University team up with TotalEnergies on energy transition scholarships

The University of Aberdeen is offering scholarships in Masters programmes related to the energy transition worth a combined £49,200, funded by the energy company TotalEnergies.

The scholarships – one each across the University’s MSc in Energy Transition Systems and Technologies and MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering – will cover individual course fees of £10,600 and include a living allowance of £14,000 for each student studying the campus-based, one-year, full-time degrees.

Scholarships are open to UK applicants holding an offer of admission to either course starting in September 2022, while applicants holding an offer of admission for the MSc Renewable Energy Engineering starting in January 2023 are also eligible to apply.

The scholarships were first offered last year as the University prepared to launch its Centre for Energy Transition, and Lewis Kirkwood, who studied MSc Energy Transition Systems and Technologies, was among the first recipients.

Lewis (24), from Glasgow, who is about to start an industrial project on behalf of TotalEnergies as part of his thesis, said: “The scholarship I was awarded from TotalEnergies has opened up an opportunity to build expertise in carbon capture and storage and hydrogen – areas that are imperative for a successful energy transition – and I’m looking forward to the experience.

“I am planning to secure a graduate role as an engineer in projects related to the energy transition after I graduate, and the MSc Energy Transition Systems and Technologies has provided me with the knowledge and skills that will be invaluable in my career.”

Professor Ekaterina Pavlovskaia, Head of the School of Engineering, said: “We are grateful to TotalEnergies for their ongoing support, which demonstrates the School of Engineering’s close ties to industry built up over many years.

“The support reflects our shared ambition to ensure our students acquire the skills and expertise that are required as part of the energy transition, which is reflected through our Masters programmes.”

Celia Macdonald, Vice President, People and Transition, UK for TotalEnergies said:

“Following the success of these scholarships in 2021 we are delighted to be offering them again in 2022. TotalEnergies is transforming to become a multiple energy business, and our ambition is to be a world-class leader in the energy transition. That means supporting people – early career or with experience - to join us and support us on this journey. These scholarships help us to do just that.”

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