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MSc Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies

This Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies programme from University of Birmingham is the first-of-its-kind delivery, addressing an immediate need of the UK industry in Fuel Cell and hydrogen technologies as part of a nationwide and global drive for sustainable energy.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year (Full-Time)
2 years (Part-Time)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £26,640 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

As fuel cells increasingly penetrate the market there is increasing demand from a diverse range of industries from transport including automotive, shipping and aeronautical through to lightweight state-of-the-art military applications and power generation providing power to buildings, refrigeration and pollution-free generators.

The use of fuel cells is diverse and stands to play a vital role as the world transitions to more sustainable technologies. This Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies programme from University of Birmingham offers vital training that has been developed around real world industry need so that graduates will be able to join research teams at the forefront of this technology and make a difference to the nationwide and global effort for sustainability.

Courses included:

  • Fuel Cell and hydrogen laboratories
  • Fuel cell modelling tools and control
  • Fuel cell technologies
  • Hydrogen and hydrogen based fuels
  • Electrochemistry
  • Principles of Hydrogen Safety
  • Techniques for Fuel Cell Characterisation
  • Research project

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology

Why study Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies Masters at Birmingham?

  • The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies programme from University of Birmingham demonstrates the exciting future promise of hydrogen, fuel cells and their applications in a zero-emission world and examines challenges at the forefront of fuel cell technologies as organisations increasingly seek to commercialise or further develop existing products (from vehicles to generators).
  • The course will explain how fuel cells can play a leading role in global energy sustainability in a way that is most beneficial to humanity.
  • The industry supports our developments leading to solid employability within the field, but it should be noted the knowledge and skills learned are highly transferable and relevant to a diverse range of careers
  • The course supports entrepreneurial spirit with three spin-out companies in hydrogen and fuel cells founded.
  • High-quality teaching in top-grade REF School by leading academics in the field of fuel cell and hydrogen technology
  • Be part of the largest academic research community in fuel cell technology in UK


  • You should have, or expect to obtain, a 2:1 Honours degree from a UK academic institution (or an equivalent overseas qualification) in engineering or physical sciences.
  • Consideration may also be given to excellent applicants with degrees in life sciences and economics where these included an adequate component of mathematics.
  • Further consideration may be given to candidates with extensive, relevant post-degree experience.

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