MSc
2022 start September 

Energy Engineering with Industrial Management

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Gain an in-depth understanding of the environmental impact of different energy choices. You’ll be equipped to help address the challenge of increasing demand for energy but limited world resources.
Group of Chemical and Biological Engineering postgraduates doing an experiment

Course description

This course is for graduates and established professionals pursuing careers in energy management. We blend theory with hands-on experience, giving you the level of insight and understanding you need to be a great manager. 

Demand for energy is growing. But the world’s energy resources are limited. To address this, we need to change to the way we use energy and dispose of waste. That’s the focus of our MSc: to produce new generations of managers who are equipped to deal with these challenges.

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Accreditation

Accredited by the Energy Institute.

Modules

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.

Core modules:

Introduction to Fuels and Energy

The aim of this module is to introduce you to many aspects of fuel and energy at an MSc level. To pass the module, you are expected to display knowledge of the area to the level expected of a professional Engineer.



15 credits
Applied Energy Engineering

Applied Energy Engineering comprises three experiments: coal characterisation, gas boiler efficiency and renewable energy. The main objectives of this module are (a) experimental studies of some of the energy principles that chemical engineering is relying on and (b) development of skills for collecting and interpreting data and draw conclusions. In addition, collecting and reviewing literature concerning a particular experiment is also essential for this module. After each experiment you will write a laboratory report, which is guided by these principles and finally apply the data and knowledge to suggest an open-ended design for an energy system for an urban scenario.

15 credits
Managing Innovation and Change in Engineering Contexts

This module introduces you to the importance of innovation in manufacturing and service organisations whose primary business activity is engineering and/or technology. Innovation management is introduced as the thoughtful combination of new product/process development and change management. Through case studies, theoretical frameworks, and tools you will come to understand innovation at multiple scales: international, national, regional, organisational and team, with particular emphasis on how organisations manage and exploit the commercial risks and opportunities inherent in innovation, and how project teams and engineers can respond to innovation challenges effectively. The module is aimed at engineering students of any discipline.

15 credits
Engineering Commercial Success: And making the world a better place!

Students work in interdisciplinary teams to create solutions to a real problem provided by a real customer. Typically the customer will be a member or members of the community e.g. children with disabilities, terminally ill people, etc. Student teams learn how to solicit needs from user interviews and go on to create (and where possible prototype) solutions that meet functional, commercial and social requirements. Students are supported by a variety of external experts including investors, marketeers, business advisors and manufacturers. Teams pitch their proposals to an invited audience and expert judges. Prizes are then awarded to the best presentations.

15 credits
Strategic Engineering Management and Business Practices

This module aims to provide fundamentals of what strategy is and distinguish it from activities, tactics and goals of an organisation. It explains its important role in the continual success of organisations. It also introduces how strategy can be translated into business practices, methods, procedures to achieve the goals of an organisation's strategy.

The module is designed to develop your analytical and critical skills in the strategic management issues facing engineering organisations in today's fast-changing environment. It is a unique opportunity for you to equip yourself with the essential industry-relevant skills to excel as a future leader.

15 credits
Energy Systems and Management

The module provides a broad study of conventional and renewable Energy Systems and an advanced knowledge of selected emerging energy technologies. It develops practical skills and confidence in carrying out energy management tasks such as conducting an energy audit.

15 credits
Research Project

The application of scientific and engineering principles to a solution for practical problems of engineering systems and processes is developed throughout the course and demonstrated in particular by the research project. Each student registered for the Masters degree in 'Energy and Environmental Engineering' and in 'Energy Engineering with Industrial Management' is required to complete a research-based portfolio. The project is worth 60 credits. This is the most important individual module in the course. The topic for study is selected in consultation with appropriate members of the teaching staff. You will choose a research project that best fits your own interests and undertakes a unique and original project on that area. Projects vary from industrially-based problem solving to laboratory-based research and development of new processes or ideas. The research portfolio is a major part of the degree and you will be allocated an academic supervisor who provides advice and guidance throughout the period of study. Opportunities exist for research studies to be carried out in collaboration with other university research centres, as well as industrial organisations. You will present your project as portfolio consisting of a Technical Review (5,000 words) and a Dissertation (10,000 to 15,000 words) and are also required to present the work as a poster and oral presentation during the academic year. A marking scheme is provided at the start of the project and each research project report is marked using a mark sheet that gives weightings to different parts.

60 credits

Optional modules - examples include:

Low Carbon Energy Science and Technology

Low carbon technologies are an essential requirement if the world’s energy needs are to be met without causing irreversible changes to the planet’s climate. This module will cover why there is a need for various different technologies that can help to meet the world’s energy needs without releasing large amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. Various different technologies that aim to meet this need will be introduced and then a select number will be studied in more detail. The aim of the module is to enable the student to make critical assessments of the different low carbon technologies backed by sound scientific understanding of their limitations and advantages.

15 credits
Petroleum Engineering

This module gives an overview of current and future technology for the oil and gas industry. It includes the origins of petroleum and its refining, as well as introduction to biofuels.
This module covers:
- the origins, types and quality of refinery feedstock and products
- detailed analysis of various sections of petroleum processing in refineries
- introduction to advanced topics in petrochemical engineering such as catalyst development, desulphurisation, pollution control and hydrogen production
- details on key biofuels and their strategic importance and the technological challenges of viable large scale production

15 credits
Nuclear Reactor Engineering

The module provides a broad base introduction to the theory and practice of nuclear reactors for power production. This includes those aspects of physics which represent the source of nuclear energy and the factors governing its release, as well as the key issues involved in the critical operation of nuclear cores. The relation of the science underlying successful operation with the needs for fuel preparation and engineering designs is emphasised. The module aims to provide you with a clear grasp of those aspects relevant to the design and operation of nuclear reactors along with an understanding of the principles of reactor design. The module will cover the techniques used to prepare nuclear fuels and process spent fuel. You will develop an understanding of the present and future roles of nuclear reactors in energy provision.

15 credits
Electrochemical Engineering

This module covers three key topics:
1.Fundamentals of electrochemical kinetics and thermodynamics
2. Electrical and mass transport and electrochemical characterisation
3. Energy storage and conversion – fuel cells, batteries & supercapacitors

15 credits

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Teaching

We use a combination of lectures, tutorials, examples classes and coursework assignments.

Assessment

Assessment is based on assignments for each module, formal examination of core modules, dissertation and oral presentation of the laboratory-based research project.

Duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in science, technology or engineering.

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Pathway programme for international students

If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a pre-masters programme in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

cbe-msc@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 7500

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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