Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Renewable Energy Engineering
Providing students with a detailed knowledge of the technology required to ensure energy provision in the renewables industry.

Programme Details

Funding is available for this programme, for September 2014 entry. Please get in touch with us for full details and to see if you are eligible. 


The programme has been designed to provide students with a detailed knowledge of all the major renewable energy sources and the engineering skills associated with them. Essential subject areas are also covered to ensure that students develop the skills and understanding required to develop and implement renewable energy projects. The fundamentals of electrical engineering are covered in the revised course on Electrical Systems for Renewable Energy, while the importance of safety is covered in an existing safety and reliability course. 

Students get both a theoretical and practical grounding.Teaching is by specialist staff drawn from our engineering school and the energy industry, each of whom are highly regarded in their field of expertise.

The programme is constantly updated to reflect the current and future needs of the renewable energy industry. One of the main features of the MSc Programme is its interdisciplinary nature, being suitable for students with mechanical, civil, electrical, chemical and other suitable engineering backgrounds. In special cases, the programme is also made available to those with relevant science backgrounds, including Physics, Chemistry and Applied Maths.

A Talented Tomorrow Today

Tomorrow depends on talented, enterprising people - like those who make up our community of innovators. The University of Aberdeen has a proven track record of preparing graduates for the Energy sector. Students benefit from research active staff, and from close proximity and good working relationships with industry. Aberdeen is at the heart of the energy industry in Europe, a factor that makes it possible to offer a curriculum that is highly relevant to the needs of employers, within a cutting-edge research environment. 

Programme Duration

  • MSc 12 months full-time
  • PgDip 9 months full-time

 

 

Syllabus

The programme consists of the following modules:

First Half Session

  • Electrical Systems for Renewable Energy
  • Renewable Energy 1 (Solar and Geothermal)
  • Renewable Energy 2 (Biomass)
  • Fundamental Concepts in Safety Engineering

Electrical Systems for Renewable Energy - This course begins with basic concepts in electrical engineering such as voltage, current, circuit elements, waveforms, frequency, complex notation and phasor diagrams. This is followed by study of vital equipment such as transformers, generators, and power converters. As a case study, application of this knowledge to wind farms, from turbines to grid connection will be considered.

Renewable Energy 1 (Solar and Geothermal) - This course examines the solar and geothermal energy industries including resources, technologies, practical implementation, development, barriers, environmental and sustainable issues. Some case studies are investigated for solar and geothermal energy projects. Students will carry out a design project to enhance their intellectual ability and transferable skills.

Renewable Energy 2 (Biomass) - This course examines the full life cycle of biomass and bioenergy industries including resources, technologies, environmental and sustainable issues, and challenges facing the use and application of these forms of energy in the energy mix.

Fundamental Concepts in Safety Engineering - The course serves as the entrance to the field of safety and reliability engineering with the introduction of the basic concept and tool of reliability and risk. Legal frames related to engineering safety are also introduced.

Second Half Session

  • Renewable Energy 3 (Wind, Marine and Hydro)
  • Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Renewable Energy Integration to Grid
  • Legislation, Planning and Economics

Renewable Energy 3 (Wind, Hydro & Marine Energy) - This course examines the renewable energy industries involving wind, hydro and marine (tidal and wave) including resources, physical principles, technologies, environmental considerations and impact, integration into the grid, commercial development, and future challenges facing the industries.

Energy Conversion and storage - This course examines the interconnection between different forms of energy, the fundamental thermodynamics which limits the efficiency of energy conversion, device design limitations and the different ways in which energy might be stored.

Integration of Renewable Energy to grid - Advanced methods of connecting renewable energy to the grid are presented in this course. Two approaches are considered: direct connection to the grid and integration to the grid through power electronic converters.  Fundamental engineering principles necessary for the design of both approaches are discussed.  Case studies are used to enhance student knowledge and understanding.

Legislation, Planning and Economics - This course examines global energy supply and demand relation in the context of legislations involving climate change, energy transmission and sustainability issues. The course will inform students on how planning and economics may impact on the operation of the renewable energy industry. 

Dissertation (MSc Candidates Only)

For full-time students taking the MSc Programme over 12 months, a dissertation is to be prepared on work undertaken during the final individual project, which will normally be specified in collaboration with industrial partners, supervised either in the School of Engineering or in the companies, and carried out from June to September. Please note that an industry placement is not compulsory and cannot be guaranteed

Assessment

The principal method of student assessment is through written examinations. Examinations for the first half-session courses are in December and those for the second half-session are in May. Candidates are normally expected to pass all examinations and all projects submissions. MSc candidates must submit a dissertation on their project, and may be required to undergo an oral examination.

Teaching

This Programme is currently offered as a full-time, on-campus, course. The duration of the Programme is 12 months, starting in mid-September.

The taught part of the Programme consists of two half-sessions: the first running from September to December, and the second from  January to  May . The two half-sessions comprise courses that are taught by staff from the School of Engineering.

The courses are assessed both by written examination and coursework.

After the second half-session written examinations in May, students registered for the MSc degree start an industry or school based project, where this can be arranged, and at the end of this period, an individual project report, in the form of a dissertation, has to be handed in and examined by our External Examiners, who will may also make an oral examination of some students on all aspects of the Programme. The final assessment takes account of performance in all parts of the Programme and examinations.

Careers

Graduate Profiles

Jo Yates "The University has excellent links to the industry which help ensure that the courses are relevant and improves employability of the graduates." [More]
Félix García-Primi Fernández "The postgraduate programme helped me to specialize in Renewable Energy as I am a Civil Engineer. Therefore, I am a versatile engineer." [More]
Cara Amabel Heller "The MSc Renewable Energy degree is fully interdisciplinary including subjects such as renewable technology, spatial planning, electrical engineering and project management taught by high calibre lecturers from a range of disciplines. It stood out in comparison with similar degree programmes, which failed to incorporate such a range of important topics." [More]

Requirements

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a UK Honours degree (or an honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth) in any branch of Engineering at a 2:1 (upper second) class or above; or honours degree in a relevant Physical Sciences subject also at 2:1 or above.

It is important when submitting an application that you ensure you have completed all the necessary sections and enclosed all the relevant documentation to ensure that your application can be processed as quickly as possible.

Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements. These are located at www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/english-requirements.php. This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of English proficiency. If you are in doubt about your proficiency in English, contact the British Council office or its equivalent in your country. If your first language is not English, it is important that your proficiency in English is good in order for you to study successfully at the University of Aberdeen . Without this ability you will find great difficulty in understanding lectures, producing written work and sitting examinations.

We have one intake of students each year in September. Late applications may be asked to wait until the next intake should the programme coordinator feel there is insufficient time to consider the application. Prospective students who require a visa to study in the UK are advised to apply as early in the year as possible to secure a place. Applications received after 30th June from students who need to apply for a visa to study in the UK will not be processed for entry in September of that year but may be considered for entry the following year as appropriate.

It is important to note that the programmes of postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen are very competitive and the entry requirements stated are a guide to the minimum requirements, but do not guarantee entry.

Fees

Information on tuition fees, including the current fee level, can be found on the University Registry website.

 

Funding

Funding opportunities can be found in our searchable Funding Database. You are advised to search the database as a broad range of funding exists much of which you may be eligible for.

A list of funding opportunties is also maintained on the College of Physical Sciences Funding Page.

SFC Postgraduate Taught Scholarships.

Thanks to additional funding from the Scottish government this programme has funded places for Scottish and EU Students. More Information

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated (or about to graduate) with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. More Information

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