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Renewable Energy Systems Technology (MSc)


Course Description

This MSc teaches an international community of students about the latest advances in clean power developments and enables graduates to design and develop benign renewable energy solutions that can be implemented in countries around the world.

It is aimed at engineers and natural scientists pursuing or wishing to pursue a career in the renewable energy sector, particularly those in technical positions e.g. systems designers, technical consultants and R&D engineers and scientists.

Core study areas include solar power, wind power, water power, biomass, sustainability and energy systems, integration of renewables and a research project.

Optional study areas include advanced solar thermal, advanced photovoltaics, advanced wind, energy storage, energy system investment and risk management.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/eese/renewable-energy-systems-tech/

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules:
- Solar Power
- Wind Power 1
- Water Power
- Biomass
- Sustainability and Energy Systems
- Integration of Renewables
- Research Project

Optional Modules (choose three):
- Advanced Solar Thermal
- Advanced Photovoltaics
- Wind Power 2
- Energy Storage
- Energy System Investment and Risk Management

How will you learn

You can select options to develop a chosen specialism in greater depth, including through your individual project which is often carried out with renewable energy companies or alongside the research portfolio of our international experts.

This is a very practical course backed up by strong theoretical understanding of the principles and facts behind renewable energy production.

Assessment is via a mixture of written and practical coursework and examinations. The individual research project is also assessed by viva. Because of its multidisciplinary nature, assessment may be done in collaboration with academic colleagues from Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials.

Facilities

We have current industrial equipment and laboratories for PV cell production, PV module production, qualification testing, PV quality control, energy storage research facilities, vacuum glazing, wind flow measurement, and instrumentation for energy consumption and monitoring.

You will benefit from experience with industrial tools and software for system design (e.g. PV Syst, WASP, ReSoft Windfarm, DNV GL Windfarmer), materials research hardware (e.g. pilot lines for commercial solar cell production) and quality control laboratories.

This enables you to acquire the practical skills that industry uses today and builds the foundations for developing your knowledge base throughout their career.

Careers and further study

There is a world-wide shortage of skilled engineers in this field and so the combination of hands on experience with global industry standard tools and techniques and the strong theoretical knowledge which graduates of this course acquire, makes them highly attractive to employers.

Students may carry out their projects as part of a short-term placement in a company and graduates of this course are often fast-tracked in their applications. Consequently we have an extensive network of alumni, many in top jobs.

Why choose electronic, electrical and systems engineering at Loughborough?

We develop and nurture the world’s top engineering talent to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world. All of our Masters programmes are accredited by one or more of the following professional bodies: the IET, IMechE, InstMC, Royal Aeronautical Society and the Energy Institute.

We carefully integrate our research and education programmes in order to support the technical and commercial needs of society and to extend the boundaries of current knowledge.

Consequently, our graduates are highly sought after by industry and commerce worldwide, and our programmes are consistently ranked as excellent in student surveys, including the National Student Survey, and independent assessments.

- Facilities
Our facilities are flexible and serve to enable our research and teaching as well as modest preproduction testing for industry.
Our extensive laboratories allow you the opportunity to gain crucial practical skills and experience in some of the latest electrical and electronic experimental facilities and using industry standard software.

- Research
We are passionate about our research and continually strive to strengthen and stimulate our portfolio. We have traditionally built our expertise around the themes of communications, energy and systems, critical areas where technology and engineering impact on modern life.

- Career prospects
90% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. They go on to work with companies such as Accenture, BAE Systems, E.ON, ESB International, Hewlett Packard, Mitsubishi, Renewable Energy Systems Ltd, Rolls Royce and Siemens AG.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/eese/renewable-energy-systems-tech/

Visit the Renewable Energy Systems Technology (MSc) page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Mairead Kennedy

I had been working as a water services engineer in Ireland for four years when I decided to return to university to pursue a career in renewable energy. It is an area which I find interesting and where I believe there to be great potential for growth and career opportunities in the long term.

Studying on this course was an extremely rewarding experience all round. Alongside the academic study I would encourage everyone to take part in the social aspect of being a student again as I immensely enjoyed meeting people from a wide variety of different backgrounds. In itself this was an enriching experience but it also gave me insight into the global issues surrounding renewable energy.

I really enjoyed the Solar and Wind Power sections of the course because these were areas where I had some knowledge and a lot of interest. I had originally planned to work in the wind power sector but one of the Professors in CREST circulated an interesting job advertisement so now I am working in an engineering firm where I specialise in heat networks. The work is very rewarding and diverse, ranging from a feasibility study for a Micro Scale Anaerobic Digestion facility to the design and planning for both District Heating and City-scale energy projects

The MSc really developed my technical knowledge and skills in this area and the Solar Thermal and Passive House Design modules feed directly into my work with my new company. This is such an exciting area and one which I feel marries together both my societal and environmental views with my technical knowledge and expertise.

(Student Profile)

Hanan Al-Buflasa

I was sponsored by my employer, the University of Bahrain, to come to Loughborough and study on a full-time basis for an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology.

The University of Bahrain will only send its employees to the best universities around the world, and after carefully researching renewable energy courses both inside and outside the UK, I found the MSc course offered by CREST to be the best.

