Otago offers the only energy-focused undergraduate degree in Australasia. This has two forms:
• BAppSc in Energy Management – a 3-year degree plus an optional honours year.
• BSc in Energy Science and Technology – a 3-year degree.
Structure of: BSc in Energy Science & Technology
|PHSI 131 or
PHSI 132 or
|PHSI 282 or CHEM 201
|Two other approved papers
|180 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.
Structure of: BAppSc in Energy Management
|PHSI 131 or
PHSI 132 or
|GEOG 397 or
One other approved paper
|162 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved papers
Q. What is the difference between a BSc in Energy Science and Technology and a BAppSc in Energy Management?
A. The BAppSc in Energy Management is an interdisciplinary degree (with a compulsory minor) targeted at students that are focused on pursuing professional careers in the energy sector. The BSc in Energy Science and Technology is a flexible science degree for students wanting to develop an understanding of the science and technology behind energy efficiency and renewable energy. Both degrees have similar course requirements, but the BAppSc requires a compulsory Minor. It is possible to transition between these programmes in the 2nd and 3rd year.
Q. What other papers should I take?
A. Specific energy-focused courses starts at the 200 level covering energy resources, thermodynamics (the physical laws governing energy conversion) and environmental physics. Prerequisites are PHSI 131 or PHSI 132 (or PHSI 191) and MATH 130. It is recommended you take PHSI 132 and MATH 140. We encourage students to take additional interdisciplinary papers — discuss options with us!
Other recommended courses are: MATH 203: Calculus of Several Variables, BSNS 114: Financial Decision Making and PHSI 365: Computational Physics.
Q. What jobs will I get with a degree in Energy Management or Energy Science and Technology?
A. There are many great opportunities for qualified people to pursue a career in the rapidly developing energy area both within New Zealand and around the world. Our graduates find successful and fulfilling careers in a diverse range of energy areas, including:
• Designing and implementing renewable energy supply solutions
• Renewable energy and energy-efficient technology research and development
• Identifying and implementing energy efficiency and sustainability measures for industry, organizations, or in the residential sector
• Assessing or managing energy use at energy-intensive industrial sites or in commercial buildings
• Advising on or developing energy and sustainability policy for national or local government.