European Master's in Renewable Energy MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
1 year 3 months
Not available
Start date:
1st October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
€11,500 + €1,500 supplement



in the UK for research quality

REF 2014


Two Queen's Anniversary Prizes


The European Master’s in Renewable Energy is a collaborative programme offered by nine leading European universities. The programme is administered by Eurec (The Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres).

The European Master's in Renewable Energy teaches students about the latest advances in clean power developments. The MSc enables graduates to design and develop benign renewable energy technologies that can be implemented in countries around the world to reduce our fossil fuel emissions.

International agreements on CO2 diminution and European directives on the expansion of renewable energy generation ensure that the recent rapid growth in renewable energy installations will continue. Skills shortages in this sector are already being identified and the expected growth will only exacerbate the situation. Within the rapidly expanding European renewable energy industry, an urgent demand exists for more post-graduate trained staff, specialised in renewable energy technology.

The European Master's in Renewable Energy programme gives you the chance to study in at least two countries and teaches you about the latest advances in renewable and clean energy technology and how they can be used to move to a low carbon future.

The course is divided into three sections. In the first semester (September/October to January), students acquire a solid foundation in key renewable energy technologies. In the second semester (February to June), they specialise in a chosen technology at a different university and at the end of the course, the students complete a six-month practical or research project. The entire programme is run on a modular basis with credits awarded for passing each section and the successful completion of the project. A total of 90 ECTS credits (30 for each section of the course) are required with a satisfactory level of achievement in all the sections to obtain the European Master's degree. 

What makes this programme different?

  • Opportunity to study in at least two countries
  • Learn the latest advances in renewable and clean energy technology

Who should study this programme?

The European Master's in Renewable Energy programme is suitable for students who are looking to develop a firm technical background in the key renewable energy fields and creates a context for energy and heat production, storage and use.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in any engineering or physical science subject.

If you wish to apply for this course, please visit the European Master in Renewable Energy website. Application must be supported by documentary evidence of entry qualifications, including English language, academic transcripts and references. You are strongly advised to send your documents, including transcripts and references, as soon as you make your online application.

English Language requirements

Please visit for more information.

What you'll study

The European Master's in Renewable Energy is designed to provide you with a firm technical background in the key renewable energy fields, and create a context for energy and heat production, storage and use.


European Master's in Renewable Energy covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Semester 1

Your first semester will be studied at Loughborough University, and will consist of the following taught modules:

Solar Power

The aim of this module is to introduce the facts governing the nature, availability and characteristics of the solar resources and the fundamental concepts of photovoltaics and solar thermal conversion. The conversion technologies are examined critically in terms of design, efficiency, manufacturing options and costs.

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of the solar resource and its variability in the context of solar energy systems;
  • Explain the design principles and components used in photovoltaic systems;
  • Describe the principles, design and manufacturing concepts behind common semiconductor photovoltaic devices;
  • Describe the operational principles of flat plate solar thermal collectors;
  • Explain the principles behind passive solar in buildings;
  • Explain the fundamental processes taking place in a photovoltaic device.

Wind Power 1

The aim of this module is to introduce wind power and the fundamental concepts of wind turbine design including aerodynamics and control. The economic, technical, institutional and environmental aspects of onshore and offshore wind farm development are also considered.

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

  • Describe the physical characteristics of the wind;
  • Explain how a wind resource estimate is made;
  • Describe the principles, electrical, operational and control characteristics of a wind turbine;
  • Describe the design challenges associated with wind turbines;
  • Explain the fundamental principles of wind turbine aerodynamics and thus how a wind turbine produces power from the wind;
  • Describe the challenges associated with siting wind turbines onshore and offshore.


The aim of this module is to introduce the broad range of biomass energy technologies including the fundamental concepts of combustion and anaerobic digestion. At the completion of the module, students should be able to estimate the biomass resource in specific situations and to have an understanding of the conversion processes and equipment needed for optimum conversion of the biomass.

Teaching will help students to appreciate that in order to extract energy from different biological resources, appropriate technologies are available according to feedstock characteristics and fuel (gas, liquid, char) desired. This range of different biomass to energy technologies are covered in the module.

Water Power

The aim of this module is to introduce the laws governing the availability of hydro power in its conventional form as well as in the form of wave and tidal power. The fundamental concepts of water turbines, wave energy devices and tidal power schemes will also be considered.

Semester 2

The second semester is undertaken away from Loughborough and comprises of a 30 ECTS Technology Specialisation and 30 ECTS European Project (60 credits) taken from:

  • Wind energy National Technical University of Athens
  • Grid Integration University of Zaragoza
  • Photovoltaics University of Northumbria
  • Solar Thermal University of Perpignan
  • Ocean Energy IST Lisbon
  • Sustainable Fuel Systems for Mobility, Hanze University of Applied Sciences

How you'll be assessed

Assessments at Loughborough during your first semester will include a combination of coursework and exams. Projects and placements studied in semester two may vary in their assessment methods depending on the destination you choose.

How you'll study

Independent study
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to:

  • Manipulate, sort and present data in a range of forms
  • Use evidence based methods in the solution of complex problems
  • Work with limited, incomplete and/or contradictory information in the solution of unfamiliar problems
  • Use an engineering approach to the solution of problems in unfamiliar situations
  • Be creative and innovative in problem solving
  • Work effectively as part of a team
  • Use a wide range of information and communications technology
  • Manage time and resources
  • Communicate effectively orally, visually and in writing at an appropriate level
  • Learn effectively, continuously and independently in a variety of environments 

Graduate destinations

Many of our students progress to senior jobs in renewable energy companies throughout Europe such as Technical Director at Renewable Energy Systems, one of the world’s largest developers of renewable energy projects and General Manager of the London Array, presently the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

The course benefits for a number of guest lectures from industrial lecturers including experts from companies such as Renewable Energy Systems, DNV GL and DONG Energy. 

Fees and funding

€11,500 + €1,500 supplement

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

For more information and to apply for the programme please look at the EUREC website.