New Masters programme to focus on future energy transition technologies

The University of Aberdeen has launched a new Masters programme that will focus on technologies that are set to play a key role in the energy transition.

Launching in January 2022, the MSc in Advanced Energy Materials will provide a detailed overview of current and emerging technologies including battery and fuel cell technology, carbon capture, and the hydrogen economy.

As well as teaching the chemistry that underpins these technologies, the 12-month programme also covers the role of policy and innovation, while allowing students to develop their practical and professional skills.

Lectures are combined with unique practical laboratory exercises, while a group project based within a business context will help to develop professional skills. 

The programme is led by Dr Eve Wildman and Dr Alan McCue, from the University’s Department of Chemistry.

Dr McCue said: “Students enrolled on our programme will be taught by leading experts, studying key topics including but not limited to batteries, fuel-cells, carbon capture, the hydrogen economy and chemical manufacture from renewable feedstocks. 

“As well as the theory that underpins these topics, the course will include a range of hands-on practical experiments which will help bring emerging technologies to life. 

“Opportunities to develop transferrable skills are embedded in all our modules, meaning that our graduates develop the professional skills to complement their knowledge and practical skills.

“This means that our graduates will emerge ready to hit the ground running in the workplace and make a valuable contribution towards the deployment of these technologies as part of the energy transition.”

Dr Wildman added: “We’re delighted to launch this new forward-thinking MSc which focuses on areas of immense technological importance as we embark upon a transition away from fossil fuels. 

“While the programme is aimed at students with some chemistry knowledge, applications are also welcome from people with energy industry experience who are looking to retrain or upskill to work in the renewable energy sector.

“With COP26 only weeks away, the recent IPCC climate report and the launch of the UK’s ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution, there has never been a better time for students to engage with these themes.”