Renewable Energy Engineering (MSc or Diploma)

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Renewable Energy Engineering (MSc or Diploma)

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      12 Months

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time/Part Time

    • Start Date:

      01 September 2019

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 7,168 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 18,680

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    The University of Heriot-Watt’s renewable Energy Diploma and MSc programs are both delivered by their IMPEE (Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering), ICIT (International Centre for Island Technology) and SISER (Scottish Institute of Solar Energy Research).

    You’ll learn the engineering and the science behind the extraction, conversion and conservation of energy derived from a variety of novel and renewable sources. The ICIT, in particular, is a world leader in renewable energy from marine tidal sources.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This course is delivered over 9 months at the Diploma level, or 12 months for the full MSc.

    The core modules include:

    • Foundations of Energy

    This module explores energy concepts such as thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, electricity generation and transmission, fuels, renewable energy resources, production and consumption statistics and the ecological and socio-economic aspects of energy consumption.

    • Economics of Renewable Energy

    This module looks at the market for renewable energy in terms of supply and demand, resource allocation, expenditure and taxation and the economics of extracting non-renewable vs. renewable energy sources. Environmental valuation and the cost of climate change will also be addressed.

    • Renewable Energy Technologies

    This module seeks to define renewable energy sources and to discuss their role in energy provision. It will look at bioenergy as well as solar, hydropower, wind and marine power sources.

    • Advanced Renewable Energy Engineering

    You’ll look at the problems associated with renewable energy exploitation, as well as the techniques used to do so effectively.

    • Critical Analysis and Research Preparation

    This module will explore planning a research or development project, getting the most from your supervisor, background research, academic writing, and data analysis & presentation.

    • Masters Dissertation

    This will be an extensive (60 credit) project, and a cornerstone of the entire program.

    Electives you can take include:

    • Electrical Power Systems
    • Heat Transfers and Heat Exchangers
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics with Heat Transfer
    • Demand Management and Energy Storage
    • Environmental Impact Assessment

    Learning & Teaching

    The University of Heriot-Watt uses a wide range of teaching methods. For this program, they will most often include formal lectures, group learning exercises, specialist skills practice sessions and a range of individual assignments.

    Career Possiblities

    This is of course a fast growing industry, and qualified graduates are in high demand. Many students attending the program are already in employment, and seek to improve their ability and likelihood for promotion in their field. Others use it to attain rewarding and challenging first roles in the industry.  

    Entry Credit

    Entry Requirements for UK and EU-nationals

    The University of Heriot-Watt typically requires students to have already achieved a first class or second class honours degree in a related subject, as well as evidence of strong numeracy.

    Entry Requirements for overseas (non-EU) students                         

    International students must be fluent in written and spoken English. This can be demonstrated by an IELTS score of 6.5 or better overall, but other courses will be accepted at equivalent levels of fluency.

    International students must also have academic accreditation equivalent to that required for UK and EU students. This includes many degrees from non-UK universities.

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