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MScEnergy Systems Innovation

Why this course?

This degree aims to build capacity in energy innovation and support the development of new ideas and technologies in the energy sector by combining aspects of systems management, entrepreneurship and technical aspects of energy systems.

Who's the course for?

  • graduates and individuals with innovative ideas they wish to develop in the energy sector
  • graduates in engineering or science, who have the qualities and ideas required to become leaders in innovation
  • technical staff who have identified an innovation or have expertise likely to yield innovative solutions and want to learn how to commercialise these
  • business developers who have identified an opportunity to innovate in the energy sector and seek to understand the framework of the industry and its supply chain
  • managers or technical staff who are seeking innovative solutions for their challenges and want to equip themselves with the knowledge and leadership skills to enable their companies to identify, validate and commercialise possible solutions
  • industrial staff seeking continuing professional development

What you'll study

The course is offered on a full-time basis. To achieve the MSc you must accumulate no fewer than 180 credits of which 60 are awarded in respect of the Dissertation. To gain the Postgraduate Certificate you must accumulate no fewer than 60 credits from the taught classes of the course.

Course structure

The course has a strong focus on technical aspects of energy systems as well as entrepreneurship. The project work provides opportunities for the research and development of ideas. Typical classes that are part of the programme are:

  • clean combustion technologies
  • electrochemical energy devices
  • petroleum engineering
  • project scoping

All students take part in a research project to explore a practical problem related to the energy sector. The compulsory MSc project can be carried out at an employer’s site.

Work placement

Students are encouraged to carry out research projects in an industrial environment where possible.

Facilities

We're one of the largest chemical engineering departments in the country and have new state-of-the-art research laboratories. These include experimental facilities for light scattering, spectroscopy, corrosion studies, adsorption measurements and high speed video flow microscopy. 

You'll have access to the department's own dedicated computer suite which is installed with industry standard software.

Guest lectures

A number of external speakers, who are leading practitioners in their field, are part of the course programme.

Course content

Petroleum Engineering

Lecturer: Mr Dedis

This module aims to give students a good understanding of some fundamental aspects of the petroleum industry by covering the following topics:

  • Reservoir characterisation and classification
  • Properties of reservoir fluids
  • Properties of reservoir rocks
  • Flow through porous media
  • Well performance
  • Single and multi-phase pipe flow
  • Artificial lift systems

Assessment: coursework (25%) and exam (75%)

Electrochemical Energy Devices

Lecturer: Dr Brightman

This module provides an overview of electrochemical energy conversion devices, including batteries, fuel cells and electrolysers for energy storage and generation.

The course will introduce important concepts in electrochemistry as applied to energy devices and will discuss engineering solutions for devices and systems.

The module will teach the following:

  • Thermodynamics - equilibrium electrochemistry and galvanic cells
  • Kinetics - Faraday’s Law and current-voltage relationship
  • Energy devices - overview of different battery, fuel cell and electrolysis technologies, including commercial/industrial applications and their place in the energy landscape
  • Device design, diagnostic methods and modelling
  • Technoeconomic aspects of the hydrogen economy and grid scale energy storage

Assessment: coursework (20%) and exam (80%)

Clean Combustion Technologies

Lecturer: Dr Li
Assessment: Exam (80%) and Coursework (20%), including a presentation

This module aims to introduce the fundamentals of combustion engineering, and the concepts and applications of clean combustion technologies. The module will teach the following:

  • Combustion chemistry and calculation of the adiabatic flame temperature.
  • Laminar & turbulent flames. The concepts of ignition, flame extinction and instabilities.
  • Getting started with solid fuel combustion, theoretical analysis of carbon particle combustion at the surface and intraparticle driven by mass and heat transfers.
  • Theory of gasification & pyrolysis. Learn to build pyrolysis/gasification model of a single particle at various boundary conditions.
  • Key factors that affect gasification process, and syngas upgrading technologies.
  • Combustion associated pollutant emissions, and their formation mechanisms and prediction.
  • Boiler designs, including CFB boiler and PC boiler & their performances.
  • Theory of the high temperature air combustion technology & its application.

