University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Offshore Renewable Energy

Led by the University of Exeter at its Cornwall Campus and based at the University of Edinburgh, this EngD programme is delivered through a partnership with the universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Exeter together with the Scottish Association for Marine Science and HR-Wallingford. This internationally-leading joint EngD with IDCORE aims to meet the UKs ambitious deployment targets for offshore renewable energy technologies. The programme will allow you to receive postgraduate-level technical and transferable skills training at three leading UK universities in the renewable energy research field together with the Scottish Association for Marine Science and HRWallingford. This university and industry collaboration forms the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), RCUK Energy programme/ETI-funded Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). This degree is professionally accredited under licence from the Engineering Council. Visit the Professional accreditation webpage for further information. Students will benefit from a vibrant learning environment and, in partnership with industry, will learn to deliver world-class industrially-focused research outcomes that will accelerate the deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current technologies. This will help the UK to meet its 2020 and 2050 targets for renewable energy generating capacity, and expand and sustain a community of high-quality post-doctoral staff for the UK offshore renewable energy industry. This programme will produce highly trained scientists and engineers, they will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle current and future offshore renewable energy challenges. This includes developing new techniques and technologies to design, build, install, operate and maintain devices in hostile environments at an affordable economic cost with minimal environmental impact.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to receive a 1st class Honours degree or an international equivalent. Students with an upper 2nd Class degree and a subsequent MSc degree will also be considered. For full information, including English language requirements and international equivalencies, please see the relevant programme page found in the postgraduate section of our website.

Course modules

Please note constituent modules and pathways may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website. Modules can include: introduction to offshore renewable technologies; cross-disciplinary engineering science foundations; hydrodynamics of offshore renewable energy devices; electromechanical and electronic energy conversion systems; marine renewable resource assessment; economics tools for offshore renewables; marine operations, condition monitoring and reliability; physical model testing for offshore renewables; structural behaviour of offshore renewable energy devices; electricity network interaction, integration and control; marine energy system design interdisciplinary group project; marine renewables and the environment; marine renewables and society; offshore and nearshore renewables (the maritime realities); moorings and reliability; innovation design and manufacturing management; management of the project lifecycle; regulation in the offshore renewable sector.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes research project.

Sponsorship information

IDCORE Studentships; A scholarship that provides a student stipend of £15k rising to £17k and covers the tuition fees is available for suitably qualified applicants. There are normally 10 of these scholarships available for each intake of students and they are awarded competitively. Please see the programme website for eligibility details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
EngD Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,828 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
EngD Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,828 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
EngD Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,000 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
EngD Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,828 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
EngD Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,828 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
EngD Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,828 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Streatham Campus Exeter EX4 4QJ South West

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Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Team
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