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The MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management course will develop the cutting-edge multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills to enable you to develop a rewarding career in this fast moving growth industry.

Accredited by The Energy Institute, this renewable energy masters is based in USW’s Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) a leading and internationally recognised centre for more than 30 years. SERC is also home to The Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion and the University of South Wales Centre for Renewable Hydrogen Research and Demonstration.

You will be taught by SERC’s team of academics and researchers who are engaged in industrially linked projects such as FLEXISRICE and SMART circle working with companies such as Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Tata Steel, and ITM Power. This ensures that your modules are informed by the latest up-to-date and industrially relevant research, preparing you for employment.

 What you will study

The subjects taught within the MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management are underpinned by high quality research which was rated as being mainly internationally excellent or world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

This included research in Anaerobic Digestion, Analytical Technology, Bioelectrochemical Systems, Biohydrogen and Biomethane Production, Hydrogen Energy, Hydrogen Vehicles and Refuelling, Biopolymer Production, Modelling and Control, Nano Materials and Wastewater Treatment.

You will study the following taught modules (20 credits each):

  • Renewable Energy I - Hydro, Tidal, Wave, and Bioenergy
  • Renewable Energy II - Wind, Solar, and Geothermal
  • Solids Resource Management
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes

Plus two from the following optional modules (20 credits each):

  • Hydrogen: Fuel Vector for the Future
  • Energy and Environmental Legislation and Policy
  • Advanced Materials for Energy Applications
  • Anaerobic Treatment Processes

You will also complete a substantial dissertation project (60 credits) within the Sustainable Environment Research Centre where you will be supervised by our team of academics and researchers with access to our state of the art laboratories. Your project may also be embedded into one of our externally funded projects such as FLEXIS, or SMART circle, bringing you into contact with industry and ensuring that your work is of industrial relevance. As part of the dissertation process you will attend tutorials on research methods, including practical laboratory based sessions with our research team.

Teaching

This Renewable Energy Masters is taught in two blocks. From September to February you will sit the four compulsory modules with your optional modules running from February to May.

Each module consists of 36 hours contact time (lectures, tutorials, and computing based practical sessions), plus out program of site visits to put the theory into context.

Full time students will typically attend two days a week, with part time students attending one day a week. You will also be expected to carry out research, background reading, and coursework during the remainder of the week individually to support your studies.

The programme of site visits includes tours of Radyr Hydro Power Station; Mynydd Portref Wind Farm; Cardiff WWTP; Court Farm Water Treatment Plant; and the Hydrogen Demonstration Centre at Baglan.

You will have opportunity throughout your time on the masters course to visit the SERC labs and learn key analytical techniques from our research team. You can find out more about current work on our Twitter channel.

Assessment

The taught modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations.

Accreditations

This masters course is accredited by The Energy Institute.

Careers

There is substantial global demand for graduates with expertise in renewable energy. The need to meet emissions targets will create a need for highly skilled individuals to implement the changes.

Graduates with a renewable energy qualification can find work in multiple sectors from the renewable energy industry; local authorities; government regulatory agencies; manufacturing industries; energy and environmental consultancy companies; water companies; research and academia and national and international non-governmental organisations.

Typical roles include:

  • Energy Analyst
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Development Manager
  • Process Engineer
  • Development Consultant
  • Environmental Manager
  • Biological Process Manager
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Consultant

Visit the MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

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