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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


    Environmental Sciences

  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2-3 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    August 2019 - July 2020 Fees: TBC

    August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

    Full-time UK and EU: £6000
    Please note the full-time UK and EU fee is £9000, however USW is offering a full-time UK and EU bursary of £3000 which means students pay £6000

    Full-time International: TBC

  • Last Updated

    22 October 2018

Course content

The MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management course will enable you to develop cutting-edge knowledge and high-level practical skills that will allow you to gain employment in this fast moving growth industry.

USW's renewable energy course is based in the Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) a leading and internationally recognised centre for over 30 years. SERC is 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 ensure that their modules are informed by the research they carry out day-to-day, meaning that the content you are delivered is up-to-date and relevant to industry.

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 internationally excellent or world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

These 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 and have access to our state of the art laboratories.

Your project may also be embedded into one of our externally funded projects such as FLEXIS, and SmartCIRCLE, bringing you into contact with industry and ensuring that your work is of industrial relevance. As part of your dissertation work you will sit in on tutorials on research methods, including practical laboratory based exercises with our research team.


Full-time students spend about 12 hours in lectures, seminars, tutorials, and computing based practical sessions each week, usually across two or three days.

Part time students will typically attend one to two days a week. You will also be expected to carry out research and background reading during the remainder of the week individually.

We have an exciting programme of site visits and lab sessions scheduled within your regular timetable to allow you to plan your time in advance.

You will have opportunity throughout your time on the renewable energy 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.


The taught modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations. The dissertation is assessed by a proposal, written thesis and an oral examination. Coursework involves individual and group mini-projects, site visit reports, and oral presentations.


You will make use of our state-of-the-art biosystems laboratories including our Hydrogen Research and Demonstration Centre at Baglan.


Potential destinations for graduates include local authorities, government regulatory agencies, renewable developers, power companies, energy and environmental consultancy companies, waste management companies, water companies, environmental and energy advice centres, research centres, academia, and national and international non-governmental organisations.

Some of our graduates have found employment with the following companies and organisations: Aervon Energy, the Irish Wind Energy Agency, EirGrid, BEIS, REG Windpower, VG Energy Ltd., SSE, WDS Green Energy Ltd., The Energy Saving Trust, Ministry of Environment – Canada, Ecovision Systems ltd., Dwy Cymru Welsh Water, Alternative Heat ltd., Anaergia, and others.

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





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