You will also get chances to conduct self-leaning on three combustion-relevant advanced technologies: Integrate Gasification Combined Cycle process, Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction (SNCR)/Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), and Chemical Looping Combustion. At the end, you will be able to:

  • Describe and analyze combustion processes.
  • Calculate key parameters concerning gas and solid combustion.
  • Solve quantitative problems concerning mechanisms of pollutant formation in combustion processes.
  • Explain and evaluate emissions control methods for combustion, including carbon capture.
  • Apply the principles of clean combustion technologies in solving engineering problems.
Project Scoping

This module will cover the following items and item selected according to the project in question:

  • Safety, risk assessment and COSHH
  • Scientific document preparation using software and information technologies relevant to the project: document preparation software, imaging and statistical software, data presentation with relevant error analysis, use of computational/simulation tools
  • Library skills
  • Databases such as e.g. web of science, web of knowledge, Scopus
  • Referencing using reference management software
  • Proposal writing
  • Gantt charts and how to prepare them via suitable software
  • Project costing
  • Ethical issues such as academic good practice and academic malpractice – ethics, plagiarism and sustainability

 

Energy Systems Analysis

This module aims to impart an understanding of the underpinning theoretical principles and practical calculation methods for analysis of energy systems and an appreciation of how these systems are integrated in practical applications. Emphasis is on heat transfer and thermodynamic cycles. The underlying principles and analysis methods are appropriate for both renewable and non-renewable energy systems.

Project Management

Lecturer: Dr Wong
Assessment: coursework (50%) and project (50%)

This module aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to be able to undertake the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of project management practices and practical skills to manage project scope
  • Gain intellectual skills to apply various project planning, scheduling and controlling methods with respect to the project triple constraints: time, cost and quality
  • Develop a good understanding of the inter-dependency between various project management knowledge areas
  • Understand the importance of project stakeholders and their impact on project management

This will be achieved through the following key areas:

  • Introduction to project management principles, concepts and processes
  • Project management and organisations: organisational influences, project stakeholders, project team, and project life cycle
  • Project scoping: project definition, project objectives, project deliverables, and work breakdown structure
  • Project planning and scheduling: definition of events, activities and nodes, network diagram, analysis of critical path, PERT method, and use of industry standard software packages
  • Project controlling: cost estimate, budget setting, risk identification and assessment, and contingency planning
  • Case studies/practical examples in project management
Strategic Technology Management (10 credits)

This module aims to provide a series of strategic frameworks for managing high-technology businesses. The main focus is on the acquisition of a set of powerful analytical tools which are critical for the development of a technology strategy as an integral part of business strategy. These tools can provide a guiding framework for deciding which technologies to invest in, how to structure those investments and how to anticipate and respond to the behaviour of competitors, suppliers, and customers. The course should be of particular interest to those interested in managing a business for which technology is likely to play a major role, and to those interested in consulting or venture capital.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the role and importance of technology in business strategy formulation process
  • Develop the ability to critically assess concepts, tools and techniques of managing technology for both stable and turbulent business environments
  • Evaluate complexity and develop appropriate technology strategy models for specific cases

Grades will be determined by class participation assessed through four two-page papers on case studies, which may be written in groups of 4 people (40%), and an individual final technology strategy report based on an in-depth exploration of technology strategy in an assigned industry (60%). There is no final exam.

Sustainable Product Design & Manufacturing (10 credits)

This module covers one of the major challenges of modern industry which is to address the need for sustainable product development and manufacturing. International legislation and increasing costs of fiscal instruments such as the landfill tax now aim to force producers to reduce the environmental impacts of their products and processes. Accelerating globalization and industrialization continues to exacerbate complexity of sustainability. Whilst manufacturers are constantly required to lower their costs and maintain their competitiveness, legislations require them to look at lifecycle costs.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of sustainable product development and sustainable manufacturing and how to establish competitive advantage and appreciate the key legislation affecting modern industry
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the engineers’ role in problem & solution to this and how to establish competitive advantage (e.g. via operational efficiency and effectiveness, new opportunities and enhanced enhancing marketing and customer goodwill)
  • Describe End- of- Life issues and critically discuss the place of reuse processes in Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, as well as identifying the various reuse processes
  • Identify the product features and characteristics that facilitate and hinder product recovery and redesign them for enhanced sustainability
  • Identify the fundamental “building blocks” of LCA and describe/illustrate the use of LCA in lifecycle decision making, as well as describing Biomimicry use in product design

Assessment and feedback will be in the form of coursework (70%) and a lab project (30%).

Financial Engineering

Lecturer: Dr Zawdie

This module explores financial options and strategies for ensuring the solvency and financial sustainability of business ventures. It covers topics including financial reporting and financial accounting in relation to the wider issues of corporate behaviour and corporate governance.

