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