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Net Zero Engineering with a year in industry (MSc)

MSc|Postgraduate Taught

Net Zero Engineering with Year in Industry

Entry year
2022
Entry requirements
2.2
Duration
2 years (Full Time)
3 years (Part Time)
Places available
15 (Full Time)
10 (Part Time)
  • Overview

    Governments around the world have set legally binding targets in support of achieving ambitious low-carbon objectives and are investing heavily in the development of technology that will deliver decarbonisation of the energy sector.
    Achieving these objectives is, however, a substantial challenge and requires input and engagement across a broad range of sectors. The rapid development of these sectors also emphasises the need for advanced skills and training portfolios to be delivered to not only address these challenges but also create future opportunities.
    Therefore, the aim of this programme is to provide students with a strong foundation of the engineering and associated skills that are needed to underpin and contribute towards achieving sustainability and greener societies along with the additional experience gained from the Year in Industry. In doing so, they will have an excellent platform to support existing and new industries in their transition towards achieving net-zero targets.

    Students completing this course will possess skills which are increasingly sought after by local and international employers, particularly those in manufacturing and energy sectors. The course will also introduce students to a suite of emerging technologies which are being considered and will provide them with the skills to be able to assess them, providing opportunities for innovation, entrepreneurship, and growth in a variety of sectors.

    Net Zero Engineering with Year in Industry highlights

    The course lead is Professor David Rooney, Director of the Sustainable Energy Research Group at Q.U.B. and the cross-border Bryden Centre for renewable research and an advisor to government and industry on Zero Carbon technologies.

    Industry Links

    • Researchers in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering maintain close links with government departments and industrial partners focussed on the development of policy and processes for a net zero future. We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of global employers from a variety of sectors including large energy producers as well as smaller industries. Furthermore, we work with a range of local and start-up/spin-out companies including Green Lizard Technologies and MOF Technologies.

    Career Development

    • Researchers in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering maintain close links with government departments and industrial partners focussed on the development of policy and processes for a net zero future. We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of global employers from a variety of sectors including large energy producers as well as smaller industries. Furthermore, we work with a range of local and start-up/spin-out companies including Green Lizard Technologies and MOF Technologies.

    Internationally Renowned Experts

    • Sustainability is one of the School’s two core goals and to pursue this aim staff are leading multi-million pound research projects on sustainability and net zero research. As the UK’s only combined Chemistry and Chemical Engineering School within the Russell group, our experts very well placed to equip the next generation of scientists to address these issue

    Student Experience

    • Students will have an opportunity to participate in field trips to industrial partners who are currently deploying renewable energy solutions in the transport (Wrightbus) and water treatment (NI Water) sectors. In addition, students will be able to engage with companies by working on industry-academia projects.
  • Course content

    Course Structure

    All modules below will be assessed by 100 % coursework, which will comprise of written, oral and calculation-based assignments
    • Sustainability and Net-Zero-Carbon Criteria (20 CATS)
    • Tools for Quantifying Energy and Carbon (20 CATS)
    • Applied renewable energy and low carbon technologies (20 CATS)
    • Fundamental Principles of Hydrogen Generation and Use (20 CATS)
    • Hydrogen System Integration (20 CATS)
    • Hydrogen System Design and Practice (20 CATS)

    The research project is summarised below:
    • Research Project in Net Zero Engineering (60 CATS) – written dissertation (50 %), laboratory performance, methodology and design records (40 %) and oral presentation (10 %)

    Students may enrol on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (3 years) basis. Full-time students typically complete three modules per semester. Part-time students typically complete one or two modules per semester.
    The MSc is awarded to students who successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS points), a 15,000 - 20,000 word research dissertation (60 CATS points) and the requirements of the Industrial Placement module including at least 9 month's placement in industry.

    Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from the six core taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from either of two defined sets of three taught modules.

    There is a straightforward option to build towards a Master's with a Year in Industry degree though short courses. For example, you can choose to complete the taught sections as two individual PGCerts (60 CATS each) and then complete a research or design project and industrial placement and be awarded the full MSc in Net Zero Engineering with a Year in Industry.

