MSc in Renewable Energy

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2024/25

Start in September

Qualification 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 engagement 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 biomass, wind, tidal, solar and hydro-power, through both lectures and hands-on experience in the laboratory. In addition, you will explore how the renewable energy portfolio provides a pathway to carbon foot printing, reduction and removal. You will develop an understanding of the key research and analytical skills relevant to renewable energy resource analysis, including environmental accounting methods 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 in this growth sector with research programmes led by the University’s Energy and Environment Institute.

Watch a short introduction to the course

Watch programme Leader Dr Simon Waldman give a short introduction to the Masters in Renewable Energy.

The Humber Region - UK's Energy Estuary

Find out more about the key role of the University of Hull and the Humber Region against climate change and in driving flood resilience in the UK and beyond in this short film.


Applicants seeking training in Renewable Energy Engineering should consider the MSc Energy Engineering.  We are not able to supervise highly technical engineering-based projects within the MSc Renewable Energy.


What you'll study

The teaching programme is led by the University’s Energy and Environment Institute and 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 a supervised research project sometimes 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

    What fascinates you? 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 your dissertation supervisor.


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.​

  • Research issues in Environmental Management and Renewable Energy

    Work in small teams to research current topics in environmental management or renewable energy. It's an opportunity to create your own knowledge and learn skills that are highly desirable to employers, and prepare you for your own dissertation project.


  • Environmental and Energy Data Literacy

    This module provides you with key research and data analysis skills. These skills are important for your dissertation.

  • Low Carbon Energy Solutions

    Gain the practical skills and experience required for employment within the low carbon energy industry. You'll develop a broad understanding of the factors affecting low carbon energy developments and in particular, how renewable energy influences carbon management practices as well as the methods used to quantify their performance.

  • Applied Renewable Energy

    This industry-focussed module is built around a series of guest lectures, site visits and practicals. Gain an understanding of renewable energy development from the people doing it, while improving analytical skills.

  • Environmental Impact Assessment

    ​Environmental Impact Assessments are the industry standard for assessing the impact of developments on the environment. In this module, you’ll learn about the socio-economic, ecological, environmental, aesthetic and legislative aspects of EIAs, and critically evaluate existing EIAs. You’ll also learn GIS mapping skills, which are essential in many areas of industry.

  • Research Skills in Environmental Sciences

    It is more important than ever that future environmental scientists are well-equipped with the skills needed to critically assess environmental research. This module will provide you with the key skills required to assess and integrate contemporary literature and to analyse and interpret complex data to become an independent researcher.

“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
Ejike Udeze MSc Renewable Energy UNI-1868 (1)

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£18,000/year

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.

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?

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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

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

Applicants should hold a Bachelors 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 plus professional experience, we would still encourage you to apply as we are looking for a real interest and passion for renewable energy and the environment and would be happy to consider your application.

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

Language requirements

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you must provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other accepted English language proficiency qualifications.

If your English currently does not reach the required standard, you may be interested in our pre-sessional English Language programmes.

Visit your country page to find out more about 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.