Award: Master of Science - M.Sc. 
Total Credits: 45
Duration of Programme: 3 Semesters (1.5 years) Full‐Time: 6 Semesters (3 years) Part‐Time (including Research Project)
Start Date: September 2021
Application dates: November 11, 2020 – July 31, 2021
 

  

MSc Renewable Energy Technology

This master’s programme is the result of an urgent need for the Caribbean region to become equipped in terms of building capacities 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.

 

Aim  & Motivation

Our aim is providing expertise to persons working in industry who due to time constraints or financial reasons cannot enrol in the MSc Renewable Energy Technology programme. The selection of courses offered for special admission are intended to meet the needs of a broad range of professionals whose occupations are related to science and energy, and sustainable development such as persons from T&TEC, MEEI and other similar energy related industries. Included will be natural scientists, engineers and technical-related professionals, as well as those from the social sciences such as administrators. We endeavour for these courses to appeal to persons from the following sectors:

  • Recent graduates seeking to upgrade their qualifications for work in an energy-related field
  • Workers in any field seeking to retool or upgrade their skills and qualifications
  • Managers in any field seeking to implement aspects of renewable energy in their environment.

 

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.

For further information, contact the MSc Coordinator, Dr. Xsitaaz Chadee (xsitaaz.chadee@sta.uwi.edu ),  or the Administrative Assistant (Acting), Mrs. Virginia Briggs (virginia.briggs@sta.uwi.edu )

 

Course of Study 

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

  • RENT 6001 - Energy Economics (3 credits)
  • RENT 6002 - Shaping Sustainable Energy Systems (3 credits) 
  • PSMA 6106 - Programme and Project Management (3 credits) 
  • PHYS 6295 - Solar Energy Conversion (3 credits) 
  • RENT 6005 - Wind Energy I (3 credits) 
  • RENT 6006 - Bioenergy I (3 credits) 

Semester II

  • RENT 6007 - Energy Use and Energy Auditing (3 credits) 
  • RENT 6008 - Electrical Integration of Renewables (3 credits) 

Electives (Any 4 courses – 12 credits)

Semester II

  • RENT 6009 - Hydro and Marine Power (3 credits) 
  • RENT 6010 - Geothermal Energy (3 credits) 
  • RENT 6011 - Energy Storage (3 credits) 
  • RENT 6012 - Advanced Solar Energy (3 credits) 
  • RENT 6013 - Wind Energy II (3 credits) 
  • RENT 6014 - Bioenergy II (3 credits) 

RENT 6000 - Research Project : Three months’ work + Presentation and Report (9 credits Supervised) 

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NB: Additional information available in the Faculty of Science and Technology Postgraduate Booklet. 

       Additional Queries can be addressed at PGPHYSStudent.Support@sta.uwi.edu

 

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