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MEng (Hons) Engineering with Renewable Energy

Become an engineer with specialist knowledge in renewable energy generation and power delivery.

Year of entry: 2024/25

UCAS code

H221

Institution code

Y50

Length

4 years full-time

Typical offer

AAA (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2024 (semester dates)

UK (home) fees

£9,250 per year

International and EU fees

£28,800 per year

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Develop the skills needed to tackle current and future technological challenges. 

This degree is designed to provide you with the fundamental engineering skills needed to tackle current and future technological challenges. You'll also develop the specialist knowledge necessary for developing careers in renewable energy generation and power delivery.

In the first two years, you'll learn the foundations of engineering by studying a set of modules covering core engineering topics, including:

  • electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering
  • materials and manufacturing
  • mathematics and modelling
  • sensors and control.

In years three and four, you'll continue to build on these core skills and study a set of specialist modules designed to explore the central role of engineering in the development of renewable energy technologies.

Flexible courses

You may be able to change course, add a year in industry or change between MEng and BEng. Just ask us for more details.

7th for 'Overall Satisfaction'

in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, out of the Russell Group universities included in the latest National Student Survey (2022).

Course content

At the beginning of your course, you'll develop a solid foundation in mechanical, electrical and electronic principles and programming. 

You'll take part in extensive laboratory sessions and hands-on project work, during which you'll have the chance to build an innovative medical device, a maze-solving robot and an autonomous underwater vehicle.

Placements

Year in industry

All of our courses are available with a year in industry, which gives you the opportunity to gain vital experience in the workplace and find out more about your career options. The year in industry is generally taken in the year prior to your final year of study.

We will help you find a suitable placement. You will be fully supported by an academic member of staff who will visit you in the workplace and meet you regularly to discuss your placement work.

Year 1

Core modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 3

Core modules

Option modules

You will also study one option module:

  • Electric Powertrain Design
  • Fuel Cells and Energy Storage for Clean Energy Solutions
  • Critical Evaluation of Renewable Energy Systems

Year 4

Core modules

Option modules

You will also study one option module:

  • Electric Vehicle Technology
  • Power Electronics
  • Advanced Control
  • Machine Learning and Computational Intelligence
  • Individual Final Project

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Subject Knowledge: conduct theoretical and applied research at the interface between electronic, electrical, and mechanical engineering to create advanced components, devices, and systems in general engineering technologies, and for the harnessing of renewable energy.
  • Engineering Analysis: extract and critically evaluate data from general engineering systems through analytical and computational methods and modeling.
  • Engineering Design: combine electronic, electrical, and mechanical engineering to create, design, implement and operate innovative systems that address real-world problems aligned with technical, social, and economic needs, especially those related to renewable energy generation, and power delivery.
  • Practical Skills: apply professional skills of electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering, combined with an understanding of systems and components to solve technically challenging problems
  • Technical Communication: debate, defend and contextualise information in a succinct and technically accurate manner for audiences of engineers and members of the public and to write and interpret technical documentation
  • Management & Personal Development: proficiently manage themselves, teams, and complex projects in preparation for technical careers as leaders in applied engineering.

Strong links with industry

We will help you to become an employment-ready, motivated graduate, with skills in the latest developments in engineering such as robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and immersive technology.

Group work to prepare you for your career

Our programme involves group work to allow you to experience the management, coordination and decision-making processes required by engineers. We structure this throughout the programme so that you develop key transferable and managerial skills.

Free membership

We offer all students free membership of the York Engineering Society (our student engineering society) and student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) while you are at York.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK (home) International and EU
£9,250 £28,800

UK (home) or international fees?

The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK (home) fees may increase within the government fee cap in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International fees are subject to increase in subsequent years in line with the prevailing Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate (up to a maximum of 10%).

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Additional costs

There is no compulsory purchase of equipment or books necessary for this course. Lecture notes will be provided by staff, and you will be given a generous printing allowance.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2024/25 throughout the year.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

Gold-standard education

Our teaching, learning and student experience is outstanding, recognised by a Gold rating from the Office for Students in the 2023 national assessment (Teaching Excellence Framework).

