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This course examines the engineeing of Renewable Energy. The technical course equips the student for a wide range of engineering roles.


Study Renewable Energy Engineering at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Graduates in Renewable Energy Engineering will provide a body of engineers with the vision and skills necessary to address the design and manufacture of engineering systems and machines aligned to the Renewables Industry. Students entering the course will be given the vision of Renewable Energy Engineering at the initial stage of the programme and will quickly be advised on the aspects in common with the Mechanical and Manufacturing courses.

Innovation and entrepreneurship are important drivers for Renewable Energy Engineering and are embedded within the course, along with ethics, risk and sustainability. Renewable Energy Engineering can be divided into four key sectors i.e. Wind, Water, Biomass and Solar (PV and Heat). These topic areas are all dependent on advances in materials science, computer aided engineering and fundamental science, and the course will focus on these fundamentals while also utilising expertise from the Centre for Sustainable Technologies(CST) for sustainable technology research and advanced materials and manufacture using advanced materials coming from the Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Research Institute (NAMRI).

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About this course

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This 4 year BEng Hons course aims to prepare graduates to contribute to this emerging renewable energy industry. The course will develop theoretical and practical skills in electronics, mechanical and renewable energy engineering which are widely sought after across the wider engineering sector.

Studetns study fundamentals of engineering and renewable energy in to first two years. Industrial placement in year 3 provides students with an opportunity to gain invaluable experience in the engineering industry. The final year of study offers teh opportunity to complete a keystone project in renewable energy engineering.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards


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.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply


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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Year one

Mathematics for Engineering

Year: 1

The module covers topics that are suitable for a first year BEng course. These include algebra, trigonometry, matrices, calculus, sequence and series.

Analogue Electronics

Year: 1

This module introduces the student to analogue electronic principles presented using a combination of lectures tutorials and practical laboratories and is assessed by two class tests and a written examination.

Introduction to Renewable Energy

Year: 1

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

Year: 1

MEC102 provides the fundamental principles of Statics and Strength of Materials 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) Those theoretical and practical principles required within each topic area will be developed in lectures and

applied in assignments, tests and tutorials.

d) This module provides an understanding of dynamics, and its application to the solution of engineering problems

Design and Computer Aided Engineering

Year: 1

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.

Manufacturing Processes

Year: 1

A module which integrates formal study with a significant practical programme for the understanding and application of common manufacturing processes. Production of a working electro-mechanical product will deepen knowledge and develop basic skills for selected manufacturing processes. Candidates will critique their work to improve the product design and select appropriate production processes for batch manufacture.

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics 1A

Year: 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

Year two

Professional Issues

Year: 2

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.

Electronics Systems Design

Year: 2

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.

Electrical and Energy Engineering

Year: 2

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.

Turbine Technologies

Year: 2

Turbines are at the heart of renewable energy technologies, forming the energy conversion technology on which wind and most water technologies are based upon. This module introduces the basic physics and engineering technologies, and develops an indepth knowledge of the technologies involved. Environmental issues are discussed and contextualised.

Design and Industrial Applications 2

Year: 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.


Year: 2

The module provides a general coverage of different classes of materials. Metallic and non-metallic materials are studied with respect to processing, microstructure, mechanical performance under different conditions, applications, cost, the environment and health and safety.

Statics and Dynamics 2

Year: 2

MEC 337 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.

Year three

International Academic Studies

Year: 3

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 computing whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Placement - Magee Engineering

Year: 3

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.

Year four

Research Studies and Project Management

Year: 4

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

Year: 4

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 realistic 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 dissertation and defending the work.

Thermal Technologies

Year: 4

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.

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)

Year: 4

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 these technologies.

Design and Industrial Applications 3

Year: 4

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.

Mechanical Science 3

Year: 4

This module provides adequate technological principles to allow for the solution to practical problems. Those theoretical and practical principles required within both the thermopdynamic and mechanical disciplines will be developed in lectures and applied in assignments, laboratory and tutorials.

Entry conditions

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 level

The GCE A Level requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points to include grades BB with a minimum GCE A level Grade B in one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Design and Technology, or Engineering.

For other science related subjects consideration may be given please contact the Faculty Office 028 9036 6305 or email

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 Extended Diploma in a Engineering related subject area with overall award profile of DDM to include at least 9 unit distinctions. Also requires a minimum Merit in a unit of Applied or Further Mathematics and in a unit of Mechanical Technology or Mechanical Principles.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points including B1B2B2B3B3 (typical grade profile) including Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Biology, Technology or Engineering, Technology and Design.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is AABCC (to include minimum of BB in Mathematics and a science subject).

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is BBB (to include Mathematics and a science subject).

International Baccalaureate

Minimum 26 points (13 at higher level) to include minimum grade 5 in Mathematics and another higher level 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 70% and 70% in Mathematics. Equivalent Mathematics qualifications considered for the Mathematics requirement.


GCSE Mathematics Grade A (or equivalent) if presenting only one or a combination of Design & Technology or Engineering 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 & Technology or Engineering.

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.

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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Career options

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 the opportunity to develop into a junior engineer.


Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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.


For admissions related enquiries please contact the Faculty Office:


T: 028 9036 6305

Course Director:

Dr JP Quinn

Director - Centre for Engineering and Renewable Energy (CERE)

T: 028 7167 5461