The Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research (SWAN) provides the focus for energy-related research across the University and incorporates researchers from 11 academic schools. The focus of SWAN is to deliver practical, engaged, sustainable energy solutions for real-world issues.

At Newcastle, we have a range of scientists, engineers, environmentalists and social scientists who are at the forefront of research that addresses some of the key energy issues facing society today.

Your Study Experience

• Join one of our world-leading research groups, undertaking challenging and important research for the future.
• Dedicated supervisory team who will provide advice and guidance throughout your studies.
• Access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment relevant to your research.

MSc Programmes

The School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering offers two flexible learning programmes in renewable energy.
• Our renewable energy flexible training programme (REFLEX) has an engineering focus
• Our renewable energy, enterprise and management programme (REEM) is for those who want to create or work in a renewable energy business.

Both programmes can be taken full time in one year and offer a range of flexible part-time options that can fit around the work schedules of professionals.

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

PhD/MPhil Study

We are able to supervise MPhil and PhD projects in topics that relate to our main areas of research, which include:

Bioenergy; energy conversion, storage and distribution; CHP, tri-generation and thermal energy systems; CO2 capture, storage and use; energy demand reduction for transport, buildings and industry; alternative fuels including biofuels and hydrogen; renewable energy including wind, PV and solar thermal, wave and tidal; fuel cells; geothermal energy; clean fossil fuels; electrical distribution and storage; electrical machines and drives.

We receive funding for a limited number of PhD studentships and these are advertised when they are available.

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

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