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MSc Renewable Energy Systems Engineering

Course Description

By taking our Renewable Energy Systems Engineering MSc, you will gain a global understanding of the major types of renewable energy technologies, and pick up the skills to successfully model and optimise these systems.


This programme provides you with opportunities to learn about other renewable energy technologies, energy sector economics, supply chain management and sustainable development, to further broaden your relevant knowledge.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/renewable-energy-systems-engineering

Programme overview

Created in the context of the rapid advancement of the renewable energy industry, our programme is suited to graduates from engineering, science or other relevant backgrounds with an interest in pursuing a successful career in research, technological change and the commercialisation of renewable energy systems.

On our MSc, you will investigate both renewable energy and systems technologies, in order to become competent in the R&D and engineering tasks that are demanded of scientific engineers in the sustainable development sector.

Our programme also provides you with opportunities to learn about similar renewable energy technologies, energy sector economics and supply chain management.

Programme structure

We offer a set of optional modules that will allow you to tailor the programme to suit your individual needs, whilst the compulsory modules provide the fundamental knowledge and skills needed in industry today.

Graduate students will find the programme of substantial benefit in developing the knowledge and skills acquired in their undergraduate programme. For practising process engineers with professional business experience, the programme is an opportunity to update their knowledge of current design practice and also to familiarise themselves with developments in codes and methods of analysis.

Successful completion of four modules is required to gain a Postgraduate Certificate and eight modules for a Postgraduate Diploma. To be awarded the MSc, you will need to take eight modules and successfully complete a dissertation.

Each module is worth 15 credits. The majority of modules are provided by university academic staff. In addition, the Technology, Business and Research Seminars module is coordinated and supervised by University academic staff but delivered by experts from industry, research institutions and business organisations. The majority of modules run for ten weeks and comprise approximately 30 hours of class time (three hours per week) and 120 hours of self-study and assignments.

There is a wide selection of modules on offer within the programme, covering the most relevant areas in the sector of business and technology in the process industry. At the end of the programme, you will have an opportunity to pursue a single topic in depth and to demonstrate evidence of research potential through the project dissertation. Academic support in the form of consultations is constantly available to enable further knowledge and skill comprehension.

Compulsory modules:

• Biomass Processing Technology
• Dissertation
• Optimisation and Decision-Making
• Process Modelling and Simulation
• Process Systems Design
• Technology, Business and Research Seminars
• Wind Energy Technology

Optional modules:

• Economics of International Oil and Gas
• Energy Economics and Technology
• Introduction to Petroleum Production
• Knowledge-based Systems and Artificial Intelligence
• Process and Energy Integration
• Process Safety and Operations Integrity
• Refinery and Petrochemical Processing
• Renewable Energy Technologies
• Solar Energy Technology
• Supply Chain Management
• Sustainable Development Applications
• Transitions to a Low-Carbon Energy Economy

Teaching and assessment

Our programme utilises our research-active staff in conjunction with state-of-the-art facilities to provide a range of learning experiences – lectures, seminars, directed study, practical laboratories and project work.

Lectures are delivered by specialised, expert academic staff. Further in-depth knowledge and skills are gained through seminars delivered and guided by experienced professionals from industry, business and research organisations, with the focus on the latest trends and problem-solving methods. You will also work on a number of projects, individually and in groups, supervised by academic staff and focusing on real-life problems.

Modules are generally assessed by a combination of examinations and continuous assessment. The latter will be based on solutions to tutorial questions, reports covering practical sessions and fieldwork, and essays on a number of suitable topics. Each module is examined separately. There is a written final examination for most modules at the end of each semester, although some modules are examined by continuous assessment only. The modules and the dissertation project have a minimum pass mark of 50 per cent.

Facilities, equipment and academic support

Modules related to the different groups are taught by a total of six full-time members of staff and a number of visiting lecturers.

An extensive library is available for individual study. It stocks more than 85,000 printed books and e-books and more than 1,400 (1,100 online) journal titles, all in the broad area of engineering. The library support can be extended further through inter-library loans.

As part of their learning experience, students have at their disposal a wide range of relevant software needed to support the programme material dissertation projects. In recent years, this work included the design of various knowledge-based and business systems on the internet, the application of optimisation algorithms, and semantic web applications.

Numerous laboratory facilities across the Faculty and the University are also available for those opting for technology-based projects, such as the process engineering facility, a control and robotics facility and signal processing labs.

The work related to the MSc dissertation can often be carried out in parallel with, and in support of, ongoing research. In the past, several graduates have carried on their MSc research to a PhD programme.

Your career

Engineers and scientists are increasingly expected to have skills in information systems engineering and decision-support systems alongside their main technical and/or scientific expertise.

Graduates of this programme will be well prepared to help technology-intensive organisations make important decisions in view of vast amounts of information by adopting, combining, implementing and executing the right technologies.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

Visit the MSc Renewable Energy Systems Engineering page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alexandros Fourtoulakis

I studied my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Patras, Greece. I’m now taking an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering within Surrey’s Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. I was impressed by the fact that Surrey’s considered one of the best universities in the UK, and liked the fact the campus was so close to London too.

I’ve always been interested in trying to improve the way we use our supplies and plan ahead for the future. In my eyes, energy generation, together with sustainable development, is a major international issue. Our planet’s in a critical state, and we need to change the way we treat it, and take serious action when it comes to how we use energy.

My supervisors are willing to help me in any issue and the lecturers broaden your knowledge on engineering matters and trigger interest in the subject. The facilities at the Department are great, with enough space for all students, and the chemical laboratories are safe and an ideal place to carry out academic research.

If I had to pick a favourite module, I’d have to choose ‘Optimisation and Decision-Making’, because it developed my understanding of improving process system business models. All of the modules on my postgraduate programme were useful though – they built up my overall knowledge base of the subject.

As a Student Academic Representative, I’ve met the University’s Vice-Chancellor, and discussed upcoming matters with him. Knowing that everyone in the University cares about students’ views motivates me to work harder in my role. Acting as a representative enables me to be the voice of all students not just in the Department, but in the Faculty too.

I feel really well-prepared for my future career. After my MSc, my dream is to take up a post in the renewable energy sector.


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]


GREAT Surrey Scholarships India - 6 Awards

Funded by the University and the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, up to six scholarships worth £5,000 (paid in the form of a fee discount) are being offered on postgraduate taught courses from the following subjects:- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Chemistry
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environment and Sustainability
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering Sciences
- PhysicsWHO CAN APPLY?You can apply for a GREAT Surrey Scholarship if:- You hold a high first-class degree from an Indian university (the minimum requirement is 65 per cent from a prestigious university or 70 per cent from a regional university).
- You hold an offer from Surrey to study any MSc course within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as listed above (you must hold an offer before submitting an application for a scholarship)

Value of Scholarship(s)



The GREAT Scholarship – India programme is aimed at high-calibre Indian students who want to study for a postgraduate programme in engineering.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete the online form - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/content/great-scholarships-india-2016

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum 2.1 honours degree or an overseas equivalent in an engineering, science or related subject. Practitioners with suitable qualifications and relevant experience in engineering, science or technology are also welcome to apply.English language requirements-IELTS minimum overall: 6.5-IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

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