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. Bring your curiosity for innovation and design and learn how to identify opportunities in the renewable energy field. Together we'll concentrate on some of the biggest challenges we face in the sector. We'll also help develop your enterprise, culture, and capability.
We're at the forefront of carbon neutrality and net zero research, with a strong focus on the benefits of renewable energy.
You'll have access to the tools and infrastructure of Newcastle University, while working amongst our alumni, policy and industrial partners and staff. You’ll also have access to the renewable energy clusters in North East England.
You'll work and learn amongst our well-established alumni and graduates. Many have become a big influence in the policy and innovation environment, including:
- Andrew Clark, Energy Programme Lead, North East Local Economic Partnership
- Ravneet Kaur, Innovation Manager, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
Other graduates have also gone onto establish renewable energy start-ups, including:
- Ortus Energy (UK)
- Creeds Energy (Nigeria)
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What you'll learn
You'll learn core skills in:
- problem solving
- innovation and design processes
- information processing
- data collection and analysis
- library and internet research
- communication and presentation
You will also:
- evaluate the renewable energy policy drivers at an international, national, and regional level
- gain an appreciation for energy, its generation, and drivers behind energy management
- appreciate how technology can contribute to renewable energy production and reduce CO2
- analyse the barriers for implementing renewable energy technologies
- assess the entrepreneurial characteristics of individuals and organisations
- use your insight to make sound judgements for business and innovation
- gain an understanding of:
- the project planning and delivery process
- data, research and project planning tools and techniques
- project budgeting
- risk analysis and management
- learn how to:
- demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of social and commercial opportunities in the sector
- spot and evaluate new opportunities for change
- 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 courses have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
Additional compulsory module information
You also take the following module:
How you'll learn
We have a multidisciplinary approach to teaching. You'll engage with students, academics and stakeholders across a range of disciplines. This offers a rich and diverse learning experience, with a focus on setting and achieving your goals.
Teaching methods on this course typically consist of:
- industry guest lectures
- practical sessions
- site visits
- group work
- personal supervision
- reflective practice
Our modules take a block delivery approach. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in the subject, and work closely with your tutors and peers.
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.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Oral presentation
- Written examination
- Written exercise
Our course content and projects are shaped and supported by the industry. Because of this, they stay relevant to today’s renewable energy challenges. Our Advisory Steering Group, chaired by an industry member, helps to ensure this.
The flexible learning structure of this course makes it easy to incorporate industry experience during your studies.
You'll use your scientific, technical, and entrepreneurial skills to research a renewable opportunity.
This is part of an independent dissertation project across all three semesters. It will integrate with your macro and micro modules.
You'll work with university stakeholders to:
- create an innovative product or service
- develop a 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.
From day one, you’ll develop your entrepreneurial skills to create global change through renewable energy projects. From day one, you’ll develop your entrepreneurial skills to create global change through renewable energy projects. As an active member of our community, we will:
- coach and support you
- help you develop life-long learning techniques
You’ll have the opportunity to pursue your own projects as well. We'll support you throughout the process, in our rich research and innovation environment.
The North East of England is at the centre of a strong energy hub, and is the perfect environment to engage with renewable energy and net zero.
Graduates on this MSc are prepared for a wide range of careers across the globe in various sectors, including:
- local government
- energy consultancies
- large and small engineering consultancies
- entrepreneurship and business start-ups
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 and stakeholder engagement means our degree programmes are shaped by industry, experts 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, centres of excellence and graduates. Allowing you to enhance your employability through a diverse industry network.
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 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
You'll have access to a range of dedicated specialist facilities, including:
- the Faraday Institution North East for battery innovation
- a demonstrator digester plant at our Cockle Park Farm
- a wind-wave-current testing tunnel
- open access facilities at Driving the Electrical Revolution North East
- several specialist research centres, including the Integrated Transport Electricity Gas Research Laboratory
- well-equipped teaching laboratories
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
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.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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