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Energy Engineering Modules

Year one |  Year two Year three 

Year one

Engineering Mathematics I

provides a sound knowledge of the elements of classical engineering mathematics which universally underpin the formation of the professional engineer. Topics include fundamental algebraic techniques, function manipulation and single-independent variable calculus.

Electrical and Electronic Principles

provides basic concepts and knowledge for the analysis, design and development of simple electronic circuits. You will also be introduced to the basic operation of the Arduino microcontrollers for building digital devices.

Mechanical Principles - Statics

provides you with a clear understanding of solid mechanics (statics) concepts and their application  to engineering problems. You will study a wide range of topics, including the resolving of forces, moments and couples, direct stress, shear stress and strain, centroids and beam bending.

Design and Manufacture

covers the basic principles of design and manufacture with the opportunity to get hands on with industrial workshop equipment.  This module will help you to develop a set of skills and techniques that will allow you solve engineering problems in a cost effective and sustainable manner.

CAE and Programming

introduces Creo Parametric and ANSYS, to demonstrate the basics of 3D modelling and simulation.  You will also learn basic programming using MATLAB, to help you solve engineering problems.

Engineering Mathematics II

introduces intermediate engineering mathematical techniques. These include trigonometry, matrices, vectors and complex numbers, study of differential equations and numerical methods.  You will also cover statistics and probability methods used in the engineering domain.

Mechanical Principles - Dynamics

gives you a clear understanding of kinemetics and dynamics, and introduces you to the fundamentals of forces and their impact on motion.  You will cover a wide range of topics, including linear and rotational dynamics, Newton's laws, relative motion, oscillations and gyroscopes.


provides you with a solid foundation in, and understanding of, Thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. You will learn to apply thermofluid concepts, equations and experimental techniques to engineering problems.

Year two

Energy for Transport Applications

introduces you to a range of low-carbon transport technologies. In addition to developing your technical competence, you will also explore other factors, such as behavioural, social, financial, environmental and political issues within the context of a sustainable low-carbon economy.  

Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

builds on your studies in Thermofluids in Year 1.  You will further explore how these principles can be applied to engineering devices and systems by covering the following topic areas: second law of thermodynamics; vapour compression cycles; psychrometry; heat transfer; and an introduction to computational fluid dynamics. 

Materials Engineering and Processing

focuses on the correct material selection for a given design.  To do this you must understand how a materials structure can impact on its mechanical properties and processability.   This module will equip you with the tools required to select the correct material for a given requirement.

Product Design

gives you the opportunity to investigate the design process and apply the principles of product design methodology tools and analysis to solve engineering problems. You will develop your CAD skills and explore more technically advanced modelling and analysis techniques.

Fluid Mechanics

presents the principles of science that describe the mechanics of fluids in static and dynamic flow conditions. This module covers both non-compressible and compressible flows. You will study topics such as basic equations of fluid mechanics (mass, momentum and energy), inviscid and viscous flows, boundary layer concept, flow through nozzles, isentropic flow normal and oblique shocks.

Mechanical Vibrations

allows you to investigate the fundamentals of vibrations, with a particular focus on their application.  You will also explore ways to analyse engineering systems subjected to vibration and the implications vibrations can have on design requirements.

Project Management

presents some of the background, theory and practice to enable you to embed project management expertise in your academic and professional development.  You will focus on the wider role of a project manager, such as scheduling, time/resource management and how future environmental pressures can influence a current project.

Low Carbon Energy Technology

introduces you to a range of low carbon energy technologies, their role in future electricity grids and their impacts on the natural environment. You will be equipped with an  understanding of  the natural phenomena that underpin renewable energy technologies and the different characteristics of each technology.

Year three

Core modules

Individual Project

gives you the opportunity to undertake an individual project that will link your technical specialism with a core aspect of the course.

Power and Energy Systems

will develop your knowledge of power generation with a particular focus on efficient energy conversion and the utilisation of energy. You will undertake a detailed thermodynamic analysis of a range of power plants to evaluate their efficiency, operational limits, emissions and sustainability.

Energy Conversion and Storage Systems

explores the physical phenomena that underpin energy storage and conversion and on emerging materials, devices and manufacturing processes. You will discuss various energy conversion systems (solar to electricity, thermoelectric, piezoelectric, chemical to electrical and vice-versa, etc.).

Advanced Power Systems and Green Technology

provides you with advanced knowledge of conventional, carbon neutral, and 'green' power generation cycles and how to improve the efficiency of these systems. You will also cover aspects of heat transfer and concepts of modern emission control.

Energy Economics and Policy

provides an engagement with the foundations of economics in relation to energy demand, supply and management, as well as the links to economic growth and sustainable development. You will gain an understanding of the economic viability of current energy sources, markets and policies at national and international levels.


introduces you to a range of turbomachines, including fans, pumps, compressors, and turbines. This module will provide you with an opportunity to consolidate your understanding of basic thermodynamics and fluid dynamics, allowing you to apply this knowledge and analyse the performance of practical turbomachines. 

Design for 3D Printing

provides an insight into the design techniques for a variety of 3D printing processes. You will understand different 3D printing processes and the design constraints/considerations specific to each one. You will explore different techniques for lightweight component design including topology optimization and lattice structure design.

Optional modules

Finite Element Method

introduces you to the theory and practice of the finite element method, including capabilities and limitations of this numerical method. Using practical problems, you will develop your ability to  successfully model engineering structures and components.

Machines and Mechanisms

considers the fundamental principles for analysing engineering machines and their individual components. You will develop your understanding and practical skills in kinematical and dynamical analysis of basic mechanisms with full appreciation of their design principles.