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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Engineering

  • Start Date

    October

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    16 November 2017

Course content

The MSc in New and Renewable Energy is designed to equip our graduates with the skills required to meet the growing challenge to achieve energy and environmental sustainability through the application of new and renewable energy technologies. The programme aims to enable students to develop the capacity to solve problems across the traditional Engineering boundaries and to have an appreciation of complete energy systems from source to end user, to have knowledge of the relevant technologies and to understand the interactions between them. The programme also provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in research, development, design and project management through individual and team-based project work.

Course Structure

The programme consists of four core modules to provide an advanced engineering education in New and Renewable Energy technologies alongside an optional module that allows students to increase their understanding in a core area suited to their interests and needs. The modules include lecture courses, laboratory experiments, a group design project and a major, individual research and development project.

Core Modules

  • Low Carbon Technologies
  • Energy Conversion and Delivery
  • Group Design Project
  • Research and Development Project.

Optional modules

Students select one optional module. In previous years optional modules have included:

  • Electrical Engineering 3
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 3.

Course Learning and Teaching

This is a 12-month full time programme beginning at the start of the academic year and finishing with students submitting a report and completing an oral examination on their chosen research and development project. The programme consists of four core modules to provide a solid education in a broad range of New and Renewable Energy technologies. A choice of one from two optional modules allows students to choose a study programme most suited to their interests and needs. The modules include lecture courses, a group design project and an individual research and development project.

Students select one of two optional modules. These modules typically include 38 hours of lectures in addition to coursework and laboratory experiments, allowing students to develop research skills in parallel with lectures. The modules are designed to increase a student’s understanding in either thermodynamics and fluid mechanics or electrical engineering. Students are advised to select the module which they feel would best support their learning needs.

The core lecture modules typically involve 38 hours of lectures and cover topics such as electricity generation from renewable and conventional sources, transmission and distribution (including smart networks), electricity markets and optimisation, and low carbon technologies (including electrical vehicles).

The third core module is a group design project focused on a realistic application of renewable energy technology. Students gain experience of teamwork, presentation skills and project management, as well as the technical aspects of engineering design. Students also benefit from this opportunity to develop their research skills in preparation for their individual research and development project.

A major individual research and development project completes the core modules. This provides an open-ended challenge to each individual student, in collaboration with a staff supervisor. Regular meetings are held with the supervisor to discuss project progress and planning issues. A mid-term assessment is carried out to ensure project is on track. At the end of the project students are required to submit a final report on their work, in the style of a research paper. They are also required to prepare and present a poster to encourage further development of their ability to present their work to staff and their peers. An oral examination is held to allow detailed questions to be put to the student regarding the technical aspects of their project. Students should expect to have up to 15 hours of contact time with their supervisors plus over 500 hours of research work and preparation, supported by the School’s technicians and other research workers, over the course of their research projects.


Visit the New and Renewable Energy - MSc page on the Durham University website for more details!

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