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The move from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is one of the biggest changes in society since the Industrial Revolution. This shift means there's a growing demand for scientists with specialist expertise in solar, a key energy technology of the 21st century.
This course is designed to train physical science and engineering graduates to develop new photovoltaic devices and test their effectiveness as a global energy resource. It is based on more than 20 years of solar research at the University of Sheffield, and spans fundamental materials science through to PV system deployment.
Laboratory training in materials science will teach you how to characterise and test solar cell materials, leading to the fabrication and measurement of photovoltaic devices. You'll learn how to analyse and
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We usually ask for a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in physics, materials science, physical chemistry, electrical engineering or a related subject. We can also accept qualifications from other countries. Find out which qualifications we accept from your country on our webpages for international students:
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University of Sheffield has grown in reputation and size to become one of the UK’s leading universities with a global reputation for teaching and research. As part of the UK Russell Group, the University is a premier-league, research-led institution with over 27,000 students including more than 7,000 international students from 143 countries and over 7,000 members of staff.Read more
University of Sheffield physics graduate Alex Barrows is a research analyst for Exawatt, a consulting and market intelligence firm for the photovoltaics industry.
"My physics degree from the University of Sheffield provided me with a solid technical understanding of the physics involved in solar cell operation, as well as the manufacturing processes employed along the value chain."
Yiwei studied photovoltaics at the University of Sheffield as a PhD student supervised by solar technology expert Professor David Lidzey, and now works a researcher at the University of St Andrews.
"When I was deciding which university to go to, my project supervisor, Professor David Lidzey, was the reason I decided to come to Sheffield. He is a distinguished researcher in my field, organic solar cells."
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