Renewable Energy Engineering MSc

Why choose this course?

Climate change is a major challenge for the 21st century, requiring an alternative supply of cleaner energy from renewable sources. This course is designed with an engineering focus that deals with applications, combined with the business element; applicable whether you work for a large organisation or a small to medium-size enterprise.

The MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng(Hons) accredited for CEng, will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

Key features

  • The programme provides hands-on skills in 3D CAD and solid modelling, FEA and CFD analysis, Polysun and WindPRO simulations using industry-standard software.
  • You can undertake a wide range of challenging and interesting sponsored and non-sponsored projects in the specific areas of wind power, solar power, biofuels and fuel-cells-related technologies.
  • Excellent career progression and internship with leading renewable companies: around 80% of students who have graduated from this programme have been recruited by the relevant industries as a consultant such as Atkins, Alstom Power, Inditex, Vattenfall, Shell, SGS UK Ltd and many others.
  • Completion of this programme would be an ideal progression to PhD level of research studies if you are interested in following an academic or research career in novel areas of renewable energy.
Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year Delivered in one-week blocks September 2020, January and March 2021
Full time 2 years including professional placement Delivered in one-week blocks plus placement year September 2020, January and March 2021
Part time 2 years Delivered in one-week blocks September 2020, January and March 2021

Important: if you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK you will also need an ATAS certificate for this course.

Location Roehampton Vale

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • The course meets the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) if you already have an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc(Hons)..
  • Kingston has excellent industrial links which have developed over many years and throughout many countries. Some examples include work with: Matra-Marconi Space Ltd; Ericsson; Balfour Beatty; The National Health Service; and British Gas.
  • This programme is designed to enable students to achieve a career in senior technical and management positions in energy engineering and management across a wide range of industries, including: automotive; aerospace; construction; petroleum; power; and manufacturing.

Why renewable engineering?

Find out about the importance of this field of study.

Global warming and the consequences of climate change will increasingly affect both developing and developed countries, especially if the greenhouse gases currently increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are not brought to an acceptable level.

A global priority for the 21st century must be to tackle CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, replacing them with sources of energy that are cleaner, sustainable and renewable. According to the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), the world's current use of renewable energy is only 13% of overall energy consumption.

In response to this, European Commission directives set a 20% reduction in the use of fossil fuel in Europe by 2020 and a 15% increase in the use of renewable energy in the UK. This means there are business incentives for developing alternative energy resources and technologies as a substitute for fossil fuel technology.

With the expected global growth in the renewable energy sector, there will be a crucial need for qualified and skilled engineers with specialist knowledge of the relevant technology. This MSc course focuses on viable sustainable and renewable sources of energy conversion based on systems using solar, wind and bio technologies.

Accreditation

The MSc will meet, in part, the academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng(Hons) accredited for CEng, will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

It should be noted that graduates from an accredited MSc programme, who do not also have an appropriately accredited honours degree, will not be regarded as having the exemplifying qualifications for professional registration as a chartered engineer with the Engineering Council; and will need to have their first qualification individually assessed through the individual case procedure if they wish to progress to CEng.

Find out more about Further Learning by visiting the Institution of Mechanical Engineers website.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Please check the Engineering Council website for more information about accredited degrees.

What you will study

The course provides an in-depth knowledge of renewable energy systems design and development, commercial and technical consultancy and project management within the sustainable engineering environment.

You will gain technical skills in and knowledge of solar power, wind power, biofuel and fuel cell technologies, as well as renewable energy business and management. In addition, you will gain practical skills in up-to-date computer-aided simulation technologies such as Polysun for solar energy applications, WindPRO for wind farm applications and ECLIPSE for biomass applications.

Option modules enable you to specialise in project engineering and management, as well as risk management or engineering design and development. Advanced topics, such as 3D solid modelling, computer-aided product development and simulation, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis and simulation allow you to gain further practical and theoretical knowledge of analytical software tools used in product design.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

If you start this course in January, you will complete the same modules as students who started in September but in a different format – please contact us at SECAdmissions@kingston.ac.uk for more information.

Teaching on this course usually takes place in two separate specific week blocks (Monday to Friday 9am–5pm). For further details please contact secpgstudentoffice@kingston.ac.uk.

For a student to go on placement they are required to pass every module first time with no reassessments.

Core modules

Option modules (choose one)

Core modules

Biomass and Fuel Cell Renewable Technology

30 credits

This broad-based module comprehensively examines:

  • biomass and fuel cell technology;
  • the principle engineering methodologies for producing biomass ;
  • fuel cell energy as a prime source of power; 
  • the relevant applications for renewable energy generation;
  • how the design and manufacturing processes involved may be applied in the development and optimisation of new and innovative renewable energy systems; and
  • some of the key issues relating to environmental concern as well as biomass and fuel cell policy.

The module is primarily delivered through formal lectures and practical laboratory sessions, supported by case studies and tutorials, with comprehensive course material available via StudySpace.

