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About the course

The energy sector is a fast-growing industry with enormous potential in the short and long term. From renewable energy generation to the efficient use of energy in engineering systems such as cars, the engineering industry will require engineers with expertise in the environmentally friendly generation, distribution and efficient use of energy. Solent’s renewable energy engineering course will equip you with key engineering skills and knowledge to start your career in this area.

Energy is now a very valuable resource. Shifts in world attitudes to the use of fossil fuels driven by global warming and climate change has meant a change in emphasis to renewable sources of energy. In conjunction, there is a far greater effort to measure the energy efficiency of systems, products and buildings to ensure that operational costs are minimised and both environmental and financial savings are maximised.

Clean power generation is only part of the challenge - the engineering industry is facing an additional challenge to maximise the efficient use of energy whilst reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Government strategy and climate change action have meant that energy is more valued than ever.

This course aims to provide well-trained graduates with the skills and knowledge to work towards addressing these issues. Using a mix of classroom and specialist laboratory facilities, this course will give you a strong grounding in science and engineering theory, with an emphasis on renewable power generation methods, environmental impact, and the efficient use of energy in engineering and technology.

The first year is shared with all of our engineering degrees, giving you the opportunity to develop sound underpinning science and engineering skills in mathematics, mechanics, electrics, manufacturing, CAD and design processes, and professional skills. The second and third years of the course enable you to explore concepts in renewable energy, distribution of energy, and the efficient use of energy in engineering systems. This is complemented by additional work on the lightweight structures used in renewable energy technology and vehicle technology.

If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Students have full access to our specialist engineering facilities, including a towing tank, composite materials laboratory and materials testing laboratory.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates will be well prepared for both STEM, general engineering and renewable engineering industries, and any branch of engineering which includes the efficient use of energy.

Who is this course for?

This course will suit those with a strong interest in engineering and environmental science, who wish to pursue a career in the fast-growing renewable energy sector.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,625 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance previous other costs have been:

Optional costs
Minor stationery costs, some costs for materials for the final year project, approximately £50, but reasonable and justifiable material costs for prototypes will be covered by the consumables budget. 

Compulsory costs
No specific compulsory costs envisaged. The local industry is based on the Isle of Wight so there may be some day trips required for industry visits.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • From two or more A-levels (including one STEM subject), BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D in a STEM based subject or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into years two or three may be considered for this course.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Alternative entry is available through the Science and Engineering Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Science and Engineering Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

Part-time applications

If you wish to study this course part-time, you will need to apply directly to the University using the link above. Full-time applications must be made through UCAS. If you have any questions please contact our admissions team.

Please use the link below to apply online:


Starts on 27 September 2021

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Applied Mathematics
    Mathematical skills are critical to your future career as an Engineer and in this module you’ll acquire a deeper understanding of basic algebra applicable to mechanics and electronics, quadratic equations, exponents and logarithms, as well as trigonometry to apply to structural problems.
  • CAD and the Design Process
    Engineering Design is the first and most important stage of the product development. You’ll learn the fundamentals of engineering design through engineering design processes, engineering drawing and computer aided design, (CAD).
  • Mechanical Principles
    This module will give you an understanding of the fundamental principles used by engineers to design vehicles, machines and buildings. You will learn to analyse forces on the performance of machines and structures and how to conduct tests and experiments to confirm the results on your analysis.
  • Manufacturing Principles
    This module helps you to develop an awareness of the factors affecting the selection of materials and processes used in manufacturing a product. These will include functionality, quality, economic, aesthetic, marketing, environment, sustainability and health and safety factors.
  • Introduction to Electronics
    You’ll be introduced to electrical and electronic principles necessary to analyse circuit behaviour and design. This includes Circuit Analysis, Series and Parallel R-L-C Circuits, Passive Filters and Resonant Circuits, Electromagnetism and Basic Logic, providing the foundation for further study of more specialised electrical/electronic engineering techniques used later in your course.
  • Professional Engineering Skills
    You will study requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD); health and safety and engineering in society – all key skills for working in industry. You’ll be taught about basic project management tools and techniques, including quality control, risk and risk mitigation, and basic project costing.

