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Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies Masters/MSc

Course Description


The University of Birmingham, as a partner in The Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS), has launched a new taught Masters in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies.

Consisting of core and optional modules, delivered by experts from the universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Loughborough, this MSc will encourage and embed excellence in fossil energy technologies, carbon capture and efficient combustion. It will prepare future leaders and industrial engineers with knowledge and skills to tackle the major national and international challenges of implementing new fossil-based power plant and processes more efficiently, with near zero emissions and CO2 capture.

Course details

This programme will encourage and embed excellence in fossil energy technologies, carbon capture and efficient combustion. It includes modules on power generation and technologies, industrial case studies, economics of energy and innovation and allows students to assimilate the contextual issues surrounding fossil-based energy alongside technical aspects. Coupled with the major research project, this core will thus promote enquiry-based learning which will be supplemented by a range of optional technical and contextual/managerial modules.

This course provides expert teaching from three leading universities in the UK: a unique partnership to allow students to benefit from a wide range of expertise.

Why study this course?

The Midlands Energy Graduate School is unique to the UK and is a partnership between the universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Loughborough to bring excellence and world-leading research into context within this MSc. Students will take modules at each of the universities, studying alongside other MEGS students registered at all three universities, thus benefiting from the best of three UK universities.

This multi-disciplinary programme aims to provide predominantly engineering and science graduates with a solid grounding in efficient fossil energy technologies. The programme will prepare future leaders and industrial engineers with knowledge and skills to tackle the major national and international challenges over the next 15 years: implementing new power plant to generate electricity more efficiently using fossil energy with near zero emissions; demonstration and deployment of CO2 capture; reducing CO2 emissions from coal utilisation, including iron making and similar manufacturing processes.

Module content (compulsory/optional) and programme structure

The MSc /PG Diploma/PG Cert in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies allows students to tailor their studies to meet the needs of their chosen career path by offering a wide range of modules which can be selected, from all three universities, together with a wide choice of individual research projects (subject to timetabling). We have state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities which enable students to take part in lectures delivered off-campus, or students can choose to travel to Nottingham and Loughborough in person.

This MSc comprises 60 credits of compulsory taught modules, 60 credits of optional modules and a 60-credit research project. The programme covers the core themes of power generation, carbon capture, innovation and the wider, societal aspect of energy generation and use. Students will choose some optional modules from a range of technical choices and some from a range of contextual/managerial choices, which provides a well-rounded range of study. Students taking the PG Diploma will study the taught element only; those taking PG Certificate will study only the core modules.

Core modules are:
• Power Generation and Carbon Capture (University of Nottingham)
• Energy, Technology and Society (University of Nottingham)
• Innovation and Technology Transfer (University of Nottingham)
• Research and Professional Skills (University of Nottingham)
• The Energy System (University of Birmingham)
• Industrial Case Studies (University of Loughborough)

Technical options* include:
• Combined Heat and Power
• Thermal Power Systems
• Petroleum Production Engineering
• Materials and Metallurgy
• Materials Characterisation
• Reaction Systems
• System Modelling

Contextual and Managerial options* include:
• Environmental Management
• Further innovation
• Marketing
• Research Planning
• Marketing
• Quality Management
• Business Methods and Strategy

*At least one module from each optional list must be taken, and any relevant Masters-level module may be substituted, subject to timetabling and approval from the academic supervisor.

The taught element takes place between September and May and consists of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. The individual project takes place in industry or at the University of Birmingham, between May and August.

Research project

The research project will take place in Birmingham, based either at the university or in industry. Research topics available at Birmingham will include: modelling systems, plant design, supercritical reactions, catalysts, or carbon capture technologies.

Other research topics may be available at the universities of Loughborough and Nottingham: please enquire for more information. The research project must be taken at the university at which the student is registered.

Learning and teaching

This programme provides a solid basis for a career in fossil fuel-powered energy generation. Comprising lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, coursework and group project work, it addresses the management of technical (engineering) activities, the development of personal, interpersonal and project management skills, and provides a fundamental understanding of the wider social and economic aspects of energy generation and use.

Modules available from the universities of Nottingham and Loughborough are available either via state-of-the-art video-conferencing facilities, so students do not usually need to attend the other university in person. However, should any student wish to travel to partake directly in some lectures, advice can be provided on appropriate travel and accommodation.

Career opportunities/employability

Graduates of this programme will be in demand by power generation companies and partner organisations working on technologies for a near-zero-emission power plant. There is a world-wide demand for engineers and scientists with high-level education and skills in energy technologies, focussing on fossil fuels, as coal-fired power stations continue to be commissioned, built and operated. This programme also provides an entry route to progress to PhD study, upon successful completion (minimum grades apply)

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 Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies Masters/MSc page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants will hold, or be expecting to hold, a first class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering subject. This may be Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Relevant, significant, industrial experience may be considered. Please contact us to enquire and discuss your situation.English Language requirements are as follows:IELTS: minimum 6.5 in all bandsTOEFL IBT: no less than 22 in all bandsPTE Academic: no less than 67 in all 4 skills

Course Fees

Please contact the School for information on fees.

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