The production and utilisation of energy is a key global issue. Governments and industry are becoming increasingly aware of balancing energy production and utilisation with the need to be environmentally conscious and energy efficient.
This course addresses energy production, storage and utilisation. Develop your understanding of the production and efficient use of conventional and renewable energy sources for power generation, and modern energy storage solutions, complemented with elements of energy economics. With us, you will develop an strong understanding of key principles in engineering, mechanics, electricals and electronics. You will also explore more specialised modules including Energy for Transport Applications and Low Carbon Energy Technology.
You will have the opportunity to enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Recent placements have taken place at major companies such as Cummins, Network Rail and Caterpillar. We also place a strong focus on employability through industry relevant modules, covering topics such as policy and project management.
Graduates of this course go on to a vast range of careers in production, utilisation, energy storage and management, design, research and development, environment control and policy making.
You can study Energy Engineering either as a three-year BEng (Hons) programme, or as a four-year integrated master’s. At the end of year three, you have the option of graduating with a BEng or continuing your studies for a further year for a MEng, subject to meeting the progression requirements.
- Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. Students who successfully graduate with this degree may, with the appropriate further learning, meet the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
- De Montfort University has been ranked by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings as being in the top 301-400 of worldwide universities for engineering and technology.
- Access our hi-tech sustainable energy lab, equipped with industry-standard software and work with facilities commonly used in the energy engineering sector.
- Develop your specialist skills and meet like-minded students by joining student societies such as Formula Student, Electronics Club and DMU Flyers.
- Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Recent DMU engineering placements include experience at Cummins, Network Rail and Caterpillar.
- Prepare for a career in the production, utilisation, storage and management of energy, as well as roles in design, research and development, environment control and policy-making in the energy sector.
Structure and assessment
- Engineering Maths 1
- Mechanical Principles – Statics
- Materials Engineering
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- Engineering Maths 2
- Mechanical Principles – Dynamics
- Design and Manufacture Programming
- Fluid Mechanics
- Instrumentation and Control
- Energy Economics & Policy
- Low Carbon Energy Technology
- Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
- Product Design Analysis
- Project Management
- Design of Machine Elements
- Individual project
- Power and Energy Systems
- Energy for Transport Applications
- Advanced Power Systems and Green Technologies
- Energy Conversion & Storage Systems
- Industrial Internet of Things
- FEA and Design
- Sustainable Manufacturing
Facilities and features
Mechanical Engineering Laboratory
The main mechanical laboratory is equipped with a range of machine tools for manufacture of student designs and equipment to teach thermo-fluids, solid mechanics and dynamics. It also has a large open-plan area dedicated to the Formula Student teams to build a petrol powered car and an electric car.
Engine Test Cell
There is a purpose built engine testing facility to measure engine performance and emissions. Typical student projects done in this facility include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to study performance and emission characteristics.
A new Energy Lab is also available to conduct energy related experiments relevant to energy engineering. The Lab contains equipment to teach wide range of thermo-fluid applications such as Air-Conditioning, Heat-pumps and various fundamental experiments such as measurement of thermal conductivity.
Materials Science LAB
The materials lab houses a wide range of facilities for material microstructure examination and properties testing. Equipment incudes microscopes and various properties testers for tensile testing, fatigue testing, wear testing, corrosion testing, hardness testing and impact testing.
Dynamics and Control LAB
This is a dedicated lab for the study of dynamics and control; equipment in this lab allows you to study gyroscope theory, vibration theory, no-linear control, inertia bending etc.
There are many computer labs available with CAD and Finite Element Modelling Software. The primary packages used are CREO Parametric and AUTODESK Simulation for FEA modelling. Students will be using these design software from their first year of study.
Opportunities and careers
The series of specialist modules in this degree programme have been designed to include knowledge and skills required in the energy engineering sector. Students will have the ability to work in areas of production, utilisation, storage and management of energy; areas of design, research and development, environment control and policy making. Graduate careers exist in the conventional and renewable energy sectors and automotive industries, government and environment agencies.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Students can take part in Formula Student which is one of Europe’s most established educational engineering competitions organised by Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It includes design, manufacture and testing of a petrol or an electric car and the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.
You can join either the petrol DMU Racing team or the electric team DMU FaStER and actively participate in building DMU race cars for this event. These student teams speak to the passion and creativity of the student body providing an unforgettable experience during your study and putting you in good stead for the future.
Students can also take part in Formula Student which is one of Europe’s most established educational engineering competitions organised by Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It includes design, manufacture and testing of a petrol or an electric car. You can join either team and actively participate in building DMU race cars for this event.
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