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Postgraduate subject

Renewable Energy

07 November 2023
Learn how renewable energy is transforming the world from reliance on fossil fuels to sustainable energy systems.


Renewable Energy


Climate change is perhaps the biggest challenge of our time. And the energy sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions causing it.

Renewable technologies will play a pivotal role in transitioning the world away from its present reliance on fossil fuels toward a clean energy supply, at the same time as providing cheap electricity.

You can be part of this exciting change. Build your skills and knowledge in renewable energy resources and technologies for generation, conversion, and storage, as well as in broader energy systems, policy, energy, and society.

Renewable Energy in Aotearoa New Zealand

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 around the world, including Pacific Island nations.

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Renewable Energy

What will my study involve?

  • Learn about the breadth of renewable energy resources and 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.
  • See current research being conducted by research groups within Te Tari Puhanga Metarahi, Rawa Taiao | Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

Renewable Energy


Renewable Energy is interdisciplinary with relevant courses taught by all departments within Te Rāngai Pūkaha | Faculty of Engineering and with the option to choose electives from other faculties.

There are different qualifications available ranging from single courses (Certificate of Proficiency) to one semester full-time study, one-year taught master's study, research-based master's study, and doctoral study:

For full details of requirements, see the individual qualification pages.

The Master of Engineering Studies (endorsed in Renewable Energy) is a popular choice among applicants and is directed by Te Tari Puhanga Metarahi, Rawa Taiao | Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering. This one-year programme (120 points) aims at graduates from a wide range of engineering and science backgrounds. With a foundation course, four core courses, and three electives to choose from a wide range of offerings, the programme is designed to be flexible to the needs of prospective students. For reference, a full-time semester at UC has 60 points (usually four 15-point courses).

Master of Engineering Studies endorsed in Renewable Energy

Complete 60 points from the following:

Plus at least one course from:

The remaining 45 points can be chosen from other approved Engineering courses in the degree.

Master of Civil Engineering endorsed in Renewable Energy

Complete 60 points from the following, and another 60 points from either below or other endorsement courses in the degree:

Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering endorsed in Renewable Energy

Complete at least 45 points from the courses listed in the Master of Civil Engineering above, with the remaining courses chosen from any courses in the degree.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

In the PhD, you will complete a thesis of original research in the Civil Engineering field, with a Renewable Energy focus (ENCI790 Civil Engineering PhD).

Renewable Energy

Career opportunities

Our postgraduate qualifications are excellent pathways to careers in the growing renewable and sustainable energy sector.

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