Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)


Immerse yourself in Online Learning as part of a Global Community

As a part-time distance  learning student at CREST, you will work within a community of tutors and fellow students throughout your studies. A blend of multi-media resources, computer-based simulations, directed assignments and tutor feedback combine to give you the best possible online learning experience.

CREST's Virtual Learning Environment

LEARN is Loughborough University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you will find a rich blend of learning resources to help you with your studies. It also allows you to be become part of a team, share experiences and establish contacts by participating in on-line discussions about individual topics or to work with fellow students on group projects.

Learning Resources

All REST MSc Modules consist of a series of Study Units, each covering a specific subject area and include:-

As you work through the course, you will be required to complete tutorial assignments. Whilst these do not form part of your formal summative assessment, they will enrich your understanding of the study topics. By uploading assignments onto the LEARN VLE, you will obtain tutor feedback and build a portfolio of your progress. You can also use discussion forums, specialist tutor groups, e-mail or telephone to receive advice or discuss relevant topics of interest.

Remote Laboratories

In 2014 CREST launched the ‘world’s most advanced’ PV Remote Lab for distance learners.

Developed over the past 4 years, this ground-breaking new laboratory enables REST MSc distance learning students from around the world to remotely control, investigate and analyse PV device performance under a range of experimental conditions. Experiments can be conducted globally from students’ own computers allowing them to observe the experiment in real time for themselves via the laboratory webcam from wherever they may be.

The project was part funded by the University’s Distance Learning Development Fund and Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS), with help and support from National Instruments and SCITEK Consultants Ltd.


“We see this as a fantastic addition to the MSc. It enables our students to achieve the same learning outcomes as their counterparts on campus but with the flexibility of doing this at a time and place to suit them.

“In addition, the use of remote labs can support research and enterprise activities by enabling the sharing of experimental equipment and facilitate off-site training.”

Dr Richard Blanchard



In the first instance please contact Jenny Evans, the Distance Learning Administrator if you have any questions.

Accredited programmes

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All our Masters programmes are accredited and successful completion contributes towards a Chartered Engineer application.


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