MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management

The MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management course will develop the cutting-edge multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills to enable you to develop a rewarding career in this fast moving growth industry.

Accredited by The Energy Institute, this renewable energy masters is based in USW’s Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) a leading and internationally recognised centre for more than 30 years. SERC is also home to The Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion and the University of South Wales Centre for Renewable Hydrogen Research and Demonstration.

You will be taught by SERC’s team of academics and researchers who are engaged in industrially linked projects such as FLEXIS, RICE and SMART circle working with companies such as Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Tata Steel, and ITM Power. This ensures that your modules are informed by the latest up-to-date and industrially relevant research, preparing you for employment.


Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A

The subjects taught within the MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management are underpinned by high quality research which was rated as being mainly internationally excellent or world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
This included research in Anaerobic Digestion, Analytical Technology, Bioelectrochemical Systems, Biohydrogen and Biomethane Production, Hydrogen Energy, Hydrogen Vehicles and Refuelling, Biopolymer Production, Modelling and Control, Nano Materials and Wastewater Treatment.

You will study the following taught modules (20 credits each):

  • Renewable Energy I - Hydro, Tidal, Wave, and Bioenergy
  • Renewable Energy II - Wind, Solar, and Geothermal
  • Solids Resource Management
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes

Plus two from the following optional modules (20 credits each):

  • Hydrogen: Fuel Vector for the Future
  • Energy and Environmental Legislation and Policy
  • Advanced Materials for Energy Applications
  • Anaerobic Treatment Processes

You will also complete a substantial dissertation project (60 credits) within the Sustainable Environment Research Centre where you will be supervised by our team of academics and researchers with access to our state of the art laboratories. Your project may also be embedded into one of our externally funded projects such as FLEXIS, or SMART circle, bringing you into contact with industry and ensuring that your work is of industrial relevance. As part of the dissertation process you will attend tutorials on research methods, including practical laboratory based sessions with our research team.

Subject to revalidation
This course is subject to revalidation, this means it is under review as part of the University’s standard quality assurance and enhancement processes. Course and module content is indicative and may change through the revalidation process. As soon as the course is revalidated, the details will be confirmed and published on the University website. In the unlikely event the course does not go ahead as planned, or is significantly amended, we will write to inform you. If this happens, we’ll help you to find a suitable alternative course either at USW or at another provider.


This Renewable Energy Masters is taught in two blocks. From September to February you will sit the four compulsory modules with your optional modules running from February to May.

Each module consists of 36 hours contact time (lectures, tutorials, and computing based practical sessions), plus out program of site visits to put the theory into context.

Full time students will typically attend two days a week, with part time students attending one day a week. You will also be expected to carry out research, background reading, and coursework during the remainder of the week individually to support your studies.

The programme of site visits includes tours of Radyr Hydro Power Station; Mynydd Portref Wind Farm; Cardiff WWTP; Court Farm Water Treatment Plant; and the Hydrogen Demonstration Centre at Baglan.

You will have opportunity throughout your time on the masters course to visit the SERC labs and learn key analytical techniques from our research team. You can find out more about current work on our Twitter channel.


The taught modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations.

Renewable Energy I - Hydro, Tidal, Wave, and Bioenergy
60% Coursework
40% Closed Book Exam

Renewable Energy II - Wind, Solar, and Geothermal
60% Coursework
40% Closed Book Exam

Solids Resource Management
60% Coursework
40% Closed Book Exam

Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes
60% Coursework
40% Closed Book Exam

Hydrogen: Fuel Vector for the Future
100% Coursework

Energy and Environmental Legislation and Policy
100% Coursework

Advanced Materials for Energy Applications
100% Coursework

Anaerobic Treatment Processes
100% Coursework

The dissertation is assessed by a proposal (10%), written thesis (80%) and an oral examination (10%). Coursework involves individual and group mini-projects, site visit reports, class tests, and oral presentations


This masters course is accredited by The Energy Institute.


You will make use of our state of the art biosystems laboratories including our Hydrogen Research and Demonstration Centre at Baglan.


A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in a science or engineering-related subject. Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

International applicants further information:
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Visa information

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International:  £14300 

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

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Placement *
Students who successfully secure a placement in industry to complete their project would be expected to pay their own travel costs to and from the venue during the period of placement. The cost of this will of course vary and some students have also paid for accommodation close to their place of work for the duration of their placement.

Apply directly to the University for this renewable energy masters. 

Admissions statement 

There is substantial global demand for graduates with expertise in renewable energy. The need to meet emissions targets will create a need for highly skilled individuals to implement the changes.

Graduates with a renewable energy qualification can find work in multiple sectors from the renewable energy industry; local authorities; government regulatory agencies; manufacturing industries; energy and environmental consultancy companies; water companies; research and academia and national and international non-governmental organisations.

Typical roles include:

  • Energy Analyst
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Development Manager
  • Process Engineer
  • Development Consultant
  • Environmental Manager
  • Biological Process Manager
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Consultant

Graduates may also progress on to a PhD or research degree.