Master of Renewable and Future Energy (coursework)

The Master of Renewable and Future Energy is designed to upskill engineering graduates for employment in the rapidly expanding renewable energy sector. It offers an opportunity for individuals to gain skills and knowledge to tackle the current challenges and opportunities that come with the uptake of clean energy and distributed renewable energy in microgrids. The course draws on content from across engineering disciplines to provide breadth and depth and addresses four key areas: (i) renewable energy sources and generation; (ii) energy storage systems; (iii) energy transmission and distribution, including smart grids and microgrids; and (iv) the main drivers and policies that impact the adoption of clean energy.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Renewable and Future Energy (coursework)
Award abbreviation
MRFE
Course code
62560
Course type
master's degree by coursework only
Status
current / 2021
Administered by
Engineering
CRICOS code
0100266

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Articulation
The Master of Renewable and Future Energy has the following exit awards: 62260 Graduate Certificate in Renewable and Future Energy (24 points) (24 points), 62360 Graduate Diploma in Renewable and Future Energy (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Tyrone Fernando
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points from this group.

Note: Students must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the Faculty and informed by the scope of a student's prior study. Students can take ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics or ENSC3010 Hydraulics.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ENSC3003Fluid Mechanics
Prerequisites:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods, or enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy, or Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ENSC3010 Hydraulics
lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; labs: 3 sessions during semester, totalling 6 hours
S1ENSC3006Chemical Process Thermodynamics
Prerequisites:
completion of 18 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units taken from the degree-specific Engineering Science major, including ENSC2002 Energy or CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity; or enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy, or Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes: 2 hours per week
S2ENSC3010Hydraulics
Prerequisites:
completion of 18 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units taken from the degree-specific Engineering Science major, including MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 or (MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical classes: 3 hours per week; labs: 6 hours per semester
S2ENSC3016Power and Machines
Prerequisites:
[(ENC2001 Motion and ENSC2002 Energy) or ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals] and (MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods), or enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 24 hours; practical classes: 24 hours; labs: 9 hours)
S1ENSC3021Circuits and Electronics
Prerequisites:
[(ENC2001 Motion and ENSC2002 Energy) or ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals] and (MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus), or enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy.
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3017 Circuits and Electronics

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/ACHPR4408Chemical and Thermal Renewable Energies
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures 2 hr per week; seminar/case study 1 hr per week; and workshop 1 hr per week
N/AELEC4405Photovoltaics and its Application to Power Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 36 hours; practical classes: 12 hours; labs: 9 hours
S2ELEC5509Grid Integration of Renewable Energy
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy or the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 24 hours; practical classes: 24 hours; labs: 9 hours
N/AELEC5510Design and Analysis of Smart Grids and Microgrids
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy or the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 36 hours; practical classes: 12 hours; labs: 9 hours
S1, S2GENG4410Fossil to Future – The Transition
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy or Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas or Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation and Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 36 hours; practicals: 12 hours
S1GENG5516Energy Storage Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Renewable Energy or the Masters of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation) or the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 36 hours; practical classes: 12 hours; labs: 9 hours
N/AGENG5517Renewable Energy Case Studies
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 36 hours; practical classes: 12 hours
S2OCEN4007Renewable Ocean Energy
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy or the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas or the Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation). This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the Program Chair and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science or equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 3 x 45 mins per week; practical classes: 2 x 1 hrs per week; labs: 3 hours every third week

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

Note: By invitation: GENG5521 Renewable Energy Research Project 1

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2BUSN5100Applied Professional Business Communications
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
WACE/TEE English or equivalent or BUSN4003 Applied Business Communication or MGMT5610 Applied Professional Business Communications
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S2CHPR4406Reaction Engineering
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation) or the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2CHPR4407Transport Phenomena
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) (Chemical Engineering specialisation or Mechanical Engineering specialisation) or the Master of Renewable and Future Energy or the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1CHPR5501Advanced Reaction Engineering and Catalysts
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation) or the Master of Renewable and Future Energy and CHPR4406 Reaction Engineering
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
NSCHPR5520Combustion Science and Technology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation or Mechanical Engineering specialisation) and CHPR4406 Reaction Engineering
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2CITS4009Computational Data Analysis
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Data Science or Master of Information Technology or Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialsiation or Mining Engineering specialisation or Software Engineering specialisation) or Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
S1ELEC5504Power Electronics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation) or the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 36 hours; practical classes: 12 hours; labs: 9 hours
S1ELEC5505Power System Analysis
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation) or the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures and practical classes
S1ENVT5509Global Ecological Challenges
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/presentation/discussions: 2 hours per week (13 sessions over 7 weeks) The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2GENG5503Modern Control Systems
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (ID 356) Chemical Engineering specialisation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation or Mechanical Engineering specialisation Or Course Enrolment 62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy (ID 1454)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ELEC4300 Control Engineering
lectures, practical classes and laboratories
S1, S2GENG5505Project Management and Engineering Practice
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering or the Master of Information Technology or the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas or the Master of Data Science or the Master of Ocean Leadership or the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 26 hours; practical classes: 13 hours
S1, S2GENG5507Risk, Reliability and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering or the Master of Business and Engineering Asset Management or the Master of Information Technology or the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas or the Master of Renewable and Future Energy. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the course coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science or equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 2 hour per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; workshops: 3 hours per week
N/AGENG5521Renewable Energy Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points of Level 4/Level 5 units in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/AGENG5522Renewable Energy Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
GENG5521 Renewable Energy Research Project Part 1
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/AGENG5803Investment Management for Field Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas or the Master of Business Administration (Oil and Gas) or the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
NSLAWS5521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy and Graduate Certificate of Public Policy, the unit LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions is recommended as a pre-requisite for students who do not have a legal background.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 14-16 July. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
S2MECH4424Measurement and Noise
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Automation and Robotics and CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java and ENSC3001 Mechanisms and Machines, or enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering specialisation) or the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/information sessions: 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; labs: 2 hours per week
S1, S2MGMT5504Data Analysis and Decision Making
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
MGMT5513 Data Driven Decision Making
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2MGMT5507Management and Organisations
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
MGMT1136 Management and Organisations
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S2MGMT5508Organisational Behaviour and Leadership
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
seminars: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
NSPOLS5651Global Political Economy
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
POLS8605 States and International Political Economy; POLS5652 International Political Economy: Dynamics of Crises
seminars: 20 hours

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a UWA Master of Professional Engineering or a Bachelor of Engineering, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;

and

(c) successfully completed prior tertiary study in electrical and electronic engineering, chemical engineering, or mechanical engineering, or in a related cognate discipline as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 62260 Graduate Certificate in Renewable and Future Energy (24 points)
  • 62360 Graduate Diploma in Renewable and Future Energy (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Renewable and Future Energy course before completing it, but after completing Level 4 and Level 5 core units to the value of 24 points, may apply to the School to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Renewable and Future Energy.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Renewable and Future Energy course before completing it, but after completing Level 4 and Level 5 core units to the value of 48 points, may apply to the School to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Renewable and Future Energy.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a relevant engineering degree, or an equivalent qualification as recognised by the Faculty. are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. 1) Subject to (2), to make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) A student who fails a unit twice is not permitted to enrol again in that unit unless the Faculty approves otherwise.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the second time is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the third time is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent which is calculated based on—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Deferrals

13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).