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

  • AECOM
  • 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 Consultant
  • Energy Assessor
  • Technology Design
  • Energy Manager
  • Power Systems Analyst
  • Energy Broker
  • Energy Sales

Overview

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

Discover innovative solutions to energy challenges and gain the expertise to succeed in the thriving renewables industry.

Summary

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? Would you like a career as an Energy expert who will play a key role in meeting energy demand from sustainable sources? With an estimated three million new jobs to be created in the energy and renewable energy sectors across Europe by 2020, there has never been a better time to study energy.

The BSc Hons Energy at Ulster University explores renewable energy technologies and the application of science and technology to find innovative solutions to real-world energy problems.

You will study a number of themes throughout the programme and 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. As an expert in energy you will be able to design, specify and monitor their performance and ensure their economic and environmental benefits for different scenarios and locations around the world. 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.

Many of our graduates have shaped successful careers in various roles and settings including energy supply and management, energy technology providers and consulting, among others.

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About this course

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About

The BSc Hons Energy is designed for those who are passionate about environmental causes and wish to discover creative solutions to meet global energy challenges for a sustainable future.

Delivered by the Centre of Sustainable Technologies (CST) and boasting strong industrial links, the course offers an exciting learning experience combining both practical and theoretical elements. Informed by leading research, key themes include energy technologies, sustainability, energy economics and management. Moreover, the international links of CST provide the opportunity to study and research abroad via the Erasmus+ program and European collaborations.

During the course you will develop your knowledge in conventional and renewable energy systems and also learn how to assess relevant policy agendas (e.g. environmental, planning). You will enhance your intellectual skills to explore new theories, concepts and methods in unfamiliar situations and adapt them to meet future challenges.

A plentiful and secure supply of Energy is essential to the UK and the other European economies. It is also important that we protect the natural environment by adopting sustainable measures. This has created a large demand for skilled energy professionals who can deliver low-carbon environmentally friendly solutions.

Accredited by the Energy Institute (EI), the course is fully career-focused and you will develop the leadership and management skills necessary for professional working life. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement in the industry as part of your degree.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

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

Modules

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

BIM Basics

Year: 1

The modern day built environment professional is required to communicate electronically with the rest of the project team. This has been mandated by the UK Cabinet Office Construction Strategy, by European Commission procurement regulations and is being followed across the world. This module develops an understanding of the key drivers and barriers to fully implementing Level 2 BIM and points towards the development of level 3 BIM working in the near future. The module develops the foundational skills for internationally recognised BIM Level 2 for the contemporary and future built environment professionals.

Fundamental Engineering Mathematics

Year: 1

The module covers topics that are fundamental to first year BSc Engineering students with no A-level maths qualifications.

Engineering Mathematics

Year: 1

The module enables knowledge and understanding of Mathematical methods and technics delivered in the context of course specific engineering problems. The module is aimed at first year BSc Engineering students with no A-level maths qualifications.

Communicating Sustainability

Year: 1

Communicating Sustainability, in building a platform for further sustainability studies, provides a range of built environment disciplines with knowledge of key sustainability strategies, themes such as consumption, energy, environment, communities and transport and seeks to develop an understanding of their inter-relationships thereby facilitating inter-disciplinary working. Student use of appropriate IT systems and effective communication skills are enhanced.

Energy and Environmental Systems

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.

Energy and Green Chemistry

Year: 1

The energy professional requires an understanding of the underpinning principles of chemistry relevant to energy. This module provides knowledge and understanding of chemistry principles and supports this with a series of case studies and practical experiments. It requires a competent level of numeracy.

Energy and Environmental Physics

Year: 1

The energy professional requires an understanding of the underpinning principles of physics relevant to energy. This module provides knowledge and understanding of the physical principles and supports this with a series of case studies and practical experiments with elements of data measurement and error analysis. It requires a competent level of numeracy.

Introduction to Building Services

Year: 1

This module introduces the student to the requirements of mechanical HVAC and electrical building services in the internal environment, including design of building heating and ventilation systems and the fundamentals of electrical design and installation within buildings.

Environmental Impact Assessment and Spatial Planning

Year: 1

The energy professional requires a level of knowledge regarding planning legislation, policy and guidance and environmental impact assessments of new and alternative energy projects to ensure compliance with local needs as well as mitigating any local environmental or other concerns.

