Department of Engineering

Objectives and Overview

Objectives and Overview

Energy is a huge topic, of very significant and current scientific, technological, environmental, political and financial interest. The complexity and rapid change associated with energy technologies necessitates engineers with a very good grasp of the fundamentals, with exposure and good understanding of all main energy sources and technologies, but also with specialization in a few areas. This is the prevailing philosophy behind this MPhil, fully consistent with the prevailing philosophy and structure of the Engineering Department as a whole.

The educational target of the MPhil in Energy Technologies is to communicate the breadth of energy technologies and the underpinning science. The objectives of the course are:

  1. To teach the fundamental sciences behind technologies involved in energy utilization, electricity generation, energy efficiency, and alternative energy.
  2. To develop graduates with an overall view of energy engineering, while offering specialization in a selected area through a research project.
  3. To prepare students for potential future PhD research.

Overall Structure

The MPhil course will run for 11.5 months (early October to mid-September). It will be based on accumulating a given number of credits from a mixture of obligatory courses, elective courses, and a research project. Assessment will be based on coursework, exams, a dissertation and its presentation. Typically, courses run in Michaelmas and Lent terms, while the Easter term is mainly reserved for the dissertation. Two options are given for the dissertation: "short" (10,000 word report) and "long” (20,000 word report), to accommodate students wanting to take more courses (short) or those wanting to do a more substantial research project (long).

Personal and Professional Development

Students will be given a specialized short course on communication skills, including presentations, report writing, and literature searches. They will also attend a series of seminars from industrial visitors, thus receiving exposure to real-life applications. They will also have the general opportunities available to Cambridge post-graduate students.