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What will I learn?

About the course

Our research expertise in Renewable Energy Technologies specialises in areas including renewable energy, smart grids, novel wind energy harvest technologies, energy storage systems, energy saving systems and nano materials, fuel cells, energy-efficient buildings, phase change materials (PCM), piezoelectric and thermoelectric energy harvesting systems, engine emission control, development of optically accessible and race engines; conventional and advanced engine instrumentation, thermofluid modelling/simulation and experimental study for energy & flow physics. In addition our research extends to power management of distributed energy systems and dynamic scheduling, optimisation and control of future smart grids, advanced power electronics and Control for microgrids, energy storage systems including coordinated and optimised integration into the power grid, smart meter data analytics using machine learning techniques for efficient energy management, impact of electric vehicles on the distribution grid and smart charging, and dynamic wireless charging of electric vehicles for ptimisation and infrastructure management. Research in Sustainable Energy Technologies at the University of Hertfordshire has been supported with grants from the EPSRC, InnovateUK and industry.

Why choose this course?

Our PhD programmes enable students to develop specialist research skills and knowledge. We aim to provide research projects that will challenge and in some cases even inspire our students. If you are self-motivated and want to improve your ability to understand and solve engineering problems, then a PhD with us may be right for you.

Teaching methods

Each student will be assigned a Principal and a second supervisor who are experts in the research topic. The research will be conducted in our labs which are well-equipped for research in the topics of our expertise. Students studying on Full-Time mode are expected to submit their registration and progression reports in the first and second years of the research programme respectively and are formally assessed in the form of a viva by (usually) an internal examination panel. In completion of their 3rd year students are expected to start the preparation for their final assessment and to submit their thesis which is examined in the form of a viva by an external and an internal examiner (Part-Time mode assessment deadlines are extended accordingly).

Which department am I in?

Engineering

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£13,650.00 (14,09,339) per year
The 2020/21 fees would be £13,650 and subject to increase for 2021/22 entry. £500 full payment discount. Research students can enrol at the beginning of each month and fees are charged for the year from their enrolment date. Fees are charged annually until the student formally submits to Academic Services for final examination.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

1 September 2021, 1 October 2021, 1 November 2021, 1 December 2021, 1 January 2022, 1 February 2022, 1 March 2022, 1 April 2022, 1 May 2022, 1 June 2022, 1 July 2022, 1 August 2022, 1 September 2022, 1 October 2022, 1 November 2022, 1 December 2022

Venue

University of Hertfordshire

College Lane,

Hatfield,

Hertfordshire,

AL10 9AB, England

Entry requirements

For international students

First class Honours BEng degree in a relevant Engineering discipline including Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Materials Science. Strong applicants with a 2.1 qualification may also be considered. Personal attributes including a drive to conduct research, self-motivation and the ability to work independently and within a team are essential. Students would normally need an IELTS score of 6.5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) a score of 79 with band scores of reading 18, writing 17, listening 17, speaking 20.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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