Renewable Energy

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What is Renewable Energy

Climate change has been described as the biggest challenge of our time and energy is a major source of the greenhouse gas emissions causing it. Renewable energy will play a vital role in transitioning the world from its present reliance on fossil fuels toward a sustainable energy system. You can be part of this exciting change by building your skills and knowledge in renewable energy resources and technologies, energy systems analysis including demand-side management, and in energy topics of personal interest.

Renewable Energy in NZ

New Zealand has a primary energy mix of approximately 40 percent renewables and 60 percent fossil fuels, making it an interesting country in which to study options for a transition to a more sustainable energy system. Over 80 percent of our electricity is presently produced from renewables which provides us with a good start. Researchers at UC are actively engaged in sustainable energy projects in Pacific Island nations and in South East Asia.

What will I learn?

Learn about the breadth of renewable energy resources and conversion technologies, system modelling techniques, challenges surrounding energy sustainability, and practical solutions to energy issues, preparing you to transition your career into a profession and/or industry within the renewable and sustainable energy sectors.

The Master of Engineering Studies (MEngSt) and Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering (PGCertEng) are Professional Development Programmes.

The MEngSt is a one year masters aimed at graduates from a wide range of engineering backgrounds, with entry in February and July.
With four core courses and a range of electives to choose from, the MEngSt degree is designed to be flexible to the needs of prospective students.
It is open to applications from graduates with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree or equivalent or from graduates with a Bachelor of Science with Honours or equivalent with an appropriate Physics and Chemistry background.
Renewable Energy in New Zealand.

Certificate of Proficiency

If you do not want to enrol for a full programme but want to study a specific area you may undertake an individual course and be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency on passing.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must normally have completed one of the following:

  • BE(Hons) with first or second class honours
  • BSc(Hons) in appropriate subjects

Relevance and standard of previous study is the main criteria for approval.

Compulsory Courses:

  • ENGR621 Energy, Technology & Society
  • ENCN623 Energy Systems Modelling & Analysis
  • ENEL667 Renewable Electricity System Design
  • ENCI601 Risk Management

Elective Course: - Restrictions apply

  • ENNR423 Sustainable Energy Systems
  • ENCN625 Wind Resource Modelling
  • ENGR683 Project
  • ENCM620 Construction Procurement and Contract Administration (not offered 2017)
  • ENGR404 Renewable Energy Technology & Management
  • ENME405 Energy Systems Engineering
  • DRRE408 GIS for Disaster Risk & Resilience
  • ENCH486 Advanced Energy Processing Technologies and Systems

The programme uses teaching staff from the University of Canterbury and, from time to time, specialised staff from overseas universities.

For advice

To apply to enrol or for general information please contact the Postgraduate Administrator.

Leigh Davidson

Administration Assistant
Jack Erskine 402
Internal Phone: 95820

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