Why we’re gold-rated

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Our courses are highly intensive. Your timetabled activities each week will include:

  • Lectures
  • Practical work (including projects every year)
  • Workshops and tutorials
  • Computer laboratories
  • Supervisions

You'll also be expected to spend time studying independently. As you progress through the course you'll take on more independent study, guiding your own learning and developing your project management skills.

An academic member of staff will help guide you through your final-year individual project, ensuring that you are able to combine the knowledge and skills you have learned throughout the course to successfully undertake an engineering project tailored to your interests and career goals.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during semesters. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Facilities

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You'll have access to laboratory space, recording studios, clean rooms, computing classrooms and the University’s JEOL Nanocentre. Explore our facilities.

Teaching location

You will be based in the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology, on Campus West.

Most of your contact hours will be in the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology, with some additional teaching on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can use the fast and frequent bus service. Take a campus tour.

Assessment and feedback

Your assignments will be designed not just to test you but for you to creatively apply what you've learned, and to stretch you to supply novel solutions. We use a variety of assessment styles, including exams, coursework and practical engineering tasks. You'll encounter all of them during your course, but the exact balance will depend on the modules you choose:

  • Closed-book and open-book exams
  • Short technical reports
  • Electronic portfolios, including programming exercises, video reports or blogs
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Major technical reports

You'll receive written feedback on work you hand in to help you understand your grade and develop your skills. For your final-year individual project you'll produce a written report, have a viva (a presentation and question/answer session) and also show your project on our demo day, which our external advisory board attend.

Careers and skills

We design our courses with your future in mind. Throughout your time with us, you'll build a range of transferable skills that are valuable to a variety of employers. Our students enter a wide range of careers.

Career opportunities

  • Avionic systems engineering
  • Design engineering
  • Digital consultancy
  • Software and systems engineering
  • Cyber security
  • Telecommunications design
  • Broadcast engineering
  • Automotive safety

Transferable skills

  • Time management
  • Teamworking
  • Project management
  • Communication
  • System analysis
  • Problem solving through design

Entry requirements

Typical offer
A levels

AAA including Maths

BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD from the BTEC National Extended Diploma in any subject plus A level Maths grade A.

DD from the BTEC National Diploma in any subject plus A level Maths grade A.

If you are studying for a different combination of A levels and BTEC qualifications please contact us for advice.
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with grade 6 in Higher Level Mathematics - Applications and Interpretation or 6 in Higher Level or Standard Level Mathematics - Analysis and Approaches.
T levels We are currently not accepting T Levels for this course unless an additional A Level (or equivalent qualification) in Mathematics has been taken.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers Advanced Highers - A in Mathematics plus Scottish Highers - BBBB

We may also be able to consider three Advanced Highers or a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers, where an applicant does not meet the grade requirement through Highers alone. Please contact us to discuss your qualifications.
International foundation programme Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.
Other qualifications We consider a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications as long as Maths is obtained at A level or equivalent and are happy to talk to you about your individual qualifications profile. We also offer a Foundation Year BEng Electronic Engineering with a Foundation Year for those not taking Maths A level which, following successful completion, allows you to progress onto one of our BEng or MEng courses depending on your Foundation Year average marks.  
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

Alternative offers

Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.

Criteria Adjustment
Widening participation If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Black Access Programme, Next Step York, Realising Opportunities, YESS, YorWay to York. More about widening participation.
Contextual offers If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.
EPQ If you achieve C or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS (Academic) 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
Cambridge CEFR 169, with a minimum of 162 in each component
Oxford ELLT 6, with a minimum of 5 in each component
Duolingo 105, minimum 95 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C / Grade 4
LanguageCert SELT B2 with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component
LanguageCert Academic B2 Communicator with a minimum score of 25/50 in each component
KITE 426 Main Flight score with 396 in each component
Skills for English B2: Pass with Merit overall, with Pass in each component
PTE Academic 55, with a minimum of 51 in each component
TOEFL 79 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
Trinity ISE III Pass in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you haven't met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

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