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PGCert Hydrogen Energy Systems (Subject to Approval)

Hydrogen Energy Plant
Overview of the Programme

Governments around the world have committed to low-carbon targets and achieving net-zero and are investing heavily in the development of hydrogen infrastructure and generation as a route to deliver low-cost decarbonisation of the energy system. 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. They will therefore 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.


Course Delivery

This course will start Jan 2022 with the bulk of teaching completed by the end of April 2022. Assessment activities will be carried out throughout the course.

Blended teaching and assessments will be delivered via a mixture of pre-recorded lectures, live online workshop and seminar classes and self-directed study and practice materials. Where guidelines allow, on-campus face-to-face workshops will be delivered and recorded to be made available to all students.

In order to replicate the interactive and engaging nature of an on-campus delivery, the online delivery will include:

  • Workshops that consolidate learning and further explore course topics. These will be delivered live and on-campus to permit learners to connect and ask / answer questions. The classes will also be recorded to permit flexible on-demand access.
  • Weekly seminar classes to allow students to engage with lecturers and ask questions about the taught material within the teaching blocks.
  • Weekly practice activities including set exercises, problem sheets and other tasks to reinforce learning and build practical skills.
  • Online learning materials (directed reading, study packs, etc.) which leaners will study in their own time each week.
  • Regular formative assessment to measure learner progress and to provide advice and direction.
  • Online advisory support for learners to connect with experts to provide bespoke one-to-one support. Offered Monday to Friday, daytime to early evening, to flexibly support leaners.
  • At least 15-20 hours of study effort will be expected each week from those enrolled on the course. A computer and Internet connection will be required.

Opportunities for Progression

Careers and Further Study

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 an MSc in Net Zero Engineering, MSc in Mechanical Engineering with Management or MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development.

If you are seeking to continue with your professional development, you will have the opportunity to self-fund progression to the full master’s subject to meeting the academic requirements for progression.


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.