BEng Energy Engineering with Environmental Management

Full Time
Degree of Bachelor of Engineering

UCAS Course Code
A-Level typical
ABB (2018/9 entry) See All Requirements
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Key facts

This course has academic accreditation and we are officially an Accredited Academic body of the Energy Institute.


Engineering at UEA is built on great links with industry, exciting research and diverse teaching. We have a multidisciplinary approach to engineering research, which brings together academics from many of our highly respected Schools including Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Biological Sciences.

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Developed in partnership with the East of England Energy Group, this course will prepare you for a future career in engineering. As well as being academically rigorous, the course allows you to develop varied skills for a career beyond university thanks to close partnerships with major companies. We take a multidisciplinary approach to our teaching, working closely with UEA’s prestigious schools of Environmental Sciences, Computing Sciences and Mathematics so you can learn from a range of experts.

As an Energy Engineering with Environmental Management student, you will also be educated in the environmental impact of energy engineering and benefit from our long-established expertise in environmental sciences.

Our engineering courses allow you to develop your own career plan, and all have a common first year so you can get to know the subject before focusing on either Energy, Mechanical, Electronic and Electrical, or maintaining a mixed approach.


Year 1 is aimed at introducing the fundamental principles of all engineering disciplines using energy engineering as a focusThe Energy Engineering Revolution module aims to provide an up to date assessment of the energy industry, using visiting speakers, mini-projects and case studies to address topical issues such as renewable heat incentives, feed-in tariffs and maintenance in the offshore environment. The Engineering Principles module builds knowledge in fluid flow, electricity, structural design and materials. Engineering Practice introduces the design theme and uses  it as a vehicle to explore professional practice and ethical codes of conduct. A range of communication techniques including sketching and drawing skills as well as team working are all taught in an energy context. The two mathematics modules consolidate pre-university knowledge and push it a bit further. The engineering mathematics component complements the theoretical work with estimation challenges and energy data analysis using a range of software.

Year 2  builds on the foundations to explore design codes of practice in more depth and uses renewable energy examples to illustrate advanced principles. For example a basic understanding of wind turbine towers includes considerations of drag-induced overturning forces and foundation stability, as well as the aerodynamics of flow past the turbines. A thorough understanding of micro-hydro schemes is developed by analysing pumps and turbines linked to pipe flow and networks, while the study of grid storage pushes the electricity theme further. The important mathematical theme continues to more advanced material including learning programming skills.

Year 3 includes the important element of your individual project. Your supervisor may make suggestions for suitable topics, but essentially this is your chance to become an expert in the area of energy engineering that fascinates you and in which you are likely to work. Industry is keen to see this in-depth study, as many energy engineering degrees can be somewhat superficial in their coverage. At UEA we aim for both breadth and depth in our teaching.


Engineering Design

Engineers design things. This is a highly creative process that builds upon a fundamental understanding of fluid flow, material properties, structural behaviour, dynamics of systems and mathematics. But rather than save up all the fun bits until the base theory is complete, you will tackle engineering design challenges from the start of your degree and gradually build up your confidence until by third and fourth year you are capable of completing a detailed design to industry standards.

Health and Safety Risk Management

Engineering is becoming ever safer. Many companies now operate strict health and safety policies using sophisticated risk assessment and management techniques. Identifying risks can also lead to financial opportunities. The culture of safe working begins in first year with laboratory exercises and site visits, before permeating all the design work. The chemical engineering hazard study approach to design is adopted throughout.

Professional Ethics and Commercial Awareness

It is obviously important to understand the technical aspects of your discipline, but this is only half the story. Professional life raises all sorts of ethical dilemmas, from the care that must be taken in checking calculations to the consideration of risks to public health. Often the dilemmas are compounded by the underlying need to make a business profitable. There is a growing interest amongst practising engineers in these important aspects. You will discuss ethical and commercial responsibilities with practising engineers who balance them  during their working lives. By the time you graduate you should have a confident foundation understanding of how industry works, which will allow you to get the most out of your initial training.

