Electrical Engineering with Renewable Energy Systems MEng

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option.

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

Renewable energy and the reduction of carbon emissions are at the top of the global agenda. This course addresses the fundamentals of renewable energy and how solar, wind, wave and other such energy sources can be efficiently integrated into practical power systems.

The curriculum is distinctive in that it provides a strong compulsory of teaching in power electronic converters, machines and control backed up with modules on power generation and electronic conversion with renewable energy sources.

Our degrees have a common first year during which you will study all of the main specialisms. Based on your own personal learning experiences of these subjects, you will be able to re-evaluate your original degree choice at level 1 and switch to a related course if you want.

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Aims

If you are interested in becoming an expert in the planning, operation and management of sustainable electrical systems, this course will develop your ability to lead, create and innovate.

Graduates will be able to effectively apply their knowledge and skills to solving the problems associated with the design, integration and development of technological solutions for modern electric power and power electronic systems.

You must be someone who is analytical, creative, versatile and a logical problem solver – as well as being a forward thinking realist. Maybe you:
  • know what engineering area you want to specialise in already and realise that a broad degree can provide you with an invaluable springboard to any number of careers. You don’t want to limit your options
  • are seeking a broad-based engineering degree to explore your interests and strengths in a variety of exciting fields, all of which are of crucial importance in today’s world
  • aspire to a senior managerial role at the forefront of this dynamic, valued and rapidly expanding technological industry.

Whatever your ambitions, you should be interested in understanding about the big picture as well as becoming a specialist in your chosen area. Intellectual challenge is important to you, as is hands-on experience, and you want to work alongside other high achievers.

Enquiries

Admissions and Course Enquiries
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Tel (before application): +44 (0)1895 265370 (College Marketing Office)
Tel (after application): +44 (0)1895 265265 (Admissions Office)
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Admissions Tutor: Dr Konstantinos Banitsas

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Course Content

Typical Modules

Level 1 Compulsory

  • Digital Systems and Microprocessors
  • Devices and Circuits
  • Level 1 Electrical Engineering Workshop
  • Problem Solving and Programming
  • Fundamental Mathematics for Engineers
  • Further: Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Science, Systems and Society.

Level 2 Compulsory

  • Communication
  • Digital Systems Design and Reliability Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Sustainability
  • Electronic Systems
  • Signals and Systems
  • Engineering Group Design Project
  • Management.

Level 3 Compulsory

  • MEng Individual Project and Project Management
  • Advanced Devices and Electronic Systems Design
  • Control Systems
  • Power Electronics and Systems
  • Renewable Energy in Power Systems.

Level 5 Compulsory

  • Major Group Project
  • Innovation, Business and Enterprise for Engineers.

Level 5 Options

Choose four modules from: 

  • Energy Economics and Power
  • Power Electronics and FACTS 
  • Power System Stability and Control
  • Sustainable Power Generation
  • Power System Analysis and Security
  • Power System Operation and Management.

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

  • Our expertise in data communications and networks is almost unparallelled in the UK.
  • You may have the opportunity to work abroad as part of your study or as a professional work placement – we have well-established links with France, Germany and Italy. We also offer free foreign language classes.
  • We have good links with business. For our students this means courses designed to meet the needs of industry and the market place, and greater choice and quality of work placements.
  • Labs are very well-equipped, with extensive gifts of software and hardware from prestigious industrial collaborators.
  • We benefit from being located near much of the country’s information engineering industry in Greater London.
  • Our courses and research are aimed squarely at developing the expertise, knowledge and new ideas needed for the information age, and cover the full breadth of electronic, computer and multimedia engineering.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Facts and Figures

  • Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE) is one of the largest disciplines in the university with over 40 full-time academic staff and extensive teaching and research portfolios. The discipline boasts an undergraduate population of 500 and a postgraduate population of over 300 students.
  • ECE at Brunel has an extensive research portfolio totalling £7.5m worth of ongoing research grants and contracts. ECE represented a major part of Brunel’s General Engineering submission to the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), which was ranked fifth in the UK.
  • Our NSS (National Student Survey) results show a consistent year on year increase in student satisfaction.

Teaching and Learning

Staff expertise

We take pains to maintain our high level of teaching. Lecturers are at the leading edge of their fields and many are internationally and nationally recognised for their work. They act as consultants for major companies, are often widely published and have good links with industry, so they know exactly what is going on in the commercial world.

