Renewable Energy Technology

  • Part-time study available
  • International Students can apply

Key Information

Start Dates: October, January, April and July

One year full-time or two years part-time

Subject Overview

You will study and research in the area of Renewable Energy Technology, particularly in the area of Wind turbine Technology, Solar Thermal collectors and solar photovoltaic systems.

Other relevant areas you can be involved in are Biodiesel and fuel cell technology.

There has been a long history of Sustainable Technology postgraduate study at Salford and this is opportunity to perform research in this important area.

Related Courses

MSc/PgDip Gas Engineering and Management

MSc/PgDip/PgCert Industrial and Commercial Combustion Engineering

MSc/PgDip Petroleum and Gas Engineering

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in engineering or science.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of a proficiency in English at IELTS 6.0

Suitable For

Suitable for students who already have a strong engineering background and wish to specialise in Renewable Energy Technology.

Applicant Profile

You should have an interest in the area of Renewable Energy Technology and a first degree that provides a foundation in the principles of Engineering.  Evidence of your ability to study and critically appraise literature independently is essential and candidates with good project working skills be suited to this study.

As a student embarking on a postgraduate research degree you will be assigned a supervisor to help guide and mentor you throughout your time at the University. However, you are ultimately expected to take responsibility for managing your learning and will be expected to initiate discussions, ask for the help that you need and be proactive in your approach to study.  

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:

Current Student Research

Assessment Links

As a postgraduate research student at The University of Salford, you are required to meet a number of milestones in order to re-register for each year of study. These ‘progression points’ are an important aid for both you and your supervisory team and it is essential that you complete them on time.

Learning Agreement: This is completed by you and your supervisor collaboratively in the first 3 months of your research programme. It encourages both of you to develop a thorough and consistent understanding of your individual and shared roles and responsibilities in your research partnership.

Research Profile

Research Excellence

The research degree will be led by Dr Henry Leonard who has many years delivering taught material in this topic area. The main areas of research interest in recent years has been parametric study of fuel cells, wind tunnel assessment of small scale wind turbines and solar thermal and photovoltaic panels. A substantial library of MSc dissertations has been built up over the years and is available for reference.

Staff Profiles

The research will be led by Dr Henry Leonard who has supervised PhD students. Implementation of embryonic research fund for desalination. Supervision of  numerous MSc student dissertations. Twenty four conference and Journal papers presented nationally and internationally.


Career Prospects

As a student leaving the university with a postgraduate research degree you will be well placed to lead and manage research and development activities in a number of areas. There are a wide range of companies looking for specialisms in the renewable technology area, including consultancies, manufacturers and research establishments. You may also continue on to PhD study with a background in this area of research. A PhD followed by one or more successful postdocs is the usual prerequisite for an academic career. 

Industry Links

Collaboration with both industry and academic partners is encouraged which can allow students to experience research in an industrial environment. Significant project areas already under investigation at the University include the prediction of local wind effects using SODAR and LIDAR, noise issues associated with micro turbines, photo-voltaic and energy-transmitting coatings, ternary semi-conductors and river flow issues related to hydro-electric power generation.