Masters in Renewable Energy Technologies


The Department of Mechanical Engineering in collaboration with The Energy Center of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology have since 2011 been running a Master of Science Programme in Renewable Energy Technologies (MSc. RETs) with the aim of helping build a critical mass of professionals in sub-Saharan Africa with in-depth knowledge and skills in Renewable Energy Technologies as well as policies for energy access and efficiency. The programme since then has trained over hundred (100) students from all over the African continent.
The programme, starting from the 2016/2017 academic year, is expanded to include Masters of Philosophy in Renewable Energy Technologies (MPhil RETs) and Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainable Energy (PhD SE). The two research focus programmes will give opportunity to students to conduct state-of-the-art research that addresses the energy challenges of Africa at large and sub-Saharan Africa in particular with increased research publications in peer-reviewed journals. The durations for the programmes are as follows:
i. MSc Renewable Energy Technologies – Three (3) semesters
ii. MPhil Renewable Energy Technologies  - Four (4) Semesters
iii. PhD Sustainable Energy Eight (8) Semesters

Entry Requirements:

The MSc. and the MPhil in Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) programmes are open to all applicants having the requisite technical background knowledge with the following entry requirements:
i. Candidates must hold a First Class or Second Class Upper honours degree or its equivalent in Engineering or Science from a recognised university, as well as, a minimum of two years working experience in the renewable energy industry.
ii. Candidates who do not directly satisfy the requirements stated above but are otherwise adjudged suitable will be required to take an entrance or qualifying examination followed by an interview.
The PhD programme in Sustainable Energy is a regular programme open to all applicants having the requisite technical background knowledge:
i. A potential candidate for the PhD programme must provide proof of having already obtained an MSc, MEng or an MPhil degree in Engineering or allied programmes to qualify for admission.
ii. Guidelines and regulations for PhD studies as outlined by the School of Graduate Studies, KNUST, are applicable to all PhD candidates.
PhD applicants will need to write and pass the qualifying exams in the first year of the programme that will be organized by the department to enable him/her become a full PhD student. The PhD programme is a regular programme and student’s physical presence on campus during the semester is required.

Course Structure

The taught courses for MSc./MPhil students include Core and Optional/Elective Courses and are indicated by C and O respectively

Year One (Semester One) 

Students must select at least two optional courses in addition to the three core courses.




Code Title Credit Hours

Code   T P C
RET 551  Introduction to RE Technologies (C) 3 1 3
RET 553 Energy & Environment (C) 3 1 3
RET 555  Energy Policy, Gender & Planning(C)  3
RET 571 Liquid Biofuel Production Systems(O)
RET 573   Biogas Technology(O) 3 3
RET 575 Solar Thermal Technology (O)

RET 577


 Small Hydropower Technology(O) 







RET 553 Energy & Environment (C)     313
RET 555 Energy Policy, Gender & Planning(C)  303
RET 571 Liquid Biofuel Production Systems(O)  313
RET 573 Biogas Technology(O)  3 13
RET 575 Solar Thermal Technology (O)       313
RET 577 Small Hydropower Technology(O)        3    1 3

    Total          21    6    15*/21**
Year One (Semester Two) 
Students must select at least two optional courses in addition to the three core courses

 Code Title Credit Hours

RET    550 Research Methods (C) 3 1 3
RET 552 Computer Aided Engineering (C) 3 2 3
RET 554 Project Analysis and Management (C) 3 1 3
RET 572 Solar PV Technology (O) 3 1 3
RET    574 Wind Power Technology (O) 3 1 3
RET 576 Bio-energy Technology (O) 3 1 3
RET 678 Hybrid Energy Systems (O) 3 1 3
Total 21 8    15*/21**
The taught courses for the MSc./MPhil programmes are delivered online, over two (2) semesters. There is also a limited face-to-face session where students will be required to come to KNUST campus for 4-6 weeks of practical laboratory work.
The durations for the MSc. RETs and MPhil RETs theses shall be one (1) semester and two (2) semesters, respectively