly by the Department of Engineering with input from the Department of Chemical Engineering and other departments in Cambridge.

Research projects are chosen from a list offered by members of staff and are linked to the principal areas of energy research in the respective departments.

Feedback

Students can expect to receive reports at least termly from their supervisor, via an online system. They will receive comments on items of coursework, and will have access to a University supervisor for their dissertation. All students will also have personal access to the course director and the other staff delivering the course.

Assessment

Thesis

All students write a thesis of up to 20,000 words. Ten per cent of the marks will be assigned through a pre-submission presentation, and ten per cent of the marks will be assigned through a post-submission presentation.

Essays

Students will take six core modules and four elective modules. All core modules are examined purely by coursework (which may include a written test under timed conditions). Some of the elective modules are also examined wholly or partly by coursework.

Written examination

Some of the elective modules are examined wholly or partly by written examination.

Other

At the discretion of the examiners, candidates may be required to take an oral examination on the work submitted during the course, and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £60 application fee
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis (as they are received), and it is possible that all places will be filled before the advertised deadline. If this occurs, the course entry in the online prospectus will be labelled as "closed".

Selection Process

Selection is carefully done to ensure sufficient academic background.

Further information on How To Apply


Visit the MPhil in Energy Technologies page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

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