MSc in Marine Renewable Energy

General information

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and aid sustainable development, there is an urgent need to support our electricity generating capacity through the development of low carbon technologies, particularly those generated from renewable sources. The ocean represents a vast and largely untapped energy resource, that could be exploited as a form of low carbon electricity generation, and there is much European and global commercial and R&D activity in this energy sector.  The UK is the world leader in the development of wave and tidal stream technologies, and if marine energy deploys globally, the UK is uniquely positioned to capture a substantial market share, with the potential to contribute as much as £4.3 bn to UK GDP up to 2050. The aim of this MSc programme is to equip students with the skills necessary to identify and quantify the potential of specific locations for marine renewable energy generation installations, with an emphasis on the resource (waves and tides), time series analysis, numerical modelling, and the challenges faced when placing arrays of devices in the marine environment.This 12 month taught postgraduate course introduces students with a first degree in the physical, mathematical or other numerate sciences to the subject of Marine Renewable Energy. As well as providing an overview of marine renewable energy, the course enables students to research in detail those aspects of the subject in which they are particularly interested. The course places particular emphasis on assessing the wave & tidal energy resource, and geophysical nature of sites, providing students with the necessary skills for marine renewable energy resource and site characterisation from a theoretical, technical, and practical perspective.

Course Structure and Modules
The first two semesters of the course are taught, introducing the student to the physics of the ocean, and the ways in which we can make use of the ocean to generate electricity, whilst minimising environmental impacts. Modules cover both oceanographic theory and its application, as well as practical oceanography. The latter includes an introduction to state-of-the-art instrumentation and numerical modelling, as well as practical experience working on the University's state-of-the-art research vessel, the 35 metre RV Prince Madog. The course also includes a module on geophysical surveying, teaching the techniques used to survey sites suitable for deploying wave and tidal energy arrays.

During the second semester, the students begin to focus on specific aspects of the subject, initially through a dedicated module on marine renewable energy, and subsequently through an extensive literature review followed by a research project

  • Applied Marine Geosciences
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Environmental Protection
  • Marine Renewable Energy
  • Physical Oceanography
Contact Person: Dr Simon Neill (


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

0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: Bangor University
Bangor, United Kingdom

School of Ocean Sciences
Menai Bridge Anglesey, LL59 5AB, UK



UK/EU applicants: £6.611
Non-EU applicants: £13.800

For more information about tuition fees, see Tuition fees


Degree Requirements 
Successful applicants normally hold, or expect to obtain, a 2(ii) undergraduate Honours degree in a physical, mathematical or other numerate science. If places are available, we will also consider applicants with a good and relevant Lower Second Class Honours Degree. Applicants from Geography, Geology, Biology and other sciences will be considered if they can demonstrate high motivation and have mathematics to A-level or beyond. Mature students with at least two years alternative experience relevant to the course are also encouraged to apply..

Language Requirements 
The figures in brackets represent the minimum score required in each component of the English language test. e.g. IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5. 
Please note: R= Reading, L= Listening, S= Speaking, W= Writing

IELTS: 6.0 (6.0)

Pearson PTE: 62 (58)

TOEFL IBT: 85 (R-20, L-20, S-20,W-20)

Application Procedure:

Apply using the online application form. Complete, sign and return the application form to the Postgraduate Admissions Office, Bangor​ (see address below). After you have completed the form on-line, you will have to produce paper copies of a number of documents (certified where you’re unable to provide the originals), such as academic transcripts, degree certificates, confirmation of financial support, and English language test results. Please contact the School of Ocean Sciences for funding information prior to sending an application form.

Postgraduate Admissions Office, Bangor University 
College Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG 
United Kingdom

Application Deadline: you may submit an application form at any time during the year, but for admission in September, applications must be submitted before 31 July of that year.

Grant Opportunities:

Some funding may be available for eligible applicants. Please contact the School of Ocean Sciences for details.

Postgraduate Student Loan - new for 2016. For Master’s courses starting after August 2016, students from England will be able to apply for a postgraduate loan (PGL) of up to £10,000 as a contribution to the cost of study, with repayment on similar terms to the undergraduate student loan. For full details of eligibility, payment and repayment, download the PGL Policy Summary.

Scholarships, Studentships & Bursaries. The University offers a wide range of scholarships, studentships and bursaries.

International students. If you are an International student then you should also consult the 'Your country' (and other) pages of or International Education Centre who act as the the focal point for international students across all courses, subject areas and levels of study at Bangor. Fees, funding and scholarship opportunities may vary depending on your nationality and home country.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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