About the course

Renewable energy is an essential and vital resource for the world’s future, and future there is an urgent need for engineers capable of solving the industry’s complex challenges in this field.

Studying Renewable Energy Engineering at Brunel provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to make a strategic real-world impact in the resolution of the world’s energy problems.

Graduates from Brunel’s MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering will develop:

  • The versatility and depth to deal with new, demanding and unusual challenges across a range of renewable energy issues, drawing on an understanding of all aspects of renewable energy principles including economic assessment.
  • The imagination, initiative and creativity to enable them to follow a successful engineering career with national and international companies and organisations.
  • Specialist knowledge and transferable skills for successful careers including, where appropriate, progression to Chartered Engineer status.



Huge business incentives, markets and a wide variety of employment opportunities throughout the world are expected with the development of renewable energy resources as a substitute for fossil fuel technology.

The purpose of the MSc programme is to help meet this demand by cultivating qualified and skilled professionals with specialist knowledge in relevant technologies within the renewable energy sector.

The primary aim is to create Master’s degree graduates with qualities and transferable skills ready for demanding employment in the renewable energy sector. These graduates will have the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development and acquiring new skills at the highest level, and the programme also establishes a strong foundation for those who expect to continue onto a PhD or industrial research and development.

Initial programme learning outcomes

The programme will provide opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding of:

  1. The principles and environmental impact of renewable energy technologies, including solar (thermal and electricity), wind, tidal, wave and hydro, geothermal, biomass and hydrogen.
  2. The principles of energy conversion and appropriate thermodynamic machines.
  3. The heat and mass transfer processes that relate to energy systems and equipment.
  4. The principles, objectives, regulation, computational methods, economic procedures, emissions trading, operation and economic impact of energy systems.
  5. The diversity of renewable energy system interactions and how they can be integrated into actual energy control systems and industrial processes.

At the cognitive thinking level, students will be able to:

  1. Select, use and evaluate appropriate investigative techniques.
  2. Assemble and critically analyse relevant primary and secondary data.
  3. Recognise and assess the problems and critically evaluate solutions to challenges in managing renewable energy projects.
  4. Evaluate the environmental and financial sustainability of current and potential renewable energy activities
  5. Develop a thesis by establishing the basic principles and following a coherent argument.

In terms of practical, professional and transferable skills, students will be able to:

  1. Define and organise a substantial advanced investigation.
  2. Select and employ appropriate advanced research methods.
  3. Organise technical information into a concise, coherent document.
  4. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  5. Design and select renewable energy equipment and systems based on specific requirements/conditions.
  6. Work as part of, and lead, a team.