MSc Offshore Wind Energy

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: On-campus, MSc: 12 months full-time, PgDip: 9 months full-time

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  • UK University of the Year 2019 (Times Higher Education Awards)
  • Scottish University of the Year 2020 (The Sunday Times Good University Guide)
  • access to excellent teaching facilities that include a fully operational ship model experiment tank, racing yacht and industry software packages

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Why this course?

With almost 20 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity worldwide, and projected to increase fifteen-fold by 2040, the offshore wind energy market is booming, and it urgently needs qualified people to further succeed in being the leading sustainable energy source.

We offer a uniquely well-rounded, offshore wind-focused MSc, taught by staff having internationally leading expertise and track record in both wind turbines offshore engineering and electric and electronic engineering, unparalleled in the world.

This course is designed for ambitious graduates with a background in engineering, maths or physics who want to gain in-depth and industrially relevant knowledge in offshore wind energy.

Offshore wind turbines

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

What you’ll study

The MSc course will be delivered by the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME), and the Department of Electronic and Electric Engineering (EEE). There are six compulsory modules, a group project, and an individual project. The taught parts of the course will comprise 120 credits including a 40-credit group project. The taught part includes modules dealing with the following subjects:

  • offshore wind, wave, and current modelling
  • aerodynamic and hydrodynamic loads
  • structural analysis and integrity assessment
  • generators, power converters, and control systems
  • risk and reliability engineering
  • offshore wind farm Economics, Operation & Maintenance

Work placement

There’s the opportunity to carry out the individual project through the departments’ competitive MSc industrial internships.

The internships are offered in collaboration with selected department industry partners, including ScottishPower, Smarter Grid Solutions and SSE. You'll address engineering challenges facing the partner, with site visits, access and provision of relevant technical data and/or facilities provided, along with an industry mentor and academic supervisor.

Group projects

You’ll be part of a group of three to five people, acting as engineering consultants for 10 weeks, addressing a practical engineering problem. An industrially relevant, practical problem will be allocated (e.g. techno-economic feasibility assessment of an offshore wind farm, design of a novel floating support platform for a given wind turbine, et.c.), and the students will need to develop a plan, allocate tasks, manage resources, and presenting the results to a panel of academic and industry expert. This is not only an opportunity to apply your technical knowledge but also to develop your teamworking skills, an essential part of every engineer.

Facilities

We have excellent teaching facilities including:

  • Catalina - our departmental racing yacht
  • Kelvin Hydrodynamics Lab - the largest fully operational ship-model experiment tank in any UK university
  • cutting-edge computer facilities including high-performance computers
  • industry-standard software packages

Student competitions

The Department of NAOME supports and promotes students in various competitions and awards, from cash bursaries for top-performing students to the highest of awards from international organisations.

In recent years students from NAOME have been triumphant in the following high profile competitions:

  • Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year (SET Awards)
  • Best Maritime Technology Student (SET Awards)
  • Double winner of BP’s Ultimate Field Trip Competition
  • Strathclyder of the Year
  • Maritime Masters
  • TRA, the Transport Research Arena, is the largest European research and technology conference on transport and mobility

Guest lectures

You’ll appreciate industry experts involved in the teaching on selected modules within this PGT programme. In addition, the group project will be assessed by a panel of industry experts.

NAOME runs a so-called Marine Forum seminar series for all students in the Department, which is timetabled into all MSc programmes. The seminars are delivered by industrial experts, visiting academics and researchers of the Department in subjects relevant to the marine industry. As well as providing an opportunity for making contacts, specific seminars are also arranged to provide careers advice and promote membership of professional societies including the accrediting bodies

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Course content

Wind Turbine Technology

This module introduces the principles of wind turbine power conversion, including an introduction to turbine dynamics suitable for non-specialist engineers and scientists, and explain the evolution of contemporary wind turbine technology. Students gain sufficient understanding to outline the design and operation of multi-megawatt machines, including modelling and control design methods of wind turbine control systems.

