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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • AES Kilroot Power
  • Belfast City Council
  • Caldwell
  • Harvey Group
  • HSC Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Power NI

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Energy analyst
  • Energy systems consultant
  • Energy policy design and implementation
  • Energy technology designer
  • Energy systems engineer
  • Energy project manager
  • Energy market and business consultant


Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

The research informed BSc (Hons) Energy offers a route to professional status in an exciting and diverse sector with excellent career opportunities.


Study Energy at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Energy is an exciting emerging professional discipline.

Do you want to advance the use of Renewable energy technologies? Do you enjoy applying science and technology to provide innovative solutions to real world problems? Would you like a career as an Energy expert who will play a key role in meeting the challenges of a plentiful and secure energy supply form sustainable sources?

Then come and study Energy at Ulster University.

Whilst a plentiful energy supply is vital, it is important that we protect the natural environment by adopting sustainable measures. The BSc (Hons) Energy is designed to meet the large demand for professionals in the energy and renewable energy sectors. The course graduates will be able to provide innovative and forward-thinking solutions to meet the global energy challenges for a sustainable future. With an estimated 3 million new jobs expected to be created in the energy and renewable energy sectors across the EU by 2020 it has never been a better time to study Energy.

As a graduate you will be an expert in conventional and renewable energy systems including their specification, sizing, economics and performance monitoring. You will be able to assess relevant policy agendas (e.g. environmental, planning etc.) and ensure their social acceptance. You will also develop the intellectual skills required to understand new theories, concepts and methods in unfamiliar situations and adapt them to meet future challenges.

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About this course

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A plentiful and secure supply of Energy is essential to the UK and EU economies. It is also important that we protect the natural environment by adopting sustainable measures. Renewable Energy is an increasing focus for the delivery of low-carbon environmentally friendly solutions. Competences in the deployment, utilisation and building/site integration of these technologies are in high demand.

The European Commission has identified the green economy as a “key sector” offering “important job creation potential,” with renewables alone claimed to provide up to 3 million jobs across the EU by 2020. It has been reported that the UK £12.5 billion renewables industry supports 110,000 jobs across supply chain, and could support 400,000 by 2020.

As a student in this course you will gain an in-depth knowledge of conventional and Renewable energy systems including Wind, Bio-energy, Solar, Tidal and Wave, Heat pumps, Smart grids, fuel cells and Energy Storage technologies. You will be able to specify them and determine their sizing for a given energy scenario. You will know how to evaluate them and ensure their social acceptance.

A number of themes run through the course and provide a developmental continuum. The main themes are Energy technologies, Sustainability, Energy Economics and Management.

The course offers an exciting learning experience combining both practical and theoretical elements. There is a focus throughout on employability; students will develop skills in leadership and management necessary for professional working life. One year industrial placement is an integral component of the study. The course is delivered by the staff at the Centre of Sustainable Technologies (CST), providing a research informed curriculum on renewable energy with strong industrial links. Moreover, the international links of CST provide the opportunity to study and research abroad via the Erasmus+ program and European collaboration projects on Energy topics.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Find out more about placement awards


Four years, including placement.

Each student must complete 120 credits 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.

10 credit points involve 100 hours of learning effort distributed over lectures (18 hrs), seminars and tutorials (3 hrs), laboratory classes (15 hrs) and independent study (64 hrs).

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

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 A Level requirement for this course is grades BBB to include two from Environmental Technology, Design and Technology, Applied Science, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Geography or Engineering. Other STEM subjects will be accepted after interview.

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for one of the A-Level B grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

If A/AS Level Mathematics is not offered a B in Mathematics at GCSE level is required.


Successful completition of BTEC in Construction, Applied Science or Engineering with DDM profile (to include 9 distinctions).

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile B2, B2, B2, B2, B2 (at Higher Level) to include Mathematics and two other subjects from Economics, Technology, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Construction and Engineering.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC to include Mathematics and two other subjects from: Economics, Technology, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Construction and Engineering. If not offering Mathematics, a Grade B at Ordinary level is required.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC to include one from Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Design Technology or Environmental Technology.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 (13 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall average of 70% - Science and Mathematics; Physics and Engineering with 65% in Maths module for Year 1 entry.


GCSE Profile to include passes in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent). If A/AS Level Mathematics is not offered a B in Mathematics at GCSE is required.

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

Teaching will be through lectures, case studies, seminars, practicals and site visits. The lecture sessions will be interactive and include a variety of media resources, being visual and audio. The seminars will provide space for student-led engagement with the supporting literature and other course materials. Students will have access to large-scale laboratories used for international research projects.

This course is offered at Jordanstown Campus. It will be moved to the new Belfast City Campus by 2018.

Exemptions and transferability

Transfer between this course and other similar courses within the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment may be possible on the basis of academic performance and availability of places.

Exemption from parts of the course may be considered based on appropriate performance in a related, designated course.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • AES Kilroot Power
  • Belfast City Council
  • Caldwell
  • Harvey Group
  • HSC Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Power NI

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Energy analyst
  • Energy systems consultant
  • Energy policy design and implementation
  • Energy technology designer
  • Energy systems engineer
  • Energy project manager
  • Energy market and business consultant

Career options

There is a large demand for professionals who can help address current and future challenges of affordable, sustainable and secure energy supply across all economic sectors. Embarking upon a career in Energy can open a wide variety of choices in both public and private sectors. As an Energy professional you will be engaging in energy assessments of systems and processes, carrying out the design, sizing and evaluation of alternative/renewable energy systems, depending on their economic, environmental and social acceptability. Career progression will take you into strategic decision-making, budgetary control and wider consultancy responses. Opportunities also exist to continue your studies through MSc and PhD programmes in Renewable Energy, infrastructure and sustainability issues currently running by the Centre for Sustainable Technologies.

You will be employed in the following areas:

  • Energy supply and management
  • Energy technology providers
  • Consulting (including management, financing and engineering practices)
  • General and specialist contracting, offering multi-disciplinary or specific commercial/industrial services
  • Governmental and public authorities
  • Facilities Management
  • Energy advice and training bodies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Education
  • Self-employment

Work placement / study abroad

One year work placement is an integral component of the study. Work placement integrates education with the professional life and the wider community, providing a whole range of experiences and skills. You will have the opportunity to go on a work placement during the 3rd year of the BSc (Hons) Energy course.

You can carry out your placement locally or abroad. There is a large range of local (NI and UK) employers seeking placement students with skills in Energy. Erasmus+ grants are available for students that wish to carry out their work placement in the Republic of Ireland or other EU countries. Following the successful completion of a programme of assessments you will be eligible for the award of a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP).

Building on the international research links of the course team, you will have the opportunity to study part of your course abroad via Erasmus+ collaborations set up with European Universities, which include the University of Lleida (Spain), the University of Naples (Italy) and University of Patras (Greece).

Academic profile

Ulster University is in the top 10 UK-wide for built environment programmes. It is ranked number one in the UK benchmark index for Good Teachers (International Student barometer, 2014).

The academic staff is part of the Centre for Sustainable Technologies, whose performance in the UK Universities 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) saw 100% of its research rated as world-leading and internationally excellent. This ensures a research-led teaching. Most of the staff are Associate Fellows or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.


Applications for full time undergraduate courses are made through UCAS

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Tuition fees shown are for last years entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to an annual increase. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study. Read our Tuition Fees Payment Policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Follow the links to the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment.

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.


Course Director: Dr Aggelos Zacharopoulos

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8227


Faculty Office

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6521