    IntroductionAchieving the Net Zero Emissions targets set by governments around the globe will not be simple. It requires engagement across a range of disciplines that are underpinned by a strong understanding of the fundamental science and engineering behind sustainability and renewable energy.  This course will target that challenge by equipping students with an enhanced skill set which will provide them with the tools to not only evaluate and assess sustainability but deliver low-carbon engineering solutions to a range of international industries.  As a result, our graduates will be well placed to contribute and play a crucial role across multiple sectors as we transition towards a Net Zero society.
    Semester One TeachingThe  modules during semester one, which are listed below, are focused on the core concepts of sustainability, the associated developments and importantly how we evaluate and assess those. This includes exploring the tools for quantifying the availability of resources and applying knowledge of Life Cycle Analysis, carbon-foot printing and model development. It also involves deploying these skills when learning about the range of renewable energies such as wind, marine, solar and bioenergy.
    • CHE7201 Sustainability and Net-Zero-Carbon Criteria
    • CHE7202 Tools for Quantifying Energy and Carbon 
    • CHE7203 Applied renewable energy and low carbon technologies
    Semester Two TeachingThe second semester will focus more specifically on hydrogen energy systems as an approach to achieving sustainability and decarbonisation of key sectors. The underpinning science and engineering of current manufacturing routes and emerging technologies will be explored along with discussing the growth of the hydrogen economy. The sub-components of hydrogen energy systems will also be investigated to demonstrate how they are influenced by the chemical and thermodynamic properties of hydrogen and how they can integrate with existing technology such as a batteries and gas separation.   The relevant modules are:

    • CHE7204 Fundamental Principles of Hydrogen Generation and Use
    • CHE7205 Hydrogen System Integration
    • CHE7206 Hydrogen System Design and Practice

    Students will also conduct a research project under the supervision of an academic and/or industrial supervisor, within an applied area of net zero engineering. Students will be able to conduct their projects under two themes: lab-based or theoretical and modelling-based, which both align with research clusters within the school and reflect the scientific and engineering principles of the taught material. 

    *      CHE7207 Research Project in Net Zero Engineering

    MSc with a Year in Industry students will have the opportunity to complete their research project (60 CATS points) on return to QUB or during their placement, with this being dependent on approval from both the industrial supervisor and the research project module coordinator. In the latter case students can submit their thesis and other necessary components upon return to the University following completion of their placement, with these aspects, and others, being assessed as per the requirements of the research project module.
    Year TwoIn Year Two the Year in Industry students will engage with Zero-Carbon technologies in an appropriate industry-based work environment and will have the opportunity to analyse and critically self-reflect on the experience of working in industry, communicating their conclusions in writing.
    They will develop an awareness and understanding of the structures, practices and ethos of Zero Carbon-orientated applications in an industrial workplace as well as developing a range of highly transferable skills which will maximize their future career prospects.
    Nine months is the expected minimum for the duration of a placement. Work may be split over multiple placements within the maximum 15-month period normally available.
    Staff on the course can advise on placement selections but it is the responsibility of the student to source their own placement. These can be undertaken anywhere, subject to visa requirements.

    Contact Teaching Hours

    Large Group Teaching
    6 (hours maximum)
    6 hours full time, 4 hours part time
    Personal Study
    20 (hours maximum)
    20 hrs full time, 10 hrs part time
    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
    2 (hours maximum)
    2 hrs full time, 1 hrs part time

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    This MSc will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in sustainability and the renewable energy sector as well as relevant industrial experience. We have good links and regularly consult with a large number of global employers from a variety of sectors including energy (including Shell, BP and Petronas), transport (WrightBus) and other chemical industries (Seren Technologies and Johnson Matthey). Furthermore, we work with a range of local companies and start-up/spin-out companies including Green Lizard Technologies and MOF Technologies. Graduates have also progressed into research at various universities.

    Employment after the Course
    Where would you like to be in five year's Time?

    Graduating from this course could lead to you becoming a project engineer in the design and development of components for low-carbon energy systems. You could also conduct environmental and sustainable impact assessments as a renewable energy coordinator for windfarms, solar installations and biorefineries. Alternatively, you might want to contribute towards the development of emerging technologies such as artificial photosynthesis through a research post or PhD. You may play a key role as a sustainable consultant for government in policy development to ensure the safety of new infrastructure for distributing green-hydrogen.     

