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Our degree programmes have been set up in close collaboration with the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) to answer the regional and national demand for a skilled energy engineering workforce.
The Skills for Energy sub-group of EEEGR provides energy engineering students with industry-driven case studies, site visits, on-site lectures, breakfast meetings and sponsored equipment.
Our students have the opportunity for affiliate membership of the Energy Institute, providing free student membership and an e-magazine. UEA has been working closely with the Energy Institute to ensure that all energy engineering degrees will satisfy their requirements for professional accreditation.
As well as using the traditional teaching methods of lectures and group seminars, the Energy Engineering course uses a variety of unique approaches to bring the subject to life. From their first year students are introduced to guest speakers from industry, providing challenges which are based directly on real-life case studies. Practical workshops help to familiarise students with specialised software packages including Computer Aided Design (CAD). This allows students to design professional models, engineering drawings and technical documents throughout the course. The electricity theme in the second year includes hands-on practical work as students design analogue circuits, before being assessed through oral and written explanations.
A range of assessment methods are used throughout the course to reflect the real vocational work which students will be expected to perform after graduation. As students investigate industrial case studies in the first year, they are assessed on delivering presentations in teams and individually, press releases, technical reports and data analysis. Additional assessments include producing poster and model displays, conceptual designs and estimation exercises. As they progress to second year, students role play in a mock public inquiry and are assessed on the quality of their briefing documents. Third year presents the opportunity for an individual dissertation and increased business awareness will encourage students to draft contract documents.
Those on the MEng course will produce professional technical reports during their final year, whilst creating business plans, economic predictions and concept designs. The final year of the MEng course centres around an extended team project, in which students form a mini consultancy to compete for the interest of actual industrial clients. This is delivered across a multi-disciplinary platform with students from the School of Environmental Studies, reflecting the wide cross-section of workers which make up real life industrial engineering teams. Being able to offer reasonable and constructive criticism is vital to maintaining a safe working environment and by Masters level students will be encouraged to assess the work of their peers.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline January 15 Tuition fee
- EUR 10560 Year (EEA)
- EUR 17480 Year (Non-EEA)
UK/EU £9,000; International £14,900Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
Year 1 is aimed at introducing the fundamental principles of all engineering disciplines using energy engineering as a focusThe Energy Engineering Revolution module aims to provide an up to date assessment of the energy industry, using visiting speakers, mini-projects and case studies to address topical issues such as renewable heat incentives, feed-in tariffs and maintenance in the offshore environment. The Engineering Principles module builds knowledge in fluid flow, electricity, structural design and materials. Engineering Practice introduces the design theme and uses it as a vehicle to explore professional practice and ethical codes of conduct. A range of communication techniques including sketching and drawing skills as well as team working are all taught in an energy context. The two mathematics modules consolidate pre-university knowledge and push it a bit further. The engineering mathematics component complements the theoretical work with estimation challenges and energy data analysis using a range of software.
Year 2 builds on the foundations to explore design codes of practice in more depth and uses renewable energy examples to illustrate advanced principles. For example a basic understanding of wind turbine towers includes considerations of drag-induced overturning forces and foundation stability, as well as the aerodynamics of flow past the turbines. A thorough understanding of micro-hydro schemes is developed by analysing pumps and turbines linked to pipe flow and networks, while the study of grid storage pushes the electricity theme further. The important mathematical theme continues to more advanced material including learning programming skills.
Year 3 includes the important element of your individual project. Your supervisor may make suggestions for suitable topics, but essentially this is your chance to become an expert in the area of energy engineering that fascinates you and in which you are likely to work. Industry is keen to see this in-depth study, as many energy engineering degrees can be somewhat superficial in their coverage. At UEA we aim for both breadth and depth in our teaching.
Engineers design things. This is a highly creative process that builds upon a fundamental understanding of fluid flow, material properties, structural behaviour, dynamics of systems and mathematics. But rather than save up all the fun bits until the base theory is complete, you will tackle engineering design challenges from the start of your degree and gradually build up your confidence until by third and fourth year you are capable of completing a detailed design to industry standards.
Health and Safety Risk Management
Engineering is becoming ever safer. Many companies now operate strict health and safety policies using sophisticated risk assessment and management techniques. Identifying risks can also lead to financial opportunities. The culture of safe working begins in first year with laboratory exercises and site visits, before permeating all the design work. The chemical engineering hazard study approach to design is adopted throughout.
Professional Ethics and Commercial Awareness
It is obviously important to understand the technical aspects of your discipline, but this is only half the story. Professional life raises all sorts of ethical dilemmas, from the care that must be taken in checking calculations to the consideration of risks to public health. Often the dilemmas are compounded by the underlying need to make a business profitable. There is a growing interest amongst practising engineers in these important aspects. You will discuss ethical and commercial responsibilities with practising engineers who balance them during their working lives. By the time you graduate you should have a confident foundation understanding of how industry works, which will allow you to get the most out of your initial training.
It is quite likely that you were attracted to energy engineering by the technology involved, whether it was the majestic sweep of a wind turbine or the sheer size of the support vehicles and boats installing them. Or perhaps you are fascinated by the decentralisation of energy supply and the idea of making maximum use of the energy potential in waste appeals to you. Whatever your technical interests there will be something in our degrees for you. Renewable energy technologies from marine to solar are complemented by a thorough understanding of modern conventional technologies such as combined cycle gas turbines or carbon capture to prolong the life of coal. Nuclear power is used as a vehicle to introduce the very important subject of risk assessment, as well as for its important contribution to the energy mix.
Environmental Impact Statements are a key feature of all major energy engineering schemes, but industry is concerned that many engineers attempt to apply them to the end of a design rather than embedding them from the start at every key decision stage. At UEA we are uniquely placed to educate our students on the environmental impact of energy engineering because of our long-established expertise in environmental sciences. Climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and other crucial concepts become second nature to our students. It is possible to investigate this theme through all years of your degree or to develop your mathematical ability further in third and fourth year instead.
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6 TOEFL iBT® test : 78
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
- A Level: AAB including Mathematics and one other science
- International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall including 3 Higher Level subjects at grade 6 including Maths and one other science
- Scottish Highers: AAABB including Advanced Level Mathematics and one other science
- Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB including Mathematics and one other science
- Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAABB including Mathematics and one other science
- Access Course: See below
- European Baccalaureate: 80% overall including 80% in Mathematics and one other science
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:
- IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)
- TOEFL: Internet-based score of 78 overall (minimum 20 in Speaking component, 17 in Writing and Listening components and 18 in Reading components)
- PTE: 55 overall (minimum 51 in any component)
If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry, our partner INTO Language Learning Centre offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications, you can take a variety of routes to this degree:
International Foundation in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences
International Foundation in the Sciences
It is not necessary for most applicants to come to campus for an interview, although our Visit Days and Energy Engineering Summer School provide a vital opportunity for applicants to find out more about our undergraduate programmes. Our visit days allow potential applicants to view our facilities and meet course teachers as well as trying out hands-on experiments in our laboratories. Parents are given the opportunity to speak directly with the course organisers and professional industry speakers will be on hand to give a broader background of employability.
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.
Special Entry Requirements
A level in Mathematics (or equivalent) and one other Science subject from the following: Applied Science, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology: Product Design (3D Design), Design Technology: Systems and Control Technology, Economics, Electronics, Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Further Mathematics, Geography, ICT, Marine Science, Mechanics, Physics, Statistics.
We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.
Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 45 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 Maths credits and 12 level 3 credits in one other science.
Students are required to have GCSE Mathematics at grade B and GCSE English Language at grade C.
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
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