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Course summary

Gain the solid physics background, technical knowledge and problem-solving skills required to play a central role in designing the energy systems of the future. Our distinctive Physics with Renewable Energy BSc will provide you with the numerical, programming, critical-thinking, digital and presentational skills needed to pursue a career in the ever-expanding low-carbon and sustainability employment sector. Why choose this course?

  • Specialise in a topic of global societal and ethical importance at a University that is sector leading in sustainability
  • Global Sustainability Institution of the Year (International Green Gown Awards, 2021)
  • Dedicated first year modules will equip you with the fundamental mathematical, programming and practical skills required for effective academic study
  • Develop the core skills in mathematics and physics to focus on tacking some of the worlds renewable energy and climate change problems
  • 13th in England for Physics (Guardian University Guide, 2022)
Addressing climate change by switching from hydrocarbon reliance to renewable energy generation is a pivotal national and global challenge for the next 20 years and beyond. Physicists play a vital role in de-carbonising the economy by designing, developing and deploying technologies that generate, distribute and store renewable energy at scale. Based on the solid foundation of our existing accredited Single Honours Physics degree, our BSc will focus on:
  • the physics of renewable energy from wind, solar, hydroelectric, tidal, nuclear fission and fusion;
  • the distribution of renewable energy, the national grid and smart energy networks;
  • energy efficiency, materials for renewable energy, storage solutions and batteries;
  • computing, data-analysis and the application of Physics to solving real-world and world-changing problems.
In year one, to ensure you develop the fundamental skills and practical experience that underpin this programme, you will be supported to explore modules such as applied mathematics and statistics, scientific programming and scientific practice. To enable you to gain a variety of practical, computational and transferrable skills that employers value, laboratory work is embedded within the programme. Throughout your second year you will continue to expand your knowledge in the fundamentals of physics and further develop skills in mathematical and computational analysis. There are specialised modules in the generation, transmission and storage of renewable energy and you will explore the application of physics to the generation of nuclear power, radiation protection and medical technologies. During year three you will study more advanced modules including electromagnetism and materials for renewable energy. You will also have the opportunity to carry out a major experimental project and a dissertation focused on renewable energy topics such as wind turbine design, small-scale fission reactors or tidal barrages. To broaden your scientific literacy you will also have the opportunity to explore a variety of optional modules that align with your career aspirations and interests. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


For a list of indicative modules please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

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  • Year 1

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