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Renewable Energy Systems Technology (Distance Learning) (MSc)

Course Description

This is the distance learning version of the full time MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology.

By using the same course materials distance learning students are able to achieve the same outcomes as the full-time MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology. We have developed new ways of learning, which offer students flexibility in place, pace and mode to meet the demand for this highly sought after qualification but who cannot attend traditional university classes.

By the end of the course, our renewable energy MSc graduates, will have gained a comprehensive understanding of renewable energy technologies and developed a range of important transferable

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, energy storage, energy system investment and risk management.

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

Programme modules

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

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

Normally students are required to obtain 180 Master's level credits in these modules to become a Master of Science in Renewable Energy Systems Technology graduate. However optional leave awards of Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) are possible.

How you will learn

All of our renewable energy MSc Modules consist of a series of Study Units, each covering a specific subject area (see programme modules). Instead of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, the main learning routes for distance learning students are via the University’s virtual learning environment (LEARN). The learning resources for each Study Unit include:
- On line study materials
- Live streamed and recorded lectures
- Virtual and remote laboratories
- Tutorials, assignments and computer aided assessments
- Access to past exam papers

In addition there are several important communication features built into LEARN which include:
- Discussion forums (for communicating with tutors and fellow learners)
- Specialist tutor groups
- Assignment and tutorial upload facility (to allow tutors to check your progress and provide you with feedback)
- Online tutorial sessions with module lectures

Distance learning students also have the option to attend on campus modules.

- Assessment
By examination, coursework, group work and research project. Examinations are held in January and May/June with coursework and group work throughout the programme. The individual MSc research project is assessed by written report and viva voce. Students receive regular feedback on their progress from on-line support officers, tutors and academic staff.

It is also possible for distance learning students to take exams at a suitable local venue either a local British council or a recognised university. For further information about this process please contact the course administrator.

- Technical Requirements
To make full use of distance learning resources, the following are minimum requirements:
- Good specification PC or laptop running the latest operating system
- A printer if you wish to print out materials
- Good computer skills (see below)
- Fast and reliable access to the Internet via Broadband

You will require the skills that allow one to:
- Open, copy, and move files and directories on your hard drive
- Move around the desktop with several applications (programmes) opened at the same time
- Create documents using a software package such as MS Word or similar.
- Be able to zip files and make pdf files
- Manipulate and analyse data using spread sheet software such as MS Excel

Careers and further study

The flexibility offered by this MSc allows graduates already working in or seeking to enter the sector, the opportunity to gain strong technical knowledge whilst continuing to work.This combination of knowledge and practical experience makes them highly attractive to existing and future employers worldwide.

Fees: Structure and scholarships

Unlike the full time course distance learning students pay as they study and will pay for modules prior to registration at the beginning of each semester. There are no additional registration fees.
However please note that distance learning fees are reviewed annually and may increase during your period of study.

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-system-tech-dl/

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

(Student Profile)

Peter Davies

I live in Aberdeenshire and my job involves commissioning and leading technology development in renewable energy. I have been working in various energy sectors since 2004 and became full-time on renewables late last year when I started my current job.

I decided to do a Masters degree as I wanted the intellectual challenge of a subject which interested me. Full-time study wasn’t really practical for me and distance learning offered the opportunity to study and work. I was also sponsored by my employer through my studies.

I really enjoyed the Wind and Water modules and I used the knowledge I had gained from them for my project which was based on using software developed for wind turbines to predict the performance of tidal turbines.

The CREST DL course has good learning support systems, such as the discussion boards, and the videos of the on campus lectures, which make you feel part of a student community and I would certainly recommend it to anyone interested in renewable energy.

(Student Profile)

Alison Cartwright

I used to be Operations Manager of a soft drinks factory but after taking a career break to look after my children I decided to go back into project management and use my engineering skills in a new area.

I had always been interested in renewable energy and I saw distance learning as a way of allowing me to re-train that fitted around family life. I looked at a number of DL options but decided to study the CREST course since it has such a good reputation and is also accredited by the IMechE. The flexibility of studying for one module a semester also meant that it was achievable. As I had not studied for over 18 years, I was slightly nervous at the prospect but I was reassured by the Loughborough staff who were really helpful and encouraging.

The project module was particularly useful for me as it was an investigation into the economic uses of biogas for standalone anaerobic digestion (AD) plants and I worked with a company who were developing an AD plant and wanted to make the most of the renewable heat incentive. I also looked at the possibility of injecting the gas into the gas grid and this is the field I now work in.

Learning for myself was a really refreshing experience as I had a keen interest in the subject and for once the exam mark wasn’t the most important thing!


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


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 weblinkThe 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



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


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



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)



International, self-funding

Application Procedure

Automatic for registered students meeting the criteria above

Further Information



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


International Loughborough University Alumni

Application Procedure

Automatic for registered students meeting the criteria above

Further Information



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


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


Entry Requirements

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

Course Fees

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