Big Offshore wind-farm with transfer vessel

Why offshore renewable energy? Why Plymouth?

Offshore renewable energy (ORE) is a key strategy for achieving the transition from carbon emitting fossil fuels to clean low carbon renewable sources. The main sources from which energy is captured in ORE are offshore wind, waves and tidal currents. Our programmes focus on preparing the personnel who will design, develop, operate, and regulate the technology that will convert energy from these natural elements into usable power for our communities.

At the University of Plymouth we offer two MSc programmes to supports graduates ambitions to work within the offshore renewable energy sector.

The MSc Offshore Renewable Energy Engineering programme is for engineering graduates or those with similar technical backgrounds who wish to focus on the design and realisation of ORE projects.

The MSc Offshore Renewable Energy programme is a broadening programme designed to provide applicants of a wide range of backgrounds with a broad understanding of the ORE field and prepare them for careers in ORE project development, environmental consultancy, and industrial development and regulation.

Our programmes

University's wave tank

The COAST Laboratory

The COAST (Coastal, Ocean And Sediment Transport) laboratory provides physical model testing with combined waves, currents and wind, offered at scales appropriate for device testing, array testing, environmental modelling and coastal engineering. 

This is a flexible facility with the capability to generate short and long-crested waves in combination with currents at any relative direction, sediment dynamics, tidal effects and wind. 

The facility is closely aligned with the COAST Engineering Research Group

Find out more about the COAST Laboratory