About the course
This exciting new MSc programme draws on over 20 years of research expertise in the University of Hull’s Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET), to help students develop an understanding of the innovative new approaches to energy technologies that are essential if our society is to meet global zero carbon targets.
The climate crisis has brought a growing realisation that the way we generate, store and utilise energy must change and buildings have been identified as one of the 5 key challenge areas that must be addressed through innovation, if we are to successfully reduce carbon emissions.
This MSc course will provide practical and academic experience in advanced energy technologies for building and industry application, taught by leading academics and industry experts. You will cover essential energy systems and technologies, including solar energy, sustainable heating and cooling technologies, ‘smart’ energy technologies, heat pump & heat pipe technologies as well as their sustainable application in buildings and industry. You will develop an understanding of mitigation and adaptation approaches to reducing carbon dioxide emissions with an emphasis on high efficiency energy technologies and management as well as expertise in physical and numerical modelling of advanced energy technologies.
This Masters programme has been specifically designed in close consultation with industry. CSET has developed strong international, national and regional links with both industry and academia, which strengthens its research outputs and ensures this course is based on ‘real-world’ cutting-edge technology with a global focus. CSET’s links with the Energy and Environment Institute and the Aura Innovation Centre, the University of Hull’s low carbon support centre for SMEs, provide further expertise. Students will have opportunities to link with existing research projects as well as external agencies to gain practical experience in the development of advanced energy technologies, preparing them for a career in this exciting new sector.
Final validation pending
This innovative new programme is currently undergoing final University approval.
What you'll study
This is a new programme comprising six taught modules and one research dissertation. It is closely aligned with the research areas of the Centre for Sustainable Technology (CSET) within the Energy and Environment Institute (EEI). The course comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits worth of taught modules and a 60-credit written dissertation completed over the summer period. Module titles and content are subject to final validation.
- Energy sources and utilisation technologies (20 credits)
- Sustainable heating technologies and systems (20 credits)
- Sustainable cooling technologies and systems (20 credits)
- Energy storage technologies and systems (20 credits)
- Solar energy technologies and systems (20 credits)
- Energy efficiency and smart energy technologies (20 credits)
- Dissertation, advanced energy technologies for buildings and industry (60 credits)
This course includes a 60 credits research dissertation, which is completed over the summer. The project area is flexible and will be supervised by an academic member of staff.
Suggested research topics include solar panels (thermal, PV and PV/T), heat pipes, phase change materials, building integrated solar system, air source heat pumps, cooling and dehumidification technologies, heat pumps, thermoelectric energy conversion, heat and power, economic and environmental performance assessment of solar systems and case studies.
Students will have access to the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies' new research laboratory at the Aura Innovation Centre at Bridgehead Business Park, to run experiments with the support of the Centre’s technical support staff. Equipment is available to test solar thermal and power systems/technologies, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as other energy efficiency technologies (e.g. heat pipe, heat pump, CHP, PCMs etc). These experimental rigs are directly linked to our group’s current and ongoing researches. Extensive IT and computer facilities for computer modelling, design, calculation and evaluation are also available within the CSET group. Dedicated members of staff and CSET technicians will be assigned to assist students with their research projects.
How you'll be assessed
We will use authentic assessments with relevance to industry, including practical skills, team work and effective communication to equip students with essential skills for the workplace. With a focus on coursework and practical classes, there will be no examinations in this programme.