Energy and Environment MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Energy and Environment MSc. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project is worth 60 credits. These are the modules studied in 2017. If you are starting in September 2018, these will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Research project - 60 credits
You will undertake a research project during the summer months.

Recent projects include:

  • Potential of marine biomass for production of chemicals and biofuels
  • Assessing the exposure of commuters to traffic-generated particles: a comparison of transport options
  • Location of solar farms under climate change.

Pollution Sampling and Analysis - 15 credits 
Covers the underlying principles of the main instrumental chemical analysis methods used in pollution monitoring and measurement, including spectroscopy, chromatography and air quality monitoring.

Renewable Technologies - 30 credits
Provides an introduction to renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, hydroelectric and ocean energy, geothermal energy and energy storage methods. Gives a general overview of wider issues in the renewables industry such as capacity factors, carbon intensity, levelised costs, energy trends and policies and commercial awareness.

Atmospheric Pollution: Impacts and Controls - 30 credits
Provides an understanding of the mechanisms of emission of the main air pollutants and the principles of the processes used for the control of air pollution from stationary industrial sources.

Advanced Renewable Technologies - 15 credits
Provides an understanding of the mechanisms of emission, dispersion, and local and global environmental impacts of the main air pollutants from combustion and industrial sources. Covers the principles of processes used to control air pollution from such sources, as well as computational and laboratory skills of relevance to pollution control.

Optional modules

Combustion Theory and Design - 15 credits
Introduces you to the fundamentals of combustion, combustion process control, and fire and explosion prevention. It will focus on the applications of combustion in industrial processes, transportation and power generation.

Energy Management and Conservation - 15 credits
Provides you with the knowledge and skills required for efficient utilisation and management of energy services in industrial and commercial situations. You will cover energy management techniques, boilers and combustion, and industrial energy conservation.

Fuel Processing - 15 credits 
Introduction to refinery distillation processes, petroleum refining, natural gas processing and coal conversion technology.

Advanced Engines and Turbines - 15 credits
Study transport policy options for low CO2 from transport, including electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles and the possible use of hydrogen in SI engines and fuel cells. Understand the factors that influence carbon emissions from transport, the technologies to improve the thermal efficiency of SI engines and the reasons why diesel engines are superior from a carbon audit viewpoint.