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MSc/PgDip/PgCertSustainable Engineering: Offshore Renewable Energy

Why this course?

The Faculty of Engineering runs a multi-disciplinary postgraduate course entitled Sustainable Engineering with a number of different themes, one of which is offshore renewable energy.

This flexible programme combines study in specialist, advanced engineering technologies underpinned with training in sustainability. The programme has been developed with direct industrial involvement to provide you with a solid understanding of modern, sustainable engineering. As well as gaining an understanding of how sustainable engineering applies to offshore renewable energy, this programme will also provide you with key transferable skills to aid your employability.

The course is designed for experienced or newly qualified engineers in:

  • Naval Architecture
  • Marine Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering or related disciplines

The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering, a leading institution in Scotland, offers excellent teaching and research facilities in naval architecture, ocean and marine engineering, which expands your career opportunities in naval architecture, marine, offshore oil and gas industry.

You’ll study

Studying at least three generic classes will meet the key requirements to attain Chartered Engineer status.

You must take three specialist classes if you are studying for the Postgraduate Certificate and up to five if you are studying for a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

Successful completion of six classes leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.

Group project

You’ll work with a group of students from different pathways of the Sustainable Engineering programme. You’ll produce sustainable solutions to real-life industry problems. This project will include site visits, field trips and progress reports to industry partners.

Successful completion of eight modules and the group project leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

Individual project

MSc students will study a selected topic in depth and submit a thesis.

Successful completion of eight classes, the group project and an individual project leads to the award of an MSc.


We have excellent teaching facilities including:

  • Catalina - our departmental racing yacht
  • Kelvin Hydrodynamics Lab - the largest ship-model experiment tank in any UK university
  • Towing/wave tank exclusively for teaching purposes
  • Marine engine laboratory
  • Hydrogen fuel cell laboratory
  • Cutting-edge computer facilities
  • Industry standard software

Studying at least three generic modules will meet the key requirements to attain Chartered Engineer status.

Student competitions

Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering 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 our students 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

Course content

Instructional classes


This class aims to provide you with an understanding of the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development. The social, environmental and economic impact of development strategies will be identified and the mitigation of negative impacts discussed.

Energy Resources & Policy

Against the background of international commitments on atmospheric emissions, diminishing fossil fuel resources and the liberalisation of energy markets, this class examines sustainable options for energy production, supply and consumption.

The aim is to give you an understanding of current trends and to enable a critical evaluation of emerging ideas, technologies and policies.

Electrical Power Systems

This class aims to provide you with an understanding of the operation of modern electrical power systems along with the techniques to undertake a basic technical analysis of key electrical devices and systems.

Finite Element Analysis of Floating Structures

This class aims to provide you with a theoretical and practical knowledge of the finite element method and the skills required to analyse floating structures with ANSYS, a commercially available finite element analysis program.

Particular emphasis will be given to ANSYS graphical user interface (GUI) and Workbench platform.

Renewable Marine Energy Systems

This class provides you with an understanding of the ways in which the maritime environment can offer a significant sustainable contribution, to global energy demands.

Also you'll undertake aero/hydrodynamic and structural assessments of the design and operation of marine energy generating systems.

Elective classes

Design Management

This class provides a structured introduction to the design management process, issues and tools.

Financial Engineering

The class aims to introduce elements of financial engineering that are applied to reduce risk of business insolvency and enhance the financial robustness of business enterprises.

Information Management

This class aims to give you an understanding of the types of different approaches, techniques and systems used in building information based systems. In particular to introduce you to the software engineering process, identifying information requirements and visual modelling. Also to acquire a basic understanding of information storage, retrieval, and systems.

In addition to this it will provide an appreciation and basic skills in the process of developing information systems. It will also familiarise you with information technology, how to model and use information and an introduction into a way of representing information on a computer based system.

Risk Management

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”.

This class aims to introduce the fundamental techniques of risk analysis and risk-informed decision making. You'll 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 variety of engineering examples.

Environmental Impact Assessment

Learning & teaching

There are two teaching periods (semesters) of 12 weeks each. The first semester is usually from the beginning of October and the second semester starts at the end of January.

Some of the second semester subjects are taught over eight weeks so that you can devote as much time as possible to your individual project work.

Each year about 15 experts from the industry give talks and seminars on wide-ranging topics. Industrial visits are made to a variety of companies.

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


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 consists of 30-40% course work and 60-70% examination.

Entry requirements


BEng with First, or Second Class (Upper Division) Honours or equivalent overseas qualification.


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 for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

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


  • 2017/18 - £5,500

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,000


  • 2017/18 - £18,000

How can I fund my course?


The Offshore Renewable Energy Britannia Scholarships will provide cover for tuition fees. It also provides a stipend of £3,000 for up to 20 full-time Home/EU Students joining the programme in September 2016.

This scholarship will provide help in meeting the cost of materials, travel and living expenses.

Find out more about MSc in Offshore Renewable Energy programme and the scholarship on offer by emailing for more information.

Scholarship search

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

For a number of eligible courses, Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students can 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 scheme and what courses are eligible.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

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


Job titles include:

  • Graduate Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Renewable Energy Consultant
  • Thermal Performance Engineer

Employers include:

  • Arup
  • Eaton
  • Esteyco Energua
  • Granite Services International
  • Moorfield International
  • Mott Macdonald

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Sustainable Engineering: Offshore Renewable Energy

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Sustainable Engineering: Offshore Renewable Energy

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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