The multidisciplinary programme considers both alternative energy sources and the effective management of traditional fuels and energy systems, integrating this study with environmental/waste issues.
The structure of the course is based on three main themes: Energy Supply, Energy Demand and Management. The course is delivered primarily through three Schools within Cardiff University
: Engineering, the Welsh School of Architecture and Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, though there will be contributions from other schools and external industrial lectures to enhance the learning experience.
The course aims to provide a balanced training across this broad field, notably providing a balance between the renewable and fossil fuel generation aspects, as well as encompassing the role of various industrial sectors (electrical power generation and distribution, built environment, transport, industry, etc.). A significant feature is the integrated, lifecycle approach to energy and environmental issues.
The programme is divided into 3 semesters, with increasingly more research-based learning and group projects in the second semester, culminating with an individual project in the final semester. Most projects will be associated with an industrial sponsor, taking full advantage of the strong industrial research collaborations existing within participating Schools. Students will select 2 modules from a group of options, allowing some degree of specialisation, and providing exposure to the frontiers of research in these areas.
Topics covered on the course include:
Sustainable Energy and Environmental Case Study
Risk and Hazard Management
Hydro Environmental Modelling
Alternative Energy Systems
Waste Management and Recycling
Fuels and Energy Systems
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
The course is suitable for graduates in engineering, environmental engineering, earth sciences or pure sciences, or in a relevant numerate scientific discipline, or with appropriate professional experience. Applicants without an engineering or applied science background should bear in mind that there are significant numerical / computational elements to this MSc.