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Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc in Renewable Energy

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time Part time
MSc 1 year 2 years

About the course

The University of Hull is leading the way in renewable energies and low carbon futures through Aura and the Energy and Environment Institute. As the renewable energy sector expands there is huge demand for trained individuals to plan, implement and manage renewable energy projects with 27,000 new jobs expected by 2030.

The Humber is the UK’s ‘Energy Estuary’ and is rapidly becoming the focus of the renewables industry with great opportunities for industrial placements and career prospects - you could hardly choose a better place to study than the University of Hull.

You will gain a good understanding of a range of technologies, such as 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 building on the expertise of partners in Aura. The programme is also ideal for students interested in further research in this growth sector with research programmes led by the University’sEnergy and Environment Institute.

What you'll study

The teaching programme runs over two semesters. All modules are compulsory. 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 research project often undertaken in association with local authorities, business or industry.

Core module

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

Compulsory

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Principles of Renewable Energy

    ​This module introduces the main forms of renewable energy, focussing on the technology and resource assessment associated with each.​

  • Environmental Management and Policy

    Environmental practices (e.g. conservation, renewable energy, pollution prevention, recycling) are heavily steered by the ever-changing realm of policy. You'll gain an understanding of environmental regulation, policy and the practice of environmental management.

  • Environmental Data Literacy

    This module provides you with key research and data analysis skills. You will design your own research proposal for your dissertation, including risk and ethics assessments.

  • Low Carbon Energy Solutions

    Gain the practical skills and experience required for employment within the low carbon energy industry. The module will focus on a particular low carbon energy.

  • Applied Renewable Energy  

    ​This industry-focussed module is composed of a series of guest lectures, site visits and practical work (field and laboratory). It aims to equip you with the practical, analytical writing skills required to work in the renewable energy business.​

  • Principles of GIS

    Explore the theory, methods and application of GIS-based methods for socio-economic and environmental applications. You'll gain awareness of available sources of social, economic and environmental spatial data sources, processing methodologies and advanced spatial analysis techniques.

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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“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

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £8,500
  • Home/EU (part-time): £945 (20 credits), £2,835 (60 credits), £4,250 (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 £10,906 (subject to parliamentary approval) for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International: £16,600

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Please note, the fees shown are for 2019/20 entry. The fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed and may increase. 

Vice-Chancellor's Circle Scholarship

Donors and Alumni are pleased to offer a bursary worth £5,000 each to six students studying MSc Renewable Energy, starting in September 2019.

For eligibility criteria, and for details of how to apply, see our scholarships page.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

Find out more about our UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries and our International Scholarships and Bursaries.

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

Normally a Bachelor Honours degree (2.2. or above), or international equivalent, in an engineering or science subject and GCSE Maths or equivalent. If you hold a degree in another subject area, we would still encourage you to apply as we are looking for a real interest and passion for renewable energy and the environment. So we would be happy to consider your application. Similarly, if you do not hold a degree but have relevant professional experience and training, we would welcome your application.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

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.

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.