Solar Cell Technology
Department of Physics and Astronomy,
Faculty of Science
This course is designed to train physical science and engineering graduates to develop new photovoltaic devices and test their effectiveness as a global energy resource. The course is based on more than 20 years of solar research at the University of Sheffield, and spans fundamental materials science and real-world PV system development.
Laboratory training in materials science will teach you how to characterise and test solar cell materials, leading to the fabrication and measurement of photovoltaic devices. You will learn how to analyse and assess the performance of photovoltaic systems by working with the team behind Sheffield Solar – they run the UK’s largest PV database and our rooftop solar testbed facility. There’s also dedicated business and enterprise training.
We have close links with organisations in the solar industry who we’ve collaborated with on projects and who have employed our graduates. These range from companies making solar cell materials to the National Grid. Our industry partners will support your learning by giving guest lectures, designing research projects and providing insights into possible jobs after graduation. The course is also great preparation for a PhD.
- Introduction to Photovoltaics
- Photovoltaic Systems
- Solar Cell Laboratory
- Innovation in Solar Energy
- Low Carbon Energy, Science and Technology
- Physics Research Skills
- Dissertation Project
- Laboratory classes
- Computing and data analysis
- Enterprise training
- Research project
- Project assignments
- Lab work
- Dissertation and viva
1 year full-time
My physics degree from the University of Sheffield provided me with a solid technical understanding of the physics involved in solar cell operation, as well as the manufacturing processes employed along the value chain.
We usually ask for a 2:1 degree, or equivalent, in physics, materials science, physical chemistry, electrical engineering or a related subject.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+44 114 222 3789
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.