Also covered are: financial instruments; asset valuation; capital project financing and methods of raising capital; capital structure and gearing; financial risk management; elements of portfolio management; and corporate business and financial strategies, including mergers, acquisitions and restructuring as aspects of financial engineering and corporate business management. The module will also look into the implications of the occurrence of financial crises at corporate, national and global levels for the financial engineering practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand issues in financial engineering and ability to analyse the significance of financial engineering in terms of the macro and micro aspects of economic activities
  • Identify and analyse issues arising from the financial accounts and reports of companies
  • Identify sources and methods of raising project finance and implications of these for business and financial risk
  • Analyse the principles underlying operation of financial/capital markets
  • Identify and evaluate financial strategies and instruments for corporate risk management
  • Explain business sustainability in terms the imperatives of financial engineering
Environmental Impact Assessment

Lecturer: Dr João
Assessment: examination (50%), coursework (3%) and project (47%)

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) relates to the process of identifying, evaluating, and mitigating the biophysical, social, economic, cultural and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made.

This class provides an introduction to the methods used to predict environmental impacts, and evaluates how these may be used to integrate environmental factors into decisions. The class draws principally on the UK planning context of environmental impact assessment of individual projects (project EIA), but also takes account of EIA experience in other countries and international organisations. Participants evaluate the quality of Environmental Statements and of the EIA process using the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Management (IEMA) methodology.

The class discusses how EIA can be used a pro-active design tool for projects and how it can contribute to the enhancement of environmental, social and health issues. The class has the contribution of key practitioners in the field and includes different case studies such as mining, roads, and on-shore and off-shore windfarms.

On completion of the module the student is expected to be able to:

  • Be able to be conversant with the regulatory requirements for statutory EIA throughout the world
  • To be familiar with some of the methodologies commonly used in preparing EIA
  • Be competent in the evaluation of the quality of an Environmental Impact Statements and understand the requirements of the IEMA EIA Quality Mark
  • Be able to understand the relationship between EIA and development decisions and understand the ways in which EIA can contribute to sustainable development and project design, and its limitations in this regard
Risk Analysis & Management

Lecturer: Dr Megiddo & Prof Walls

Module introduces fundamental techniques of risk management and risk-informed decision making.

Under health and safety legislation, and under the wider European Post-Seveso Directives, it's mandatory for many industries to carry out risk assessments with the aim of showing that risk is “as low as reasonably practicable”. Students will have the opportunity to learn the general principles of methods and their place in risk management, as well as the chance to develop skills in applying these methods to a variety of engineering examples.

Module is split into two distinct sections.

  1. focus will be on learning the modelling approaches and methods used by industry currently to manage risk
  2. we shall consider tools and techniques that are gaining popularity in industry but are not yet widespread

The module considers the basic principles of uncertainty and consequence modelling, together with the tools and techniques required to apply these principles. Industry standard processes and software tools are discussed and illustrated by relevant case studies.

Euan Fenelon, Director of Asset Management for Natural Power will present his experiences on applying risk analysis methods during his time with Scottish Power and Natural Power.

Assessment

  • group assignment to test ability to develop a full risk analysis for a technological system
  • exam to assess understanding of key concepts and methods from the course
Individual Project

All students undertake an individual research project working with our high quality researchers on cutting-edge chemical engineering challenges. The module will teach the application of core and advanced chemical engineering principles within a research setting.

The module extends across the various advanced chemical engineering and business/management subjects taught during previous years to consider an advanced technical issue and a business case, within the students industrial workplace.

On completion of the module the student is expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate an ability to work across subject boundaries in response to specific technical problems
  • have an critical awareness of how to develop a research model and have an ability to apply analytical and modelling tools and techniques appropriately to a specific research problems
  • be able to present a business case in support of proposals generated by research

Learning & teaching

Course content is delivered through:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • laboratory demonstrations
  • project work

Entry requirements

A Second Class (Upper Level) Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant engineering, technology or science discipline.

Entry may be possible with other qualifications provided there is evidence of relevant experience and ability to study at an advanced level.

English Language Requirements for International Students

IELTS - minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5). 

The University offers English language classes for students who do not meet the criteria.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding

2019/20

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • £8,100

Rest of UK

  • £9,250

International

  • £20,050

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship (FEES) for International Students

If you're applying for an MSc course you'll be eligible to apply for an offering up to £3,000 towards your tuition fees.

The scholarship is available for application to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee-paying students holding an offer of study for an MSc programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying.

You must start your full-time MSc programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2019-20).

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

There is growing world-wide demand for high-calibre graduates who can encourage innovation in the energy industry.

If you are an individual already employed in a relevant company, this course will benefit your career progression, by providing the skills and knowledge to identify, validate and commercialise possible solutions.

Upon finishing the MSc programme, some students may be eligible to apply for PhD places in the department and across the Engineering faculty.

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Energy Systems Innovation

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2020, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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