New Masters programme applies earth science expertise to the energy transition

A new Masters programme which applies geological expertise to key aspects of the energy transition has been launched by the University of Aberdeen.

The Sustainable Energy Geoscience MSc draws on the School of Geoscience’s world-leading expertise in subsurface earth science, applying it to clean energy technologies such as geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage, and the growing demand for critical minerals to produce wind turbines, batteries and electric vehicles.

The 12-month programme will equip graduates with the earth science skills that geologists and employers require to help deliver on global net zero ambitions with a strong focus on current and future energy extraction and storage scenarios.

In addition, students will examine the societal implications of the energy transition, including social justice, global dynamics and sustainability goals.

Dr. Clare Bond, Researcher and Champion for Carbon Capture and Storage at the University of Aberdeen commented:

“Sustainable energy is a rapidly developing area for research and innovation in the UK, with geothermal energy and carbon capture and storage (CCS) central components of the UK Government’s strategy for reducing greenhouse emissions and reaching net-zero by 2050.

“This new MSc draws on the ground-breaking research being conducted at the University in areas such as geothermal energy, CCS, nuclear waste storage and critical materials for the energy transition - as well as our doctoral training programmes and industry partnerships.”

Head of the School of Geosciences Dr. Dave Muirhead added:

“The launch of the University’s Centre for Energy Transition underlines our commitment to working alongside the energy industry to meet net zero ambitions, reflecting Aberdeen’s status as a city at the forefront of energy research and development.

“It is an exciting time to study earth science at Aberdeen, and our long-standing industrial and academic partnerships will ensure that our graduates are equipped with the skills that will play a key role in the energy transition.”

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