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 placements 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 wind, tidal, solar and hydro-power, through both lectures and hands-on experience in the laboratory. You will develop an understanding of the key research and analytical skills relevant to renewable energy resource analysis, including GIS 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 building on the expertise of partners in Aura. 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.
Core module All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time. 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 your dissertation supervisor. Compulsory 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. You will design your own research proposal for your dissertation, including risk and ethics assessments. 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. 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 and Spatial Data 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.
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 an individually supervised research project often undertaken in association with local authorities, business or industry.
How to apply
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 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.
Normally a Bachelor 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, we would still encourage you to apply as we are looking for a real interest and passion for renewable energy and the environment. So we would be happy to consider your application. Similarly, if you do not hold a degree but have relevant professional experience and training, we would welcome 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.
English language requirements
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 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill.
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