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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. Southampton 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.

Foundation year available Specialist facilities Part time 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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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Science and Engineering Foundation Year H800
  • 3 Years Standard Entry HH80
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 
UK and EU 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.

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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2018/19 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2017/18 costs were:

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

Southampton 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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels in a relevant subject (Maths to have been studied at AS Level or higher), a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Alternative entry is available through the Science and Engineering Foundation Year.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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 19 in each individual 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.

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.


93%

of students feel staff are good at explaining things

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 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 June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time applications

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

Apply for the part-time course

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Applied Mathematics
  • CAD and the Design Process
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Manufacturing Principles
  • Electrical Principles
  • Professional and Study Skills

Year two

Core units
  • Applied Mathematics for Engineering
  • Automation and Control
  • Environment and Environmental Impact
  • Wave and Tidal Energy Systems
  • Solar and Wind Energy Systems

Options

  • Competition and Contracts in Engineering
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Year three

Core units
  • Power Storage and Distribution
  • Composite and Floating Structures
  • Eco-Vehicle Dynamics
  • Project

Options

  • Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship 

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

Support

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

Key figures

44%

Written exams

42%

Assessment by coursework

14%

Practical exams

Facilities

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.

88%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

79%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

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.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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