Solar panels and wind turbines
UCAS Code
H892, H893
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 2022, September 2023

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2022 complete this short application form, call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Our Clearing hotline is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.00am to 4.00pm on Fridays.

Overview

The UK Government has committed £12 billion of funding for a Green Industrial Revolution. Join the fight against climate change, find solutions to society's reliance on fossil fuels and be part of the next great energy transformation.

On this Renewable Energy Engineering degree, you'll study a branch of engineering that focuses on powering the world sustainably. From energy conversion and storage technology, to low carbon heating systems, electrical circuit analysis and large network grids, you'll develop the engineering skills and technical knowledge you need to design, assess and improve electrical, renewable and alternative energy systems that benefit the climate and society.

Follow in the footsteps of engineers who worked on radical advancements such as solar-powered drones and the hydrogen fuel used to heat and power green homes.

BEng or MEng?

You can study this course as a 3-year Bachelor's degree (BEng) or a 4-year integrated Master's degree (MEng). The MEng allows you to achieve a Master’s level degree with just one extra year of undergraduate study, further enhancing your career prospects.

Study Renewable Energy Engineering to be part of a future facing up to climate change

Studying for a degree in renewable energy means finding solutions to the biggest threat to our planet. Watch to learn more about the subjects you'll study, the facilities you'll use, and the growing industry you'll be equipped to join when you graduate. 

Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet. With a degree in Renewable Energy Engineering from the University of Portsmouth, you'll enter into a vital industry focused on solutions that are needed to reverse the effects.

The transition to clean energy is expected to generate 10.3 million net new jobs globally by 2030. This huge growth will mean that the opportunities your degree will unlock are endless. 

Our bachelor's and integrated master's courses have been created by experts in the industry. We use these partners and our professional networks to develop the course content, making use of real life challenges that are happening in the sector. We have access to a database of energy generation, solar PV farms and fuel cells to help analyse real life scenarios.

Key modules include: solar and wind energy, energy conversion, sustainable transport, energy efficient buildings, smart grid management, and many others. With the option to specialise in your area of interest, these modules will equip you with the right blend of knowledge and skills to integrate renewable energy projects.

On campus you can learn from initiatives like our use of solar panels to heat water for our university cafes, the commitment to our electricity being 100% renewable and our aim to be climate positive by 2030.

At Portsmouth, we also have a number of specialist labs containing state of the art hydrogen and fuel cell testing equipment, battery testing equipment in our Port Eco House, solar PV and solar thermal equipment, wind tunnels for testing wind turbine blades, and electrolysers.

We need your innovative ideas to sustain our world. Clean energy is part of a future that you can help secure.

Choose a university that will prepare you to tackle these challenges with expert knowledge and cutting edge facilities. Choose Portsmouth.

Course highlights

  • Design renewable energy systems for electricity, transport or heating applications, for residential and commercial markets
  • Use cost analysis to compare renewable energy technologies with traditional fuel systems from the points of view of business, industry and maintenance
  • Get a better understanding of solar PV, wind turbines, batteries, hydrogen energy, energy-efficient buildings and sustainable transport.
  • Learn about many aspects of smart grid management, energy storage, charging of electric vehicles and system automation
  • Work in industry on optional modules or your optional placement year, networking with and working alongside established experts and prospective employers

Renewable energy is the future. This industry-based course provides the knowledge and tools to produce real solutions, including learning the potential for various everchanging technologies.

Jacqueline Boyd, BEng (Hons) Renewable Energy Engineering

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

BEng (Hons) Renewable Energy Engineering entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 104–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus a relevant subject (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

You may need to have studied specific 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.

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus a relevant subject (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 29–30

You may need to have studied specific 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.

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be able to join this course after you successfully complete a foundation year.

MEng Renewable Energy Engineering entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – AAB–BBB
  • UCAS points – 120–136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Merit – Distinction
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25–27

You may need to have studied specific 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.

Typical offers
  • A levels – AAB–ABB
  • UCAS points – 128–136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Merit – Distinction
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM
  • International Baccalaureate – 30–31

You may need to have studied specific 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.

Facilities and specialist equipment

Inside our fuel cell lab

Fuel Cell Laboratory

Our new solid oxide fuel cell will produce electricity and heat, powered by natural gas or bio-methane at a greater efficiency than conventional gas boilers. You'll have access to the lab to study all type of fuel cells, electrolysers for hydrogen production and batteries. You'll also develop your own prototypes or control systems for rapid battery charging for electric vehicles, the smart grid or for hydrogen production.

Future Technology Centre

Solar Living Lab

Solar photovoltaic panels have been installed next to the Port-Eco House, used for research into the energy efficiency and building performance of houses, and smart Tesla Powerwall batteries have been installed inside the Port-Eco House and the Future Technology Centre, which has rooftop solar panels and photovoltaic windows.

