MSc Renewable Energy and Clean Technology / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

Renewable Energy and Clean Technology also known as REaCT is a truly multi-disciplinary course focused on key areas that underpin the rapidly developing renewable energy and low carbon sectors, built around core understandings of electrical power generation from solar, wind and marine sources.

This course covers the interfacing and distribution technologies required to exploit these sources, and provides a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts, the design and analysis techniques required for engineering renewable energy systems. It also equips the students with the knowledge required to understand how to convert and distribute electrical energy from renewable sources, integrate it into low-carbon energy districts and buildings, through an intelligent use of flexible distributed resources, such as storage devices. However, the impact of renewables technologies diminishes if demand and carbon emission issues are not tackled, hence critical policy topics also key to the course.

Learn more about the units we offer and how they are assessed in the course unit list.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation EEEN60070 60 Mandatory
Smart Grids & Sustainable Electricity Systems EEEN60352 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Power Systems EEEN60401 15 Mandatory
Interfacing clean energy systems EEEN60402 15 Mandatory
Understanding Energy as a 'system' driving modern society EEEN60411 15 Mandatory
Solar Energy Technologies EEEN60421 15 Mandatory
Zero Carbon Built Infrastructure EEEN60422 15 Mandatory
Marine Energy: Wind, Wave & Tidal EEEN60431 15 Mandatory
Techniques for Research and Industry EEEN61352 15 Mandatory


Excellent facilities

With access to an  extensive range of leading facilities , you will get hands-on with industry-standard equipment - improving your knowledge and skills, and preparing you for work post-graduation. Our flagship facilities include the  High Voltage Lab  and  Photon Science Institute .

The future of learning in Manchester  

Our Home for Engineering and Materials Science is transforming the way our students study, research and shape the world forever. Now, more than ever, is the time to study at the University of Manchester. 

At the heart of the building’s design is a desire to bring together all disciplines, in one connected and dynamic environment. The space supports a variety of teaching and learning styles, through blended lecture theatres, multi-purpose study spaces and over 250 state-of-the-art laboratories. There is also a range of technical spaces to help encourage students to shape their own learning environment.  

We want our facilities to show ambition as well as recognise the real-world challenges that students will face in addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time. Our Home for Engineering and Materials Science boasts some of the most unique, industry-leading equipment and instrumentation in the sector to meet today’s requirements and those of the future.  

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Disability support

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