 

Solar Power Engineering

30 credits

This core module provides a detailed examination of the solar energy conversion process, system design and application. The comprehensive content considers:

  • how the principles of solar energy, as a prime source of power, can be utilised in the design, development and manufacture of relevant energy systems and technologies;
  • current and future technological requirements; and
  • the key issues and influences surrounding solar energy deployment.

Core factual material is primarily delivered through lectures and supported by tutorials, with comprehensive course material available via StudySpace.

Wind Power Engineering

30 credits

The comprehensive content of this module examines:

  • the measurement and assessment of wind resources; together with
  • the principles and technology of machines used in the generation of power from the wind, including:
    • their aerodynamics;
    • the aero-elastic;
    • fatigue characteristics of their materials; and
    • the operation of ancillary equipment, including gear boxes and electrical machines.

The module also considers the latest developments and technical progress of wind-powered installations and covers all aspects of life-time project management, including:

  • planning and public acceptance;
  • costing and financial incentives;
  • technologies; and
  • plant operation, including maintenance and power system integration.

The module is primarily delivered through lectures and practical laboratory sessions, supported by tutorials, with comprehensive course material available via StudySpace.

Project Dissertation

60 credits

This project module allows you to choose an area to research relating to a specific industrial problem and recommend a solution; utilising relevant hardware and software technology in order to produce a conference paper, an oral presentation and a substantial dissertation.  

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Formulate a research problem, clearly stating the objectives of the proposed research and by developing and expounding a valid hypothesis.
  • Carry out a thorough literature search in order to develop a comprehensive and sufficiently deep appreciation of the selected research field.
  • Demonstrate the ability to devise a sound methodology to proceed the project in a systematic manner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the research results to relevant industries and problems.
  • Demonstrate powers of critical analysis consistent with work at a masters level and express hypotheses, analyses and deductions in a clear, concise and objective manner.

Option modules

Engineering Projects and Risk Management

30 credits

This module is designed to equip you with the essential project management techniques so that you can take leadership in initiating and managing new projects in engineering companies. Such projects include new products, new services, setting up international collaborations, establishing supply chains, and to name but a few. Many successful organisations use project management as a core management tool to drive their business forward and to explore new territories.

The module is skill-driven and provides a comprehensive learning platform for you to master not only the theoretical techniques of project management, but also assess their applications through a variety of structured hands-on practical sessions and discussion forums. You will study and analyse reasons of success and failure of real projects through a series of case studies, and will learn how to establish and mitigate potential risks associate with a new project. Project and risk management is a sought-after subject area by industry and this module enhances the your employability potential in a wide spectrum of national and international industrial organisations.

Computational Fluid Dynamics for Engineering Applications

30 credits

This option module is designed for students in mechanical engineering and allied subject areas to be able to extend existing knowledge and skills of relevant computational techniques and advanced mathematics developed at undergraduate level. Emphasis is placed on the solution to fluids problems in a realistic mechanical engineering context.

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  • Define and analyse simple engineering fluid flow problems using the Navier Stokes equations. Simplify flow problems and solve them.
  • Construct appropriate solid models for CFD analysis, set up the solution domain and generate suitable surface and volume grids via meshing tools.
  • Understand both flow physics and mathematical properties of governing of Navier Stokes equations and define appropriate boundary conditions.
  • Use CFD software to model flow problems of relevance to mechanical engineers. Analyse the results and compare with available data.
Computer Integrated Product Development

30 credits

This option module is structured to develop an in-depth understanding of some of the fundamental CAD/CAM/CAE computing technologies that support the engineering product development process. The module also develops both an understanding of the role of these technologies within product data management (PDM) systems and its role as a key enabler for product lifecycle management (PLM).

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  • Generate complex 3D solid models including a variety of component parts and assemblies.
  • Develop a good understanding of different assembly techniques and the use of assembly geometry constrained.
  • Understand and apply the concepts of FEM/FEA methods to solve engineering design problems.
  • Understand and apply appropriate mechanism design techniques to validate product functionality.
Professional Placement

120 credits

The Professional Placement module is a core module for those students following a masters programme that incorporates an extended professional placement. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an appropriate working environment, and develops and enhances key employability and subject specific skills in their chosen discipline. Students may wish to use the placement experience as a platform for the major project or future career.

It is the responsibility of individual students to find and secure a suitable placement opportunity; this should not normally involve more than two placements which must be completed over a minimum period of 10 months and within a maximum of 12 months. The placement must be approved by the Course Leader, prior to commencement to ensure its suitability. Students seeking placements will have access to the standard placement preparation activities offered by Student Engagement and Enhancement (SEE) group.

Read more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to take the option of a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's Tier 4 visa.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

Applicants must have:

  • a good honours degree (minimum 2:2) in engineering or a related science, or an equivalent professional qualification; or
  • equivalent overseas qualification.

