New Courses providing a Masters Degree in Renewable Energy

 

CAMPUS: ST. AUGUSTINE

PROGRAMME TITLE:  MASTER OF SCIENCE IN RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

AWARD: MASTER OF SCIENCE - M.Sc. (e.g. Master’s; Diploma)

ACADEMIC UNIT OFFERING PROGRAMME: DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS, FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

TOTAL CREDITS: 45

DURATION OF PROGRAMME: 15 MONTHS FULL‐TIME: 27 MONTHS PART‐TIME (including Research Project)

START DATE: SEPTEMBER 2014

PROGRAMME SUMMARY

This master's programme is the result of an urgent need for the Caribbean region to become equipped in terms of building capacity in technologies which will support protection of the environment and also meet the challenges of escalating price and availability of fossil fuels and their use. The emphasis in this master‘s programme is on providing new graduates and persons already working in various sectors of the economy, with professional training and education in renewable energy technologies. The programme will provide expertise in these areas which will help to build capacity in the region and open possibilities for further study and research. This programme has been developed in line with other International programmes, such as the University of Loughborough Renewable Energy Systems Technology MSc., the MSc Renewable Energy programme at University of Flensburg, Flensburg University of Applied Sciences and other universities in the United Kingdom.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

B.Sc. Science degree.

Students normally would be required to have an Upper Second Class Honours degree in Physics, Mathematics or Engineering. Other qualifying students with a first degree would be required to undergo the Preliminary Study.

COURSE OF STUDY AND FACULTY

Students must complete and pass a not-for-credit preparation course prior to the first semester. All students must take 8 compulsory courses worth 24 credits, 4 elective courses worth 12, and a 9-credit Final Research Project – totalling 45 credits.

Preliminary Study

To bring students up to a common standard, students will be expected to have spent four weeks on preparatory material prior to the start of the formal programme. The material will be made available online within this time-frame. Students must pass a short examination on completion of the preliminary courses in order to prove that they are of the required standard to enter the programme. Support for this preparatory course will be available either online or face-to-face at the UWI St. Augustine Campus if so required. This course will carry zero credits.

i. Electricity

ii. Mechanics

iii. Fluid Mechanics

iv. Heat Transfer

v. Mathematics

Programme Content

The courses for the programme are listed below, with the eight (8) compulsory courses split between the proposed renewable energy based courses and the already existing management courses. Students will also be required to complete four (4) courses from the list of six (6) Elective courses, as well as the 9-credit Research Project course. To complete a course, students must pass both the Coursework component and the Final Examination. The Core and Elective courses, together with the Research Project, total 45 credits.

Core Compulsory (8 courses – 24 credits)

Semester I

  • Energy Economics 3 credits Syllabus Supplied
  • Shaping Sustainable Energy Systems 3 credits Syllabus Supplied
  • Programme and Project Management 3 credits Syllabus Supplied
  • Solar Energy Conversion 3 credits Syllabus Supplied
  • Wind Energy I 3 credits Syllabus Supplied
  • Bioenergy I 3 credits Syllabus Supplied

Semester II

  • Energy Use and Energy Auditing 3 credits Syllabus Supplied
  • Electrical Integration of Renewables 3 credits Syllabus Supplied

Electives (4 courses – 12 credits)

Semester II

  • Hydro and Marine Power 3 credits Syllabus Supplied
  • Geothermal Energy 3 credits Syllabus Supplied
  • Energy Storage 3 credits Syllabus Supplied
  • Advanced Solar Energy 3 credits Syllabus Supplied
  • –Wind Energy II 3 credits Syllabus Supplied
  • Bioenergy II 3 credits Syllabus Supplied

Research Project Three months work + Presentation and Report 9credits Supervised