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BSc. Renewable Energy Engineering

The four-year BSc Renewable Energy Engineering programme was introduced in 2012/2013 academic year with the aim of fully integrating renewable energy generating technologies and environmental issues to meet the changing demands of the energy industry particularly in Ghana and the West Africa sub- region. The programme has been designed in response to a recognized need from the energy industry for university graduates who have a detailed knowledge, appreciation and fundamental understanding of the various sources of energy, their production, harnessing, conversion, and environmental concerns associated with the use of energy. How well energy can be managed in industries and domestic settings to overcome environmental issues associated with the use of energy is also critical.

The renewable energy engineering programme provides knowledge in the scientific and engineering foundations and skills for such needs as alternative fuel technology, renewable energy, hydrogen fuel cell development and utilization, solar energy, energy extraction and geothermal storage, fusion and nuclear energy and the technologies for understanding and mitigating the environmental impacts of energy usage. The programme also includes some aspects of materials sciences, chemistry, geosciences, and biosciences that support energy processes, environmental remediation and waste management. Students will be equipped with skills in developing technical solutions, alternative technologies and regulations related to renewable energy. In addition, the Department will provide knowledge and skills in computational modelling and simulation for problems that may not be solved with traditional theoretical and experimental approaches, hazardous to study in the laboratory, or time-consuming. This will include applied mathematics for modelling complex physical, biological, and energy systems.

2.2.5 Admission requirements

A         SSSCE/WASSCE Applicants

To be admitted to any Engineering Degree programme, SSSCE Candidates should have Passes (A-D) in six (6) subjects comprising core subjects, including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science; and three (3) elective science subjects from Chemistry, Physics/Applied Electricity and Mathematics. WASSCE Candidates should have Credit Passes (A1-C6) in six (6) subjects comprising core subjects, including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science; and three (3) elective science subjects from Chemistry, Physics/Applied electricity and Mathematics. In addition, SSSCE and WASSCE Candidates should have at least a grade D and C6 in Social Studies, respectively.

B         Foreign Applicants

        i.            Required subjects for Sciences: English, Mathematics, Biology/Agriculture, Physics and Chemistry, Further Mathematics for Physical Sciences and a pass in one arts subject

      ii.            Other Qualifications: Other qualifications acceptable for consideration for admission include International Baccalaureate (IB), IGCSE, GCSE, American Grade 13 examinations and other external qualifications which have equivalences to the WASSCE/SSSCE and the GCE (A Levels).

International students whose first language is not English are required to have one of the following English language qualifications before they can register on the programme. However, applicants from English speaking countries may have these requirements waived.

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.0 in any element)
  • TOEFL paper-based 550 (no less than 4.0 in TWE)
  • TOEFL IBT 79 (no less than 17 in any element)

C         Mature Students

Must be at least 25 years old by 1st September of the academic year one wants to enrol. Original results slip (O & A Level/SSSCE/WASSCE are required. Candidates must have passes in core subjects including English, Mathematics and Integrated Science and three elective science subjects including chemistry, physics/Applied Electricity and Mathematics. Mature student applicants must pass UENR entrance examination and or interview.

D         Professional and Post-Diploma Applicants

Candidates in this category must possess:

  • A Diploma or Higher National diploma or its equivalence in a relevant programme from a recognised institution (e.g. electrical, chemical, mechanical, civil, material etc);
  • Must pass an interview;
  • Two years post qualification working experience.

2.2.6 Duration and structure

The minimum period for completion of the Bachelor’s programmes shall be 8 semesters and the maximum shall be 12 semesters. The University may adjust this duration to satisfy new programmes as approved by the Academic Board and the Council. These minimum and maximum periods are calculated from the day of first registration.

2.2.7 Requirements for Bachelor Graduation

A student shall be deemed to have satisfied the requirements for graduation, if:

  1. s/he has satisfied all General University, School or Departmental requirements;
  2. s/he has accumulated the minimum number of credits required by the School, including core and prescribed electives.

2.2.8 Job Opportunities

Students can gain employment in the under listed but not limited to the following institutions/ organizations/ companies:

a)      Ministry of Energy

b)      Energy Commission

c)      Forestry Commission

d)     NGOs working in the renewable energy and the environment sectors

e)      Ministry of Land and Natural Resources

f)       Municipal and District Assemblies

g)      Private Renewable Energy Companies

h)      Environmental Protection Agency

i)        Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology

j)        Teaching and Research institutions