Photovoltaics and Solar Energy

Master of Engineering Science
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Simon Breslin, Master of Engineering Science

Engineers interested in the bourgeoning photovoltaics and renewable energy industries can choose advanced postgraduate study options at UNSW Engineering. Students can develop their existing skills or refocus in the direction of renewable energy technologies, systems and integration with existing energy systems.


This program suits engineers from other disciplines and includes courses about photovoltaic devices and systems, their applications and also their integration with electricity systems.


The Master of Engineering Science program promotes flexible learning as a keystone of the program – it is designed for students who already have a four year accredited engineering degree and who now wish to broaden their job prospects through cross training, re-training or specialisation. This program takes two years to complete (students may be granted credit for some courses. Those with a degree or extensive professional experience in a related area can apply for credit of up to 50% of a program); it is a non-accredited program, and does not offer industrial training.


The typical program structure comprises sixteen courses, broken down into: four Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, five Advanced Disciplinary Courses, three Research Courses and four Electives.


Required Background

Students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in engineering with a minimum 70% average in any engineering discipline.

Sample Program Outlines*

Choose 4 to 5 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
SOLA3010Low Energy Buildings and Photovoltaics
SOLA3020Photovoltaic Technology and Manufacturing
SOLA3507Solar Cells
SOLA4012Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems
SOLA5056Sustainable Energy for Developing Countries


Course codeCourse nameNotes
SOLA9101Advanced Photovoltaics
SOLA9102Advanced Solar Cell Characterisation
SOLA9120Advanced Photovoltaic Manufacturing

Choose up to 2 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
GSOE9017Managing Energy Efficiency
SOLA9014Photovoltaic Stand-Alone System Design and Installation
SOLA9104Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems

Choose at least 1 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreEngineering and Technical Management Elective


Course codeCourse nameNotes
SOLA9914Project Report A
SOLA9915Project Report B

Choose 1 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
GSOE9010Engineering Postgrad Coursework Research Skills
GSOE9011Engineering PGCW Research Skills (online)
GSOE9220Launching a startupGSOE9220 can be taken if student is exempt from completing the masters thesis project.

Choose up to 3 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Courses can be chosen from Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Engineering and Technical Management course list
Students can also choose other courses from across the Faculty if they meet the requirements for the course and if approved by the program authority

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.

† Minimum 65% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 70% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.