Sustainable Energy and Environment (MSc)
- Duration: 1 year
- Mode: Full time
Why study this course
Amidst the introduction of new energy and environmental technologies, this course aims to train graduates that are capable of working across the interface of traditional disciplines and be effective in an ever increasing multidisciplinary environment.
Climate change, the global consumption of energy and the use of fossil fuels to provide us with heat, power and transportation are all engineering challenges which need addressing now and in the future. It is clear that solutions to these long-term problems – ensuring the best use of resources, and developing new more sustainable ways to produce and use energy – will require graduates who can work in an increasingly multidisciplinary environment.
This course will offer you the knowledge and expertise you will need in relation to sustainable energy and the environmental impact of energy systems.
The course aims to:
- Produce postgraduate specialists who can demonstrate mastery of a broad spectrum of advanced engineering principles to real-life technological, financial, regulatory, managerial and ethical problems encountered in the Sustainable Energy and Environmental profession, and who are equipped to be key professional players in the wider industry, the professions, and public service.
- Produce postgraduates with a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights which are at the forefront of Sustainable Energy Systems and the Environment.
- Help students develop a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship.
- Produce individuals who can show originality in application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the area of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Systems.
The distinctive features of the programme include:
- The opportunity for students to learn in a research-led teaching institution serviced by staff rated in the highest possible category by independent Government assessment.
- The opportunity to work in facilities commensurate with a top-class research unit.
- The opportunity for students to undertake project work in a successful, research-based environment.
- The programme has been designed to provide technical and managerial skills needed by industry, academia and the public sector.
- The substantial industrial input to the programme through invited lecturers and where appropriate offer industrially-based projects.
- A variety of specialist modules on offer.
- An open and engaging culture between students and staff, with student representatives as full members on School committees.
Typically, you will need to have either:
- a 2:2 honours degree in earth sciences, engineering, environmental engineering, mathematics, pure sciences or a similar discipline, or an equivalent international degree
- or relevant industrial experience evidenced by a reference.
If you have relevant industrial experience we will give your application individual consideration.
Good mathematical skills are an advantage.
English Language requirements:
IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.
We allocate places on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you apply as early as possible.
We will review your application and if you meet the entry requirements, we will make you an offer.
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.
If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
The programme is presented as a two-year part-time Master's level programme, and is also available in full-time mode over one year.
The programme is presented in two stages: In Stage 1 students follow taught modules to the value of 120 credits, with a limited amount of choice between optional modules. Stage 2 consists of a Dissertation module worth 60 credits.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Earth and Society||ART222||10 credits|
|Low Carbon Footprint||ART225||10 credits|
|Environmental Fluid Mechanics||ENT602||10 credits|
|Theory and Applications of the Finite Element Method||ENT641||10 credits|
|Advanced Power Systems and High Voltage Technology||ENT707||10 credits|
|Risk and Hazard Management in the Energy Sector||ENT721||10 credits|
|Condition Monitoring, Systems Modelling and Forecasting||ENT726||10 credits|
|Alternative Energy Systems||ENT739||10 credits|
|Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 1||ENT745||10 credits|
|Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 2||ENT746||10 credits|
|Waste Management and Recycling||ENT761||10 credits|
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.
Learning and assessment
How will I be taught?
A wide range of teaching styles are used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme. You will be required to attend lecture-, lab- and tutorial-based study during the semesters, and later undertake an individual research project.
While a 10-credit module represents 100 hours of study in total, typically this will involve 24–36 hours of contact time with teaching staff. The remaining hours are intended to be for private study, coursework, revision and assessment. Therefore all students are expected to spend a significant amount of time (typically 20 hours each week) studying independently.
At the beginning of Stage 2, you will be allocated a project supervisor. Dissertation topics are normally chosen from a range of project titles proposed by academic staff in consultation with industrial partners, usually in areas of current research or industrial interest. You are also encouraged to put forward your own project ideas.
Learning Central, the Cardiff University virtual learning environment (VLE), will be used extensively to communicate with students, support lectures and provide general programme materials such as reading lists and module descriptions. It may also be used to provide self-testing assessment and give feedback.
How will I be assessed?
Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January or May. Examinations count for a third to a half of assessment in Stage 1 of the programme, depending on the options chosen, the remainder being largely project work and pieces of coursework.
Award of an MSc requires successful completion of Stage 2, the Dissertation, with a mark of 50% or higher. Candidates achieving 60% may be awarded a Merit and for those achieving a 70% average a Distinction may be awarded. Candidates failing to qualify for an MSc may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma of Higher Education for 120 credits in Stage 1. Candidates failing to complete the 120 credits required for Stage 1 may still be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education for the achievement of at least 60 credits.
How will I be supported?
You will be allocated a personal tutor to assist you with both academic progress and pastoral support when required. The personal tutor will meet with you early on in the programme, and as required thereafter. For the dissertation stage, students will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant field of research whom they should expect to meet with regularly.
In addition to the broad range of support services provided centrally by Cardiff University, students with specific needs will be supported as required.
You will get written feedback for written coursework assignments and oral feedback for assessed presentations.
What skills will I practise and develop?
As a student on this MSc programme you will practise and develop the following skills:
Knowledge and Understanding
- Understand the multidisciplinary nature of sustainable energy and environment studies, and the need for integration of knowledge from a range of engineering disciplines in the management of sustainable energy challenges.
- Use in an appropriate manner the fundamental scientific laws underlying the operation of a wide range of important renewable and non-renewable energy systems.
- Recognise and be capable of utilising basic relationships and techniques of energy management for a range of given situations.
- Explain and present information associated with appraisal and assessment of energy projects.
- Explain the role of the agencies who police the various sectors of the environment.
- Compare and contrast the different challenges presented by local and global pollution.
- Outline the structure of the UK regulatory framework for management of risk and hazards pertinent to sustainable energy systems, and be capable of explaining its evolution, strengths and weaknesses.
- Explain methods utilised in industry for identifying, quantifying and mitigating risks and hazards.
- Demonstrate knowledge which is at the forefront of a range of sustainable energy and environment disciplines, selected from: thermodynamics, heat transfer, hydro-environmental modelling, sustainability, alternative energy systems, low carbon footprint, condition monitoring, modelling and forecasting.
- Use knowledge and scientific, evidence-based methods in the assessment and solution of sustainable energy and environment challenges, often on the basis of limited and possibly contradictory information.
- Deal with complex sustainable energy and environment issues both systematically and creatively.
- Show originality in tackling both familiar and unfamiliar problems.
- Critically review the background to a sustainable energy systems problem and formulate a programme of works to address the issue.
- Systematically undertake a significant research project in sustainable energy and environment which includes originality in the application of knowledge and the exercise of critical engineering judgement.
- Collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and quantitative data in a variety of ways, and identify means to gain new data where needed.
- Conceive, plan, execute and communicate the results of an extended in-depth piece of individual project work.
- Sustain a critical argument, both in writing and through presentations.
- Use appropriate mathematical and experimental methods for the modelling and analysis of sustainable energy and environmental problems.
- Manipulate, present and report data in a variety of ways.
- Manage resources and time.
- Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written, and physical or practical means.
- Generate a concise literature review.
- Make effective use of information technology and communications (ITC) tools, including spreadsheets, word processors, database systems, and the Internet.
- Work effectively in a group context towards achieving specific goals and targets.
Tuition fees for 2021 entry
Students from the UK
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course.
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Students from the rest of the world (international)
More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
No specific equipment is needed.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
Graduates typically gain employment in large energy-focussed companies, the public sector, consultancies, research and development, or set up their own companies. A number also go on to undertake PhD study.
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HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.