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Hydrogen and Hydrogen Based Fuels

Course Type
Postgraduate, Short Course
Course fees: £800

The module will cover the production and storage of hydrogen as a fuel for fuel cells and for decarbonising industry and the overall energy system. The topics covered include:

• An Introduction to Hydrogen
• Hydrogen production from fossil energy sources
• Hydrogen production by the electrolysis of water at temperatures below 100ºC
• High temperature water electrolysis
• Hydrogen production using nuclear energy and solar thermo-chemical cycles
• Renewable hydrogen, non-electrolysis and natural (geologic) hydrogen
• Separation and Purification of Hydrogen
• Hydrogen Storage
• On-board storage
• Infrastructure, supply chain, transport, dispensing
• Power to Gas technologies

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Present and criticise the methods, potential, benefits, and prospects of hydrogen production, storage and safety handling.
  • Understand concepts that relate to Power to Gas and Power to X concepts.
  • Describe the Physics, Chemistry and Engineering of hydrogen production and storage technologies and be able to apply this knowledge to moderately complex problems.
  • Choose appropriate technology when faced with a moderately complex engineering design task.
  • Communicate information, concepts, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists.

Why study at University of Birmingham?

  • The programmes in the School of Engineering are rooted in high-quality teaching and learning through enquiry-based and independent study, producing high calibre professinals equipped with the skills to excel in technical management.
  • The module will equip you to move into more senior management positions, either in your own organisation or moving elsewhere
  • We are ranked number one for being targeted by the top UK employers (High Fliers Research 2021)
  • Modular delivery over long weekends (Friday to Monday) limits the impact of study on your work commitments.
  • The University of Birmingham is a member of the Russell Group, an organisation of the UK’s top 24 research-led universities.
  • The University of Birmingham is also a member of Universitas 21, the leading global network of research-intensive universities.

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We charge a tuition fee. Fees for 2021 are £800.

In order to be accepted onto the Hydrogen and Hydrogen Based Fuels, you must possess:

  • A good 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in scientific subject or equivalent professional qualification

International Students

IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band).

IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

 If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements including our list of acceptable universities for further study at Birmingham.


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