Fundamentals of Energy Transition

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Fundamentals of Energy Transition

Fundamentals of Energy Transition is a short course delivered through the Centre for Energy Transition in partnership with Total Professeurs Associés (TPA), the educational wing of TotalEnergies.


Energy Transition is one of the five Interdisciplinary Challenges identified within the Aberdeen 2040 strategy. The Centre for Energy Transition (CET) plays a key role in delivering on the University of Aberdeen's commitments in this area, through research that advances the transition to a net-zero carbon economy. In addition, the CET is responsible for developing new courses and programmes that equip our students with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver the energy transition.

TotalEnergies is redefining its business activities, moving rapidly from a reliance on oil and gas production to renewable energy technologies. The energy company has been working with a number of universities in Europe and the US to share its expertise in this area. The University of Aberdeen is the only university in Scotland to deliver this course to students.

Course Overview

Fundamentals of Energy Transition is an introductory, zero-credit, course that examines different energy systems in the context of global climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy.

The course is delivered by senior TotalEnergies staff over 1 week and is available as an optional course to postgraduate students enrolled on a select number of energy-related Masters programmes across the University.

Students engage with data from organisations such as the International Energy Agency, International Renewable Energy Agency and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to understand the complex relationships between climate, energy and carbon emissions.

This course also introduces students to the methods, tools and trends needed to understand energy systems and energy transition in the context of economic, technical, legal and environmental considerations.

Fundamentals of Energy Transition is aimed at current MSc students who are interested in gaining an introductory understanding of, and to debate, energy transition concepts based on analyses from international institutions and perspectives from the energy industry.

Each student who completes the course and its assessments will receive a certificate of participation from TotalEnergies. The course will also appear on the student’s enhanced transcript.

Find out more

Fundamentals of Energy Transition is available as an optional course for current postgraduate students enrolled on a select number of energy-related Masters programmes across the University of Aberdeen. Current postgraduate students can contact their Programme Coordinator for more information.