• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Science & Engineering
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Renewable energy technologies such as hydroelectricity, solar power, biomass, wind energy and tidal turbines are now fundamental to the growing global effort to combat damaging climate change. We offer renewable energy degrees which cover virtually every aspect of the wide range of technologies that you will encounter in a professional career in this field.

Renewable Energy is the study of the energy sources of the future. It involves every aspect of the study of matter and energy, and forms the basis of the science, engineering and technology of tomorrow. A career in renewable energy is both rewarding and a positive contribution to the fight against global environmental damage. 

At Dundee our Renewable Energy degrees emphasise real-life engineering practice and research methodology through extensive practical projects chosen to match your career objectives. They reflect both experimental and theoretical aspects of the subject. 

You will have the opportunity to get involved with our research projects as part of the Undergraduate Research Club from Level 1 onwards. 

Which degree should I take?

We offer two degree programmes with a renewables emphasis which cover virtually every aspect of the wide range of technologies that you will encounter in a professional career in this field.

BEng Mechanical Engineering with Renewables

For students who wish to follow an engineering focused career, we offer a BEng in Mechanical Engineering with Renewables which mixes the traditional core engineering disciplines with emerging technologies in the alternative energy field. Engineering employers in the new renewable industries look for well qualified Mechanical Engineers with the added expertise in the renewables area.

BSc/MSci Physics and Renewable Energy Science

For those whose interests are more science focused, we offer the BSc/MSci Physics and Renewable Energy Science. This degree programme is designed to allow students to develop a thorough understanding of contemporary physics as applied to modern renewable energy science. The goal is to allow students to complete a physics degree with the skills and employment opportunities that entails but with an emphasis on the physics underpinning renewable energy.

The MSci takes one year longer than the BSc because it provides more experience of the world of industry and research, and thus provides a preferred route to professional registration and higher academic studies. The BSc is the preferred route for those seeking immediate graduate employment. We also offer fast-track programmes with direct entry to second year, restricted to those with entry qualifications at a sufficiently high level to meet the challenge. This reduces the BSc to three years and the MSci to a four.

Who should study Renewables?

Although an aptitude for mathematics helps, you do not have to be another Einstein to consider renewable energy as a subject choice! An enquiring and creative mind is more important than outstanding theoretical ability. 

Some students will specialise in theory, others in experimental investigations, and some in increasingly important computational methods. As long as you can cope with the basic ideas of algebra and calculus, and enjoy solving the world's most fundamental problems, then you can be an energy scientist or engineer or adviser.

Our staff are professional engineers and scientists, and are actively engaged in research work as well as teaching. They have a strong research presence in key technology fields such as renewable energy, nanotechnology and advanced materials, and they have contributed much to the advancement of science and engineering on the international stage.

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2016
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher including mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) AB at Advanced Higher including mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred), plus AB at Higher in different subjects
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) including A-Level mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) BBB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred)
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level including mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) 34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred)
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science/Mathematics modules
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 1 A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 2 and 120 SCQF points
A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units including Mathematics for Engineering 2
Scottish Baccalaureate BSc/BEng - Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and Physics
BSc/BEng - Distinction with AB (MSci) at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - Distinction with AB (MSci) at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and Physics
SWAP Access Relevant science subjects with ABB grades including Mathematics and Physics Units at SCQF Level 6 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma BSc/BEng - Grade B with ASL-A Levels at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - Grade B with ASL-A Levels at AB in Mathematics and Physics
BSc/BEng - Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA in Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate BSc/BEng - Pass with A level at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - Pass with A level at AB in Mathematics and Physics
BSc/BEng - Pass with A level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - Pass with A level at AA in Mathematics and Physics
European Baccalaureate BSc/BEng - 70% overall with 7 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - 70% overall with 7 in Mathematics and Physics
BS/BEng - 75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci Ê- 75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and Physics
Other Qualifications
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher including mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) AB at Advanced Higher including mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred), plus AB at Higher in different subjects
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) including A-Level mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) BBB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred)
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level including mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred).
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred)
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science/Mathematics modules
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 1 A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 2 and 120 SCQF points
A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units including Mathematics for Engineering 2
Scottish Baccalaureate BSc/BEng - Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and Physics
BSc/BEng - Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and Physics
SWAP Access Relevant science subjects with ABB grades including Mathematics and Physics Units at SCQF Level 6 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma BSc/BEng - Grade B with ASL-A Levels at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - Grade B with ASL-A Levels at AB in Mathematics and Physics
BSc/BEng - Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA in Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate BSc/BEng - Pass with A level at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - Pass with A level at AB in Mathematics and Physics
BSc/BEng - Pass with A level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - Pass with A level at AA in Mathematics and Physics
European Baccalaureate BSc/BEng - 70% overall with 7 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - 70% overall with 7 in Mathematics and Physics
BS/BEng - 75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci Ê- 75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and Physics
Other Qualifications
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

While you are at Dundee you will get to know all of our staff as individuals and we, in turn, will be taking a genuine interest in your progress and successes, guiding your studies and encouraging your enthusiasms.