Energy Technologies

It is quite likely that you were attracted to energy engineering by the technology involved, whether it was the majestic sweep of a wind turbine or the sheer size of the support vehicles and boats installing them. Or perhaps you are fascinated by the decentralisation of energy supply and the idea of making maximum use of the energy potential in waste appeals to you. Whatever your technical interests there will be something in our degrees for you. Renewable energy technologies from marine to solar are complemented by a thorough understanding of modern conventional technologies such as combined cycle gas turbines or carbon capture to prolong the life of coal. Nuclear power is used as a vehicle to introduce the very important subject of risk assessment, as well as for its important contribution to the energy mix.

Environmental Awareness

Environmental Impact Statements are a key feature of all major energy engineering schemes, but industry is concerned that many engineers attempt to apply them to the end of a design rather than embedding them from the start at every key decision stage. At UEA we are uniquely placed to educate our students on the environmental impact of energy engineering because of our long-established expertise in environmental sciences. Climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and other crucial concepts become second nature to our students. It is possible to investigate this theme through all years of your degree or to develop your mathematical ability further in third and fourth year instead.

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Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module utilises the mathematical concepts from the Mathematics for Scientists module in an engineering context, before complementing the material with practical mechanics to solve real-world problems. Over the first semester students are introduced to the vocational necessity of estimation in the absence of accurate data through a team-based competition, as well as the practical geometry and numerical methods which can be used when analytical techniques fail. This is supplemented by practical exercises in graphical presentation and data analysis which will contribute to the coursework element of the module. Teaching then concentrates on mechanics in the second semester, encompassing Newton's laws of motion, particle dynamics and conservation laws before a final exam.




In Engineering Practice you will explore the role of the engineer operating in the modern world. You will experience what it is like to face the challenges of design. You will be encouraged to explore your creative design talent while also developing an awareness of issues relating to sustainability, health, safety and professional ethics. To help you communicate your designs, you will learn to produce professional technical drawings and engineers' sketches alongside 3D models using CAD software. Your industrial experience will grow through your participation in site visits in both semesters. In Semester 2 you will participate in an inter-university design challenge and apply your new skill sets in graphical, written and oral communication to a real project-based design. In this term you will also explore the final pillar of Sustainability through an introduction to economics .




This module introduces three distinct topics which are essential for a wide range of engineering disciplines. During the first semester, you will investigate how to harness the properties of modern materials within an engineering context. Exposure to materials section software enhances your learning and the material is assessed by a formative course test. Fluid mechanics and hydraulics are introduced and applications to pipe networks are used to develop your confidence in commercial software. An introduction to thermodynamics and heat transfer completes the module. You will complete a number of laboratory exercises which are assessed by two formal summative reports.




This module is designed to assist you in making an informed choice of career pathway and introduces you to a variety of engineering disciplines. You will get a hands-on introduction to electronic-electrical engineering, you will be exposed to a range of energy industry specialists and encouraged to develop your understanding of the UK and global energy mix. In addition to a brief overview of civil engineering you will be introduced to the basics of structural engineering and fundamental principles that civil and mechanical engineers use (structural frames, bridges, foundations, stresses, machine design) putting these in context. Permeating the delivery of the electronic-electrical and energy topics you will develop programming, simulation and practical problem solving skills using software e.g. MATLAB, Simulink, Arduino.




