Marine Renewable Energy

Bangor University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Bangor
English
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Marine Renewable Energy

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and aid sustainable development, there is an urgent need to support our electricity generating capacity through the development of low carbon technologies, particularly those generated from renewable sources. The ocean represents a vast and largely untapped energy resource, that could be exploited as a form of low carbon electricity generation, and there is much European and global commercial and R&D activity in this energy sector. The UK is the world leader in the development of wave and tidal stream technologies, and if marine energy deploys globally, the UK is uniquely positioned to capture a substantial market share, with the potential to contribute as much as £4.3 bn to UK GDP up to 2050. The aim of this MSci program is to equip students with the skills necessary to identify and quantify the potential of specific locations for marine renewable energy generation installations, with an emphasis on the resource (waves and tides), time series analysis, numerical modelling, and the challenges faced when placing arrays of devices in the marine environment.

This 12 month taught postgraduate course introduces students with a first degree in the physical, mathematical or other numerate sciences to the subject of Marine Renewable Energy. As well as providing an overview of marine renewable energy, the course enables students to research in detail those aspects of the subject in which they are particularly interested. The course places particular emphasis on assessing the wave & tidal energy resource, and geophysical nature of sites, providing students with the necessary skills for marine renewable energy resource and site characterisation from a theoretical, technical, and practical perspective.

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Admission requirements

Successful applicants normally hold, or expect to obtain, a 2(ii) undergraduate Honours degree in a physical, mathematical or other numerate science. Applicants from other subject areas (e.g. Geography, Geology, Biology and other sciences) or with relevant employment experience are encouraged to apply, provided that they can demonstrate high levels of motivation and experience in their Personal Statement and CV and have a suitable grounding in mathematics.

IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is required.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website


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Program content

Compulsory Modules

  • Key Concepts and Techniques (Semester 1)
  • Practical Oceanography-PO (Semester 1)
  • Geophysical Surveying (Semester 1)
  • Literature Review-Project Plan (Semester 2)
  • Marine Renewable Energy (Semester 2)
  • Research Project /Dissertation (Semester 3)

Optional Modules

  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (Semester 1)
  • Climate and Climate Change (Semester 2)

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition

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Qualification

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a MSci.

Continuing studies

The program is well suited to providing students with the background to progress to a PhD in marine renewable energy or a related discipline.

Career paths

Individuals graduating from the program will be in high demand across the marine renewable energy sector, working for device developers as resource analysts, entering oceanographic consultancies working on in situ and modelling studies for the wave & tidal industry, geophysical surveying for the industry, opportunities to work on grid infrastructure (National Grid) and cabling, leasing bodies such as The Crown Estate, and working for government-sponsored environmental bodies such as The Environment Agency and Natural Resource Wales, who ensure that marine renewable energy exploitation will not negatively impact our natural resources. The program also prepares graduates for many of the technical requirements for a career in offshore wind.

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