Create a more sustainable world with renewable energy engineering. Refine and rethink clean energy sources such as wind, biomass, solar, and hydro.
This 4 year BEng Hons course prepares students for work within the emerging renewable energy industry and will allow you to make a difference in the world. Graduates will join a body of engineers with the vision and skills necessary to design and manufacture engineering systems and machines for the renewables industry. You will learn how to think innovatively and turn your ideas into useable technology.
Graduates with this mix of mechanical design, electronics, power systems and renewable energy engineering experience have many career opportunities available to them in this emerging sector. The course has a built-in year of work experience, where students work in industry during their third year, making it a highly practical degree.
So whether you want to engineer the next generation of renewable power systems or drive change and create ‘green cities’ then this degree will give you the knowledge and skills to do so.
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About this course
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Students undertake six introductory modules in year 1, covering subjects like mechanical design, renewable energy electronics and mathematics. Practical learning is used to demonstrate the engineering principles behind the topics.
In year 2, six core modules extend students’ knowledge of power generation systems and electronics. Turbine technologies covering all aspects of rotary power generations offer an in-depth knowledge of renewables power generations via this technology.
Year 3 is normally a period of industrial placement. Students can choose to work in the UK, Ireland or Europe. Students can also study in the USA. These options lead to either the Diploma in Professional Practice (placement year), or the Diploma in International Studies if the year is spent studying abroad.
Year 4 enables students to explore engineering topics in more depth and there are optional modules to allow students to focus on different aspects of the sector. The final year also includes a major project to further advance and integrate technical and academic skills.
Innovation and entrepreneurship are important drivers for Renewable Energy Engineering and are taught as part of the course, along with ethics, risk and sustainability. These topic areas are all dependent on advances in materials science, computer aided engineering and fundamental science, and the course will focus on these core areas whilst utilising expertise from the Centre for Sustainable Technologies(CST) and the Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Research Institute (NAMRI).
Diploma in Professional Practice DPP
Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS
Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI
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Attendance is on a full-time basis and is normally spread over a week. Each student must complete 120 credits (usually 6 modules) in each academic year, with the exception of placement year (60 credits). Years 1, 2, and 4 are spent in the University. Modules are taught on campus and are web-supplemented. In Year 3, students undertake a year's work experience.
- September 2019
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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Mathematics for Engineering I
This module provides students with a solid foundation in the fundamental topics in engineering mathematics. The material develops the student's competencies in the essential mathematics that forms an integral part of an undergraduate honours degree in engineering related disciplines.
Circuit Analysis I
This module provides an introduction to the key electronic components, the basic concepts of electronic circuit design and the basic principles of electronic circuit testing and measurement taking. This module introduces the student to analogue electronics principles presented using a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories and are assessed using continuous assessment in the form of a class test and lab practical assessments.
Introduction to Renewable Energy
The module provides a firm grounding in energy conversion through fundamental theory demonstrated in the analysis of conventional and alternative energy conversion systems.
Intro to Statics and Dynamics
MEC102 provides the fundamental principles of statics, strength of materials and dynamics in relation to mechanical engineering and provides a methodology for their practical application. Its content includes:
(a) Basic and derived units, static equilibrium, shear forces, bending moments and friction.
(b) Statically stressed systems both determinate and indeterminate, the theory of torsion and bending.
(c) This module provides an understanding of dynamics, and its application to the solution of engineering problems.
(d) The theoretical and practical principles required within each topic area will be developed in lectures and applied in assignments, tests and tutorials.
Design and CAD I
This module includes freehand sketching, systems of projection, drawing conventions,
dimensioning and tolerancing, 3-D digital modelling of parts and assemblies, design
documentation, an introduction to the total design activity, formulation of a product design
specification (PDS), material selection and manufacturing considerations in design
Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics 1
This module provides a basic introduction to the principles behind fluid mechanics and
thermodynamics. Emphasis is placed on the application of this theory to everyday items,
ranging from bicycles to motor cars
A module which integrates formal study with a significant practical programme for the understanding and application of common manufacturing processes.
The module prepares students for professional work including the responsibilities and obligations of employees, employers and clients as determined in codes of professional conducts. Students will have the opportunity to practise the presentation of themselves in, for example, application forms, curriculum vitae, interview and aptitude tests. In addition the module addresses issues such as intellectual property rights and defamation, data protection, computer misuse and other ethical issues related to working as a professional in the software sector.
