Glyndwr University

Wrexham Glyndwr University

Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation

Renewable energy and reduction of carbon emissions are now at the top of the global agenda; making use of clean and sustainable energy and technology students have a direct impact on reducing CO2 and limiting the impact of global warming; this course aims to provide a specialist electrical/electronic engineering perspective, particularly in the development of intelligent and automatic systems to manage and control the use of major wind-powered or solar-powered sources connecting to the National Grid; despite the broad-based title of this course, it is aimed firmly at aspiring electrical engineers in the areas of renewable energy and sustainable development; these courses have been developed in consultation with industry and have strong links with a wind farm organisation that supports national-scale projects; opportunities are available for students to tailor their research to the work of this organisation; accreditation is in the process of being sought from The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for these courses; all staff are actively engaged in research work as well as teaching; the course team has strong links with industries, professional bodies and many other universities, and is regularly visited by professional bodies in relation to the accreditation the courses; an engineering Master�s qualification is now required if students wish to become a Chartered Engineer; students gain exposure to cutting-edge technological development in electrical and electronic technology; government policy is encouraging the energy industry to research and develop renewable and sustainable energy to reduce CO2 emissions, creating a demand for Master�s level graduates with knowledge of the latest developments in renewable energy, especially with the growing number of off-shore and on-shore wind farms introduced to achieve the green energy target; students� core studies cover the use of power-interfacing systems to link industrial-scale renewables-generating equipment, especially windpower and solar-power units to distribution networks such as the National Grid; the MSc covers the efficient generation and use of electricity energy from solar and wind power, power electronics for modern power systems, stability analysis and active power management; other modules cover broader environmental issues, including assessing the viability of novel engineering schemes; further modules are drawn from a selection of electrical and electronics studies; the MRes course is a research-led Master�s course which offers students the opportunity to select specialist options from the MSc in this area, together with a major research project.

Entry requirements

Related undergraduate degree; applicants for the MRes option should also have relevant experience of self-motivated project development.

Course modules

Modules include: advanced control systems; advanced power electronics and electric drives; embedded system design; energy resources policy and environmental economics; sustainable design and innovation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on portfolios; presentations; examinations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 4,250 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Wrexham Campus Wrexham LL11 2AW Wales

Key information

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