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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc European Masters in Renewable Energy

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc/ PGDip / PGCert
Programme title European Masters in Renewable Energy
Programme code ELPT21
Length of programme The programme is available on a full-time basis. The duration of the programme is 15 calendar months. The 60 credit (30ECTS) Master’s project is a requirement for the award of MSc and is undertaken after the completion of the taught modules in Semester 2. The Master’s project must be completed within a maximum period of one calendar year following the completion of the taught modules. The normal duration of the project is five months starting in June.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

Candidates must satisfy the general requirements of the University, which can be found at


and of the School which can be found in the Postgraduate Prospectus at


English language requirements are specified by the University’s general entrance requirements and can be found at


All students register on the MSc programme, the PGDip and PGCert are only available as exit awards.

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:25:29 BST

1. Programme Aims

The European Masters in Renewable Energy aims to develop a thorough knowledge of the viable renewable energy technologies, with reference to the generation and storage of electricity and heat in developed and developing countries.

The programme:

  • Provides a firm technical background in the key renewable energy fields and creates a context for energy and heat production, storage and use.
  • Enables students to specialise in a particular technology or implementation aspect.
  • Enables students to undertake a project related to the specialisation in industry, a research laboratory or at the university and during which the student can gain practical or research experience.
  • Enables students to gain experience in at least two European countries.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence; Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer Standard, Engineering Council UK, 2013.

UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence; The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Engineering Council UK, 2011.

IET Handbook of Learning Outcomes for BEng and MEng Degree Programmes, October 2009.

The UK Quality Code for Higher Education, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, April 2012.

Master's degree characteristics, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, March 2010.

The framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, August 2008.

Subject Benchmark Statement: Engineering, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, 2010.

Code of practice for the assurance of academic quality and standards in higher education, Section 7: Programme design, approval, monitoring and review, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, September 2006.

The Northern Ireland Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (NICATS); Principles and Guidelines, 2002.

Proposals for national arrangements for the use of academic credit in higher education in England; Final report of the Burgess Group, December 2006.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of

  • The principles of a range of renewable energy systems for optimal energy conversion
  • The characteristics of the various types of technologies and the associated processes of manufacturing such systems
  • Codes of practice and regulatory frameworks relevant to renewable energy systems
  • The socio-economic effects of the introduction and use of the relevant technologies

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to

  • Statistically assess renewable energy resources at a specified location given appropriate data
  • Make general performance predictions for various renewable energy systems
  • Integrate, evaluate and use information, data and ideas from a wide range of sources
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to

  • Design a range of renewable energy systems for optimal energy conversion at a given location and for particular applications
  • Analyse economic and planning aspects of renewable energy systems as well as technological considerations
  • Use appropriate mathematical methods for modelling and analysing engineering problems relevant to renewable energy systems
  • Search for and retrieve information, ideas and data from a variety of sources
  • Manage a project and apply appropriate processes
  • Produce technical reports, papers, diagrams and drawings
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students 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

4. Programme structure

4.1 Content


Module title

Modular weight


European Masters in Renewable Energy


Solar Power





Wind Power 1





Water Power










30 ECTS Technology Specialisation





30 ECTS European Project





4.2 The first semester is studied at Loughborough. The second semester is undertaken away from Loughborough and comprises a 60 credit (30 ECTS) specific technology specialisation 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



5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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