Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Closed for admission in 2024/25

Qualification Full time Part time
MSc 1 year 2 years

About the course

The move to cleaner economic growth is one of the greatest industrial challenges and opportunities of our time.

The offshore wind industry underpins UK solutions to this challenge to reduce carbon emissions in line with the UK’s climate 2050 commitments. 

There's no better place study an MSc in Offshore Wind Energy. The University of Hull is leading the way in renewable energies and low carbon futures through Aura and the Energy and Environment Institute. Due to our favourable geography, local expertise and government support, the Humber Estuary in particular is now the globally leading location for offshore wind development and employment. 

On this degree, you'll gain a multidisciplinary understanding of the offshore wind industry and its relationship and environment, as well as developing professional skills and collaborative working.

What you'll study

Core modules

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

  • Offshore Wind Energy

    You'll be introduced to the offshore wind industry across a range of disciplines. You'll explore the trade-offs between different pressures and requirements within current industry practice.

  • Data Analysis and Visualisation

    You'll be introduced to data processing techniques and using machine learning. You'll develop a deep understanding of these methods and their differences to apply them to different problems.

  • Contemporary Research Issues in Offshore Wind Energy

  • Research Projects in Offshore Wind

    Students will work on different research projects that use physical and numerical models and computational analysis to understand the impact of the marine environment on offshore wind. Students will use these results to understand how the environmental impact of the Offshore Wind is dependent on the physical characteristics of the offshore wind infrastructure and their interaction with environmental processes in coastal and offshore environments.

  • Materials and Manufacturing for Offshore Wind

    You'll be introduced to the materials and manufacturing processes for offshore wind technology, including the factors influencing wind turbine design, key materials, and manufacturing techniques for large scale production.

  • Human Factors

    Exploring the processes that impact on human performance, you'll gain an understanding of how flaws in work design, task design and system design can lead to performance breakdown and human error.

  • Research Dissertation (Offshore Wind Energy)

    The dissertation involves a desk/archive-based, laboratory or field project with an extended written project report of your own choice in a relevant field. You will conduct an individual research project or dissertation; which is closely supervised for the duration of the project by an expert in their  field.

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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Fees and funding

  • Home £13,000

UK students can take out a Masters Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. For 2023 entry, they provide up to £12,167 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Find out more about Postgraduate Loans.

  • International £14,000

On courses where a part-time study option is available, fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied.

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.

Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship

Are you an undergraduate at Hull? You could claim a 25% discount on the cost of your postgraduate tuition fees.

Am I eligible?

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

For more information, please visit the Scholarships and Bursaries page.

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

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

Entry requirements

First class honours degree or a 2:1 honours degree and a Masters in any of the following, or associated subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Earth science
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group, if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved. In addition, existing undergraduate students at the University of Hull have a guaranteed ‘Fast Track’ route to any postgraduate programme, subject to meeting the entry criteria (excluding Social Work).

International students

If you require a 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 7.0 overall, with 6.0 in each skill. 

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 UK is already the world leader in offshore wind, providing over 10% of the UK's electricity and growing at an unprecedented rate. It's predicted by 2030, the industry will provide a third of British electricity and triple its workforce. 

Studying this programme at Hull will equip you with the skills necessary to meet the expected skills shortage in the offshore wind sector.