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On this course, you'll build your expertise in subjects such as energy conversion, distribution and storage technology, as well as low carbon heating systems. Help to create a better tomorrow working with renewable energy.

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Overview

Overview

  • Do you like solving problems and getting hands-on with new and exciting technology? Are you interested in finding solutions that deal with society's reliance on fossil fuels? Do you want to follow in the footsteps of the engineers who worked on advancements such as solar-powered drones and the hydrogen fuel used to heat and power green homes?
  • If so, this Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering degree with optional sandwich year is your ideal next move. You can study it as a Bachelor's degree over 3 years (BEng) or integrated Master's degree over 4 years (MEng).
  • This branch of engineering focuses on powering the world, and the infrastructure around this. From energy conversion and storage technology, to low carbon heating systems, electrical circuit analysis and large network grids, you'll study a variety of topics in this constantly evolving area.
  • You'll learn more about the energy industry, better preparing you for a career in the field, and develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to deliver products and services that benefit the climate and society.
  • When you graduate, you'll be ready for a career working at the forefront of the technology responsible for electrical and renewable energy. You'll have a skillset that's always in demand, and get to be part of the solution to one of the most pressing issues facing society.
  • MEng and BEng differences
  • The 3-year Bachelor's degree (BEng) and 4-year integrated Master's degree (MEng) share the same modules in years 1–3. The MEng allows you to achieve a postgraduate-level degree with an extra year of study.
  • You can apply for the MEng or BEng. If you study the BEng, you'll also have the option of applying for the MEng at the end of year 3.

What you'll experience

On this MEng/BEng Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering, you'll:

  • Develop the engineering skills and technical knowledge you need to design, assess and improve electrical, renewable and alternative energy systems
  • Learn about many aspects of electrical engineering, including grid management automation and the flow of high-voltage electricity
  • Get a better understanding of energy-efficient buildings, via energy conservation and undertaking energy audits
  • Study energy storage using electrolysers, batteries and fuel cells, for applications such as electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles
  • Use cost analysis to compare renewable energy technologies with traditional fuel systems from the points of view of business, industry and maintenance
  • Develop your skills in Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • Learn how to write computer code to programme a system or device
  • Get the opportunity to work in industry in some modules, giving you the chance to network with, and work alongside, established experts and prospective employers
  • Develop transferable skills you can use in all areas of your life and career, such as project planning, communication, teamwork, numeracy and computer skills
  • Work alongside students from other disciplines, improving your communication skills and learning how to use your knowledge and skills to complement the expertise of others
  • Get a greater understanding of the needs and demands of a career in the electrical and renewable energy industry, on field trips to employers

Work experience and career planning

The Group Design Project module you take in year 2, the Individual Project module you take in year 3, and the Multidisciplinary Group Project you take in year 4 (MEng only), give you the opportunity to get work experience as part of your study.

Your project work will be on an industry-related or industry-sponsored subject related to renewable energy, or its application. You'll plan your project with consultation from your tutors and, where necessary, external industrial supervisors. Your project will contain elements that boost your future employability, such as a financial analysis of different energy options for a particular business.

We'll also help you to identify additional internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will further complement your studies, throughout the course.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • Written examinations
  • Coursework
  • Practical tests
  • Project work
  • Presentations
  • You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. For example, you can take online quizzes on theory-related skills, such as electrical circuit network parameters, to get automatic feedback. You also get feedback on lab-related skills through the submission of the logbook you've recorded the details of practical sessions in.
  • You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments, so you can improve in the future.
  • Every Tuesday in term time you'll also attend a 1-hour feedback and support session.

Careers and opportunities

  • When you finish this Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering degree course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
  • You'll get work at the forefront of electrical and renewable energy technology, reinforcing and improving infrastructure. Not only is the work rewarding, but you'll be working in a highly skilled area, which is always in-demand.

You'll graduate with the skills and understanding to work in many related areas, including:

  • Energy generation, such as in solar or wind power
  • Energy conversion and storage in areas such as batteries and hydrogen fuel cell technologies.
  • Sustainable transport systems, in fields such as electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, as well as hydrogen and biomethane vehicles
  • Low carbon heating systems, such as in solar, thermal, hydrogen energy, as well as biomethane and heat pumps
  • Energy efficient buildings, in areas such as energy conservation, new materials, smart energy management and energy audits
  • Working to improve national security by working on new technologies and infrastructure

You'll be able to take roles such as:

  • Electrical design engineer
  • Renewable and alternative energy installation engineer
  • Security systems engineer
  • System analyst
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Computer engineer
  • Automation engineer

When you graduate you'll also be able to pursue further studies at postgraduate level, or set up your own businesses with help and support from the University.

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Placement year (optional)

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Possible placement destinations include:

  • Solar energy project developers
  • Fuel cell and battery manufacturers
  • Smart grid service providers
  • Energy storage and energy management businesses
  • Local councils
  • Sustainable transportation businesses
  • Energy research and development companies

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Programme Structure

Modules

Year 1 (BEng and MEng)Core modules:

  • Mathematical Principles
  • Introduction to Algorithms and Programming
  • Introduction to Analogue Circuits
  • Introduction to Energy Systems
  • Energy Conversion & Storage Technology
  • Principles of Digital Systems
Year 2 (BEng and MEng)Core modules:
  • Group Design Project
  • Innovation and Enterprise
  • Instrumentation and Measurements
  • Solar Energy Systems
Optional modules:
  • Low Carbon Heating Systems
  • Control Systems Analysis
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Microcontrollers and Programmable Logic
Year 3 (BEng and MEng)Core modules:
  • Individual Project
  • Sustainable Transport Systems
  • Electrical Machines
Optional modules:
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Control Systems Design
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Power Electronics
Year 4 (MEng only)Core modules:
  • Smart Grid Fundamentals
  • Electrical Power Systems Technology
  • Engineering Management, Economics and Risk Analysis
  • Advanced Battery and Fuel Cell Technologies
  • Renewable and Alternative Energy
  • Multidisciplinary Group Project

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
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Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
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Other requirements

General requirements

BEng: 

  • 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
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Funding

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