Become a StudyPortals member and get access to exclusive information, like scholarships and student reviews, related to your favourite programme!
Are you already a StudyPortals Member?
Find all members only information here
The programme examines the theory and practice of renewable energy technologies with special reference to the built environment. It ranges from the political, economic and social background of energy issues, including global examination of energy provision and consumption and climate change to local environmental considerations. The theory and practice of renewable energies are examined through both practical work and the lecture programme enabling students to critically analyse the benefits and drawbacks of renewable energy systems.
MSc Renewable Energy and the Built Environment at UEL
This programme, which concentrates on a wide range of current Environmental and Renewable Energy issues, is run by the Centre for Alternative Technology, CAT (Europe's leading Eco centre) in the Graduate School of the Environment and validated for full MSc status by the University of East London, (UEL) with students being registered at UEL for the duration of their studies. The programme offers a unique combination of design, evaluation and practical experience that will equip students with skills that are becoming increasingly sought after in all areas of professional practice. All through the programme students are made aware of the relationship between the supply of renewable energy and the demand made by buildings
The programme runs as a series of 15, 30 or 60 credit modules which all take place at CAT.
The programme is delivered by staff from CAT and specialist visitors from the profession, and runs as a series of ten five-day residential events, which all take place at CAT. This brings the advantage of combining an academic programme with the practical application of research and development that has established CAT as Europe's leading Eco-centre.
The programme comprises of a total of 11 modules. Most modules are 15 credits; some are 30 credits. Each 15 credit module is a five-day residential teaching event which takes place every month except May and July at CAT; 30 credit modules consist of two of these five day sessions. The thesis is a 60 credit module. There are a number of options available ie modules that run at the same time and students choose which to follow.
After acquiring 120 credits from the available teaching modules and associated coursework, students are eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma; those who wish to obtain an MSc then complete the Thesis Module which is the culmination of the work done on the programme. A formal start to the thesis is made around the sixth module.
Formal tutorials are available at CAT; others by E mail.
Modules consist of lectures, seminars, presentations and practical studies. Learning is delivered through a combination of formal and informal methods. Students benefit from access to in-house computing facilities and web based support at CAT. CAT are currently developing the Wales Institute for Sustainable Education, this facility will provide fully equipped workshops, dedicated library space and increased student accommodation and is due for completion in Spring 2008.
Assessment is through coursework, which builds to form the students academic portfolio, culminating in a thesis. The coursework aims to test that the Learning Outcomes have been met and takes various forms: an essay or report on a subject chosen from the module material, a presentation of the essay topic and a write up of the practical work done on the module. The essay or report is handed in at the next attended module, the presentation occurs at appropriate times, the practical write-up must be handed in at the end of the module attended. There are no closed book examinations.