Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons)

engineer with solar panels and wind turbines
UCAS Code
H890, H891
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time (BEng), 4 years sandwich with work placement (BEng), 4 years full-time (MEng), 5 years sandwich with work placement (MEng)
Start Date
September 2020, September 2021

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.

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Entry requirements​

2020 start

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Qualifications or experience
  • 120-144 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

2021 start

Qualifications or experience
  • 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Qualifications or experience
  • 120-136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

All our courses go through a rigorous approval process to make sure they’re of the highest quality. This includes a review by a panel of experts, made up of academic staff and an external academic or professional with specialist knowledge.

This course is in the final stages of this process and is open for applications. If any details of the course or its approval status change after you apply, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and will be here to discuss your options with you.

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

Software, hardware and equipment

You'll get to grips with the specialist software packages and equipment that you'll use in your career, in our computer, electronic systems, energy and electrical systems labs.

  • Mat lab/Simulink
  • Eagle
  • Lucas-Nuelle networked analysis and control software
  • Allen-Bradley software
  • IDE

  • Servo set
  • Servomechanism
  • Super-heterodyne radio receivers
  • 3D scanning microscopy facilities
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) suite
  • Oscilloscopes with 80MHz/2Gbps digital capability
  • Programmable function generators
  • Spectrum analysers
  • Process control systems
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Synchronous/asynchronous electric machines
  • Power electronics and drive circuitry elements and blocks
  • PLC training kit

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.

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.

What you'll study on this BEng/MEng Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

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

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

Core modules:

  • Individual Project
  • Sustainable Transport Systems
  • Electrical Machines

Optional modules:

  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Control Systems Design
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Power Electronics

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

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Teaching

Teaching on this course includes:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work
  • Computer-aided engineering system activity

There's an emphasis on problem solving and project work to reflect the challenges experience in your career. Tasks will often begin with you researching a problem or project brief, before moving on to lab sessions to identify, then implement, practical solutions.

Teaching staff are all members of the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology), and many are Chartered Engineers. The teaching staff on this course also have a range of professional experience, including working as a team leaders, and in higher management, in industry.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a web connection.

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.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering degree. You’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, practical classes and workshops for about 20 hours a week. As you progress through the course, there's a shift in emphasis from lectures and theory to lab work and implementations. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3 (and 4 if you do the MEng), but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. Optional field trips may involve evening and weekend teaching or events. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Learning support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • Master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • Understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • Solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • Develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • Understand and use assignment feedback

Laboratory support

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Café offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students: £16,400 a year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – H890 (BEng) or H891 (MEng)
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form:

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • The UCAS course code – H890 (BEng) or H891 (MEng)
  • Our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form:

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

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