I had such a good experience doing my Masters at Loughborough, I stayed on to do a PhD as my employer is keen to establish a research field in this area and promote renewable energy throughout Bahrain. Whilst studying for my PhD I also supported CREST’s Distance Learning course as a tutor which I really enjoyed. Now I’m back in Bahrain I’m using the skills and experience I gained as a student at Loughborough to advise Government and also individuals.


(Scholarship)

Panasonic Trust Fellowships - Single Award

The objective of the Fellowship is to provide financial support to selected graduate engineers wishing to study full-time Masters’ degree courses in subjects with a bias towards energy, sustainability, infrastructure, environmental technology and water resource engineering. Each Fellowship has a financial value of £8,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£8,000

Eligibility

To be eligible for the award of a Panasonic Trust Fellowship an individual must:be a UK citizen;be qualified to degree level in engineering or a closely related discipline;have membership at any grade of a professional engineering institution accredited by the Engineering Council as a licenced member institution;have some industrial experience, which may be from a sandwich course work placement or a ‘year out’ before commencing university;not be in receipt of an EPSRC or other award to study the respective course.

Application Procedure

Applications are made via the Panasonic Trust website.

Further Information

http://www.panasonictrust.net/fellowships/default.aspx


(Scholarship)

Loughborough University Graduate School Development Trust Africa Scholarships: Full-fee Scholarships - 4 Awards

For 2014 entry the scholarship application procedure is an open competition. Students may only apply for the scholarship after an offer for a place has been made. Students who are in possession of an offer (conditional or unconditional) of a place on a postgraduate taught course can apply for the scholarship using the application form which can be downloaded below.The deadline for applications is 30th April 2014.Applications will be initially shortlisted and the final decision on the awards will be made by a selection panel of senior staff of the University. The selection panel will use the following eligibility criteria when assessing applications:Currently domiciled (permanently living) in Africa
Evidence of exceptional academic achievement (normally a 1st Class Honours Degree)
Commitment to return to their home country on completion of postgraduate programme
Evidence of the ability and commitment to making a significant contribution to their home country on their return
Full understanding of the costs involved in coming to study and live in the UK
Evidence of strong motivation and initiative to secure funds to cover the remainder of the costs involved

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full-Fee - 100% of tuition feew

Eligibility

Loughborough University is delighted to announce full-fee scholarships for international full-time taught postgraduate students who are currently domiciled (permanently living) in Africa. These will be known as the Loughborough University Graduate School Development Trust Africa Scholarships. The scholarships will cover 100% of the course fees for your chosen postgraduate taught course for one year (replacing any Departmental or Loughborough University scholarships or bursaries you may already have been awarded).The University will award a limited number of scholarships and the standards required are very high. Students will be expected to fund their travel and maintenance costs through other sources

Application Procedure

Download Application form from weblink

The final closing date for applications is 30th April 2011, and applicants must not apply late. All those applying will be notified of the outcome of their application by email by the end of May at the latest.

Any award made to an applicant holding a conditional offer will be subject to those conditions being met in full. Applicants will also be expected to provide evidence of funds to cover their travel, living and maintenance costs and may be asked to pay a deposit towards their living costs as part of the conditions of the scholarship offer.

Further Information

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/finance/international/informationfor/africa/


(Scholarship)

Loughborough University UK/EU Alumni Bursaries - 20+ Awards

This bursary is open to all alumni who obtained their first degree from Loughborough University and are not in receipt of any other University award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% off tuition fee

Eligibility

UK/EU, self-funding students

Application Procedure

No separate application is required. The bursary will be credited to your tuition fee account when you take up a place.

Further Information

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/finance/postgraduate/informationfor/alumni/


(Scholarship)

School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering Bursaries - 20+ Awards

A bursary will be available to all self-financing, non-EU international students on one of the above programmes who are not in receipt of a University or Faculty based bursary or scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

International, self-funding

Application Procedure

Automatic for registered students meeting the criteria above

Further Information

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/funding/pg/international/el/index.htm


(Scholarship)

Loughborough University International Alumni Bursary - 20+ Awards

Available to all self funding full-time postgraduate taught students who are not in receipt of any other University award and who obtained their degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) from Loughborough University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% of programme tuition fees

Eligibility

International Loughborough University Alumni

Application Procedure

Automatic for registered students meeting the criteria above

Further Information

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/finance/international/departmental/electrical/


(Scholarship)

Loughborough University Graduate School International Scholarships - 6 Awards

The Loughborough University Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and potential. Each scholarship will be of 1 year's duration and students are invited to apply after an offer of a place has been made.In general we will be looking for students who have the equivalent of a UK First Class honours degree, or a very high 2:1 OR who have sufficient grades to demonstrate the potential to achieve this level.

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% of programme tuition fee

Eligibility

Scholarships are available to new self-financing full-time international students who are permanently resident in a country outside the European Union (EU).

Application Procedure

Details can be found from weblink

Further Information

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/finance/international/graduateschoolscholarships/



Entry Requirements

Upper second class (2:1) honours degree in any engineering or physical science subject

Course Fees

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