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Renewable Energy Engineering (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Course Description

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.

Course overview

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.

Group project

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.

Individual Project

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.

Core -

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/renewable-energy-engineering.html

Visit the Renewable Energy Engineering (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Chukwudubem Nwana

Impressive international rankings for the course of study and its reputation as the only postgraduate institution in the EU attracted me to Cranfield University. Also, its collaboration with industry was an important factor.
It helped me to develop my knowledge of business operations and how this interfaces with engineering expertise. I now have options in the manufacturing and the energy industries, both of which are my preferred career choices.
I found the international environment, as well as the access to social and extracurricular activities and facilities such as tennis and Jujutsu classes, and trips to Cambridge and London, fantastic.

Chukwudubem Nwanah, Management Trainee (Supply Chain -manufacturing), Unilever Nigeria,
(MSc, Energy Systems and Thermal Processes, 2014, full-time)


Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - 20+ Awards

Cranfield University is now able to offer you a more affordable way to study an MSc with loans managed by Prodigy Finance.With a Cranfield Postgraduate Loan it is possible for you to take up your MSc studies with no repayments while you study. This will leave you free to concentrate on your course and enhance your career prospects.Launched in February 2014, the scheme is designed to support UK and EU students entering postgraduate study and is intended to attract those who may not otherwise progress to this level because of financial constraints.Loans of up to £15,000 are available (dependent on the tuition fees for your chosen course).If you are a UK student, loans are available for tuition fees and maintenance. EU students can apply for a loan covering only tuition fees.
Loans are repaid over a seven year period and repayments start six months after you complete your degree. As a not-for-profit scheme, funded by Cranfield and HEFCE, the loans are competitively priced (6.92% APR representative) and considerably more affordable than a standard career development loan.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Loans of up to £15,000 total


You can apply for a loan if you:• are domiciled in the UK or EU and qualify for ‘Home/EU’ fees and
• have an admissions offer to a Cranfield full-time, taught MSc course in a STEM (Science, Technology Engineering or Mathematics) subject

Application Procedure

If you already have an applicable course offer you can apply online through Prodigy Finance. You will need to provide Prodigy Finance with details of your offer from Cranfield. Your loan application will be considered and responded to within a few days.If you are yet to secure an offer of a place you can register your interest in the scheme and we will keep you up-to-date.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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.

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