Year two

Electrical Distribution Systems

Year: 2

The module includes subjects covering from sizing electrical wiring and protective devices both in a domestic and industrial context to low voltage transmission and distribution. The module addresses regulations associated with the power lines and electrical services for the buildings.

Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer

Year: 2

This is a fundamental module for anyone studying energy systems or energy conversion technologies. It introduces the student to the fundamentals of thermodynamics and heat transfer. Students will undertake a series of lectures on heat transfer and thermodynamics, which will be accompanied by laboratories and tutorials. A high level of numeracy is required and the ability to set up, observe and report on experimental apparatus.

Solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies

Year: 2

This module will enable students to identify and understand the current solar thermal and solar photovoltaic technologies and understand how these resources may be managed with a view to future sustainability and demonstrate how the management of energy can benefit industry financially in the short term and influence sustainability in the longer term.

Biomass & Bio-Energy

Year: 2

This module will introduce students to the diverse sources, technologies and applications of energy from biomass for electricity generation, heat generation and as transport fuel. It will include the practical hands on testing and design of biomass systems. This will be relevant for the future building services engineer to cater for low environmental impact buildings

Energy Mathematics

Year: 2

The module covers topics that are suitable for a first year BSc course in Engineering. These include algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability.

Wind Energy

Year: 2

This module will introduce students to wind energy theory and technology, resource assessment and wind farm site development. It will also discuss the implications of both very large-scale development and large numbers of individual turbines on existing Electricity Distribution networks.

Year three

INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT (with entrepreneurship)

Year: 3

Placement integrates education with the work place and the wider community providing students with a whole range of experiences and skills.

Students may undertake their placement locally or abroad and are monitored by both the employer and academic tutor. Following the successful completion of a programme of assessments the student is eligible for the award of a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or a Diploma in Professional Practice (International) (DPP(I)) if the placement is conducted in conjunction with a recognised international placement provider

Year four

Dissertation

Year: 4

Project is an essential component of the course. It is the most student-centred element and facilitates the development of self and time management skills as well as furthering technical competence and understanding.

Energy Economics and Management

Year: 4

This module examines current and future energy markets, market participation, the development of the smart grid and how building design can be used to optimise energy efficiency, storage and generation.

Energy Storage & Demand Side Management

Year: 4

This module examines energy storage and demand side response as mechanism for facilitating the integration of non-dispatchable renewable energy in terms of design of systems and economic and social impacts.

Social & Behavioural Change

Year: 4

This module studies methodologies to facilitate and assess behavioural change and consensus building in new and renewable energy projects.

Project Management

Year: 4

Industry is always under pressure to improve its performance with respect to cost, time and quality. The module is a response to these demands, in that it examines current practice and possible areas for change in the management of process and people.

Hydrogen and Energy

Year: 4

This module is optional

A thorough in depth understanding of the engineering processes and total system equipment requirements that utilise Hydrogen as a fuel source develops hydrogen as a clean fuel, a fuel for co-generation in fuel cells as well as energy storage vector.

Energy from Water

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module examines different typologies of energy generation from water, in terms of design of systems, economic and social impacts.

Green Building Design

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module will allow students to understand and critically appraise the factors affecting energy consumption in buildings enabling them to explore a wide range of low energy options in both domestic and non-domestic buildings. This will enable them to reduce the auxiliary energy load of any renewable energy solutions that may be considered while appreciating the main hazards to health in modern building designs.

Nuclear Energy and the Clean Fossil Fuels

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module examines nuclear power and the clean combustion of fossil fuels as an alternative renewable energy in terms of design of systems aand economic and social impacts.

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 can satisfy the requirement for one of the A level grades (or
equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications
recognised by the University.

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

BTEC

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 H3,H3,H3,H3,H3, 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 mark of 70% - Science and Mathematics; Physics and Engineering with 65% in Maths module for Year 1 entry.

GCSE

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:

  • AECOM
  • 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 Consultant
  • Energy Assessor
  • Technology Design
  • Energy Manager
  • Power Systems Analyst
  • Energy Broker
  • Energy Sales

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).

Professional recognition

Energy Institute (EI)

Accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster 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 Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more
International:
£13,240.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/academicoffice/prizes.html

Follow the links to the Faculty of Art, Design 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.

Contact

Course Director: Dr Aggelos Zacharopoulos

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8227

E: a.zacharopoulos@ulster.ac.uk

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6521

E: adbe@ulster.ac.uk