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Taught postgraduate


Renewable Energy

Year of entry


1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)

Start date: September 2019

Ensuring energy security is becoming increasingly important globally. With the current rate of fossil fuel depletion, alternative sources of safe, reliable energy production are critical. As well as the financial aspects of energy generation technologies, serious consideration should be given to the environmental impact of all energy production methods. With UK and EU legislation constantly evolving, renewable energy technologies need to be robust yet flexible, to secure their place in a future energy industry.

The course is designed to help you understand and deliver a range of renewable technologies for the rural, peri-urban and urban scenarios. Operators and advisors to the renewable sector need to understand planning application approval, informing local communities, plant operation, research, overseeing safe operation of plants, and influencing legislation (both national and internationally), amongst other things.

Harper Adams is renowned for its agri-environment research and long-standing collaborations with research institutes and other organisations in the UK and overseas.

Specifically the course will enable students to:

  • Identify suitable decentralised renewable energy technologies for urban, peri-urban and rural use technologies in a global, sustainable context.
  • Evaluate the interactions of different influential factors, including legislation, environmental implications, financial and social aspects, for the expansion of a renewable energy industry.
  • Offer vocational training and career development in area of renewable energy, with particular focus on anaerobic digestion.
  • Develop transferable skills in problem solving, analysis, evaluation, communication, global awareness and sustainable practices.
  • Communicate ideas and technical management solutions to a variety of audiences.

How will it benefit me?

The knowledge and skills you will develop will give you a strong foundation for vocational careers in the growing renewable energy industries, in a range of roles. This course is supported by a range of industrial and research-institute collaborations to provide students with real world application.

Entry requirements for 2019

An honours degree of 2:2 or above in a subject related to the course, or a good FdSc/HND pass in a relevant subject area together with related industrial or professional experience of at least two years. In addition, the suitability of candidates for particular programmes may be assessed by interview, considering reports from referees and by evaluating previous experience. Applicants with prior related experience will also be considered. Where a candidate’s honours degree (or equivalent) was not assessed in English, their English language skills will, typically, be evaluated by interview and/or through demonstration of overall IELTS scores of 6.5 or above (or equivalent).

Teaching and learning

Full-time students will normally study 60 credits (equivalent to 600 study hours) for the PgC in Renewable Energy from one core (compulsory) module, and three further modules from a choice of four. Part-time students can spread their studies over two years (or a maximum of four).


Modules are typically assessed by coursework, with the possibly of exams. Summative assessment methods are diverse and include literature review-based essays, problem based assignments, multiple-choice tests, sponsored industry projects requiring oral and business written reports, portfolios, individual and team scenario exercises, and experimental work. Students will be provided with prompt written feedback from written assignments. Time constrained exams can be both closed and open book.

Learning and teaching methods

Courses are delivered as a series of taught modules starting in September at the beginning of the academic year and are generally complete by the end of March, although a small number of modules take place until June. Some modules are common across all courses or groups of courses. Modules are usually taught as an intensive short course taught over a one-week block, with a maximum of 5 days per 15 credit module providing up to 35 hours of contact time. Other modules available to students may be delivered as shorter blocks of teaching but will comprise at least 15 hours of contact time.

Teaching may consist of formal lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical exercises, laboratory sessions, study visits and/or the use of guest speakers. There is provision for selected modules to be delivered by distance learning and this mode of study is shown on the module descriptor, if available. The remaining hours outside of immediate contact (approximately 115 hours) allow students to undertake further study in their own time, complete tutorial exercises, undertake written assignments and if required, to prepare for an exam. Individual course materials are supplied which are made up of a combination of text, tutorial exercises and readings. In addition to the reading specified in module descriptors, module tutors will also provide an up-to-date list of specified journal/conference proceeding references prior to the start of each module to allow students to brief themselves with the latest developments in their field of study.



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