The MSc in Science of Energy consists of six taught modules worth 10 ECTS each. These are structured around a cross-cutting introductory module. The introductory module is designed to furnish students with all of the basic physics, chemistry and engineering concepts that are required to become an "Energy Scientist". These basics are complemented by essential "Economics of Energy" and "Principles of Energy Policy".
Now with the ability to understand and analyse the competing aspects of all of the essential science, engineering and economics pertinent to the energy discipline, the students proceed to Five specialised technically orientated core modules; "Conventional Energy Sources & Technologies", "Electric Power Generation and Distribution", "Sustainable Energy Sources & Technologies I & II", and "Managing the impact of Energy Utilisation".
With these modules completed and examined in the months September to April, students proceed to a 15 week research project worth 30 ECTS in a leading research laboratory or in industry in the months of May-August.
The curriculum is designed to allow students from a science, engineering, or other backgrounds with relevant experience, to gain the scientific knowledge needed to contribute to the energy sector. This can be through industry, business, academia, government policy or media communication. Students will examine the fundamental and applied science of how energy resources could be diversified from conventional polluting sources (e.g. CO2, NOX, SMOG) to renewable sources, where the sustainability of both the energy source and the conversion technology is presently unknown.
1. Introductory Module - September to November
2. Specialised Modules - December to March
3. Dissertation by Research - April to August
The programme includes interactive lessons, workshops and group projects. Students can also undertake research in the form of a company project instead of the standard dissertation.
This Masters project involves the design and development of a novel eco-efficient off-grid study pod for our campus. The research aim involves creating a functional prototype to serve as a test-bed to explore off-grid mobile study-spaces. The project will lead to the creation of a lightweight shell structure with interior, all of which is capable of incorporating state of the art, off-the -shelf renewable technologies (solar PV, wind (HAWT), DC storage and heat-pumps). The design should create a study/work environment supported by natural light, high-air quality and excellent acoustic performance. The robust ergonomic design will be powered via renewables and can operate independently or link up to form larger pod clusters. The shell structure will have an exoskeleton layer to support the integration of alternative of off-grid renewable technologies. These reconfigurable spaces will improve occupant experience and comfort levels leading to extra-performance and improved productivity for the users.