Renewable Energy Systems Engineering MSc

The key learning outcomes of this MSc are a global understanding of the major types of renewable energy technologies, in-depth knowledge of the technology for bioenergy and wind energy, and knowledge and skills in systems modelling and optimisation.

Why Surrey?

This programme provides you with opportunities to learn about other renewable energy technologies, energy sector economics, supply chain management and sustainable development, to further broaden your relevant knowledge.

Programme overview

Developed in the context of the rapid development of the renewable energy industry, this programme is suitable for graduates from engineering, science or other relevant subjects with an interest in pursuing a successful career in research, technological development and management, and the commercialisation of renewable energy systems.

The programme investigates both renewable energy and systems technologies in order to produce scientific researchers and engineers who are competent in the R&D and engineering tasks applicable to the renewable energy and sustainable development sectors.

The programme also provides you with opportunities to learn about other renewable energy technologies, energy sector economics, supply chain management and sustainable development, to further broaden your relevant knowledge.

Module overview

Compulsory modules

Biomass Processing Technology

This module provides an in-depth understanding of the processes and technologies for sustainable use of biomass in producing energy and chemical products. You will acquire knowledge of first- and second-generation biofuel production processes, understand the concept of bio-refineries and examine the integration of biomass-based production and conventional oil refining.

Wind Energy Technology

This module aims to provide the students with an in-depth understanding of the theoretical, technological and economic aspects of wind energy systems. Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to identify, assess and select the types of wind turbines, estimate the power output of specific wind energy devices and systems, assess the structural suitability of wind towers and evaluate the key aspects of on-shore (urban) and off-shore wind energy systems.

Process Modelling and Simulation

This module provides a systematic introduction to the concepts and tools for mathematical modelling and simulation of chemical, thermochemical and biochemical process systems. Specifically, you will acquire knowledge of types of modelling tools and gain experience in applying the standard simulation tools commonly employed in industrial workplaces.

Process Systems Design

This module develops your understanding of how to systematically synthesise and design process systems. It will cover process synthesis and integration technologies that reduce the costs and environmental impact of chemical plants, with a particular focus on reaction and separation.

Optimisation and Decision-Making

This module aims to develop an understanding of the technology available for optimising process systems, business models and operations. You will be provided with state-of-the-art versions of modelling and optimisation approaches in order to understand both the potential and the limitations of available techniques.

Technology, Business and Research Seminars

This module aims to provide an introduction to the general principles associated with planning, undertaking and reporting research in engineering or physical sciences. At the same time, a series of seminars will be delivered by academics and industrial experts from diverse hi-tech industries and business (including particularly renewable technology and related sectors) which will present students with valuable insights into today’s challenges faced by technology-intensive industries.

Optional modules

  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Solar Energy Technology
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Process and Energy Integration
  • Energy Economics and Technology
  • Economics of International Oil and Gas
  • Sustainable Development
  • Knowledge-based Systems and Artificial Intelligence
  • Transitions to a Low-Carbon Energy Economy
  • Introduction to Petroleum Production
  • Process Safety and Operations Integrity
  • Refinery and Petrochemical Processing

Dissertation

This project provides an opportunity for you to pursue a single topic in depth and to demonstrate evidence of research potential for the Master’s award. You are encouraged to either research a new concept or apply existing technology in a new field. A number of dissertations are carried out in collaboration with industry. Through this module, you will be able to approach an open-ended topic to research new ideas and experiment with new technologies.

Programme structure

We offer a set of optional modules that will allow you to tailor the programme to suit your individual needs, whilst the compulsory modules provide the fundamental knowledge and skills needed in industry today.

Graduate students will find the programme of substantial benefit in developing the knowledge and skills acquired in their undergraduate programme. For practising process engineers with professional business experience, the programme is an opportunity to update their knowledge of current design practice and also to familiarise themselves with developments in codes and methods of analysis.

Successful completion of four modules is required to gain a Postgraduate Certificate and eight modules for a Postgraduate Diploma. To be awarded the MSc, you will need to take eight modules and successfully complete a dissertation.

Each module is worth 15 credits. The majority of modules are provided by University academic staff. In addition, the Technology, Business and Research Seminars module is coordinated and supervised by University academic staff but delivered by experts from industry, research institutions and business organisations. The majority of modules run for ten weeks and comprise approximately 30 hours of class time (three hours per week) and 120 hours of self-study and assignments.

There is a wide selection of modules on offer within the programme, covering the most relevant areas in the sector of business and technology in the process industry. At the end of the programme, you will have an opportunity to pursue a single topic in depth and to demonstrate evidence of research potential through the project dissertation. Academic support in the form of consultations is constantly available to enable further knowledge and skill comprehension.

Teaching and assessment

Our programme utilises our research-active staff in conjunction with state-of-the-art facilities to provide a range of learning experiences – lectures, seminars, directed study, practical laboratories and project work.

Lectures are delivered by specialised, expert academic staff. Further in-depth knowledge and skills are gained through seminars delivered and guided by experienced professionals from industry, business and research organisations, with the focus on the latest trends and problem-solving methods. You will also work on a number of projects, individually and in groups, supervised by academic staff and focusing on real-life problems.

Modules are generally assessed by a combination of examinations and continuous assessment. The latter will be based on solutions to tutorial questions, reports covering practical sessions and fieldwork, and essays on a number of suitable topics. Each module is examined separately. There is a written final examination for most modules at the end of each semester, although some modules are examined by continuous assessment only. The modules and the dissertation project have a minimum pass mark of 50 per cent.

Facilities, equipment and academic support

Modules related to the different groups are taught by a total of six full-time members of staff and a number of visiting lecturers.

An extensive library is available for individual study. It stocks more than 85,000 printed books and e-books and more than 1,400 (1,100 online) journal titles, all in the broad area of engineering. The library support can be extended further through inter-library loans.

As part of their learning experience, students have at their disposal a wide range of relevant software needed to support the programme material dissertation projects. In recent years, this work included the design of various knowledge-based and business systems on the internet, the application of optimisation algorithms, and semantic web applications.

Numerous laboratory facilities across the Faculty and the University are also available for those opting for technology-based projects, such as the process engineering facility, a control and robotics facility and signal processing labs.

The work related to the MSc dissertation can often be carried out in parallel with, and in support of, ongoing research. In the past, several graduates have carried on their MSc research to a PhD programme.

Your career

Engineers and scientists are increasingly expected to have skills in information systems engineering and decision-support systems alongside their main technical and/or scientific expertise. Graduates of this programme will be well prepared to help technology-intensive organisations make important decisions in view of vast amounts of information by adopting, combining, implementing and executing the right technologies.

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Programme director

Aidong Yang

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Programme facts

Type of programme:

MSc

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 24-60 months

Start date:

Sep 2014

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2.1 honours degree or an overseas equivalent in an engineering, science or related subject. Practitioners with suitable qualifications and relevant experience in engineering, science or technology are also welcome to apply.

English language requirements

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2014 £6,330 £16,345
Part-time Sep 2014 £705 * £1,815 *

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

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