M.Sc. Renewable Energy and the Built Environment (CAT)

University of East London

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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.

Contents

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.

Learning environment
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
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.

Requirements

The programme is intended to cater for those with an engineering background. Students are admitted in accordance with the admission requirements in the programme specification (For acceptance onto the programme the following requirements apply:-

* First degree with an appropriate technical background
* Students who do not possess formal qualifications but who can demonstrate that they have gained appropriate knowledge and skills equivalent to degree standard and that they will benefit from and contribute to the programme, may be accepted. Students may be admitted with advanced standing through the recognition of credit or the accreditation of experiential or certificated learning according to the University of East London Accreditation of (Experiential) Learning (A(E)L) policy.
* A student may gain admission to a programme, with advanced standing, with up to half of the credits associated with the award being achieved through accredited experiential learning, or up two thirds through accredited certificated learning. (Where a combination of experiential and certificated learning is involved up to one half of the credits for the award may be achieved through accredited experiential learning with further credits being achieved through accredited certificated learning up to a maximum of two thirds of the credits for the award).
* All students are expected to be interviewed which may take place by telephone
* The University and CAT are strongly committed to widening participation and equal opportunity for all.
* You must be able to understand and express yourself in both written and spoken English and some evidence e.g. TOEFL at 550 or an IELTS score of 6.0 will be required.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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