Photovoltaics - Northumbria

Contact - Specialisation Photovoltaics

Contact Persons

For specific queries regarding the Photovoltaics specialisation please contact Dr. Pearsall. For general inquiries please contact the EUREC Agency.

Prof. Nicola Pearsall: Course Director
Tel.: +44 191 227 45 95
Fax: +44 191 227 35 98


Northumbria Photovoltaics Application Centre
Website: click here
Postal Address:
Northumbria Photovoltaics Application Centre
University of Northumbria
Ellison Place
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 8ST United Kingdom
Northumbria University Website:

Specialisation in Photovoltaics at University Northumbria, United Kingdom

Offering Department and Institution

The photovoltaics specialization of the EUREC Master in Renewable Energy is hosted by the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University. The Department offers courses in physics with astrophysics and electrical and electronic engineering, supported by our research on mobile communications, microelectronics, renewable and sustainable energy technologies, and advanced materials.

Our contribution to the EUREC Master course is underpinned by the Photovoltaics Applications Group, with research across the photovoltaics value chain from the development of new solar cells to the understanding of photovoltaic implementation. Current research projects within the group include the development of kesterite based solar cells as part of a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (European Commission funded) and the assessment of photovoltaic system potential, both technical and economic, in the UK and India (funded by the UK Engineering and Physics Sciences Research Council). In addition, the Department has ongoing research in the areas of wind power and integration of renewable energy into the electricity grid.

Further information on the Research at University of Northumbria and the Department of Physics and Elelctrical Engineering, where the research group Northumbria Photovoltaic Applications Group (NPAG) is located:

Faculty of Engineering and Environment:

The faculty incorporates the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering

Research branch within is: Engineering, Physics and Materials Science

with the research group Northumbria Photovoltaic Applications Group (NPAG)

Teaching - Specialisation Photovoltaics

Module Handbook

Download Module Handbook of the Specialisation in Photovoltaics


Module CP Title
Photovoltaic Cell and Module Technology 10 Semiconductor materials and characteristics
Band theory and the absorption of light
Carrier transport, mobility and diffusion
Theory of the ideal diode
Photocurrent and spectral response
Behaviour of real diodes
Effect of operating conditions on I-V characteristic
Crystal growth and processing
Thin film growth techniques

Overview of cell and module design

Advanced Photovoltaic Cell Design 5 Overview of technology status
Concentrator and multijunction concepts
High efficiency cell designs
Organic and polymer cells

Advanced material and cell characterization

Economics, Policy and Environment 5 Economic theory and life cycle assessment
Financing mechanisms
Environmental impact assessment
Historical market development and projections

Government policies and market development schemes

Photovoltaic System Technology 10 Introduction to PV system design
Grid connected systems – electrical design
Grid connected systems – building integration
Large ground based PV systems
Inverters for PV systems
Stand-alone PV systems – design and application
PV systems for space applications
Concentrator PV systems
Assessment of system performance

Quality assurance aspects

Download Syllabus

Regulations - Specialisation Photovoltaics

Examination Regulations

Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne established university-wide standards, also for assessment regulations. Please read carefully the general assessment regulations.

Standards - Specialisation Photovoltaics

The University of Northumbria carries out regularly institutional Quality Assurnace Audits.These audits are carried out by
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Audit documents:

Institutional Audit
The University of Northumbria at Newcastle, FEBRUARY 2010

Annex to QAA report, 2009

Please find also the document on the
Northumbria University Corporate Strategy, 2009–2014

Student Support - Specialisation Photovoltaics

Information Leaflet

An extended info leaflet how to prepare for your studies at Northumbria University, in Newcastle upon Tyne and the its services you will find in the document Coming to Study.

Information on Students' welfare and support you can find here.


Information on how to find accommodation can be found at:

International Students

International students can visit the international students web page: it provides a wealth of practical information on life at Northumbria such as arrangements before traveling to Britain, health matters, university services, etc. 


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