Year two

Core modules
  • Applied Mathematics for Engineering
    All engineering is underpinned by mathematics, which becomes more complex as you deal with more realistic and challenging topics and scenarios. The aim of this module is to introduce key mathematical principles and methods to you, so you can build upon the skills and knowledge that you gained in the first year.
  • Automation and Control
    You will learn about a variety of vital mathematical techniques, such as; Laplace Transforms, Fourier Transforms, Vector Analysis, Control Stability Theorems (such as Routh-Hurwitz, and Pole-Zero plots), Differential Equations, Control Block Diagrams, Nyquist & Bode Theorems/Plots, Empirical Tuning Formulae, and Quaternions – applicable to electronic, mechanical, electromechanical, mechatronic, pneumatic, and hydraulic automated systems.
  • Environment and Environmental Impact Assessment
    The module is taught around three key topic areas; environment, impact and legislation. You will learn about meteorological systems for you to better understand the key sources of renewable energy. This includes weather monitoring and forecasting, tidal systems, and predictions, marine geography and hydrography, maritime, coastal and on-shore environmental issues.
  • Wind and Tidal Energy Systems
    The wind and the tide represent two incredibly powerful sources of renewable energy. Both sources are similar in aspects such as the use of turbines, so you will explore the common features between the two before looking at more detail at some of the differences.
  • Solar and Wave Energy Systems
    You’ll first cover basic thermodynamics and then the principles of solar energy recovery. This includes an introduction to photovoltaic cells, concentrated solar power systems (such as parabolic troughs), domestic scale water heating systems and solar energy tracking systems. You will also develop your knowledge of heat energy recovery via geothermal systems.
  • Competition and Contracts in Engineering
    This module introduces you to the business subjects of marketing, competition and law, contracts and ethical considerations. You’ll explore key areas of the competitive market including the general market environment and the influence of political, legal and economic factors (including the European Union), social and cultural factors and technological developments.

Year three

Core modules
  • Power Storage and Distribution
    Renewable energy devices convert energy from a variety of forms to electrical energy and you will learn about power distribution. As part of smart grid technology, you’ll learn about load balancing and load adjustment along with demand response. You will also learn about the principles of back–up generation systems based on traditional fossil fuel systems.
  • Composite and Floating Structures
    You will expand your knowledge of mechanics including principles of composite materials and analysis to apply to the principles of offshore wind turbines, tidal energy and wave energy devices that operate in the maritime environment. You will also look at production systems and processes and look at the recycling of composite systems.
  • Eco-Vehicle Technology
    A key area of current renewable energy technology is that of design solutions for Energy Recovery. You’ll build on your knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems to cover the principles of kinetic energy recovery and regenerative braking systems, as well as thermodynamics in the context of thermal energy recovery systems.
  • Project
    Carrying out project work is one of the most critical skills for your future career as an engineerIn this unit, you will carry out a project in a topic area chosen by you. You will be encouraged to undertake project related to real world application that allows you to build upon and expand your knowledge for renewable energy and engineering.
  • Business Strategy
    You will study organisational constraints by examining the role, techniques and difficulties involved in strategic business management, along with the processes and strictures of formal strategic planning for commercial application.
  • Entrepreneurship 
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore and develop your entrepreneurial talents, which are important if you want to develop your own business or understand how businesses are developed.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Puja Mishra academic profile Puja Mishra Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


To aid study, students have access to our specialist facilities, including a 60m towing tank for wave generation and tidal turbine use; composite materials laboratory for construction of lightweight structures; and our materials testing laboratory.

Students benefit from being taught fundamental engineering principles before focusing on applying these to renewable energy fields such as wave, solar and wind.

Your future

This course will help prepare you for a career in the renewable energy sector including technical and management roles in areas such as environmental engineering, energy engineering, project management, and impact assessment.

Industry links

The engineering group has extensive industrial links developed and fostered over many years and, as a result, students on Solent’s other engineering courses have had the opportunity to work on industry-related problems and live briefs.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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