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Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications MRes

Course Description

Postgraduate combined research and teaching degree programme Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications MRes:

This programme falls within the theme ‘Sustainable Power Generation and Supply’ of the Research Councils’ Energy Programme, the first of its kind in the UK.

Masters graduates will have a systematic knowledge and understanding of hydrogen, fuel cells and their applications, including developments and problems at the forefront of the discipline. They will be able to evaluate current research critically, and be original in the application of their knowledge, proposing new hypotheses as appropriate.

Typical Masters graduates will be able to deal with complex issues, making sound judgements in the absence of complete information, and will be able to communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences. They will be self-motivating and able to act autonomously, and will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations, and to have the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Their high level of numeracy and skills in problem solving, team working, communication and information technology will equip them for successful careers outside as well as within the process and allied industries.

The MRes in Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications:

-Demonstrates the exciting future promise of hydrogen, fuel cells and their applications in a zero-emission world
-Shows that industry supports the developments and that jobs are plentiful
-Stresses the international nature of the course, with travel overseas
-Emphasises the high quality nature of the teaching in top grade RAE Schools
-Supports entrepreneurial spirit, with three spin-out companies in hydrogen and fuel cells founded during the past 12 months at the University of Birmingham

Programme content

The programme will focus on taught modules (60 credits) in science, engineering and team building, as well as business and management, and a dissertation.

Further core modules deal with topics such as:
-Materials for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies
-The Energy System
-Marketing and TQM
-Effective Project Management
-Business Methods, Economics and Strategy

Optional modules
A wide range of optional modules enables you to gain specific knowledge relating to hydrogen energy and fuel cell technology. You may also choose to study business, management and public engagement modules, or develop mathematical modelling skills.

The programme can be studied full-time over one year, or part-time over two or three years. Modules are also available individually to fulfil continuing professional development needs.


The research thesis will focus on any of the following areas: Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems, Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Stack Engineering for Domestic Applications, Hydrogen Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) Stack Engineering for Automotive, Hybrid Vehicular Systems, Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) & Electrocatalyst development, Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) Stack Engineering for Portable Applications, Alkaline Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells, Discovery of New Nano-Materials for Hydrogen Production & Storage, Discovery of non-PGM alloys Materials, Hydrogen Production from Biomolecules by Novel Methods, Development of Novel Pd Alloy Thin-films for Use in High temperature Hydrogen Membrane Reactors.

Successful Masters students will have the opportunity to study for the PhD with Integrated Study in Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications MRes page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

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Course Fees

Home and EU Students £4121 FT, £2061 PT; International Students £17,910

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