Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Study Energy Science and Technology / Energy Management at Otago

Be part of the sustainable energy transition.

New technologies are driving dramatic transitions in energy systems for heat, electricity and transport. These future energy systems will have much lower carbon emissions; be more renewable, efficient, flexible and intelligent; and more geographically distributed. Our unique programme aims to create energy professionals with the scientific knowledge, real- world skills, and flexible problem-solving capability to reduce carbon and drive this transition in New Zealand and globally.

Otago offers a unique energy and carbon-focused undergraduate programme – the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. This programme equips students with the technical knowledge and problem- solving skills to pursue successful careers driving the energy transition and reducing carbon emissions.

Apply for the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) through the Dunedin campus in 2023

Apply Now

Apply for the Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours (BAppSc(Hons)) through the Dunedin campus in 2023

Apply Now

Apply for the Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) through the Dunedin campus in 2023

Apply Now

Apply for the Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) through the Dunedin campus in 2023

Apply Now

Apply for the Bachelor of Science (BSc) through the Dunedin campus in 2023

Apply Now

Apply for the Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) through the Dunedin campus in 2023

Apply Now

Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science (PGDipAppSc) through the Dunedin campus in 2023

Apply Now

Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) through the Dunedin campus in 2023

Apply Now

Why study Energy Science and Technology / Energy Management?

Learn the science behind renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon reduction.

Develop the technical expertise and problem-solving ability critical to helping industry and government reduce energy-related carbon emissions.

Background required

A typical Energy student is passionate about the environment and climate change, interested in the application of science to real-world problems, and has a solid grounding in maths and physics.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are in high demand! They get exciting, high-paying, meaningful and future-proof jobs. They have the skills and knowledge to reduce carbon emissions and save companies money.

Our graduates find successful and fulfilling careers in a diverse range of energy and carbon areas, including:

  • Designing and implementing renewable energy technologies
  • Identifying and implementing energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures at industrial sites or in commercial buildings
  • Developing energy and sustainability plans for national or local government.

What will I study?

Core first-year papers are MATH 140/150 and PHSI 131/132. This provides a flexible foundation year for a range of possible courses.

From second year onwards, you’ll study engineering thermodynamics and applied science papers covering climate change, renewable energy resources and technologies, and energy efficiency.

The programme is very flexible and can cater for a range of student interests, including combining an Energy major or minor with Science, Finance or Environmental Management.

How will I study?

The high lecturer to student ratio provides a rich and effective learning environment. In addition to learning theory in lectures and tutorials, you’ll gain hands-on experience in practical classes, enabling you to work with energy conversion equipment and directly experience how the principles you have learned work in the real world. Class discussions and assignments will explore energy and carbon problems and opportunities facing New Zealand and the world.

Degree options

There are two degree options:

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Energy Science and Technology
The three-year BSc is a flexible science degree for students wanting to develop an understanding of the science and technology behind energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) in Energy Management
The three-year BAppSc degree is appropriate for students aiming for a career as an energy professional and encourages real-world business awareness.

Transitions between the two degrees are possible in second and third years. An industry-focused honours year is possible at the end of the undergraduate degree.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

*It is a requirement that every Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) normally includes an approved minor subject or an approved second major subject. Usually such a minor or second major subject must be selected from the approved combinations of major subjects with minor or second major subjects. Some exceptions may apply. For details see:

Full list of available approved minor and second major subject areas

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Energy Management

Year Papers Points
100-level

One 100-level PHSI paper (PHSI 132  Fundamentals of Physics II recommended)

MATH 130  Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 1

MATH 140  Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 2

BSNS 114  Financial Decision Making

18

18

18

18

200-level

EMAN 201  Thermoprocesses 1

EMAN 204  Energy Resources

PHSI 243  Environmental Physics

18

18

18

300-level

EMAN 301  Fluids and Heat Transfer

EMAN 308  Thermoprocesses 2

One of:
GEOG 397  Environmental Management
PMAN 401  Project Management

One further paper from FINC 302-310, MANT 303, PMAN 401, GEOG 388, GEOG 389, GEOG 392, GEOG 397, PHSI 365, PHSI 381, COMO 303, INFO 304, ENVI 312

18

18

18

 

18

 

162 further points (MATH 203 highly recommended), including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved papers

162

Total   360

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Energy Science and Technology

Level Papers Points
100-level

One 100-level PHSI paper (PHSI 132  Fundamentals of Physics II recommended)

MATH 130  Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 1

MATH 140  Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 2

18

18

18

200-level

EMAN 201  Thermoprocesses 1

EMAN 204  Energy Resources

PHSI 243  Environmental Physics

18

18

18

300-level

EMAN 301  Fluids and Heat Transfer

EMAN 308  Thermoprocesses 2

Two of PHSI 331, PHSI 332, PHSI 336 (or MATH 374), PHSI 365, PHSI 381, CHEM 301, CHEM 302, CHEM 303, CHEM 304, CHEM 305, BIOC 351, MATH 304, COMO 303, INFO 304, GEOL 363, GEOL 376, GEOG 388, GEOG 389, GEOG 392
(PHSI 365 and PHSI 381 recommended)

18

18

36

Plus

180 further points (PHSI 245, PHSI 282 or CHEM 201 recommended; MATH 203 highly recommended) must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

180
Total   360

Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours (BAppSc(Hons)) in Energy Management

Papers

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Energy Science and Technology

Papers
  • EMAN 490 Dissertation

  • Three 400-level EMAN papers

  • One further 400-level paper approved by the Programme Director

Master of Science (MSc) in Energy Science and Technology

Papers and Thesis
  • EMAN 490  Dissertation

  • Three 400-level EMAN papers

  • One further paper at 400-level approved by the Programme Director

  • Thesis: ENST 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

Minor subject requirements

Energy Management as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

One 100-level PHSI paper (PHSI 132  Fundamentals of Physics II recommended)

MATH 130  Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 1

MATH 140  Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 2

18

18

18

200-level

EMAN 201 Thermoprocesses 1

EMAN 204 Energy Resources

18

18

300-level EMAN 301 Fluids and Heat Transfer, or EMAN 308 Thermoprocesses 2 18
Total   108

Papers

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
EMAN201 2022 Thermoprocesses 1 18 points Semester 1
EMAN204 2022 Energy Resources 18 points Semester 2
EMAN301 2022 Fluids and Heat Transfer 18 points Semester 1
EMAN308 2022 Thermoprocesses 2 18 points Semester 2
EMAN310 2022 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2022
EMAN402 2022 Process Optimisation 20 points Semester 2
EMAN403 2022 Linear Systems and Control Theory 20 points Semester 2
EMAN404 2022 Advanced Energy Resources 20 points Semester 2
EMAN405 2022 Energy Practice 20 points Semester 1
EMAN410 2022 Energy Policy 20 points Not offered in 2022
EMAN490 2022 Dissertation 40 points Semester 1, Full Year, 1st Non standard period

You may also be interested in

Key information for future students

Contact us

Associate Professor Michael Jack
Department of Physics
Tel +64 3 479 7753
Fax +64 3 479 0964
Email michael.jack@otago.ac.nz

Web
otago.ac.nz/physics/energy-studies/
otago.ac.nz/sciences/study/applied-science/