Renewable Energy Flex Train Prog MSc PGDip PGCert

Renewable Energy Flexible Training Programme (REFLEX) MSc, PGDip, PGCert

MSc - full time: 12 months, part time: up to 60 months
PGDip - full time: 9-12 months, part time: up to 60 months
PGCert - full time: up to 9 months, part time: up to 36 months
CPD: typical module duration 9 weeks


Renewable Energy Flexible Training Programme (REFLEX) is a multi-disciplinary cross-Faculty course for engineers interested in renewable energy and its contribution to sustainability. The unique flexible learning approach blends distance learning with intensive face-to-face weeks on campus.

This is a challenging course, covering the full range of renewable energy technologies as well as essential contextual studies, including an introduction to the impact of governmental policies and politics.

Newcastle University has sustainability as one of our three key societal themes. Modules and projects are led by staff from across our Faculty of Science Agriculture and Engineering and build on our many strong research teams, including our leading Institute for Sustainability.


MSc degree students study 120 credits of compulsory taught modules plus a 60 credit renewable energy project.

PG Diploma (PGDip) students study either 120 credits of taught modules or select 90 credits of taught modules plus a 30 credit renewable energy project.

PG Certificate (PGCert) students select 60 credits of taught modules.

You can choose to study one module at a time, which is called continuous professional development (CPD). One module typically takes 9 weeks to complete and includes one week on campus.

Within the flexible learning framework, assessment for each module is normally based on a combination of:

  • a pre-intensive assignment based on the initial distance study (eg a report, presentation or preliminary evaluation)
  • an examination at the end of the intensive week (written, oral or submitted)
  • a post-intensive assignment (eg report, project plan, etc)

There is a strong emphasis on the development of research and autonomous study skills, to prepare you for a future career in a rapidly evolving environment.


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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2019 entry

Postgraduate Certificate
The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) involves studying 60 credits of taught modules.

Postgraduate Diploma
The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) involves studying 120 credit of taught modules, or selecting 90 credits of taught modules plus a 30 credit renewable energy project and report.

You will study 120 credits of compulsory taught modules plus a 60 credit renewable energy project and report.

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.


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Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2019-2020 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

The fees displayed here are per year.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in engineering or a related subject.

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and significant, relevant industry experience.

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English Language Requirements

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If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.

Start dates

If you are a full time student you will start in SeptemberPart time students can start at any point in the year.

There is no application closing date for this course. We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.