You will cover differentiation, integration, vectors, partial differentiation, ordinary differential equations, further integrals, power series expansions, complex numbers and statistical methods as part of this module. In addition to the theoretical background there is an emphasis on applied examples. Previous knowledge of calculus is assumed. This module is the first in a series of three maths modules for those across the Faculty of Science that provide a solid undergraduate mathematical training. The follow-on modules are Mathematics for Scientists B and C.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


The habitability of planet Earth depends on physical and chemical systems that control everything from the weather and climate to the growth of all living organisms. This module introduces you to some of these key cycles and the ways in which physical and chemical scientists investigate and interpret them. It leads naturally to second and third year study of these systems in more detail, but even if you choose to study other aspects of environmental sciences, a basic knowledge of these systems is central to understanding our planet and how it responds to human pressures. The module is made up of two distinct components. One focuses on the physical study of the environment (Physical Processes: e.g. weather, climate, ocean circulation, etc.) The other focuses on the chemical study (Chemical Processes: weathering, atmospheric pollution, ocean productivity, etc.). Interrelationships between these components are explored throughout. Teaching of this module is through a mix of lectures, laboratory practical classes, workshops and a half-day field trip. This module provides a Basic Chemistry introduction for those students who have little or no background in chemistry prior to joining UEA.




The habitability of planet Earth depends on physical and chemical systems that control everything from the weather and climate to the growth of all living organisms. This module introduces you to some of these key cycles and the ways in which physical and chemical scientists investigate and interpret them. It leads naturally to second and third year study of these systems in more detail, but even if you choose to study other aspects of environmental sciences, a basic knowledge of these systems is central to understanding our planet and how it responds to human pressures. The module is made up of two distinct components. One focuses on the physical study of the environment (Physical Processes: e.g. weather, climate, ocean circulation, etc.) The other focuses on the chemical study (Chemical Processes: weathering, atmospheric pollution, ocean productivity, etc.). Interrelationships between these components are explored throughout. Teaching of this module is through a mix of lectures, laboratory practical classes, workshops and a half-day field trip. This module is for students with previous experience of chemistry.



Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits


A practical introduction to electronics, this module is structured to consider analogue electronics and digital electronics in turn. Topics you'll cover include passive and active components, including op-amps, transistors, logic gates, flip-flops and registers. Circuits you'll study include amplifiers, oscillators, modulators, combinational and sequential logic and state machines. You'll spend much of your time doing practical work - underpinned by lectures - where you will build prototypes circuits, as well as designing and building Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).




This module purposely fuses the boundaries conventionally constraining engineering designers, to enable you to fully explore the breadth of design principles and processes presented within a contemporary design challenge. Supported by a framework of integrated learning, you will continue to develop your ability to straddle the boundaries of creative design practice in the determination of holistic design solutions. Societal design challenges will add real-world context to problems posed as you explore the issues facilitating the realisation of revolutionary ideas in contemporary design practice.




This module is the second in a series of three mathematical modules for students across the Faculty of Science. You will cover vector calculus (used in the study of vector fields in subjects such as fluid dynamics and electromagnetism), time series and spectral analysis (a highly adaptable and useful mathematical technique in many science fields, including data analysis), and fluid dynamics (which has applications to the circulation of the atmosphere, ocean, interior of the Earth, chemical engineering, and biology). There is a continuing emphasis on applied examples.




This module builds on understanding in wind, tidal and hydroelectric power and introduces theories and principles relating to a variety of renewable energy technologies including solar energy, heat pumps and geothermal sources, fuel cells and the hydrogen economy, biomass energy and anaerobic digestion. You will consider how these various technologies can realistically contribute to the energy mix. You will study the various targets and legislative instruments that are used to control and encourage developments. Another key aspect of the module is the study and application of project management and financial project appraisal techniques in a renewable energy context.



Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


The Earth's terrestrial and marine water bodies support life and play a major role in regulating the planet's climate. This module will train you to make accurate measurements of the chemical composition of the aquatic environment. In lectures and in the lab you will explore important chemical interactions between life, fresh and marine waters and climate, looking at nutrient cycles, dissolved oxygen, trace metals, carbonate chemistry and chemical exchange with the atmosphere. Students taking this module are expected to be familiar with basic chemical concepts and molar concentration units. This module makes a good combination with Aquatic Ecology.




