Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2021/22

Start in September

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.

  • Research Skills (Offshore Wind Energy)

    Research and present contemporary issues in the offshore wind industry. You'll complete a group research project to develop teamworking skills, project management and science communication expertise.

  • Operational Oceanography

    Operational Oceanography introduces the essential ocean variables that scientists and maritime industries use to check the health of our oceans. You will learn about how each variable is measured, then get to grips with downloading and visualizing your data to solve real-world problems.

  • 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.

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up a project on a topic of your choice, supported by their dissertation supervisor. The topic must relate to the broad theme of incarceration and demonstrate the MA’s four key ideas - Culture, Criminology, Creativity, and Community. The dissertation will be 15,000 words.



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: £9,000
  • Home (part-time): £1,045 (20 credits), £3,135 (60 credits), £4,700 (90 credits)

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

UK students can take out a Master’s Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. For 2021 entry, they provide up to £11,570 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Find out more about Postgraduate Loans.

  • EU/International: £9,000

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.

Graduate PGT Scholarship

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

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

International Scholarships and Bursaries

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

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

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

For more information, please visit the UK and EU 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

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 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.