BEng/BEng (Hons) Energy & Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate, Full-time

Energy & Environmental Engineering BEng/BEng (Hons)



Learn how you can make a difference for tomorrow’s world

Overview

Gain the skills required to solve the environmental challenges in society and the wider industry.

You’ll graduate equipped for a career as a professional engineer in the renewable, built environment and traditional energy industries.

As an energy engineer, you’ll be exploring cleaner, more efficient ways of using fossil fuels, while investigating and specifying the design of renewable energy developing systems using renewable and sustainable resources, such as solar and wind energy. You will also look at how local climate impacts on the design and selection of these systems, and consider their life cycle and carbon footprint

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Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

HJ69

Placement:

Yes


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Course details

The course focuses on learning engineering principles and practices, as well as computing skills and principles of design, relating to a wide range of energy systems.

You'll also learn methods of applying energy-efficiency in design, engineering practices and create more environmentally-friendly forms of industrial design and manufacture.

In year 1 you will learn fundamental principles underpinning both mechanical and electrical engineering sciences, and hands on practical skills.

You will then progress on to year 2, further developing these fundamental skills while beginning to specialise in thermodynamics and mechanical engineering, while considering control and automation systems, key elements of design and engineering management skills.

In year 3, you continue to specialise in your chosen field, gaining insight in to the design and application of renewable energy systems, detailed design and innovation practices and engineering applications.

In your final year you will work on your honours project as well as gaining enhanced skills in analysis of energy efficient design in relation to building energy systems design, and power systems analysis.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, and through practical hands on experience using up to date laboratory equipment.
  • note and pen Assessments Assessments will primarily be in the form of written coursework submissions and examinations.
  • briefcase Work placement You are encouraged to take an optional industrial placement in addition to taught modules. Though this is non-credited, our placements team will support you to find placement opportunities.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Computational Thinking and Practice
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Engineering Communication
  • Mathematical Methods 1

Year 2

  • Management for Engineers 1
  • Engineering Design and CAD
  • Mathematical Methods 2
  • Materials and Manufacture
  • Mechanics and Thermofluids
  • Control
  • Measurement and Instrumentation

Year 3

  • Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • Materials and Manufacture 2
  • Management for Engineers 2
  • Energy Systems Design
  • Engineering Applications (Mechanical)
  • Engineering Design (Honours) or Individual Project (Degree)

Year 4

  • Honours Project
  • Building Services Engineering A
  • Advanced Energy Systems 1
  • Building Services Engineering B
  • Advanced Energy Systems 2

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Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Advanced entry

Advanced entry into Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4 is possible for students with suitable qualifications.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBBB including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

National 5 Grade C in English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*. Please note that grade B must be achieved in at least one of these required subjects.

National 5 grade C in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. For further information see our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

GCSE Grade C/4 in English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B3, B3 at HL including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*

OL English at C2.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H3, H3 at HL including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*

OL English at O4.

BTEC Extended Diploma

DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. BTEC must include Maths but if not we would accept A Level Maths at Grade C as an alternative.

GCSE Grade C/4 in English.

BTEC Diploma

D*D* (Distinction*, Distinction*) in a related subject or DM (Distinction, Merit) in a related subject plus A Level Grade C. BTEC must include Maths/A Level Grade C in Maths.

GCSE Grade C/4 in English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including HL Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject* at minimum grade 5.

Grade 4 in SL English.

Technical subjects accepted

*Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Engineering, Mathematics, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Technological Studies/Engineering Science, Design & Manufacture, Chemistry.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

National 5 Grade C in English.

A Level

BBB including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

GCSE Grade C/4 in English.

HNC

Pass HNC in a relevant subject with Grade B in the graded unit.

Must include Engineering Maths 1, 2 and 3, Thermofluids and Statics and Strength of Materials.

Technical subjects accepted

*Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Engineering, Mathematics, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Technological Studies/Engineering Science, Design & Manufacture, Chemistry.

Minimum Year 3

HND

Pass HND in a relevant subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Must include Engineering Maths 1, 2, 3 and 4, Thermofluids and Statics and Strength of Materials.

DUT

Pass DUT in a relevant subject with overall grade 12 to include English at 11 in final year of studies.

Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 50% overall, with minimum 50% at first sitting in all final year subjects.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £14,350 £14,925
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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Career opportunities include:

  • Energy production companies
  • Engineering consultancies / utilities
  • Small business (breweries / distilleries etc)
  • Renewable energy companies

Energy engineers are also in demand in the building services design sector, development of renewable energy installations, helping clients to create more energy efficient homes, offices and factories.

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