You will develop your skills and understanding in the integrated analysis of global climate change, using perspectives from both the natural sciences and the social sciences. You will gain a grounding in the basics of climate change science, impacts, adaptation, mitigation and their influence on and by policy decisions. This module also offers you a historical perspective on how climate policy has developed, culminating in the December 2015 Paris Agreement. Finally, it considers what will be required to meet the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 #C above pre-industrial levels.




You will build on the introductory material from first year engineering mechanics. An appreciation of why dynamics and vibration are important for engineering designers leads to consideration of Single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) systems, Equation of motion, free vibration analysis, energy methods, natural frequency, undamped and damped systems and loading. Fourier series expansion and modal analysis are applied to vibration concepts: eigenfrequency, resonance, beats, critical, under-critical and overcritical damping, and transfer function. Introduction to multi-degree of freedom (MDOF) systems. Applications to beams and cantilevers. MathCAD will be used to support learning.




The most significant obstacles to problem solving are often political, not scientific or technological. This module examines the emergence and processes of environmental politics. It analyses these from different theoretical perspectives, particularly theories of power and public policy making. The module is focused on contemporary examples of politics and policy making at UK, EU and international levels. The module supports student-led learning by enabling you to select (and develop your own theoretical interpretations of) 'real world' examples of politics. Assessment will be via seminar presentations and a case study essay. The module assumes no prior knowledge of politics.




It is vital that everyone working in business has an understanding of accounting data in order that financial information can be used to add value to the organisation. You'll be provided with a foundation in the theory and practice of accounting and an introduction to the role, context and language of financial reporting and management accounting. The module assumes no previous study of accounting. You'll begin with building a set of accounts from scratch so that you will be able to analyse and provide insight form the major financial statements. You'll also look at management decision making tools such as costing, budgeting and financial decision making. You will be required to actively participate in your learning both in lectures and seminars. The module employs a learn by doing approach.




The aim of this module is for you to develop an understanding of the structure, functioning, and performance of organisations with particular reference to the behaviour of the individuals and groups who work within them. Specifically, the module aims are to: # Develop an appreciation of the nature and historical development of organisational behaviour (OB). # Introduce key concepts and theories in organisational behaviour. # Develop an understanding of the linkages between OB research, theory, and practice. # Develop analytical and academic writing skills.




This module is the third in a series of three mathematical units for students across the Faculty of Science. It covers matrix algebra and numerical methods, partial differential equations and solid mechanics. There is a continuing emphasis on applied examples, and the use of numerical computing software (Matlab) is extended with a dedicated programming component. The module is taught by mathematicians with considerable expertise in the use of mathematics in the natural/environmental sciences and is largely designed to equip students with the tools necessary for advanced second and third level modules, particularly those in the physical sciences.




This module gives you an understanding of the physical processes occurring in the basin-scale ocean environment. We will introduce and discuss large scale global ocean circulation, including gyres, boundary currents and the overturning circulation. Major themes include the interaction between ocean and atmosphere, and the forces which drive ocean circulation. You should be familiar with partial differentiation, integration, handling equations and using calculators. Shelf Sea Dynamics is a natural follow-on module and builds on some of the concepts introduced here. We strongly recommend that you also gain oceanographic fieldwork experience by taking the 20-credit biennial Marine Sciences field course.




The purpose of this module is to give you a solid grounding in the essential features of programming using the Java programming language. The module is designed to meet the needs of the student who has not previously studied programming.




The shallow shelf seas that surround the continents are the oceans that we most interact with. They contribute a disproportionate amount to global marine primary production and CO2 drawdown into the ocean, and are important economically through commercial fisheries, offshore oil and gas exploration, and renewable energy developments (e.g. offshore wind farms). You will explore the physical processes that occur in shelf seas and coastal waters, their effect on biological, chemical and sedimentary processes, and how they can be harnessed to generate renewable energy. You will develop new skills during this module that will support careers in the offshore oil and gas industry, renewable energy industry, environmental consultancy, government laboratories (e.g. Cefas) and academia. The level of mathematical ability required to take this module is similar to Ocean Circulation and Meteorology I. You should be familiar with radians, rearranging equations and plotting functions.



Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module is highly practical and will allow you to study how electricity is generated and how it is distributed to users. The first part studies DC and AC electricity and looks at how RLC circuits behave through complex phasor analysis. The second part will give you the chance to study electricity generators, beginning with magnetism and Faraday's Law. Synchronous and asynchronous generators are studied along with application to conventional power stations and to renewable generation (e.g. wind). You'll also look at transformers and transmission lines with a view to distribution of electricity. Voltage conversion methods such as the rectifier, buck and boost converters are examined and finally electricity generation through solar is covered. Your lab classes will build on material from lectures which in turn forms the basis for coursework.




You will be introduced to geological, economic and political aspects of fossil fuels (oil, natural gas and coal). These are used to discuss environmental concerns arising from the use of fossil fuels, and the potentially profound implications of future fuel scarcity on society. Some knowledge of Earth science and basic Chemistry will be expected.




This module allows you to display your full talents and understanding of energy engineering principles through an extended piece of individual project work. This significant piece of work is worth 40 credits of the overall degree and runs over both semesters of the third year. The project will comprise research, design, implementation and practical elements. The subject of the project will be negotiated between you and a supervisor at the start of the module. The supervisor will then continue to support you in project management, report-writing and the applied design process throughout the assignment.




This module addresses the technical aspects of nuclear power and solar energy, whilst letting students apply their knowledge from the Engineering Practice module to make ethical decisions incorporating health and safety risk assessments. Successful design of nuclear installations requires a detailed quantitative risk analysis within a regulatory framework that imposes high tolerances. In contrast, the rapid installation of solar panels at domestic scale requires education to ensure smaller companies remain in line with legislation. Although these energies are considered cleaner, it is essential to consider the environmental impact and planning law, as well as changing the societal perception of both.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module provides you with an opportunity to gain valuable credit-bearing industrial experience. It comprises a 10-week minimum placement over the summer vacation and submission of inception, interim and final reports which are presented at an assessed viva in the autumn term. This module replaces a 20-credit option module in the following academic year. Where possible a distinct project element of the placement will be identified for which you have overall responsibility. The main objectives of the placement are to develop your understanding of real engineering industry, the importance of risk and commercial awareness, and how sustainability is addressed in modern engineering practice.




The aim of the module is to show how environmental problems may be solved from the initial problem, to mathematical formulation and numerical solution. Problems will be described conceptually, then defined mathematically, then solved numerically via computer programming. The module consists of lectures on numerical methods and computing practicals; the practicals being designed to illustrate the solution of problems using the methods covered in lectures. The module will guide students through the solution of a model of an environmental process of their own choosing. The skills developed in this module are highly valued by prospective employers.




What do you know about the drivers of climate change? Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the greenhouse gas that has, by far, the greatest impact on climate change, but how carbon cycles through the Earth is complex and not fully understood. Predicting future climate or defining 'dangerous' climate change is therefore challenging. In this module you will learn about the atmosphere, ocean and land components of the carbon cycle. We cover urgent global issues such as ocean acidification and how to get off our fossil fuel 'addiction', as well as how to deal with climate denialists.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB to include Mathematics and one other Science subject. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points to include HL 5 in Mathematics and one other Science subject. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC to include Mathematics plus one other Science subject. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 subjects at H2, to include Higher Level Mathematics and one other Science subject
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Mathematics and 12 level 3 credits in one other Science subject. Science pathway required.
  • BTEC DDM in relevant subject. Excluding Public Services. BTEC and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall including at least 70% in Mathematics and one other Science subject.

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.  

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.


Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:



The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.


Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

 We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

Fees and Funding

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Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

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International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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