Circuit Analysis II
This module introduces the principles of design of analogue and digital building blocks which can be integrated to form electronic systems of moderate complexity. The module also discusses issues related to the interfacing of analogue and digital signals. Both elements of the module are presented through lectures, tutorials and practicals and are assessed using both continuous assessment and formal written examination methods.
Power System Analysis and Protection
This module covers the principle concepts of analysis and protection of modern power systems. It builds upon the operation of power systems under normal operations, fault analysis and principle of power system protection.
Electrical and Energy Engineering
Building on the fundamentals covered in ENE123 (EEE186 Magee), the aim is to develop design skills in the technologies and energy engineering involved with electricity generation, its supply, distribution and end use of electricity, both in a domestic and industrial context.
The module provides a general coverage of different classes of engineering materials. Metallic and non-metallic materials are studied with respect to structures, properties, and processing.
Statics, Dynamics and Thermodynamics
MEC360 provides an extension of the fundamental principles of the statics and dynamics of mechanical systems in relation to the analysis and solution of mechanical engineering problems. Furthermore, MEC360 provides an introduction to the core principles of thermodynamics.
Design and CAE 2
The module considers creativity in design; product innovation; technical and non-technical
aspects of design; safety and product liability; design analysis techniques for economic
product manufacture and assembly; functional analysis; value engineering; safety and
reliability through design projects; manufacturing processes; assembly techniques; material
handling methods; component and product inspection and testing; factory simulation using
computer techniques; computer database application for manufacturing management and
processing; and design applications using 3-D computer graphics
International Academic Studies
This module is optional
This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.
Placement - Magee Engineering
This module is optional
This module is a year's paid industrial placement programmed to complement the undergraduate engineer's academic studies. The student will be employed as a junior engineer to enable improvement in their understanding of the work environment and development of their transferable, communication and personal skills. The experience will enhance their engineering ability, maturity and eventual employability.
Research Studies and Project Management
This module is designed to equip students with the appropriate research and project management skills needed to complete a project within the Computing domain. Firstly, the module provides an underpinning foundation of research concepts, methods and techniques necessary for project development and delivery. Secondly, the different stages of the research process are demonstrated. Thirdly, the students employ skills developed during the module to create a set of project deliverables such as project plan and proposal, critically reviewed literature papers, literature review and project presentation. Embedded in all these activities is the reinforcement of the need for adhering to recognised ethical standards and taking a professional approach to carrying out research.
Final Year Project
Students are required to undertake an individual project during the final year of the course. Its purpose is to provide an experience of developing a software/hardware/engineering solution to a real-world problem. This work combines skills and knowledge acquired previously on the course with those acquired during the project. In particular, students will have an opportunity to
(i) strengthen their competence in project management, in taking an initial concept through to a successful implementation; and
(ii) enhance their communication skills, in producing a project and defending the work.
Thermal renewable energy technologies are primarily based on combustion or the direct conversion of solar radiation into thermal energy, but also include geothermal heat. They have a wider range opportunities than electrical systems due to the widespread demand for low and medium grade heat and coolth in both industrial and domestic situations. This module introduces the students to these concepts and contextualises the issues.
Design and CAE 3
This module is based on the execution of an industrially generated major design project
through multi-disciplinary team activity involving aspects of: project management, market
analysis, specification, concept design, budget costing, decision making, detail design,
production planning, manufacturing requirements and product costing.
CAD/CAM and Simulation
This module provides a practical, hands-on treatment of Computer Aided Engineering in the
context of application in design practice or manufacturing company. It majors on the more
advanced part modelling techniques, assembly modelling, good modelling practice,
collaboration and interoperabilty, design documentation, 3D printing, surface modelling
rendering, mechanism simulation and Finite Element Analysis. It involves the utilisation of an
integrated, state-of-the-art MCAD suite along with the teaching of the general principles of
This module will permit the student to develop their understanding in the scientific and mathematical principles that underpin three areas of mechanical sciences: Structural and stress analysis; Mechanical vibration theory; and Thermofluid sciences.
Formal lectures, directed reading exercises, tutorial sessions, informal class quizzes, peer discussion groups, and practical demonstrations will form the learning activities that will lead to the intended learning outcomes.
Learning outcomes shall be assessed by formal in-class test methods throughout the duration of the module and by a final formal examination.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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The GCE A Level requirement for this course grades BBB to include Grade B in one from GCE A Level Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Engineering, Design and Technology or Electronics.
See the GCSE subject and grade requirements including specific Mathematics grade required depending on the GCE A level subject presented.
The requirement for this course is successful completion of BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in a related Engineering subject area with overall award profile of DDM to include a minimum of 9 unit distinctions. Also requires a minimum Merit in a unit of Applied or Further Mathematics and a Merit in a unit of Mechanical Technology or Mechanical Principles.
