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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Renewable Energy Systems Technology (Distance Learning)

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)
Owning school/department Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

In order to qualify for the professional institutes’ examination exemptions offered to graduates from this degree, candidates must achieve minimum module marks stipulated by these bodies which, in some cases, exceed the minimum marks required for progression and degree award.  Up to date information may be obtained from the relevant professional bodies.

Final award MSc/ PGDip / PGCert
Programme title Renewable Energy Systems Technology
Programme code WSPT60
Length of programme The programme is available on a part-time distance learning basis. Maximum period of part-time is 8 years. The Master’s project must be completed within a maximum period of two calendar years following the completion of the taught modules.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/masters-degrees/a-z/renewable-energy-systems-technology-distance/

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 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:36:36 BST

1. Programme Aims

The Master of Science programme in Renewable Energy Systems Technology aims to develop a thorough understanding of renewable energy (including technological, social, policy and economic consideration) with reference to the generation and storage of electricity and heat in a global context.

The programme:

  • Provides a deep technical comprehension across the key renewable energy technologies and related fields and creates a context for energy production, storage and use.

  • Enables students to specialise in a particular applied technologies and implementation aspects.

  • Gives students the opportunity to undertake a project related to a specialisation in industry, a research laboratory or at the university and during which the student can gain practical and/or research experience.

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, 2013.
  • Subject Benchmark Statement: Engineering, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, February 2015
  • Master's degree characteristics, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, September 2015.

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 technological principles of a range of renewable energy systems used for electrical and thermal energy conversion, together with energy system integration and energy storage aspects
  • The specific characteristics of various types of technologies and associated aspects such as manufacturing or project development.
  • Codes of practice and regulatory frameworks relevant to renewable energy systems
  • The social and economic relevance of specific technologies, and their impacts in a range of contexts.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to

  • Analyse and critically evaluate renewable energy resources at a specified location given appropriate data
  • Integrate, evaluate and use information, data and ideas from a wide range of sources related to renewable energy and related technologies and systems
  • Make predictions of energy yields along with financial  and  environmental outcomes and system impacts for a range of renewable energy technologies using advanced modelling and simulation techniques
  • 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

  • Evaluate a range of renewable energy system designs 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 advanced mathematical methods for modelling and analysing engineering problems relevant to renewable energy systems
  • Search for and retrieve appropriate information, ideas and data from a variety of sources to critically evaluate a range of renewable energy systems
  • Develop and manage an individual research project and apply appropriate project management approaches
  • Produce technical reports, papers, diagrams and drawings for effective communication to relevant target groups.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to

  • Manipulate, prioritise, 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 advanced engineering approaches for 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 communication technologies in problem solving contexts
  • Manage time and resources effectively throughout the programme of study
  • Communicate effectively via oral, visual and written methods at an appropriate level with both technical and non-technical audiences.

4. Programme structure

4.1 Content 

The following table lists the modules that comprise the programme.

Three modules to be chosen from the 5 (10 credit) modules list.  Pre-requisites apply.

Code

Module title

Modular weight

Semester

 C/O

WSP631*

Sustainability and Energy Systems

15

1

C

WSP633*

Solar Power

15

1

C

WSP634*

Wind Power 1

15

1

C

WSP635*

Water Power

15

1

C

WSP636*

Biomass 1

15

1

C

WSP632*

Integration of Renewables

15

2

C

WSP638*

Energy Storage

10

2

O

WSP639*

Solar Thermal Systems

10

2

O

WSP640*

Advanced Photovoltaics

10

2

O

WSP641*

Wind Power 2

10

2

O

WSP644*

Energy System Investment and Risk Management

10

2

O

WSP645*

Project

60

other

C

Key: Compulsory = (C) Optional = (O)

Distance learning students may attend local modules at the discretion of the Programme Director, however, they are always registered on the distance learning modules. Local taught modules are delivered at Loughborough in one or two week blocks. Students may not undertake modules that have the same title but are delivered using different techniques.

 

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 Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XXI for candidates who have the right of re-examination to undergo reassessment in the University’s special assessment period.

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

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