MEng/BEng Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering
Do you like solving problems and getting hands-on with new and exciting technology? Are you interested in finding solutions that deal with society's reliance on fossil fuels? Do you want to follow in the footsteps of the engineers who worked on advancements such as solar-powered drones and the hydrogen fuel used to heat and power green homes?
If so, this Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering degree with optional sandwich year is your ideal next move. You can study it as a Bachelor's degree over 3 years (BEng) or integrated Master's degree over 4 years (MEng).
This branch of engineering focuses on powering the world, and the infrastructure around this. From energy conversion and storage technology, to low carbon heating systems, electrical circuit analysis and large network grids, you'll study a variety of topics in this constantly evolving area.
You'll learn more about the energy industry, better preparing you for a career in the field, and develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to deliver products and services that benefit the climate and society.
When you graduate, you'll be ready for a career working at the forefront of the technology responsible for electrical and renewable energy. You'll have a skillset that's always in demand, and get to be part of the solution to one of the most pressing issues facing society.
MEng and BEng differences
The 3-year Bachelor's degree (BEng) and 4-year integrated Master's degree (MEng) share the same modules in years 1–3. The MEng allows you to achieve a postgraduate-level degree with an extra year of study.
You can apply for the MEng or BEng. If you study the BEng, you'll also have the option of applying for the MEng at the end of year 3.
BEng – Typical offer: BBB–BBC
- A levels – BBB–BBC
- UCAS points – 104–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus a relevant subject (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
- International Baccalaureate – 25
English language requirements
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
MEng – Typical offer: AAB–BBB
- A levels – AAB–BBB
- UCAS points – 120–136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM
- International Baccalaureate – 25–27
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Year 1 (BEng and MEng)
- Mathematical Principles
- Introduction to Algorithms and Programming
- Introduction to Analogue Circuits
- Introduction to Energy Systems
- Energy Conversion & Storage Technology
- Principles of Digital Systems
Year 2 (BEng and MEng)
- Group Design Project
- Innovation and Enterprise
- Instrumentation and Measurements
- Solar Energy Systems
- Low Carbon Heating Systems
- Control Systems Analysis
- Engineering Mathematics
- Microcontrollers and Programmable Logic
Year 3 (BEng and MEng)
- Individual Project
- Sustainable Transport Systems
- Electrical Machines
- Energy Efficient Buildings
- Control Systems Design
- Artificial Intelligence
- Power Electronics
Year 4 (MEng)
- Smart Grid Fundamentals
- Electrical Power Systems Technology
- Engineering Management, Economics and Risk Analysis
- Advanced Battery and Fuel Cell Technologies
- Renewable and Alternative Energy
- Multidisciplinary Group Project
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
- 3 years full-time (BEng)
- 4 years sandwich with work placement (BEng)
- 4 years full-time (MEng)
- 5 years sandwich with work placement (MEng)
- For UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
- For International students: £17,600 per year
On this course, you'll:
- Develop the engineering skills and technical knowledge you need to design, assess and improve electrical, renewable and alternative energy systems
- Learn about many aspects of electrical engineering, including grid management automation and the flow of high-voltage electricity
- Get a better understanding of energy-efficient buildings, via energy conservation and undertaking energy audits
- Study energy storage using electrolysers, batteries and fuel cells, for applications such as electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles
- Use cost analysis to compare renewable energy technologies with traditional fuel systems from the points of view of business, industry and maintenance
- Develop your skills in Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
- Learn how to write computer code to program a system or device
- Get the opportunity to work in industry in some modules, giving you the chance to network with, and work alongside, established experts and prospective employers
- Develop transferable skills you can use in all areas of your life and career, such as project planning, communication, teamwork, numeracy and computer skills
- Work alongside students from other disciplines, improving your communication skills and learning how to use your knowledge and skills to complement the expertise of others
- Get a greater understanding of the needs and demands of a career in the electrical and renewable energy industry, on field trips to employers
When you finish this course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
You'll get work at the forefront of electrical and renewable energy technology, reinforcing and improving infrastructure. Not only is the work rewarding, but you'll be working in a highly skilled area, which is always in-demand.
You'll graduate with the skills and understanding to work in many related areas, including:
- Energy generation, such as in solar or wind power
- Energy conversion and storage in areas such as batteries and hydrogen fuel cell technologies.
- Sustainable transport systems, in fields such as electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, as well as hydrogen and biomethane vehicles
- Low carbon heating systems, such as in solar, thermal, hydrogen energy, as well as biomethane and heat pumps
- Energy efficient buildings, in areas such as energy conservation, new materials, smart energy management and energy audits
- Working to improve national security by working on new technologies and infrastructure
You'll be able to take roles such as:
- Electrical design engineer
- Renewable and alternative energy installation engineer
- Security systems engineer
- System analyst
- Machine learning engineer
- Computer engineer
- Automation engineer
About this institute
University of Portsmouth
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