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PGCert Hydrogen Energy Systems

Hydrogen Energy Plant
Overview of the Programme

A key component for achieving the Net Zero Emission targets set by governments around the globe, will be the role hydrogen plays. Investment has already begun in the development of hydrogen infrastructure and generation to provide a route towards delivering low-cost decarbonisation. This level of development also presents several challenges that must be addressed to facilitate our continued growth towards a greener society that utilise hydrogen energy.

The aim of this programme is to provide students with a strong foundation of the engineering and associated skills that are needed to underpin growth in the hydrogen economy. This includes exploring current manufacturing routes, advancements in emerging technologies and investigating and monitoring the engineering of a hydrogen energy system. As a result, our graduates will be well placed to support existing and new industries in their energy system transition. Students completing this course will possess skills in each of these areas which are increasingly sought by local and international employers, particularly those in manufacturing and energy sectors.

Online delivery and blended-learning activities within the programme will enable students to access learning materials in a highly flexible manner.

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The programme comprises the following 3 modules:

Course Delivery

Start date: Sept 2022 over 2 semesters

Opportunities for Progression

Careers and Further Study

Hydrogen will play a vital role in the future energy landscape, but it will also bring with it a range of challenges. This course will equip students with the skills and expertise required to address and overcome those challenges across a range of sectors and industries. Those graduating with a PGCert in Hydrogen Energy Systems will enhance their portfolio in renewable energy and maximise their prospects of securing one of the growing number of sustainably-focussed careers, including positions such as a low-carbon technology engineer, carbon consultants, low-carbon solutions managers and so on.

Those who wish to continue their studies may wish to undertake the related PGCert in Zero Carbon Engineering, which offers the opportunity to progress, via a Research Project in Net Zero Engineering, to the new MSc in Net Zero Engineering.


Admissions and Requirements

The admission criteria for entry onto the programme are as follows:

Academic requirements:

Normally at least a 2:2 UK honours-equivalent degree in any STEM subject. Candidates that can demonstrate appropriate work experience in a process, manufacturing or related role may also be eligible to join the course, subject to successfully completing a brief skills assessment/interview.

Places available on this programme are limited. Where there are more eligible applications received than places available, the academic selectors for this programme will make offers in rank order based on academic merit and potential as evidenced in the totality of the information provided in each application. We will operate a waiting list as required to allow us to fill all available places.

Other requirements:

Computer and internet connection.

Depending on pertinent lockdown and/or social distancing guidelines, we aim to give the opportunity to students to conduct an energy audit in a local processing or manufacturing company. This will require that the student can travel to the site as appropriate.


For each of the three modules on the course, 2 hrs of lectures and 1-2 hrs of tutorials and workshops will be scheduled per week. In addition to this, students will be expected to spend a further 7-8 hrs per week (per module) on directed study and self-learning which includes background reading, the preparation of reports and assignments and private study and revision.