Just recently, the UK government has agreed to financially support eight big-scale renewable energy projects. The potential of clean energy in inciting a limited electricity market reform has been recognized a long time ago by the country's leading universities and research centers, which today offer a wide array of degree courses to match the future demand for skilled professionals with a background in clean technology.
Here are top 5 graduate programs that offer a truly cleantech training.
Msc Renewable Energy (University of Exeter)
The program promotes an informed and inclusive approach to sustainable energy solutions, with modern research facilities that include a renewable energy laboratory and wind turbine. It provides an expertise in energy policy, marine renewables, bio-fuels, electrical power, photo-voltaic and thermal technologies. It plays the leading role in the £ 15 million PRIMaRE research institute to support the development of marine energy in the South West.
MSc in Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability (University of Reading)
An established postgraduate program, aiming to provide students with an understanding of the applications of renewable energy and sustainable technologies by covering rapidly developing fields relevant to how society develops in the 21st c. Among the taught modules are: Energy in Buildings, Sustainable Urban Systems, or Carbon Management. Final year projects stand a chance at winning a prestigious Panasonic Trust Project Presentation Prize.
Msc Renewable Energy Systems Technology (University of Loughborough)
A program aimed at engineers and natural scientists alike, where final projects are often carried out with renewable energy companies or along the research lines pursued by the sector experts. It's accredited by the IET, the IMechE and the Energy Institute and meets the standards required for Chartered Engineer position. 95% of the research conducted within the program was rated as world leading or international standing in the latest Government Research Assessment Exercise.
Msc Architecture and Environmental Design (University of Westminster)
This program combines architecture with sustainability, providing knowledge and tools to make informed design decisions and guide the graduations towards a new paradigm of environmental architecture, which is energy conscious and sensitive to the contextual and socio-cultural landscape in question. It provides tools that will help to better understand existing buildings for retrofit and to design new ones in the spirit of a truly environmentally conscious architecture.
Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy (University of Liverpool)
This cutting-edge institute focuses on the issues of energy conversion, storage, energy distribution and demand reductions, as well as enabling technologies. Postgraduates have a chance at assisting in a truly interdisciplinary research, spanning over disciplines like Chemistry and Physics to Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, providing a good point of departure for energy research, technology and development.