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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc European Masters in Renewable Energy

Academic Year: 2020/21

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 WSPT09
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

MSc Full time: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/WSPT09

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 18 Jun 2020 16:36:02 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 sound technical comprehension across key renewable energy technologies within the context of energy, production, storage and use, together with economics and policy aspects.
  • 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 and/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, 2013.
  • Subject Benchmark Statement: Engineering, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, October 2019.
  • 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:

K1 The scientific and technical principles of a range of renewable energy systems for optimal energy conversion

K2 The characteristics of the various types of technologies and the associated processes of manufacturing or project development

K3 Codes of practice and regulatory frameworks relevant to renewable energy systems

K4 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:

C1 Analyse and critically evaluate renewable energy resources and related technologies

C2 Make critical performance predictions for various renewable energy systems

C3 Integrate, synthesise and evaluate information, data and ideas from a wide range of sources related to renewable energy and relevant technologies and systems in problem-solving contexts.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

P1 Evaluate a range of renewable energy system design for optimal energy conversion at a given location and for particular applications

P2 Analyse economic and planning aspects of renewable energy systems as well as technological considerations

P3 Use appropriate mathematical methods for modelling and analysing engineering problems relevant to renewable energy systems

P4 Search for synthesise and evaluate appropriate information, ideas and data from a variety of sources for subsequent application in a practical context

P5 Develop and deliver a project and apply appropriate project management processes

P6 Produce evidence based technical reports which effectively communicate and interpret the results of the students or others' work.

c. Key transferable skills:

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

T1 Manipulate, prioritise sort and present data in a range of forms

T2 Use evidence-based methods in the solution of complex problems

T3 Work with limited, incomplete and/or contradictory information in the solution of unfamiliar problems

T4 Apply selected engineering approaches to find the solutions to problems in unfamiliar situations

T5 Be creative and innovative in problem solving

T6 Work effectively as part of a team

T7 Use a wide range of information and communications technology

T8 Manage time and resources throughout the programme of study

T9 Communicate effectively via oral, visual and written methods at an appropriate level

T10 Learn, reflect and evaluate effectively, continuously and independently in a variety of environments

4. Programme structure

4.1 Content

The below lists the modules that comprise the programme.

Semester 1

The first semester is studied at Loughborough.

Compulsory modules (60 credits)

WSP033 Solar Power 15
WSP034 Introduction to Wind Turbine Technology                                15
WSP035 Water Power 15
WSP036 Bioenergy 15

Semester 2 (60 credits)

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

WSP801 30 ECTS Technology Specialisation 60

Project (60 credits)

WSP806 30 ECTS European Project             60



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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