Approved in Principle: This new course is currently seeking University approval. Applications can be submitted, but no formal offer of a place can be made until the course is fully approved.

The primary aim of this programme is to create Master’s degree graduates with qualities and transferable skills ready for demanding employment in the Renewable Energy sector. These graduates will have the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development and acquiring new skills at the highest level.

Specific aims are as follows:

  • To provide education at postgraduate level in Renewable Energy.
  • To develop the versatility and depth to deal with new, complex and unusual challenges across a range of Renewable Energy issues, drawing on an understanding of all aspects of renewable energy principles including economic assessment.
  • To develop imagination, initiative and creativity to enable graduates to follow a successful engineering career with national and international companies and organisations.
  • To provide a pathway that will prepare graduates for successful careers including, where appropriate, progression to Chartered Engineer status.
  • To set up a strong foundation for those who expect to continue onto a PhD or industrial research and development.


The requirement of UK-SPEC reinforces the need for a recent graduate with a Bachelor degree to take an appropriate postgraduate qualification in order to become a chartered engineer (currently, an accredited Bachelors degree does not enable the graduate to proceed to Chartered Engineer status without additional learning at M level). This MSc program will be compliant with the further learning requirements of UK-SPEC.  Accreditation will be sought from the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) and Energy Institute.  As a result, it will appeal to recent graduates who have not yet obtained the appropriate qualifications but intend to become Chartered Engineers.  Most importantly, it will appeal to Mechanical, Chemical and Building Services Engineering graduates who wish to specialise in energy, or suitably experienced graduates of related subjects such as Physics.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time (start 2012), 3-5 years distance learning from 2013

Module Details:


  • Energy Technologies I-Solar Thermal and electricity systems (15 credits)
    The module covers the details related to solar energy including concentrating solar power, solar water heating, solar space heating and cooling, solar desalination, photovoltaic, and modelling of solar thermal power systems.
  • Renewable Energy Technologies II-Wind, Tidal, Wave, Hydroelectricity (15 credits)
    The module covers the present situation and potential development of power generation with wind, tidal and wave, fundamental principles related to these renewable energies, technologies for the selection, design and operation of systems related and integration with national grid.
  • Renewable Energy Technologies III-Geothermal, Biomass, Hydrogen (15 credits)
    This module covers: Environmental and economic benefits of these renewable energies; The present situation and potential development of these renewable; Fundamental principles related to these renewable energies; Technologies for the selection, design and operation of systems related to these renewable energies. 
  • Management of Energy Systems and Economics (15 credits)
    This exclusive module focuses on the principles, objectives, regulation, computational methods, economic procedures, emissions trading, and operation of energy systems. Design and Integration of Renewable Energy Systems (30 credits)
  • Energy Conversion Technologies  (15 credits)
    This module provides a broad introduction to the principles of energy conversion and thermodynamic machines and demonstrates their application to energy conversion and management in buildings. Emphasis is placed on refrigeration plant, energy conversion plant and energy management.
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
    The dissertation is a stimulating and challenging part of each MSc course. Dissertations may be carried out on any approved topic related to the renewable energy industry. Essentially the dissertation gives the student the opportunity to apply the techniques and disciplines covered in the taught course to a topic of their own interest, of interest to a sponsoring or industrial organisation, or of research interest.


  • Environmental Legislation: Energy and Environmental Review and Audit (15 credits)
    This module includes: environmental regulations, hands-on environmental review and audit, environmental management systems, energy audit & management, establishing a monitoring and targeting scheme.
  • Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer (15 credits)
    This module presents theory and practical concepts of single and two-phase heat transfer and applies this to actual heat and mass transfer equipment. Main topics include: concepts of heat transfer; boiling; condensation; heat exchangers; mass transfer concepts and equipment.


2012: Home/EU: £5,060 full-time; International: £13,860 full-time

Entry Requirements

Students require a minimum 2.2 UK honours degree or an equivalent international degree qualification in related engineering disciplines. Students from disciplines that involve a high degree of mathematical competence such a Physics and Mathematics will also be considered.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) 
TOEFL Paper test: 550 (TWE 4)
TOEFL Internet test: 79 (R18, L17, S20, W17)
Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

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