This multi-disciplinary MSc is for both practising professionals and graduates. You'll come from a diverse range of disciplines including:
- social policy
- product design
- industrial management
- environmental management
- physical or earth science
Our MSc Renewable Energy course supports those without prior technical education in energy. Learn how to apply management, planning or business skills in expanding renewable energy developments.
The main focus is developing your enterprise, culture and capability. We support and need you to be innovative to address some of the biggest challenges in the sector. You'll also try to seek out opportunities for new products and services.
Sustainability is one of our three key societal themes at Newcastle University. A great advantage of this MSc is that you'll learn from staff across our Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering. This enables you to get involved in, and build on our many strong research teams.
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What you'll learn
You'll learn core skills in:
- information processing
- data collection and analysis
- library and Internet searches
- problem solving
- communication and presentation
You will also:
- critically evaluate the policy drivers at an international, national and regional level relating to renewable energy
- gain an appreciation of energy, its generation and drivers behind energy management
- appreciate the potential of various technologies to contribute to renewable energy production and reductions in CO2
- critically analyse the barriers to the implementation of renewable energy technologies
- analyse and evaluate the entrepreneurial characteristics of individuals and organisations
- use insight to make sound judgements for business and innovation
- self-appraise individual skills sets and interests and collaborate with others to fulfil the needs of a performing team
- gain an understanding of:
- the project planning process
- use of project planning tools and techniques
- project budgeting
- an appreciation of risk analysis and management
- gain the ability to:
- demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the structure
- principles and practice of the EIA process
- undertake EIA projects
- communicate the outcomes of an EIA process in an appropriate formal written report
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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
How you'll learn
We have a multidisciplinary approach to teaching. You'll engage with students and academics across a range of disciplines. This offers a rich and diverse learning experience.
Teaching methods on this course typically consist of:
- industry guest lectures
- practical sessions
- group work
- personal supervision
Our modules are taught by block delivery. This allows you to immerse yourself and understand the subject in more depth.
There is a strong emphasis on the development of research and autonomous study skills. This prepares you for a future career in a rapidly evolving environment.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Oral presentation
- Written examination
- Written exercise
Many of our work-based projects are shaped and supported by industry. For example, this MSc has an Advisory Steering Group chaired by a member of industry. This group ensures that the course and projects are industrially relevant.
The flexible learning structure of this course makes it easy for you to incorporate industry experience with your studies.
You'll undertake advanced research on an appropriate renewable energy and related topic. This is part of an independent dissertation project across all three semesters. You'll combine the skills and knowledge gained from the modules you've undertaken and develop your research skills on a relevant topic.
This project will enable you to gain experience of integrating appropriate scientific and business skills. This is in order to devise an innovative product or service and to develop this innovation to proof of concept.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Graduates on this MSc are prepared for wide range of careers across the globe in various sectors. Including:
- local government
- energy consultancies
- large and small engineering consultancies
We'll prepare you for a wide range of careers across the globe. Including:
- AR POWER
- Blackfinch Group
- Durham County Council
- Durham University
- ILF Business Consultant
- Julies Bicycle
- North East Local Enterprise Partnership
- Peel Energy
- PetroRayna Resources
- SEGRO plc
- The Energy Hub
- US Army
This course also provides a route into PhD level study.
Our strong industrial engagement means our degree programmes are shaped by industry and government policy. You'll typically benefit from this engagement through:
- industry guest lectures
- site visits
- employment opportunities with added support from our Careers Service
We have close links with the Energy Institute, industry and graduates. These provide you with a network allowing you to enhance your employability.
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
Throughout your degree you'll have access to a range of dedicated specialist facilities. This is in the School of Engineering and across campus to enhance your learning experience.
Our renewable energy courses draw on staff and facilities from across the whole Faculty including the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research.
As a leading Russell Group research university you will benefit from some of the UK's leading research facilities, including:
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
How to apply
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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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