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Full time September MSc 1 year full-time

About the course


  • Drawing upon our research strengths in energy storage as well as marine, solar and wind based generation, this programme will prepare you for a career in a variety of energy-related roles across the sector
  • Become an in-demand engineer in the renewable energy sector, with the right multidisciplinary skill-set to pioneer the design, build and management of its infrastructure
  • Taught at our Penryn campus, you’ll have access to some of the exceptional on and off-shore renewable energy facilities that Cornwall has to offer
  • Our wide-ranging expertise means you’ll have the opportunity to follow your interests by studying modules relating to different themes and technologies
  • Learn how to apply clean technology to many and various industries.


Accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

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Entry Requirements

All applicants are considered individually on merit although we usually require a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university. We do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications.

Applicants are also required to meet our English language requirements. Please see our website for details.

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Student Profile(s)


I chose Exeter as Cornwall is also a renewable energy hub and Exeter has so many specialists in the field, so choosing to study at the Penryn Campus was really the best decision I could’ve made.

The course in general was really fulfilling and the lecturers were brilliant and very down to Earth. It’s a difficult course but also very varied in terms of the skills learnt; from computer and IT software skills, through to working with the financial aspect of renewable energy. The versatility of the course was something that really stood out, with the focus not purely on theory and the mechanics behind renewable energy systems.

My favourite thing about the MSc was the research aspect and the engagement I had with ESI department. They were all welcoming and brought me into the research sphere, whilst creating the right environment for me to get involved and take something valuable away from the degree. My research project was a highlight for me as it was a large step up and much more was required of me. I also really enjoyed the solar energy innovation module and the use of PVSyst software; I felt like I developed in this environment and it was exciting to be exposed to technical work such as this.

In regard to the social side of my course, the MSc brought together people from many different countries and backgrounds of all different ages, which gave a real mix of diversity to the course. As we were such a small group it was easy to get talking with people and form tight friendships, especially due to the collaborative nature of some aspects of the course.

I loved living in Cornwall and for me the summer was just brilliant. Cornwall is a stunning area and the beaches alone made it so worth living there for my MSc!


I chose to study MSc Renewable Energy Engineering because I’ve had a career in engineering for over 40 years and I wanted to update my knowledge and experience so that I could go into the renewable sector. I chose the MSc at Exeter because I really did like what the course had to offer in comparison to other universities and I really liked the fact that it is based in Cornwall which is the hub of where renewable energy is happening in the UK.

My favourite thing about the course so far has been the connection with the lecturers and the content that we are learning. For me the MSc is a reinforcement of my thoughts and ideas about renewable energy and how important it is. It’s given me a better understanding of the details behind renewable energy engineering and helped me to really understand things properly and unlearn the ‘myths’ I had about the sector. I’ve also really enjoyed the climate change module; I had a good grounding of this already but learning about it in such depth has reinforced the details and given me an understanding of the complexities surrounding this issue.

The fact that we have a variety of optional modules to choose from is nice, it’s great to be able to hone your own skills. I put myself out there by choosing modules I didn’t have much knowledge on as I didn’t want to do stuff I’ve been doing for the last 40 years of my career. I’ve really challenged myself to do other things but it’s been great fun.

As a mature student I’m a lot older than some of my younger peers on the course, however I haven’t found this a disadvantage. Everyone has been really inclusive and easy to get on with and there’s a real diversity of backgrounds, ages and experience on the course.

It’s never too late to go back and do something different. Yes it’s hard stepping outside your comfort zone and you can feel challenged but as an individual will grow and feel you are doing something positive.


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