Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc in Renewable Energy

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2018/19

Start in September

Full time Part time
MSc 1 year 2 years

About the course

As the renewable energy sector continues to grow there is a need for trained individuals to plan, implement and manage new renewable energy projects. With the Humber – Britain’s ‘Energy Estuary’ – rapidly becoming the focus of Britain’s renewables industry, offering excellent scope for industrial placements and career prospects, you could hardly choose a better place to study than the University of Hull. Developed in cooperation with industry experts, this vocational course is one of the only Masters degrees in the UK specifically designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to work in the renewables sector as a project manager or resource analyst.

You will gain a good understanding of a range of technologies, including wind, tidal, solar and hydro-power, through both lectures and hands-on experience in the laboratory. You will develop an understanding of the key research and analytical skills relevant to renewable energy resource analysis, including GIS and industry software, as well as learning key professional skills such as project management, presentations and group work. There is a strong industrial component, including site visits, guest speakers from industry and the use of 'real-world' examples. The programme is also ideal for students interested in further research.

Where you'll study

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,275
  • Home/EU (part-time): £810 (20 credits), £2,425 (60 credits), £3,640 (90 credits)

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International: £16,000

“I chose Hull because of its reputation for high-quality teaching, research, and its collaboration with many other educational and research institutes.”

Ejike Udeze, MSc Renewable Energy

What you'll study

The teaching programme runs over two Semesters and includes core and optional modules. Each module is worth 20 credits Students take 60 credits in each of the two Semesters and then 60 credits for the dissertation.

The Summer Dissertation consists of an individually supervised, 18,000 word research project often undertaken in association with local authorities, business or industry.

Core modules

  • Principles of Renewable Energy

  • Principles of GIS

  • Applied Renewable Energy  

  • Research Design

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Environmental Management and Policy

  • Professional Consultancy Project

  • Environmental Impact Assessment

  • Energy Generation from Conventional and Renewable Fuels

Our geography and geology courses are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society and the Geological Society of London.

Study under experts. Our geography and environmental studies research was ranked third in the UK for its impact in the most recent national assessment.

Find out more

Our MSc in Renewable Energy is one of the only Masters in the UK specifically designed to train you as a project manager or resource analyst for the renewables sector.

The Humber – Britain’s ‘Energy Estuary’ – is rapidly becoming the focus of the renewables industry.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor Honours degree (2.2. or above), or equivalent, in science or engineering (to include the earth and environmental sciences) or appropriate experience in a professional environment. A minimum of GCSE Grade C Maths and/or Physics or equivalent is also required.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

The Renewable Energy Masters programme provides the essential background knowledge and key transferable skills for students to gain employment in the renewable energy sector. The course covers all of the current renewable energy technologies and enables students to gain a comprehensive overview of the sector combined with the opportunity to specialise as the student progresses through the programme.

The course has been specifically designed - in close consultation with industry - to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to work in the renewables sector as a project manager or resource analyst. Hull’s position on the River Humber – Britain’s Energy Estuary – makes us the ideal location for students hoping to pursue a career in the renewable energy industry.

This MSc degree is specifically designed to combine theoretical studies with hands-on practical work to make you highly employable for careers in industry, consultancy, government, academia or NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

The programme is also suitable as preparation for a PhD for anyone interested in further research in renewable energies.