MSc Marine Renewable Energy

General information

Renewable energy is a cornerstone of the green economy and marine wind, wave and tidal energy are key elements of the UK, European and global renewable energy roadmaps. Begin your voyage to being a part of this vital transformation by studying on the UK’s first MSc Marine Renewable Energy programme. Building on our international reputation for marine research and teaching along with regional and national initiatives, this distinctive degree focuses on the growing marine renewable energy sector.

The taught modules in the first period are compulsory and are designed to provide you with a broad background on marine renewable as well as a solid basis for the option modules in period two. You’ll undertake three modules in period one that provide a background in marine renewable energy:

  • introduction to marine renewable energy,
  • economics, law and policy for marine renewable energy,
  • research skills and research methods.

In period two you can choose three options from a choice of five:

  • assessment of coastal resources and impacts,
  • marine planning,
  • economics of the marine environment,
  • mechanics of marine renewable energy structures,
  • and wave and current modelling for marine renewable energy.

During period three you’ll undertake a research project and dissertation. Due to the extensive staff research expertise there is a wide range of potential projects spanning marine science, engineering and socio-economics. You may also carry out projects with external organisations that have interests in marine renewable energy.

Core modules

  • Economic Skills and Methods
  • Introduction to Marine Renewable Energy
  • MSc Dissertation
  • Research Skills and Methods

Optional modules

  • Assessment of Coastal Resources and Impacts
  • Economics of the Marine Environment
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Modelling Coastal Processes
  • Mechanics of MRE Structures

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change: Click Here.

Contact Person: Dr Daniel Conley (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0311 - Maritime economy", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0588 - Scientific modelling", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0731 - Marine spatial planning", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: Plymouth University
Plymouth , United Kingdom

School of Marine Science and Engineering
Smeaton building, Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA


  • UK/EU: £9.800
  • International: £14.800
  • Part time (Home/EU): £550



Degree Requirements
A good degree in a science or engineering subject, or equivalent. If you have no recent formal qualifications, a lesser qualification with additional experience may be acceptable. If you have overseas qualifications you can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), who provide an advisory service. 

Language Requirements
If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is 6.5.

Application Procedure:

Apply using the online postgraduate application form. You will need the following documentation for both application ways:

  • Your fully completed and signed application form.
  • Original, or certified copies, of your qualifications to date, for example first degree certificate and full transcripts. 
  • Two references; at least one from an academic who has taught you. Both must be on headed paper and in sealed envelopes, signed across the seal by your referees.
  • A copy of the information page of your current passport (inform us immediately if you get a new passport at any time before you come to the UK to study).
  • A copy of any previous or current UK visa.
  • Any English language qualification.
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume detailing relevant work experience, if you feel it will contribute to your application.
  • Your personal statement.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email
If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:
Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Grant Opportunities:

Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for masters study. The new Postgraduate Loan for masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for students commencing in the 2016-17 academic year. As part of a new government funded masters loan scheme, masters students who are under the age of 60 can now access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. The loans will be available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas (excluding PGCE, PgCert, PgDip, MClinRes or ResM). Find out more information on the new postgraduate loan.

International students. Scholarships are available for international students.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science
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