MRes Marine Renewable Energy

General information

Take the opportunity to study on the UK’s first MSc Marine Renewable Energy programme. Building on our international reputation for marine research and teaching, the Peninsula Research Institute in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) initiative and the South West Marine Energy Park, this distinctive degree focuses on the rapidly growing marine renewable energy sector. Gain expert knowledge in marine science, engineering, economics, law and policy, and undertake an independent research project.

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 four 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 periods two and three you’ll demonstrate your ability to implement a research project and produce an independent dissertation or paper of your own research. Many projects are carried out in association with active PRIMaRE research projects that staff are engaged in, including: resource characterisation, marine renewable energy systems, environmental and biodiversity impacts, coastal impacts, safe operations and navigational risk, underwater and surface electrical systems, socio-economic factors. Projects always have two supervisors.

Core modules

  • Economics, Law and Policy for Marine Renewable Energy
  • Introduction to Marine Renewable Energy
  • MRes Dissertation
  • Research Skills and Methods

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", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy


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
  • Islands: £TBC

Part time per 10 credits:

  • Home/EU: £550
  • International: £550
  • Islands: £TBC


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 registration. You will need the following documentation the application:

  • 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.

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.

More information about scholarship opportunities can be found on the website of Plymouth University; similarly for international students here.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Research
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