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Programme Specification

Taught Component of the PhD Research Programme in Fuel Cells and Their Fuels

Academic Year: 2018/19

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) Modules also delivered by: University of Birmingham (UoB), University of Nottingham (UoN), Ulster University (UU), University College London (UCL) and Imperial College London (IC). The modules taught by UU, UCL and IC will be run at UoB.
Owning school/department Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award PGCert/PGDip (Taught element of PhD programme)
Programme title Fuel Cells and their Fuels
Programme code TTRM14
Length of programme The taught component comprises taught modules with a total modular weight of 120 credits. The duration of the taught component is two years from registration for the PhD in Fuel Cells and Their Fuels. Candidates who have completed part or all of the taught component but who subsequently do not complete the requirements for the award of PhD in Fuel Cells and Their Fuels may be eligible for the award of PGDip or PGCert.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

Candidates must initially be registered for the PhD in Fuel Cells and Their Fuels

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:53:40 BST

1. Programme Aims

To supply the fuel cell industries with graduates having a good grounding in relevant engineering principles and the subsequent practical application to relevant product design and operation.


To provide a broad-based and sound education in advanced topics of relevance to fuel cell industries via in-depth study and an understanding of selected engineering science and related topics, and the application of fundamental principles to the design and development of fuel cell systems.  Students will be given the opportunity to diversify their knowledge in terms of industrial-based skills of leadership and project management.


To allow students to develop an integrated viewpoint of the fuel cell design and application process and develop students’ abilities in specific skills such as formulating solutions in terms of function and performance.


To produce graduates that have a systematic knowledge and understanding of fuel cell technologies including developments and problems at the forefront of the discipline.


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

QAA Benchmark statements for Engineering

            QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

            Engineering Council Specification for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC)

            I.Mech.E Educational Base

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

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

K1.       A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles underpinning fuel cells and their fuels.

K2.       An extensive knowledge and understanding of the concepts, theories and current practice of energy technologies including the fuel cell and its fuels, and their limitations, including a critical awareness of current issues and future prospects at the forefront of the discipline.

K3.       An extensive knowledge and understanding of management and business practices and their limitations, and of other subjects outside of engineering.

K4.       A knowledge of ethical, economical and social issues related to energy and of professional responsibilities.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

C1.       Integrate knowledge in the energy field using mathematics, science, information technology, design, the business context and engineering practice.

C2.       Model and analyse complex energy systems including fuel cell systems, process and products using appropriate concepts, scientific principles, mathematical models, while recognizing the limitations of such analysis.

C3.       Innovate in solving novel and challenging problems and be aware of the limitations of the solutions.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate the practical skills of:

P1.       Selecting and using laboratory instrumentation appropriately and effectively with respect to ethical and regulatory frameworks.

P2.       Conducting or evaluating laboratory experiments, adapting experimental procedures to novel situations if necessary, analyzing experimental data in detail, and drawing comprehensive conclusions.

P3.       Independent planning and execution of projects which relate to new concept energy systems and their fuels.

P4.       Familiarity with the processes of invention and innovation related to energy systems including for example patents, trade marking and venture capital.

c. Key transferable skills:

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

  1. T1.     Undertake the technical roles in a team working environment.
  2. T2.     Develop presentation skills.
  3. T3.     Sort, manipulate and present data in a way which facilitates effective analysis and decision making.

4. Programme structure

4.1       COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 70)





Module Title



08 22831

The Energy System (UoB)



Fuel Cell Safety 1 (UoB, taught by UU) - running 17/18



Fuel Cell Safety 2 (UoB, taught by UU) - running 17/18


04 26222

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology (UoB)


04 20706

Business Methods, Economics and Strategy (UoB)


04 19682

Effective Project Management (UoB)


04 19688

Materials for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies (UoB)



 50 credits from the following list,





Module   Title



04 19689

Materials for Energy Generation and Storage (UoB)


04 28585

Fuel Cell Engineering (UoB taught with UCL)


04 26512

Chemical NanoEngineering (UoB)


04 26226

Advanced Electrochemical Applications (UoB)



Conservation and Recycling of Materials (UoN)


03 26219

Techniques for Fuel Cell Characterisation (UoB)


04 18003

Marketing and TQM (UoB)


04 23637

Public Engagement and Awareness in Energy (UoB)



JESS Summer School, Greece


04 27444

Intro to Battery Technologies (JESS)


04 27445

Intro to High-temp Fuel Cells and Electrolysers (JESS)


04 27446

Intro to Low-temp Fuel Cells and Electolysers (JESS)


04 26223

Introduction to Electrochemistry (UoB)



Advanced Materials Characterisation (UoN)



Automotive Materials (UoN)



Combined Heat and Power Systems (UoN)



The Politics of Climate Change (UoN)



Renewable Energy Technology 1 (UoN)



Renewable Energy Technology 2 (UoN)



Surface Engineering Technology (UoN)



Sustainable Vehicle Powertrains (LU)



Vehicle Functional Performance (LU)



Vehicle Systems Analysis (LU)




5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

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

5.2 Re-assessment of modules delivered by Loughborough University for candidates eligible under Regulation XXI may take place in the University’s Special Assessment Period where suitable modules are available.

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

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