The MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering aims to deliver qualified engineers of the highest standard and who are capable of contributing significantly to the increased demand for renewable energy technologies. Many other MSc courses in this area only provide a very broad overview and do not offer the academic and technical depth required for designers of renewable energy power generation systems. This course will equip you with the advanced interdisciplinary skills required to design, optimise and evaluate the technical and economic viability of renewable energy schemes. You will have the opportunity for visits to renewable energy companies, giving an operational view of work in this sector.
Climate change, growing world populations and limited fossil fuel resources mean that demand for renewable energy will continue at an ever increasing rate for the foreseeable future. Renewable energy is now at the heart of every informed discussion concerning energy sustainability, security and affordability. The member states of the EU have signed up to legally binding targets of 20% energy from renewable sources by 2020. In order to meet these targets, a significant number of highly trained engineers are required worldwide.
This course is suitable for engineering, maths or science graduates who wish to specialise in renewable energy engineering.
The MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering is made up of eight compulsory taught modules, a group project and an individual research project.
In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following learning outcomes from this degree course:
- Demonstrate knowledge, fundamental understanding and critical awareness of renewable energy engineering techniques necessary for renewable energy conversion systems.
- Demonstrate systematic knowledge across appropriate advanced technologies and management issues to provide solutions for international industries and/or research organisations.
- Demonstrate the ability to acquire, critically assess the relative merits, and effectively use appropriate information from a variety of sources.
The aim of the group project is to provide you with direct experience of applying knowledge to an industrially relevant problem that requires a team-based multi-disciplinary solution. It is undertaken between October and March. In addition to gaining experience working in technical project teams, you will deliver presentations and learn other valuable skills.
It is clear that the modern design engineer cannot be divorced from the commercial world. In order to provide practice in this matter, a poster presentation will be required from all students. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner. All groups must also submit a written report.
Recent Group Projects include:
- Development of educational renewable energy kits with Ecostyle Ltd
- Floating offshore wind turbines coupled dynamics math modelling and experimental verification.
This is undertaken during March to September, and allows you to focus on a specific area of interest. You will develop the skills to design, optimise and evaluate the technical and economic viability of renewable energy schemes. It is common for our industrial partners to propose potential research topics. For part-time students, it is usually undertaken in collaboration with your organisation.
Recent Individual Research Projects include:
- Numerical Predictions of the Hydrodynamic Drag of the Plat-o Tidal Energy Converter and Comparison with Measurements in a Water Channel
- Efficiency Improvement and Commercial Application of a VAWT
- Wind Resource Prediction and Assessment
- Dynamics of a Drive Train System for Offshore Floating Wind Turbines
- Aerodyn Software Feasibility Assessment for Tidal Turbines Design
- Energy Saving Optimisation and Intelligent ‘Internet of Things’ control for a Typical Commercial Building or an Industrial Plant
- Development of Advanced Approximation Methods for Reliability Assessment with Application in Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Electromagnetic Rectifier for Torque Ripple in Cranfield’s VAWT
- Fluid Structural Interaction Analysis of Flexible Sails for Vertical Axis Wind Turbine.
The taught programme for the renewable energy engineering masters is generally delivered from October to February and is comprised of eight compulsory modules. The modules are delivered over one to two weeks of intensive delivery with the later part of the module being free from structured teaching to allow time for more independent learning and reflection. Students on the part-time programme will complete all of the compulsory modules based on a flexible schedule that will be agreed with the course director.
Dynamics of Fluidic Energy Devices
Structural Integrity of Renewable Energy Systems
Computer Simulations for Engineering Design
Risk and Reliability Engineering
Engineering Stress Analysis: Theory and Simulation
Power Electronics and Machines
Testing and Routes to Certification
Management for Technology: Energy
The taught modules (40%) are assessed by an examination and/or assignment. The Group Project (20%) is assessed by a written technical report and oral presentations. The Individual Research Project (40%) is assessed by a written thesis and oral presentation.
Partial fee bursaries are available, please contact the Course Director for more information.
Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Study/Postgraduate-degrees/Fees-and-funding/Funding-opportunities/cpls/Cranfield-Postgraduate-Loan-Scheme
The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) is a funding programme providing affordable tuition fee and maintenance loans for full-time UK/EU students studying technology-based MSc courses.
The industry led education makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for recruitment by companies competing in the Energy sector. Graduates from this course will be equipped with the advanced interdisciplinary skills required to design, optimise and evaluate the technical and economic viability of renewable energy schemes. Indeed, these interdisciplinary skills are also necessary for graduates wishing to take a management career route in the renewable energy industry.
Our graduates have been successful in securing employment in renewable energy consultancies and leading energy and petrochemical companies. Recent graduates are currently working at Shell, DNV and RES.
For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/renewable-energy-engineering.html
A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, physics or an engineering discipline. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director.