How you will be taught

Our teaching uses enhanced resources in the form of state-of-the-art laboratories and expertise in areas such as solar cells and nanotechnology, and most of the teaching takes place in small groups with easy access to staff and a personal approach to lectures, tutorials, and practical work.

How you will be assessed

A variety of assessment methods is used, in some cases we will ask you to submit coursework and laboratory reports, in others you will take examinations, and sometimes we will simply ask you to discuss what you have achieved.

All BSc students undertake a research project in their final year of study, under the supervision of a member of staff. Previous projects have included:

  • carbon footprints for companies/buildings
  • battery technology for transport use
  • integration of large scale wind power.

What you will study - BSc/MSci Physics and Renewable Energy Science

BSc Honours Degree

A BSc honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

MSci Honours Degree

An MSci honours degree normally takes five years, full time, you study levels 1-5, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in one year less if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 for the BSc or 2-5 for the MSci. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

Level 1

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Light, Waves and Matter
  • Astronomical Phenomena
  • Professional skills (experimental, writing, data analysis and computer modelling)
  • Mathematics

Level 2

  • Electromagnetism and Circuits
  • Classical and Quantum Properties of Matter
  • Electronics and Instrumentation
  • Applied Mathematics and Optics
  • Programming (Students will learn C++ and Matlab related to physical science problem solving)
  • Mathematics

Level 3

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Physics Lab and Transferable Skills
  • Atomic Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Solar Energy & Photovoltaics

Level 4 

  • Renewable Energy Science Project
  • Thermal Physics
  • Environmental Physics
  • Wind & Marine Energy
  • Nuclear Energy

Level 5 

This year is only followed by the MSci Honours students.

  • MSci Independent research project
  • Research Skills module (choose from a wide range of advanced modules)
  • Computational Physics
  • Chemical Energy
  • Differential Equations
  • Mathematics of Fluids

What you will study - BEng Mechanical Engineering with Renewables

BSc Honours Degree

A BSc honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

MSci Honours Degree

An MSci honours degree normally takes five years, full time, you study levels 1-5, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in one year less if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 for the BSc or 2-5 for the MSci. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

Level 1

  • Design Technology
  • Mathematics 
  • Mechanics & Thermodynamics
  • Professional Studies
  • Project

Level 2

  • Electrical & Mechanical Systems
  • Engineering Design & Communications
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Software for Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Structural Design & Manufacturing

Level 3

  • Control & Dynamical Systems 
  • Engineering Design 
  • Engineering Materials
  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Solid Mechanics
  • The Business Framework
  • Thermofluids

Level 4 

  • Renewable Energy Honours Project
  • Power Generation Solar and Wind Energy
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Control Systems

The renewable energy industry is simply exploding in size throughout the world and offers a wide variety of employment opportunities. It is a major high technology industry in the UK with a significant demand for graduates with specialist skills. 

Our graduates can work confidently in any career in which a sound ability in mathematics, computing, or administrative organisation is required, on top of their skills in the science and technology of energy. So apart from the mainstream commercial activities such as wind turbines and solar cells, biomass and energy conservation, we also see our graduates taking up careers in financial management, broadcasting, with the civil service, and with the police and armed services. 

MSci graduates draw on an extended project, which gives a strong foundation for those who want to continue into PhD or industrial research.

Arpad Kuthy, MSci Renewable Energy

“I chose to study for an MSci Renewable Energy in Dundee because it was one of the first renewable energy courses in the UK – and because I’d heard a lot of great things about Dundee. The best part of this course was the friendly atmosphere in the department. The students were very helpful and the lecturers were always there to provide assistance.”

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students BEng/BSc - £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. MSci - £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 4 years, even if you are studying a five year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.
Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students BEng/BSc - £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. MSci - £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 4 years, even if you are studying a five year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.



  Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
Apply NowRenewables MSci / BEng / BSc (Hons)H301
Apply NowPhysics with Renewable Energy Science BScFH32
Apply NowPhysics with Renewable Energy Science MSciFH3F