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Energy and Environmental Engineering (BEng)

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Energy and Environmental Engineering remains at the forefront of major research into future energy sources and carbon reduction technology. The real challenge is to reduce our environmental impact as humans without affecting our daily lives. Energy security is a key issue and there is a need to develop more sustainable sources of energy supply so we can reduce or eliminate harmful emissions from traditional fossil fuels.

Both the UK Government and Senedd Cymru (Welsh Parliament) have recognised that there is a significant need to develop engineers and managers in the area of energy and environmental technology who can rise to this challenge of continuing to develop this area of high-value manufacturing.

Our Energy and Environmental Engineering degree programme will help you to develop skills that are valuable to a wide range of employers, such as the ability to analyse complex information critically; the ability to present clear and coherent arguments and the capacity to present complex information in a clear manner.

Such an education will develop an awareness of the interconnectedness of environmental and sustainable issues and equip you with a qualification relevant to a number of different applied situations.

The following Bachelor's degree has been accredited as meeting the academic requirement, in part, for Chartered Engineer (CEng in Part) registration for the cohort intakes from 2015 up to and including 2023:

  • BEng(Hons) Energy and Environmental Engineering (Full Time 3 Years; EngC)

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Energy and Environmental Engineering (BEng)
UCAS Code: 42U0
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Energy and Environmental Engineering (BEng with Foundation Year)
UCAS Code: 48C3
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Contact Email: engineering@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Kelvin Lake

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

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 1.5 million 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 problem/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 we use less energy in the future 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.

Module Topics

Foundation Year (Cert HE STEM)

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.

  • Academic Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Further Mathematics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Further Science for Engineering (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Mathematics and Science (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Manufacturing and Materials (20 credits; compulsory).

Year One – Level 4 (HNC, HND & BEng)

  • Electrical and Electronic Principles (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Engineering Applications and Study Skills (20 credits; component pass)
  • Engineering Design (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Engineering Mathematics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Engineering Science (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Materials and Introduction to Processing (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (HND & BEng)

  • Control and Automation (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Energy (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Group Project (20 credits; component pass)
  • Management, Innovation and Sustainability (20 credits; component pass)
  • Stress Analysis and Dynamics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Thermofluid Mechanics (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BEng)

  • Computational Methods (20 credits; component pass)
  • Environmental Pollution Control (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Plant and Asset Engineering (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Structural and Fluid Analysis (20 credits; compulsory).

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.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria


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.

Professional Accreditations


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

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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