Coventry University - MSc Renewable Energy Management

Coventry University

MSc Renewable Energy Management

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The challenge of transition is sizable. Some technological solutions do already exist, with the electricity sector transition well underway, and with wind, solar PV and electrification of heating and transport taking bold steps. Hydrogen, CCS and further energy efficiency improvements are also gaining prominence in the quest for a clean energy future. However, if we are to curtail and reverse greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector within the next decade, tough business and policy decisions lay ahead. There should be plentiful career options post graduation for those who master the wave of the energy transition as it unfurls before us.

The Renewable Energy Management MSc course aims to support persons looking to begin careers that will contribute to the affordable, reliable and sustainable delivery of energy-for-all. You will have the opportunity to develop skills to appraise renewable energy projects and explore how to strengthen governance structures, in order to accelerate the decarbonisation process – within communities, organisations and nationally.

The course is designed to have a strong international dimension, with emphasis placed on understanding the different approaches to energy provision based on climatic, social and economic conditions. Career options upon successful completion could range from conducting feasibility studies for renewable energy systems, to energy officer/auditor roles within commercial/government organisations, or analyst roles with companies involved in energy markets.

Work placement option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us for up to 12 months, extending the duration of your degree to 24 months. The 'work placement', which if secured, can be carried out in the second year and is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience, with the aim of maximising your employability prospects upon successful completion of the course. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000, payable on completion of placement. Work placement opportunities are not guaranteed, and while you will be responsible for sourcing any opportunity, you will have the support of our Talent Team in doing so. Find out more about the work placement pathway.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Entry Requirements

To enter this course, you should have obtained a first- or second-class honours degree in a relevant discipline.

The course is suitable for students with backgrounds in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and maths), geography, economics, environmental science, management, business, as well as energy professionals from the oil and gas sector looking to retrain and transition into the renewable energy sector.

 This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Career Prospects

We are seeing extensive divestment in the various fossil fuel sector, which will require simultaneous investment in clean energy systems. This change is already taking place and will need to keep doing so at an increasing rate. Successful graduates from this course will be well positioned to take advantage of jobs in positions such as energy officers, consultants, analysts, advisors, R&D, NGOs, government energy agencies, as well as the many oil and gas corporations that are now turning their sights on decarbonisation.

Modules are specifically designed to equip students with the skills necessary to immediately access the burgeoning renewable energy jobs markets, whether it be feasibility studies for renewable energy systems, energy officer/auditor roles within commercial/government organisations, or analyst roles with companies involved in energy markets. Assignments are predominantly based on applied, real-world tasks. Supported by staff with industry experience, students are given the flexibility to determine their final dissertation topic thus providing the opportunity for a stepping-stone towards their preferred career path.

Course Details

The energy sector is in need of graduates that are able to quickly determine the suitability of the myriad of ever advancing and nuanced energy system options, whether in project implementation, energy market analysis, policy development or operations.

Graduates need to be able to understand and manage the many intricate linkages that exist throughout the global energy system; for example, between producers and consumers, between governments and businesses, and between the many stakeholders often involved in renewable energy projects.

Year One

Conventional global energy systems
Decarbonisation and energy system transitions
Appraising wind, hydro and marine energy projects
Energy economics and policy
Appraising solar, bioenergy and geothermal projects
Energy management, efficiency and auditing
Stakeholder engagement and communication
Social & environmental impact assessment
Postgraduate research skills
Supporting transition to postgraduate study
Leading strategic change through creativity and innovation

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