How many hours of study are involved?

At Level 1 you will have about 18 taught hours a week. This will fall to around eight hours of lectures and seminars at Level 3, with one whole day of project work.

In addition to this, staff are normally happy to answer queries outside this time. We operate an open door policy so you can drop in and chat or email lecturers with your questions.

Students are expected to carry out a total of 40 hours study a week, including contact hours.

How will I be taught?

Lectures – These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to your course and give you a framework from which to carry out in-depth study.

Laboratories – These are normally stand alone three hour sessions where students can develop, understand and practice using industry standard equipment. They provide an informal environment in which to explore new ideas and apply what you have learnt in lectures, with the help of a tutor. The staff/student ratio is 1:10 (one supervisor and a demonstrator).

Workshops – In a workshop you will work on more complex problems with guidance from a member of staff. This might involve producing an artefact or a design solution. Workshops allow you to develop new intellectual and practical skills and also serve to reinforce material learnt in lectures.

Tutorials – These involve up to six students. At Level 1 they will provide an opportunity to look at your academic knowledge and to develop personal skills, such as communication ability and study skills.

One-to-one – You will have one-to-one supervision for all project work, throughout all levels. If you go on a placement you will also be allocated an industrial tutor who will help you to set objectives, monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it. You will also have a personal tutor who is available to discuss both academic and personal problems.

Other – This may include guest speakers from prominent organisations, research seminars and external site visits.

Assessment

Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark but you have to pass this year to continue with the course.

Several methods of assessment are employed on the course. There are written examinations at the end of each term, but work is also continuously assessed throughout. You will undertake projects, assignments, essays, laboratory work and short tests.

Project work is commonplace and is usually completed in groups to imitate the everyday experience in an engineering firm where specialists must pool their talents to design a solution to a problem.

In this situation you can develop your management and leadership skills and ensure that all members of the group deliver their best. Group members share the mark gained, so it is up to each individual to get the most out of everyone else.

Employability

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects. The course provides students with the design, analytical and transferable skills required to exploit and lead the dynamic and rapidly expanding technological industries.

There is a relaxed and friendly relationship between students and staff and we take a genuine interest and pride in the success of our students and graduates. This, together with acknowledged high quality teaching and resources, results in an excellent record of employment amongst our graduates. 

Careers

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

Electronic and Computer Engineering graduates have a range of employment options open to them. The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) which provides a platform to build on for those who wish to achieve Chartered Engineering status.

In 2013/14, six months after graduating:

Read more about graduate destinations for this subject area

Recent graduates have gone on to work for prestigious companies including the BBC, Virgin Airways, Opodo, Philips, Siemens and a variety of design companies.

Placements

You have the opportunity to undertake high quality work placements within prestigious organisations.

The industrial placement year is assessed and contributes to your degree. Students who successfully complete the placement year graduate with ‘Professional Development’ as part of their degree title in recognition of their time spent in industry.

The University maintains close contact with you during your placement year. Our dedicated Professional Development Centre has over 30 staff, including specialist industry consultants, and has been named ‘Best University Placement Service’ several years in succession. 

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2016/7 entry

UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year; £6,000 final year

International students: £17,200 full-time

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements 2016/7

  • GCE A-level AAA-AAB, including Maths and a Science or Engineering subject (General Studies not accepted).
  • Advanced Diploma Progression Diploma Grade A in Engineering, plus the Specialist Unit in Maths for Engineers at grade B along with 1 AS-level at Grade B for Additional and Specialist Learning.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D (In Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Engineering) including Distinction in Further Maths for Technicians and Distinction in either Electrical or Electronic Principles.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D In Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Engineering with an A-level at grade A in Maths.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in Engineering with A-levels grade AA to include Maths
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 33 including 6 in Higher Level Maths, Science or an Engineering subject.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Access courses are not accepted for the MEng entry. Access students are encouraged to apply for the BEng degree in this subject and if they achieve sufficient grades on year one of the course they can discuss transferring to the MEng.
  • Foundations of Engineering courses For Brunel Foundations of Engineering progression requirements, see the course page.

GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

All applicants are required to attend an interview before a formal offer is made.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

For non-EU qualification equivalencies, please check the relevant country entry criteria.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) 
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Friday 17 June 2016