MSc in Renewable Energy

Cranfield University

Program Description

MSc in Renewable Energy

Cranfield University

The MSc portfolio within our Energy and Power programme has recently been reviewed. This is to ensure that our courses are attractive to prospective students and to make sure that the courses titles and student learning outcomes are relevant to future employers. As a result of the review for October 2018, this course will merge with other Renewable courses to become Renewable Energy.

Climate change, growing populations, and limited fossil fuel resources mean that demand for renewable energy continues at an ever-increasing rate. Renewable energy is now at the heart of every informed discussion concerning energy sustainability, security, and affordability.

Who is it for?

The MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering is made up of eight compulsory taught modules, a group project, and an individual research project.

This course is suitable for engineering, maths or science graduates who wish to specialize in renewable energy engineering. This course will equip you with the advanced interdisciplinary skills required to design, optimize and evaluate the technical and economic viability of renewable energy schemes. You will have the opportunity to learn state-of-the-art technical skills required to design renewable energy systems including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

Why this course?

Renewable energy is now at the heart of every informed discussion concerning energy sustainability, security, and affordability. The member states of the EU have signed up to legally binding targets of 20% energy from renewable sources by 2020. In order to meet these targets, a significant number of highly trained engineers are required worldwide.

In addition to management, communication, teamwork and research skills, each student will attain at least the following learning outcomes from this degree course:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, fundamental understanding and critical awareness of renewable energy engineering techniques necessary for renewable energy conversion systems
  • Demonstrate systematic knowledge of appropriate advanced technologies and management issues to provide solutions for international industries and/or research organizations
  • Demonstrate the ability to acquire, critically assess the relative merits, and effectively use appropriate information from a variety of sources.

The MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds from across Europe and Overseas, which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students. Cranfield University is very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments.

Informed by Industry

We have a world-class reputation for our industrial-scale research and pilot-scale demonstration programmes in the energy sector. Close engagement with the energy and transport sectors over the last 20 years has produced long-standing strategic partnerships with the sectors most prominent players. The strategic links with industry ensure that all of the material taught on the course is relevant, timely and meets the needs of organizations competing within the energy sector. This industry-led education makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for energy companies to recruit.

Course details

The taught programme for the renewable energy engineering masters is generally delivered from October to February and is comprised of eight compulsory modules. The modules are delivered over one to two weeks of intensive delivery with the latter part of the module being free from structured teaching to allow time for more independent learning and reflection.

Students on the part-time programme will complete all of the compulsory modules based on a flexible schedule that will be agreed with the course director.

Group project

The aim of the group project is to provide you with direct experience of applying knowledge to an industrially relevant problem that requires a team-based multi-disciplinary solution. It is undertaken between October and March. In addition to gaining experience working in technical project teams, you will deliver presentations and learn other valuable skills.

It is clear that the modern design engineer cannot be divorced from the commercial world. In order to provide practice in this matter, a poster presentation will be required from all students. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner. All groups must also submit a written report.

Recent Group Projects include:

  • Development of educational renewable energy kits (with Eco style Ltd)
  • Floating offshore wind turbines coupled dynamics math modeling and experimental verification.
  • Scaling-up the tension moored PLAT-O tidal energy platform from 100kW to 1MW
  • JMOIO - foundation concept selector for offshore wind turbine foundations (with Ramboll).

Individual project

This is undertaken during March to September and allows you to focus on a specific area of interest. You will develop the skills to design, optimize and evaluate the technical and economic viability of renewable energy schemes. It is common for our industrial partners to propose potential research topics. For part-time students, it is usually undertaken in collaboration with your organization.

Recent individual research projects include:

  • Numerical Predictions of the Hydrodynamic Drag of the Plato Tidal Energy Converter and Comparison with Measurements in a Water Channel
  • Efficiency Improvement and Commercial Application of a VAWT
  • Wind Resource Prediction and Assessment
  • Dynamics of a Drive Train System for Offshore Floating Wind Turbines
  • Aerodyn Software Feasibility Assessment for Tidal Turbines Design
  • Energy Saving Optimisation and Intelligent ‘Internet of Things’ control for a Typical Commercial Building or an Industrial Plant
  • Development of Advanced Approximation Methods for Reliability Assessment with Application in Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Electromagnetic Rectifier for Torque Ripple in Cranfield’s VAWT
  • Fluid-Structural Interaction Analysis of Flexible Sails for Vertical Axis Wind Turbine.


The taught modules 40%, The Group Project 20%, The Individual Research Project 40%

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, physics or an engineering discipline. Other recognized professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director.

Applicants who do not fulfill the standard entry requirements can apply to the Pre-Masters programme, successful completion of which will qualify them for entry to this course for the second year of study.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

In addition to these minimum scores, you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking an IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.

Your career

The industry-led education makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for recruitment by companies competing in the energy sector. Graduates from this course will be equipped with the advanced interdisciplinary skills required to design, optimize and evaluate the technical and economic viability of renewable energy schemes. Indeed, these interdisciplinary skills are also necessary for graduates wishing to take a management career route in the renewable energy industry.

Our graduates have been successful in securing employment in renewable energy consultancies and leading energy and petrochemical companies. Recent graduates are currently working at Shell, DNV, RES, and Mott MacDonald.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 9, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2019
1 - 3 years
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10,250 GBP
Home/EU students, full-time program. £20,500 overseas students.
United Kingdom - Cranfield, England
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