Master of Science
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment
We are passionate about sharing with our students the vital role they each have now and as future professionals in promoting a sustainable future for all. We believe that sustainability is not the domain of one discipline or profession. It is the responsibility of all disciplines, professions, organisations and individuals.
That is why on each of our courses within the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment you will learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the contribution you can make now, and as a graduate in the Built Environment.
Read the course details below to find out more.
MSc Energy Storage provides the expertise to fulfil the expectations of an energy storage market that is predicted to grow to $250 billion by 2040.
Energy Storage is a rapidly developing field of study within both academia and industry, in response to the need to decarbonise our energy systems through renewable energy. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts explosive growth over the next 12 years.
Our MSc Energy Storage programme will enable graduates to embark on a professional career in energy storage with the high-level skills needed to meet the emerging challenges. Large scale renewable energy from non-dispatchable wind and solar energy, for example, has begun to threaten the operation of existing electricity networks in several countries.
You will be introduced to the essential areas of renewable energy, energy management, distributed energy resource management and energy storage technologies.
A key feature of the course is our staff; you will be taught by published academics who will enhance your learning experience with research-led teaching.
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The MSc Energy Storage programme is a 12 months full-time Master’s degree designed for those who are keen to address the challenges to move towards a low carbon society.
The programme provides a thorough grounding in the core disciplines of energy storage and is embedded in global best practice, technology and economics of its deployment. The course combines technology understanding with critical assessment of performance characteristics within energy market structures, giving graduates an expertise in sizing and selecting the optimum energy storage technology.
The course is delivered by the Centre of Sustainable Technologies (CST), whose knowledge, facilities, industrial links and data sets are drawn from more than £10M of externally funded past and current projects in energy storage. As a primary example, SPIRE 2 – Storage Platform for the Integration of Renewable Energy - is a University of Ulster led EU funded Euro 6.7M cross border project exploring how energy storage resources owned by business and domestic consumers can resolve the problem of the variability of output from renewable energy.
Students will have the opportunity to engage with industry during their research dissertation project and through the participation in workshops/seminars organised by the Centre for Sustainable Technologies linked to national and international projects in the field of energy storage and energy.
You will be taught by published academics who will enhance your learning experience with research-led teaching. Research is a core activity of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
The Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST) is one research centre within the Faculty. The centre focuses on energy as its core activity and has a strong portfolio of energy and energy storage related projects focussing on the modelling and development of both electrical and thermal storage technologies and their place in Distributed Energy Resource Systems and their markets. World leading research is demonstrated by over £10M of externally funded research income in energy storage from EU, EPSRC and SfI and over 140 peer reviewed publications in this and related fields.
All modules will be delivered through blended learning (i.e. via virtual learning environment, VLE, as well as traditional face-to-face teaching on the Jordanstown campus). Blended learning will provide students with the opportunity to have direct contact with the team, access seminars to engage with industry and generate experience in the laboratories of the Centre for Sustainable Technologies at Jordanstown campus. A blended learning approach will ensure that the learner is engaged and in control of his/her individual learning experience. We also believe that this approach helps to better meet individual needs of the learner.
Teaching methods are diverse and planned for an advanced education in energy storage. Lectures are considered an effective way of engaging students and communicating knowledge coherently. There are both face to face and on-line teaching through our University’s VLE, Blackboard Learn (BBL). Practical, laboratory-based work is a central activity, and the Centre for Sustainable Technologies has a number of state-of-the-art laboratories in which renewable and energy storage systems can be both demonstrated and assessed.
The modules are all 15 credit point modules, except for the dissertation module that is 60 credit points, for a total of 180 credits. Modules are all 100% coursework. There are a maximum of two items of assessment in a module. An item may include more than one component, but the overall item will have a single mark.
The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.
Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:
As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until near the start date and may be subject to change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days of attendance will often be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.
Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.
The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.
Postgraduate Masters courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.
Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.
Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be via one method or a combination e.g. examination and coursework . Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Normally, a module will have four learning outcomes, and no more than two items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.
The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6 (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).
Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Masters degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.
All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Masters degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.
Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.
The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.
Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (20%) or Lecturers (55%).
We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) by Advanced HE - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.
The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.
Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.
Figures correct for academic year 2021-2022.
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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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(a) have gained:
(i) a second class honours degree or better, in the subject areas of science or engineering or related discipline, from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard;
(ii) an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification; and the qualification must be in the subject areas of science, engineering or related discipline.
(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).
In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b), where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.
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.
Students may be admitted to the programme in line with Accreditation of Prior Learning guidelines. Students from this course would be eligible to directly enter graduate employment or to proceed to further study at PhD level.
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The MSc Energy Storage aims to prepare students for a successful career in energy or energy storage. In the United States, it is predicted that there will be over 350,000 energy storage jobs by 2025. The EU will support a new battery cell manufacturing industry with 200M Euro investment. The UK Clean Growth Strategy reports over 430,000 in the low carbon sector and 17,750 jobs linked with the growing energy storage and electric vehicle industry.
Students will have the opportunity to apply for a job or improving their position in energy transmission companies, energy distribution companies, energy supply companies, consultancies and at a regional or national government level.
Furthermore, employability is at the heart of Ulster University vision. The MSc Energy Storage will allow students to develop and enhance their employability skills. Employability is embedded within the modules rather than concentrating on specific modules.
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Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as a part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs, as well as tuition fees.
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