Sustainable Energy Engineering (conversion programme)
The large projected increases in global population and energy demand, led by those in developing and emerging economies, underscore the need for new workable global supplies of affordable sustainable energy, and elevate this energy need as perhaps the greatest single challenge facing the world in the 21st century. The current acuteness of the challenge results from the confluence of concerns about population growth, energy supply and demand, security, and the effects of energy production and use on the environment. Energy derived from renewable and clean sources holds the promise of addressing the concerns of supply, security and environmental concerns. As a result there is an increasing demand for specialists in Sustainable Energy Engineering. This demand is fuelled by increased public awareness of the energy problem, by tightening of environmental regulations, and by the emerging recruitment needs of manufacturers and energy-supply companies working in the field. To address this demand, this programme has been developed with a view to encouraging science and maths graduates to engage with the subject area, under a UK Government initiative funded by HEFCE. The programme title and employment prospects have been considered, both internally within QM and externally through industrial contacts.
This programme is aimed at students who already have a science background (e.g. mathematics, chemistry, physics), and aims to convert them to engineers with unique expertise in the fundamentals of energy and the environment, and their applications for the benefit of humankind.
The programme structure is modular in format. The content of the programme includes a compulsory Engineering Methods module in the first semester, which exposes students to essential engineering techniques and philosophy. Besides this module, students will choose three modules from Vector Calculus, Energy Conversioon Analysis, Computer Aided Engineering, Advanced Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Environmental Properties of Materials and Renewable Energy Sources during the first semester. The selection of these three conversion modules depend on the student's background and these modules serve to ensure that the student has the appropriate Engineering background to undertake the specialising modules in the second semester. In the second semester students will take the compulsory modules Energy Storage Engineering and Solar Energy Engineering, as well as two electives from Advanced Environmental Engineering, Advanced Gas Turbines, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Energy Economics and Whole Systems Design.