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Energy and Environmental Engineering (BEng, Foundation Entry)

With the world’s population set to reach nine billion in 2050, obtaining enough clean water, air, land, food and energy becomes even more difficult an issue for modern society.

Our Energy and Environmental Engineering degree equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to be 21st-century engineers prepared to meet the environmental challenges of industry and society.


Pathway Options

Energy and Environmental Engineering (BEng)
UCAS Code: 42U0
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Energy and Environmental Engineering  Foundation Entry (BEng)
UCAS Code: 48C3
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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,500 (Overseas)

Why choose this course

  1. Career prospectus for Energy and Environmental Engineers are very good with demand for engineers in this sector currently very high. It is anticipated that across Europe there is going to be a need for 1.5million engineers in this field over the next five to ten years. 
  2. UWTSD provides a welcoming and supportive learning environment where students focus on real-world probem/applications. Students work in small groups to develop solutions to a range of problems enabling the development of teamwork, leadership, project management and concept development. 
  3. You will be given the opportunity to visit various organisations involved in electricity generation and production/use of environmental technologies, for example, Pembroke Power Station, Centre for Alternative Technology, National Grid, etc. 
  4. Your final year project provides the opportunity to specialise in a chosen area of your interest. 

What you will learn

Course Overview

The Energy and Environmental Engineering programmes are intended to provide students with a thorough grounding in engineering principles and concepts and apply this to energy and environmental (E&E) problems.

There is a need for an E&E Engineer to develop novel and innovative solutions to help resolve current, as well as, future E&E problems.

Energy Engineering involves studying current forms of power generation as well as, developing technologies in the field of power generation.  These forms of energy need to be used efficiently so that in the future we use less energy while continuing to fulfil the needs of society. 

Environmental Engineering is about continuing to reduce and eliminate the harmful impacts that man has on the environment. This involves looking at methods that can be used to control air, water and noise pollution while understanding the principles behind how pollution control technologies work. 

In addition, students will develop knowledge in a suitable range of processes and materials. The programme will also consider environmental aspects of design and technology and will enable students to gain a range of skills, relevant to a broad range of employment opportunities.


The foundation year is designed to develop your mathematical, analytical and study skills, to equip you with the necessary academic skills required to successfully study engineering at a degree level. Your academic skills will be developed through engineering relevant modules including Mathematics, Engineering Science, Study Skills and IT, Manufacturing Technology and an Engineering Project.

In the final year, you would study: Major Project, Stress Analysis and FEA, Innovative Environmental Technology, Materials and Manufacturing.

Year One - Level 4 - BEng

  • Engineering Science 1
  • Engineering Science 2
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Design
  • Materials and Introduction to Manufacturing
  • Engineering Applications and Study Skills

 Year Two - Level 5 - BEng

  • Group Project and Research Methods
  • Thermofluid Mechanics 1
  • Management Innovation and Sustainability
  • CAE and Stress Analysis
  • Control and Automation
  • Sustainable Energy Systems and Power Generation
  • Dynamics
  • Environmental Engineering Principles

 Year 3 - Level 6 - BEng

  • Major Project
  • Advanced Stress Analysis and FEA
  • Advanced Computational Methods
  • Energy Management and Efficiency
  • Environmental Pollution Control
  • Carbon Reduction Strategies

Optional Modules:

  • Project Paper
  • Leadership, Innovation and Product Development
  • Simulation and Modelling
  • Structural Integrity and Material Evaluation
  • Mechanisms of Materials Failure 

Students on this type of programme come with a natural interest in their specialism and the teaching team aims to tap into this interest so students enjoy learning and appreciate the benefits which an engineering degree can add to reinforce their areas of interest.

The assessments for the programme will be a mix of coursework and formal examination. Modules such as group project and Major project will also have presentations where you would be given the opportunity to showcase your work.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Foundation Entry

For the foundation entry to our four-year degrees, our offers are based on 32 UCAS points (previously 80). We will not specify the subject matter required. We will accept A levels, National Diplomas, Certificates, National Awards or equivalent, including NVQ Level 3, 14-19 Diploma and Access courses. Providing you achieve the points required, one A level would be sufficient. GCSE Maths at grade C or above is also required.

Our offers are not solely based on academic results. We take your skills, achievements and life experience into consideration. In such cases, they must provide evidence of capacity to pursue the course successfully. We like to give such applicants every opportunity to show that they have the motivation and ability to succeed in their chosen programme.


112 points (previously 280) from numerate or technical A Level subjects, to include Maths or Physics at grade B or above. Maths GCSE at grade C is also required. Relevant experience may be considered.

Our offers are not solely based on academic results. We take your skills, achievements and life experience into consideration. In such cases, they must provide evidence of capacity to pursue the course successfully. We like to give such applicants every opportunity to show that they have the motivation and ability to succeed in their chosen programme.

Career Opportunities

This industry consists of both small specialists manufacturers and large scale industries. There is a clear market for students to be employed in this field and the demand for environmental engineering graduates remains high with excellent starting salaries offered to graduates.

Additional Costs

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade.

Student Quotes

Harjot Ubhi, BEng (Hons) Energy and Environmental Engineering

"I have always enjoyed maths, physics and simple chemistry and this programme offers a wide spectrum of mechanical engineering with a focus on the environment and providing clean energy for future generations. The staff are helpful and friendly – we have more interaction because of the small class sizes."

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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