Programme Structure

Overview of Year 1

Year 1 contains a significant component of taught modules that will ensure students have a good grasp of conventional power generation, renewable energy sources, energy utilization and waste, emissions and environmental engineering. Our course is driven by the principle of collaboration, and is based around a cohort of students working together, with team-working activities being a fundamental feature at every level of the programme. Many of these activities take place in Year 1 and include

  • Field Trips: will give students an appreciation of a wide spectrum of energy-related issues. Visits to industrial sites and specialist talks by industrialists and community representatives will give students a view of existing pressures, concerns and strategies and present some of the key challenges driving research and investment into energy-related activities
  • Public Engagement: Engaging with the public to inform them about your research is essential for all scientists. Students will develop their own activity or demonstration about an area of science or engineering aimed at the general public and can decide where to present their material, with options of a national science week presentation to schools, viz Junior Café Scientifique, a video for Youtube, or local radio. Examples of such excerices are in the News Archive
  • Research projects: these (many in collaboration with industry) will give students an overview of research methodologies and techniques in different departments. Some of these could lead to 3 year projects
  • Carbon Challenge: requires you to track your carbon footprint over the course of 10 months. It is a team building exercise and an introduction to the social implications of reducing carbon emissions, as well as providing an overview to CO2 sources and energy systems


Years 2, 3 and 4

Team-working activities continue, with activities planned including thematic workshops, advanced research seminars, master-classes, poster competitions and research-based field trips.

Transferable Skills Training

Throughout the four-year research degree programme, students will undertake additional transferable skills training. This will greatly enhance the employment prospects of our students by equipping them with the transferabe skills required by both industry and academia.

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