The MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management course will enable you to develop cutting-edge knowledge and high-level practical skills that will allow you to gain employment in this fast moving growth industry. The course is based in the Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) a leading and internationally recognised centre for over 30 years. SERC is home to The Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion and the University of South Wales Centre for Renewable Hydrogen Research and Demonstration.
This renewable energy MSc will provide the wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise required to help you to move the world towards the UN’s goal of net zero emissions. Your studies will increase your knowledge and understanding of the generation and provision of renewable energy, hydrogen, water, wastewater treatment and solid wastes management. You will become familiar with the impact of policy and legislation, renewable energy technologies, and waste management hierarchy and techniques. You will also train in relevant computing software, and analytical and monitoring equipment used by industry.
You will study the following taught modules:
Plus two from the following optional modules (each worth 20 credits):
You will also complete a substantial dissertation worth 60 credits, which can be in conjunction with industry, energy/environmental consultancy firms, governmental regulatory agencies, local authorities or within our Sustainable Environment Research Centre.
The subjects taught within the MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management are underpinned by high quality research which was rated as being mainly internationally excellent or world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
This included research in Anaerobic Digestion, Analytical Technology, Bioelectrochemical Systems, Biohydrogen and Biomethane Production, Hydrogen Energy, Hydrogen Vehicles and Refueling, Biopolymer Production, Modeling and Control, Nano Materials and Wastewater Treatment.
Full-time students spend about 12 hours in lectures, seminars, tutorials, and computing based practical sessions each week, usually across two days. Part time students will typically attend one day a week. You will also be expected to carry out research and background reading during the other three days of the week individually. We have an exciting programme of site visits and fieldwork trips scheduled within your regular timetable to allow you to plan your time in advance. You can find out more about current work on our Twitter channel.
The taught modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations. The dissertation is assessed by a proposal, written thesis and an oral examination. Coursework involves individual and group mini-projects, site visit reports, and poster and oral presentations.
In addition to industry standard software, our students have access to state of the art laboratory facilities at our Upper Glyntaff campus and our Hydrogen Research and Demonstration Centre at Baglan, the first of its type in Wales, during their time on the course.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
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Please note that students who successfuly secure a placement in industry or abroad to complete their projects would be expected to pay for their own travelling costs to and from the venue during the period of placement. The cost of this will of course vary and some students have also paid for accommodation close to their place of work for the duration of their placement. Students are provided with reading lists but are not expected to buy any books, instead students are actively encouraged to make use of the extensive learning resources of the University. Many books are available as ebooks. The course uses the many computing facilities of the Glyntaff campus (students are not expected to buy their own computer but having a personal PC will help with their studies)
Potential destinations for graduates include local authorities, government regulatory agencies, renewable developers, power companies, energy and environmental consultancy companies, waste management companies, water companies, environmental and energy advice centres, research centres, academia, and national and international non-governmental organisations.
Some of our graduates have found employment with the following companies and organizations:
Irish Wind Energy Agency, DECC, REG Windpower, VG Energy Ltd., SSE, WDS Green Energy Ltd., The Energy Saving Trust, Ministry of Environment – Canada, and others.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.