Alternative Energy - 4 week programme

International summer school 2017

Where do you see yourself this summer? Join hundreds of International students from all over the world in one of our 2018 International Summer Schools.

Our Alternative Energy Systems Summer School will give you hands-on experience of finding solutions to real-world problems, an insight into life at a leading UK university and a chance to explore the UK!

Alternative Energy Overview

Developing sources of energy to meet the demands of the future is one of the foremost challenges facing engineering. Our Alternative Energy Summer School gives you a comprehensive overview of the key themes and theories around developing alternative energy sources and systems.

You will be able to work with world-leading research and academic staff from in the School of Engineering's high-quality facilities, located in the multi-million-pound Queen’s Buildings complex. The content of the course will help you to develop your understanding of a number of different types of alternative energy sources whose outputs are suitable for conversion into electrical and thermal power energy.

You will be able to practice a range of skills as part of this Summer School, including working effectively in a small group environment and presenting on and solving problems using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach. Teaching will be delivered on the course through a mixture of keynote lectures, hands-on laboratories, practical activities and site visits.

Example of topics covered:

  • Alternative energy
  • Heat transfer and thermodynamics
  • Gas turbine combustion technology
  • Combustion science
  • The UK power system
  • Decarbonised electrical power systems

Study time (over 4-weeks):

  • 71 hours with academics
  • 66 hours independent study

Assessment:

  • 2-hour exam
  • Short class tests (x6)

Who can apply?

Applicants should have completed at least one year of university-level study in a related area by the time they arrive in Cardiff. Those who wish to participate in this course without at least a partially completed degree will be considered on a case by case basis.

There are no English language requirements to participate in any of our International Summer Schools, but students need to be aware that the medium of instruction is English.Applicants must also be over the age of 18 by the time they arrive in Cardiff.

Location

“The capital is our campus”

Cardiff University is at the heart of a thriving and growing capital city. Bursting with culture, cuisine, architecture, entertainment and history, Cardiff was ranked the third best capital city in Europe in 2016 alongside Copenhagen and Stockholm.

In addition to a fantastic learning experience, our Summer Schools include accommodation in the centre of the city, two cultural trips in cities across the UK and entertaining social events in our vibrant Welsh capital. Our Summer Schools give you the chance to immerse yourself in British culture and travel the UK with new friends from all across the world.

Preliminary schedule

Please note, this timetable subject to change and social and cultural activities will take place on the weekends.

DateActivity
Monday 9 JulyWelcome, induction, tour around campus
Free time
Tuesday 10 July

Induction (induction to Engineering, health and safety, tour through Engineering)
Heat transfer (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)

Wednesday 11 JulyThermodynamics (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Industrial seminar
Self-study
Social activity
Thursday 12 JulyHeat transfer (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Thermodynamics (EN2041)
Free time
Friday 13 JulyIndustrial visit (TAT COGENT, Newport)
Self-study (EN2041)
Monday 16 JulyHeat transfer (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Tuesday 17 JulyIndustrial visit (Biomass Centre, Wales)
Thermodynamics (EN2041)
Free time
Wednesday 18 JulyHeat transfer (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Social activity
Thursday 19 JulySelf-study (EN2041)
Industrial seminar (EN2041)
Thermodynamics (EN2041)
Free time
Friday 20 JulyIndustrial visit
Monday 23 JulyHeat transfer (EN2041)
Self-study
Self-study (EN2041)
Tuesday 24 JulyIndustrial visit (Waste Management Cardiff, Wales)
Introduction to combustion
Self-study (EN2041)
Wednesday 25 JulyAlternative energy 
Self-study (EN2041)
Thermodynamics (EN2041)
Social activity
Thursday 26 JulyHeat transfer (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Introduction to combustion (CPD)
Free time
Friday 27 JulyIndustrial visit
Monday 30 JulyAlternative energy 
Self-study (EN2041)
Thermodynamics (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Tuesday 31 JulyIndustrial visit (Lightening Laboratory, Wales)
Self-study (EN2041)
Wednesday 1 AugustAlternative energy 
Self-study (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Social activity
Thursday 2 AugustSelf-study (EN2041)
Heat transfer/ thermodynamics exam
Gas turbine combustion technology
Friday 3 AugustFinal Gala ceremony

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is £2,995.

This includes accommodation, breakfast and lunch (Monday-Friday), airport pick up and drop off at Heathrow airport (pick-up is on 7 July and drop-off on 4 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University.

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.