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MSc in Energy Science

The MSc in Science of Energy consists of six taught modules worth 10 ECTS each. These are structured around a cross-cutting introductory module. The introductory module is designed to furnish students with all of the basic physics, chemistry and engineering concepts that are required to become an "Energy Scientist". These basics are complemented by essential "Economics of Energy" and "Principles of Energy Policy".

Now with the ability to understand and analyse the competing aspects  of all of the essential science, engineering and economics pertinent to the energy discipline, the students proceed to Five specialised technically orientated core modules; "Conventional Energy Sources & Technologies", "Electric Power Generation and Distribution",  "Sustainable Energy Sources & Technologies I & II", and "Managing the impact of Energy Utilisation".

With these modules completed and examined in the months September to April, students proceed to a 15 week research project worth 30 ECTS in a leading research laboratory or in industry in the months of May-August.

2020 Deadlines

  • All applications to be completed and submitted by June 30 2020
  • Next Commencement: September 2020
  • Duration: 12 months (full-time)
  • 24 months (part-time)*
*Please note due to visa regulations, non E.U. applicants can only be accepted for the full-time programme (12 months)

Learning Outcomes

(1) Possess sophisticated comprehension of the sources, utilisation technologies, storage and distribution modes of energy that presently  power cities, buildings, transportation and consumer devices.

(2) Hypothesise, using fundamental science, how alternative energy sources and technologies may disrupt conventional energy utilisation behaviours.

(3) Outline the impact of energy utilisation on the environment at local and global levels.

(4) Quantify the scale of local and global energy utilisation, contrast this to the geographical location of the energy source and understand how these factors relate to the economics of energy markets.

(5) Use knowledge of scientific and technological challenges posed by distributed electricity/power generation with computer simulation to understand electricity distribution networks.

(6) Apply science underlying conventional and sustainable energy sources including nuclear, fossil, wind, solar, biomass and biofuels to propose solutions to the clean and sustainable energy problem.

(7) Understand the physical and chemical factors defining the carbon cycle and be able to relate these to global climate change, and to the readiness of carbon capture and storage technologies.

(8) Describe how essential and consumer technologies rely on critical raw materials and have knowledge of the global impact of their extraction, refining, substitution and recovery.

(9) Create and communicate original knowledge of Energy Science by directed independent research through a combination of experimental, computational and analytical means.

Programme at a Glance

1. Introduction to Energy Science (September to November)

Context and Philosophy of Energy Science

Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer and Reaction Kinetics

Energy Generation and Storage Electromagnetism

Greenhouse Gases and the Carbon Cycle

Energy Policy and Economics of Energy 10 ECTs + Post Graduate Certificate*
Specialised Modules (December - March)

2. Conventional Energy Sources and Technologies

3. Electric Power Generation and Distribution

4. Sustainable Energy Sources and Technologies

5. Managing the Impact of Energy Consumption

6. Sustainable Energy Sources & Technologies II

60 ECTs + Post Graduate Diploma*  
Dissertation by Research

6. 15 Week Research Placement in Industry or Academia.

April to August 90 ECTs + MSc. Degree

Programme Information

The programme includes interactive lessons, workshops and group projects. Students can also undertake research in the form of a company project instead of the standard dissertation.