Renewable Energy

Master of Engineering Science
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Simon Breslin, Master of Engineering Science

Engineers interested in the bourgeoning renewable energy and photovoltaics 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 specialisation suits engineers attracted to the renewable energy industry. Students undertake a number of targeted courses in renewable energy and energy efficiency.


The Master of Engineering Science 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 65% average in any engineering discipline.

Sample Program Outlines*

Choose 4 to 5 from

Course code Course name Notes
MECH3610 Advanced Thermofluids
SOLA3010 Low Energy Buildings and Photovoltaics
SOLA4012 Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems
SOLA5052 Biomass
SOLA5053 Wind Energy Converters
SOLA5057 Energy Efficiency
SOLA9001 Photovoltaics


Course code Course name Notes
SOLA9103 Renewable Energy System Modelling and Analysis
SOLA9104 Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems

Choose 2 to 3 from

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC9714 Electricity Industry Planning & Economics
ELEC9715 Electricity Industry Operation & Control
GSOE9122 Integrated Design Studio 4 High Performance Buildings
MECH9720 Solar Thermal Energy Design
SOLA9101 Advanced Photovoltaics


Course code Course name Notes
SOLA9914 Project Report A
SOLA9915 Project Report B

Choose 1 from

Course code Course name Notes
GSOE9010 Engineering Postgrad Coursework Research Skills
GSOE9011 Engineering PGCW Research Skills (online)
GSOE9220 Launching a startup GSOE9220 can be taken if student is exempt from completing the masters thesis project.

Choose at least 1 from

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Engineering and Technical Management Elective

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Course code Course name Notes
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.