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MSc in Energy Science

The curriculum is designed to allow students from a science, engineering, or other backgrounds with relevant experience, to gain the scientific knowledge needed to contribute to the energy sector. This can be through industry, business, academia, government policy or media communication. Students will examine the fundamental and applied science of how energy resources could be diversified from conventional polluting sources (e.g. CO2, NOX, SMOG) to renewable sources, where the sustainability of both the energy source and the conversion technology is presently unknown.

Introduction to Energy Science Lecture Hours
Context and Philosophy of Energy Science 2
Environmental Impact of Energy Utilisation 12
Economics of Energy & Energy Regulation & Policy 15
Thermodynamics, Reaction Kinetics and Heat Transfer 12
Energy Storage Electromagnetism 12
Materials for Energy Applications 7
Total 60

Core 1: Conventional Energy Sources & Technologies Lecture Hours
Fossil fuels, Combustion, Engines and Emissions 25
Nuclear Reactions, Materials and Reactor Technology 15
Total 40


Core 2: Electric Power Generation and Distribution Lecture Hours
Electric machines and Power electronics 20
Power systems analysis and smart grids. 20
Total 40


Core 3: Sustainable Energy Sources & Technologies I Lecture Hours
Electrochemical cell technology 12
Wind Energy Generation and Storage 28
Total 40

Core 4: Sustainable Energy Sources & Technologies II Lecture Hours
Photovoltaics 13
Carbon Dioxide and Capture & Storage 14
Biomass, Biofuels and Hydrogen 13
Total 40

Core 5: Managing the Impact of Energy Utilisation Lecture Hours
Raw Materials and Natural Resource Management 15
Techniques for Quantitative Analysis and Characterisation of Energy Critical Raw Materials 15
Nuclear Safety and Environmental Impact 10
Total 40