The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment accept combinations of A Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate, BTEC 90-credit Diploma/National Foundation Diploma and BTEC National Diploma. For further information on the requirements for this course please contact Faculty admissions staff by telephone on 028 9036 6305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Highers requirement for this course is H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 (typical grade profile) including minimum H3 Higher Level Mathematics and one other H3 Higher Level subject from Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Biology, Technology, Engineering or Technology and Design.
Irish Leaving Certificate English at Grade H6 or above (HL) or Grade O4 or above (OL) if not sitting at Higher Level is also required.
The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC (to include minimum of BB in Mathematics and a science subject).
Scottish Advanced Highers
The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC (to include Mathematics and a science subject).
Overall International Baccalaureate Diploma requirement for this course is a minimum of 26 points to include 13 at Higher Level and to include minimum grade 5 in Mathematics and another Higher Level science subject. Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.
Access to Higher Education (HE)
The entry requirement for this course is successful completion of a Ulster University validated Access route in Science/Technology with Overall mark of 70% and 70% in NICATS Mathematics (level 2). Equivalent Mathematics qualifications considered for the Mathematics requirement.
GCSE Mathematics Grade A or above (or equivalent) if presenting only one or a combination of Design and Technology, Engineering or Electronics as the specified subject/s for this course.
GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above (or equivalent) if presenting another of the specified subjects for the course with or instead of Design and Technology, Engineering or Electronics.
GCSE Grade C (or above) in English Language (or equivalent).
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Additional Entry Requirements
OCR/Cambridge Technical Combinations
The Faculty of Computing and Engineering accept a range of alternative combination of qualifications such as OCR Nationals and OCR Cambridge Technicals when presented with an A Level in one of the specified subjects (please refer to A Level section).
HNC requirement is overall Distinction in an Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering subject (plus GCSE Maths grade C and an acceptable alternative Mathematics module) will be considered for year 1 entry only.
HND requirement is overall Merit in an Engineering subject to include a Merit in either Level 4 or Level 5 Analytical Methods module (plus GCSE Maths Grade C). Applicants may be considered for year 2 entry where the curriculum sufficiently matches that of Ulster University full time year 1 course.
Ulster Foundation Degree
Pass in Foundation Degree with an overall mark of 55% and minimum 55% in all taught level 5 modules and 55% in Mathematics module. Applicants will normally be considered for entry to an associated Honours degree (normally Year 2 entry).
For further information regarding all of the above qualifications please contact the Faculty Admissions staff by T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6305 or E: email@example.com. Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.
The General Entry Requirements must also be met including English Language minimum GCSE grade C (or equivalent). Please check the following link http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements#ger.
Teaching and learning assessment
Formal lectures are supplemented by tutorials and laboratory investigations, as appropriate. Practical hands on laboratory sessions are an integral part of many modules throughout all years of the course. Case studies, groupwork and mini-projects are also extensively used. In the final year there is a major individual project.
Generally, a combination of continuous assessment and examination is employed in each module. Continuous assessment includes class tests, library and laboratory based assignments, and individual and group project work. Some modules across all years of the course are continuously assessed.
Exemptions and transferability
Transfer between this course and other similar courses within the Faculty of Computing and Engineering may be possible on the basis of academic performance.
Exemption from parts of the course may be considered based on appropriate performance in a related, designated course or other approved experiential learning (APEL).
The course has been designed to enable students who graduate with a good honours degree to apply for postgraduate study towards a PhD, MSc, MRes or other higher qualification.
Careers & opportunities
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Job prospects in a wide range of engineering and renewable energy industries are excellent with the majority of graduates finding employment within six months of graduation. Graduates with BEng Hons, first class or upper second class award all satisfy the requirements for a wide range of postgraduate research posts and scholarships.
Work placement / study abroad
In Year 3, the student will undertake a period of paid placement in an industrial or academic setting. Placement is compulsory and seen as an integral part providing the student with the opportunity to develop into a junior engineer.
Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
Important notice - fees information
Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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- Northern Ireland & EU:
- England, Scotland & Wales:
- £9,250.00 Discounts available
- £13,680.00 Scholarships available
Scholarships, awards and prizes
This course is suitable for a number of student support awards. Please contact the course director for further information.
Faculty Prizes can be viewed at: ulster.ac.uk/academicoffice/prizes.html and follow the links to the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305
Course Director: Dr JP Quinn
T: +44 (0)28 7167 5461