Ocean Energy

Two great reasons to consider this course

Graduates will have: Specialist knowledge of oceanographic mechanisms and hydrodynamic interactions which may be applied to both ocean energy and hydropower systems, and to general marine applications.

Graduates will have: Skills in the use of state of the art marine software simulation tools.

This programme focuses on the crucial aspects associated with development and operation of ocean energy and hydropower systems for electrical power generation and desalination. A student on the programme will undertake modules comprising fundamental and advanced topics relating to ocean energy and hydropower, such as hydrodynamics, resource characterisation and assessment, environmental considerations, device design, modelling and simulation etc. This programme places a particular emphasis on energy policy and some of the important aspects of integrating ocean energy and hydropower systems to existing power systems. Further, the programme emphasises the uses of Academia and Industry standard software IDEs and report generating tools.

The course provides the student with a theoretical understanding of the critical considerations relating to hydropower, wave and tidal energy systems from a technical and economic standpoint, as well as a theoretical understanding of ocean waves and currents.
The programme explores energy policy and how policy can affect renewable energy development. There are four modules on this programme, each worth 7.5 ECTS credits. This course is highly focused on Ocean Energy with two modules solely concentrated on the most pertinent technical aspects of water-powered renewable energies, i.e. Water Power 1 and Ocean Energy 2. The Energy Policy & Economics module, delivered on this programme, broadens the focus by exploring the effects of energy policy on the development of wind energy. The programme also contains a module that explores the challenges of integrating renewable energy systems to existing power systems.

Subjects taught

This programmes includes the following modules:

Water Power 1
Ocean Energy 2
Energy Policy and Economics
Power Systems Integration of Renewables

Entry requirements

Candidates must hold a Level 8 Honours Degree in Engineering, or in the Physical or Chemical Sciences. The award must be Honours 2.1 or above. Science disciplines are restricted to: Experimental Physics, Applied Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, General Chemistry, Building Services, Telecommunications or similar.

Applicants should have a strong mathematical background, with an interest in emerging energy technologies, and the role these technologies may play in the future of society.


2 semesters

Full-time and part-time delivery

Post Course Info

The hydropower industry is well established both nationally and internationally, and, in many parts of the world, has seen significant increase in development in recent years. Of late, tidal energy has become commercialised and continues to develop. Wave energy remains at a nascent stage, with the primary focus remaining on the research sector. However considerable global interest and investment exists in wave energy, and it is expected that further career opportunities will become available in the coming years as a commercial wave energy industry emerges driven by the vast resource, increased desire to de-carbonise economies and through synergies with the rapidly developing offshore wind energy sector. Numerous academic and research positions are also available in both the areas of tidal and wave energy research.

Progression Options
MSc in Ocean Energy, MSc in Renewable Energy Systems, Postgraduate Research

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    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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