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New MSc in Wind Energy Systems launched by Strathclyde University

New for September 2013, the University of Strathclyde’s MSc in Wind Energy Systems offers ambitious engineering graduates a unique opportunity to accelerate their careers in the dynamic global wind energy industry. The new course was designed in response to EWEA predictions for European employment in the wind sector and following a Call from the Scottish Funding Council for new MSc training courses in areas supporting the development and growth of the Scottish economy.  It aims to develop students' technical expertise of wind energy and deepen their understanding of the engineering, political, environmental and economic contexts of wind power.

As the TIMES Higher Education’s UK University of the Year, judges described Strathclyde as a “bold, imaginative and  innovative institution” and we earned praise for our close links with business and industry, and commitment to making an impact on the global economy. This new MSc builds on our teaching, research and KE expertise in wind energy technologies and is delivered by scholars of our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind Energy Systems based within our research group, the Institute for Energy & the Environment.  The Institute, Europe's leading University power and energy technology group, comprises over 200 staff and researchers, and with its unrivalled links to key UK and global industry energy partners, students will have unique access to companies at the forefront of wind energy developments.

Offered on a full time basis, the course combines 2 semesters of formal taught modules with a 3 month industry-driven research project and there are 20 funded places available for eligible Scottish & EU applicants.  These places - called The Royal College Wind Energy Scholarships - will cover full tuition fees and provide a £5000 stipend to support with living costs.

Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the: 

  • wind resource, through meteorology and fluid dynamic considerations
  • structural analysis of wind turbine design
  • mechanical components of wind turbine drive trains
  • main electrical energy conversion methods used in wind turbines
  • effect of wind turbines on the electrical network & their integration within power systems
  • economic, environmental and legal issues surrounding wind energy systems
  • control engineering related to wind turbine technology

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Candidates must possess at least a good second class Honours degree in electronic, electrical or mechanical engineering or related subject (physics, mechatronics, control, energy or systems enigneering). Enquiries can be made to Gillian McArthur on

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