Please note: each application is assessed on an individual basis and may be subject to additional requirements, such as undertaking short course(s), work experience and/or English language qualification(s). Meeting particular minimum entry requirements does not automatically guarantee a place.

International

In order to complete your programme successfully, it is important to have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment. Therefore, if you are a non-UK applicant* you will usually be required to provide certificated proof of English language competence before commencing your studies.

For this course the minimum requirement is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

* Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Your workload

Type of teaching and learning

Year 1

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching: 200 hours
  • Guided independent study: 1300 hours

How you will be assessed

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 1
  • Coursework: 59%
  • Exams: 38%
  • Practical: 4%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Class sizes

­You will be part of an intimate cohort of students which provides dedicated academic guidance and advice as well as the opportunity to build a life-long network of colleagues. Some modules are common across other postgraduate programmes, therefore you may be taught alongside postgraduates from other courses.

What this course offers you

  • This course is part of the newly-established Alternative Energy Group for Renewable Energy Engineering at Kingston University.
  • You gain hands-on virtual design experience using industry-recommended software technology in CAD, CFD and FEA analysis.
  • The programme incorporates specialist field trips for group projects. You also have the opportunity to undertake research and industry-relevant dissertation projects, including the chance to work on research areas within wind power, solar power and biofuel.
  • It will develop your professional, analytical and management skills, as well as improving your technical skills and knowledge. For example, you will gain communication, teamwork, IT and problem-solving skills.
  • You can choose to study the course full-time or part-time to fit in with work commitments. September and January start dates give you extra flexibility plus the programme is modular, with majority of the modules delivered over one week.
  • We regularly review all our postgraduate courses to make sure that they are up-to-date, reflect industry needs and are comparable to other university courses.

Fees for this course

Home and European Union 2020/21

  • MSc full time £8,400
  • MSc full time £9,200
  • MSc part time £4,620
  • MSc part time £5,060

Overseas (not EU) 2020/21

  • MSc full time £14,500
  • MSc full time £15,700
  • MSc part time £7,975
  • MSc part time £8,635

Home and European Union 2019/20

  • MSc full time £8,000
  • MSc part time £4,400

Overseas (not EU) 2019/20

  • MSc full time £14,100
  • MSc part time £7,755

Fees for the optional placement year

If you choose to take a placement as part of this course, you will be invoiced for the placement fee in Year 2. Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme and the costs for the placement year.


Funding and bursaries

Kingston University offers a range of postgraduate scholarships, including:

If you are an international student, find out more about scholarships and bursaries.

We also offer the following discounts for Kingston University alumni:

Who teaches this course?

This course is delivered by the School of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.

The Faculty's wide selection of undergraduate and postgraduate courses covers a diverse range of subject areas, from aerospace to geography; from maths and computing to biotechnology; and many more. Our collaborative set-up provides new opportunities for our students, and we design our courses with industry professionals to ensure you stay up to date with the latest developments.

School of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering

The University has a long historical association with training aerospace engineers, dating back to the Sopwith Aviation company in 1912. Today we are the largest aerospace provider in higher education (HESA data 07/08).

Kingston is the only UK university approved by the European Aviation Safety Association EASA Pt 14, allowing us to deliver courses at our Roehampton Vale campus. Students benefit from the specialist facilities at Roehampton Vale - from a Boeing 737 fuselage to large scale wind tunnels - all with programmes supported with the latest software technology.

Postgraduate students may run or assist in lab sessions and may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Our modern teaching environment

There is a wide range of facilities for practical work at our Roehampton Vale campus, where this course is based. You will have access to a modern environment with the latest technology and industry-standard equipment, including:

  • rolling roads;
  • automotive testing facilities;
  • a Lotus Exige; and
  • cars and motorcycles built by engineering students.

We also have a dedicated postgraduate workroom with high spec PCs and a range of software.

The £4 million Hawker Wing, which opened in December 2007, provides three floors of extra space for students and staff at Roehampton Vale, including improved learning and teaching facilities.

Field trip gallery

How the engineering staff work with industry partners

Our excellent industrial links have developed over many years and throughout many countries. Some examples include work with:

  • Matra-Marconi Space Ltd;
  • Ericsson;
  • Balfour Beatty;
  • The National Health Service; and
  • British Gas.

Our Industrial Advisory Committee reviews and advises industrial activities. The Committee acts as a forum for discussing teaching, research and consultancy to industry.

Engineering research

Many academic staff are engaged in a range of research and consultancy activities funded by the Research Councils, the European Union, the government, trade unions and industry. These activities ensure our staff are in touch with the latest industry thinking and bring best practice to your studies.

Research centres

Many of our staff in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing are research active. This ensures they are in touch with the latest thinking and bring best practice to your studies.

Current research projects at the Applied Engineering Research Centre cover the following areas:

  • CFD and fire modelling;
  • applied engineering;
  • manufacturing; and
  • material processing and surface engineering.