Learn more

Person refuelling car

Biogas production, upgrading, and Bio-CNG vehicles refuelling plant

Learn to convert food-waste and other farm-waste into biogas and then upgrade biogas to compressed Bio-CNG fuel for vehicles, or to power solid oxide fuel cells for electricity and heat as a complete sustainable solution. Learn how to capture bio-CO2 from biogas to use in greenhouses to grow vegetables, or convert CO2 into liquid fuel by recombining with green hydrogen.

Hydrogen equipment

Electrolyser for hydrogen production and compression

Get insight into new battery technologies for ultra-fast charging capabilities, working alongside your course leader who's developing low-cost electrolysers for hydrogen production, as well as working on projects to decarbonise the heating sector.

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

Hydrogen production in action

Course leader Amitava Roy is part of creating the first of the region's hydrogen production station, a big step for renewable energy in the south coast. Students on the course will have access to a large scale electrolyser, hydrogen compressor, and refuelling system.

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate, you'll be ready for a career working at the forefront of the technology responsible for renewable energy. Not only is the work rewarding, but you'll be working in a highly skilled area, which is always in-demand, and get to be part of the solution to one of the most pressing issues facing society.

 

In 2030 across England there could be as many as 694,000 direct jobs employed in the low-carbon and renewable energy economy, rising to over 1.18 million by 2050.

Local Government Association

Local Green Jobs Report (2020)

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
  • Security – working to improve national security by working on new technologies and infrastructure

What jobs can you do with a renewable energy engineering degree?

You'll be able to take roles such as:

  • solar PV system engineer
  • wind energy engineer
  • energy storage engineer (battery specialist)
  • hydrogen energy system engineer
  • fuel cell system engineer
  • zero carbon heating engineer
  • electric vehicle charging specialist
  • smart grid engineer
  • energy management specialist
  • energy audit specialist 
  • business development manager

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.

The future's bright

Listen to Course Leader, Dr Amitava Roy talk about the future of renewable energy engineering, including the options available to create greener energy for heating, power and transportation.

Placement year (optional)

After your second year, you can do an optional paid work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. You might work in the UK, or take on a role with a company abroad.

Possible placement destinations

  • 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.

Career development activity

You'll set up and run a new engineering business as part of your second year study on this course. Do well on this module, and you'll be eligible to apply for a grant from the SENE start-up fund, a pot set up by our School of Energy and Electronic Engineering, and run a business that provides both income and credits toward your degree. 

You'll also have access to extracurricular activities, run by the school and by your fellow students, in which you might work on a nationwide drone competition, the Engineers Without Borders Design Challenge, or the Formula Student racing car competition. Our Badges framework gives you a way to demonstrate professional recognition of what you've achieved in and outside 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 (Hons)/MEng Renewable Energy Engineering degree

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 currently being studied

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4 (MEng only)

Core modules in this year include:

  • Energy Conversion and Storage Technology – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Algorithms and Programming – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Analogue Circuits – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Energy Systems – 20 credits
  • Mathematical Principles – 20 credits
  • Principles of Digital Systems – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Group Design Project – 20 credits
  • Innovation and Enterprise – 20 credits
  • Low Carbon Heating Systems – 20 credits
  • Solar Energy Systems – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Control Systems Analysis – 20 credits
  • Engineering Mathematics – 20 credits
  • Instrumentation and Measurements – 20 credits
  • Microcontrollers and Programmable Logic – 20 credits

Core modules in this year include:

  • Bio Energy with CO2 Capturing – 20 credits 
  • Energy Efficient Buildings – 20 credits
  • Sustainable Transport Systems – 20 credits
  • Wind Energy – 20 credits
  • Individual Project – 40 credits

Core modules:

  • Advanced Battery and Fuel Cell Technologies – 20 credits
  • Electrical Power Systems Technology – 20 credits
  • Engineering Management, Economics and Risk Analysis – 20 credits
  • Multidisciplinary Group Project – 20 credits
  • Renewable and Alternative Energy – 20 credits

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, course content is revised and regularly reviewed.  This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

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.

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your 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 dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

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 support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

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.

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

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.

As well as support from faculty 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.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

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.

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

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 In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start) 

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship)
  • International students – £18,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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 and memory sticks.

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.

If you take a placement year or study abroad year, tuition fees for that year are as follows:

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)

Apply

How to apply

You can still apply for this course to study with us in September 2022 by using Clearing.

Once you have your exam results:

If you're not ready to apply yet, why not learn more about how Clearing works, book a call-back for results day. or sign-up for our Clearing updates and visit days.

Our Clearing hotline will be open as follows:

  • 9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday
  • 9am - 4pm Fridays
  • Thursday 18 August (A and T level results day) 8am - 8pm
  • Friday 19 August 8am - 7pm
  • Saturday 20 August 10am - 3pm

To start this course in 2023, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • The UCAS course code – H892 (BEng) or H893 (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.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.