    Achieving net zero emission is a global objective and therefore after your MSc you might want to travel and gain further experience in places like Asia, South America or Africa. This could also be valuable for understanding the role you can play in achieving global Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

    Employment Links
    Employers who are interested in people like you include manufacturers (energy systems), construction companies, sustainability consultancies (local, national and international), government (e.g. Department for Energy and Climate Change), businesses that are transitioning to net zero, transport sector (public transport), the oil and gas sector, the pharmaceutical sector, academia and education and renewable energy suppliers.

    Learning and Teaching

    Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

    The learning context

    You will be be part of a small, informal and chatty class. You’ll get to know your classmates and your lecturers well during field trips. You are expected to become an integral part of the School of Chemical and Chemical Engineering and will be invited to join staff and students at regular social events and professional events.

    Assessment

    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    Awarding of the qualifications is based on continuous assessment of coursework, tests and assessment of modules.

    Facilities

    Investment continues to be made in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering extending our range of facilities, from the perspective of our core themes of sustainability and healthcare. The well-equipped research laboratories are augmented by excellent computational facilities and some of the most modern instrumentation available, which have recently been utilized by the EU-funded Bryden Centre for Renewable Energy Research. The School has also recently invested in a lab containing 18 brand new analytical instruments, from HPLC, GC and mass spectrometers, to FT-IR, UV-Vis and Fluorescence spectroscopy, dedicated to the training of analytical techniques. Such instruments are valuable assets when conducting research into the design and development of renewable energy systems.
    In addition to an instrument pool containing a range of infrared and ultra violet / visible spectrometers, a circular dichroism spectrometer and polarimeter, major items of equipment possessed by the School include NMR spectrometers, powder X-ray diffractometer, Time of Flight Mass Spectrometers, GC / mass spectrometers, Elemental analyser, Thermal analysers, F.T. infrared spectrometers, BET, Scanning electron microscope and a range of the most modern facilities for laser-based spectroscopy, including nanosecond pulsed system.  These systems facilitate research into a range of disciplines associated with net zero engineering including catalyst design for renewable energy generation, energy vector monitoring, fuel cells and battery management and storage systems.
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofChemistryandChemicalEngineering/Discover/Facilities/

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Graduate
    Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Engineering (e.g. Chemical, Environmental, Mechanical, Civil), Physical Science (e.g. Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics) or a closely allied subject. Applicants with degrees in other disciplines or relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    How we choose our students

    International Students

    Our country/region pages include information on entry requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, student profiles, upcoming events and contacts for your country/region. Use the dropdown list below for specific information for your country/region.

    English Language Requirements

    Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    This MSc will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in sustainability and the renewable energy sector as well as relevant industrial experience. We have good links and regularly consult with a large number of global employers from a variety of sectors including energy (including Shell, BP and Petronas), transport (WrightBus) and other chemical industries (Seren Technologies and Johnson Matthey). Furthermore, we work with a range of local companies and start-up/spin-out companies including Green Lizard Technologies and MOF Technologies. Graduates have also progressed into research at various universities.

    Employment after the Course
    Where would you like to be in five year's Time?

    Graduating from this course could lead to you becoming a project engineer in the design and development of components for low-carbon energy systems. You could also conduct environmental and sustainable impact assessments as a renewable energy coordinator for windfarms, solar installations and biorefineries. Alternatively, you might want to contribute towards the development of emerging technologies such as artificial photosynthesis through a research post or PhD. You may play a key role as a sustainable consultant for government in policy development to ensure the safety of new infrastructure for distributing green-hydrogen.     

    Achieving net zero emission is a global objective and therefore after your MSc you might want to travel and gain further experience in places like Asia, South America or Africa. This could also be valuable for understanding the role you can play in achieving global Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

    Employment Links
    Employers who are interested in people like you include manufacturers (energy systems), construction companies, sustainability consultancies (local, national and international), government (e.g. Department for Energy and Climate Change), businesses that are transitioning to net zero, transport sector (public transport), the oil and gas sector, the pharmaceutical sector, academia and education and renewable energy suppliers.

    Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

    In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £6,650
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £6,650
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £7,470
    EU Other 3 £22,050
    International £22,050

    1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

    2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements.

    3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2022-23, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    How do I fund my study?

    The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

    A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships.

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