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Renewables: Water Power - Distance Learning

28 September 2020 - 29 January 2021

This course introduces hydro power in its conventional form as well as in the form of wave and tidal power, and the fundamental concepts of water turbines, wave energy devices and tidal power schemes.

This course covers the following areas: 

  • knowledge of the characteristics underpinning the resource for the different water-powered renewables, e.g. hydro-power, tidal power and wave power

  • understanding of the hydrodynamic laws underpinning the operation of water-powered technologies

  • understanding of how the different water-powered technologies work

  • knowledge of the economics of different water-powered technologies

  • knowledge of the environmental impact of certain water-powered technologies. 

On completion, students should be able to: 

  • calculate the expected resource for a water-powered scheme;

  • calculate the expected performance of a water-powered generator;

  • design and specify the necessary components for water-powered schemes;

  • evaluate the economics of a water-powered scheme given appropriate background data.

Delivered completely online this course will offer you the flexibility of working at your own pace at the most convenient time of the day. 

The course will take one semester (15 weeks) to complete.  

You can choose to take *formal assessment at Loughborough and if successful can accumulate credits towards your personal CPD portfolio.  By obtaining credits you may also be eligible to progress towards a postgraduate award.

The deadline date for booking will be 6 September 2020. Online booking will be made available nearer the time. In the meantime, if you have any further questions please contact

 *Taking an exam at Loughborough is free of charge.  An additional Loughborough administration fee of £250 is charged for taking exams off campus.  However, you will have to pay further costs to arrange and use an approved local exam centre.  For more details please contact the Postgraduate Administration Team prior to making your booking. 

Course details

Course code
One Semester, 150 hours of study, approximately 10 hours per week
Course leader
Dr Paul Rowley
The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Places available


Target audience
This course is for graduates in engineering or other technical disciplines.
Previous experience
If you do not have a degree as specified above please contact the Postgraduate Administration Team prior to registering with details of your academic and work experience. An assessment will be made on your suitability for the course.


Assessment is by Coursework (30%) and 2 hour written exam (70%)


Course fee


In the event of cancellation by the delegate, an administration fee of £250.00 for each student place is levied.

Cancellations must be received at least 5 working days prior to the start of the course. We regret that no refund of course fees can be made for cancellations received after this date.

To apply for a refund you must inform us, in writing, and provide written evidence of the original payment as refunds will only be paid to the account from where it originated. The University also reserves the right to make reasonable alterations to the content of the course. In the event of cancellation by the University, fees will be refunded in full. It does not accept liability for costs incurred by delegates or their organisations for cancellation of travel arrangements and/or accommodation.