Offshore Wind Turbines Dynamics Modelling

This module aims to provide the student with the knowledge necessary to model (at theoretical and numerical level) the system dynamics of a typical offshore wind turbine – a fundamental tool in the design and analysis of offshore wind turbines.

The first part is focused on learning how to model the marine environment (waves, currents, soil), then how to model the loads acting on the wind turbine sub-structure and foundation, and how to calculate the dynamic response of the offshore wind turbine system to these loads, considering the aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, structural dynamics, and control system strategy aspects.

Offshore Structural Integrity

This module provides the principles and methodologies to analyse and evaluate pertinent issues concerning the use of engineering materials and structural integrity in the marine environment. The module focuses on the practical tools for solving structural integrity and structural fitness-for-service problems throughout the design life-cycle in the marine environment.

Principles of Generator Modelling and Control

This module provides students with fundamental understanding of the control of electric generators via power electronics for wind power applications. The module revises all the relevant theory in electric machines and power electronics required to perform electrical and mechanical generator control. As such, this course is suitable for non-specialist engineers.

Risk and Reliability Engineering

This module aims to introduce the principles of risk management and reliability engineering and solve relevant engineering problems through widely applied methods and tools. Topics covered are, among others: FMEA/FMECA, HAZOP, FTA/ETA, systems modelling using Reliability Block Diagrams, Quantitative Reliability Analysis, Introduction to MCS, RAMS, Risk-based inspection.

Offshore Wind Farms Operation & Maintenance, and Economics

This module fully educates students on the operational challenges and solutions facing offshore wind operators. This will be approached both in terms of Operation & Maintenance planning for project development and final investment decision; post-warranty asset transfer; day-to-day operational decisions; and finally repowering and life extension. Students will be able to identify key operational choices and how these manifest in operational metrics (such as availability, OPEX, yield targets). Post-subsidy operation for offshore wind is also discussed.

Learning and teaching

There are two teaching semesters of 11 weeks each.

Course modules are delivered in form of formal lectures supported with tutorials and laboratory experiment.

You’re required to attend an induction prior to the start of the course.

Assessment

There are two types of method for module assessment. One is course work assessment only, the other is examination assessment. For examined modules the final assessment mark typically consists of 30 to 40% course work and 60 to 70% examination.

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Entry requirements

MSc

Normally a first-class or second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant engineering or technical subject.

PgDip

Applicants with marginally lower qualifications will be considered for the Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance. Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

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.

International students

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Fees & funding

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

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Scotland

£8,850

Rest of UK

£9,250

International

£21,850

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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International students

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

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Careers

There will be huge home/EU and overseas demand for these graduates. Job titles for future graduates of this postgraduate programme include but not limited to:

  • PhD students/researchers
  • Energy Analyst (e.g. at SSE, Natural Power)
  • Graduate/Senior naval architect/engineer (e.g. at SiemensGamesa, ARUP, Frazer-Nash)
  • Inspection Engineer (e.g. Cyberhawk Focus on wind turbine blade inspection)
  • Marine surveyor (e.g. at DNVGL, RINA)
  • Design engineer
  • Project Engineer (e.g. at DEME Offshore)
  • Wind Engineer / Wind Turbine Engineer (e.g. at Senvion, ESB, EDP Renewables)

Our graduates should be able to work at:

  • Classification and Certification societies
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Naval Architecture companies
  • Offshore Engineering companies
  • Offshore wind farm developers
  • Operations and Maintenance companies
  • Research centres, experimental facilities, and universities
  • Specialist offshore wind engineering consultancies
  • Wind turbine OEMs

Hear from employers

The MSc in Offshore Wind Energy will provide the students with the industrially relevant skills necessary to work in this field. BPP-Tech would look to employ 2-4 such graduates in each year.

Minoo Patel, Founder and Director BPP-Tech

The proposed MSc in Offshore Wind Energy has a structure and content that will give the necessary formation and skills to the students allowing them to work in the industry.

Claudio Bittencourt-Ferreira, Senior Principal Surveyor, DNVGL UK

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Offshore Wind Energy

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time

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Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5471

Email: eng-admissions@strath.ac.uk