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Get to grips with the critical challenge of storing and delivering renewable energy efficiently to meet the needs of communities and businesses.

Learn with a leading university in renewable energy teaching and research, with the input of industry leaders, in a region forging an energy agenda for the future.

Gain options and advantage in your career through boosting your knowledge in this exciting and topical field - with the advantages of distance learning whatever your location in the world.


Research, development and expertise in converting and storing energy from renewable sources are becoming increasingly important to meet growing demand for economic development and domestic consumption.

We face new challenges as we progress from traditional non-renewable fossil fuels to increase renewable energy from wind wave and solar power in our energy mix. These sources are intermittent and not always available on demand. We need new engineering, technology and specialists to capture, convert, store this energy when plentiful, and deliver it on demand.

Our academic and industry experts have designed this course to grow your understanding and skills in the interconnection between different forms of energy, the fundamental thermodynamics which limit the efficiency of energy conversion, device design limitations, and the different ways in which energy might be stored.

If you are already working in the renewables sector and keen to advance your career - or in oil and gas and wanting to develop your career in the fast-growing renewables field – this is the ideal course for you, and Aberdeen the ideal provider.

Already a ‘World Energy City’, Aberdeen is rapidly becoming a global centre for renewable energy, both in the field and in the research lab. Over a hundred companies are active in this region. You’ll learn from highly-experienced university experts and industry leaders now putting theory into practice. And, like all our energy programmes, your course benefits from an Industry Advisory Board which constantly reviews your course content to ensure that you gain state-of-the-art knowledge and are up to date with emerging trends and technologies.

You can study this credit-bearing online short course standalone, or as a taster to progress to a full Masters programme in Renewable Energy Engineering, also available fully online.

Why Aberdeen for this course?

The combination of reputation, experience, breadth of expertise, teaching and research strength, location and international outlook makes Aberdeen the obvious provider of first-class education in all branches of energy. Our city is a leading ‘World Energy City’ and Europe's energy capital, and our region boasts a growing reputation in teaching, research and practice in renewable energies.

Our Institute of Energy brings together experts in research, teaching and professional development across all areas of renewable and hydrocarbon industries. Students gain the benefit of close working relationships with major companies and entrepreneurs, and learn from experienced industry professionals and world-class academics who collaborate with industry colleagues on cutting-edge research.

Aberdeen engineering graduates are highly respected and operate at senior level, including CEO and MD, in sectors of the industry worldwide. Wherever you are working in the world you are likely to have a fellow Aberdeen graduate engineer working with you.

You can take this credit-bearing short course standalone. Should you decide to pursue your studies in greater depth, you can use these credits to progress to a full Masters programme in Renewable Energy Engineering in which you’ll tackle all the main sources and technologies of renewable energy. This programme is also available fully online, for you to study at your own pace, at any location, and fitting around your work and personal commitments.

What you'll study

This course will give you a thorough understanding of the need for, and efficiency behind, conversion of energy from one form to another for the purpose of storage.

You’ll study the interconnection between different forms of energy, the fundamental thermodynamics of converting one form of energy to another - including the factors which limit the efficiency of energy conversion. And you’ll cover the different ways in which energy might be stored, and how quickly it can be delivered on demand to consumers.

How you'll study

This 12-week online learning short course offers all the flexibility and convenience to study when, where and how you choose, and to fit your learning around your location, work and personal commitments.

Our online courses are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as self-contained units of learning taught and assessed to the same quality as our degree programmes, and developed specifically for an online audience using a range of learning materials and assessment activities.

We aim to create an international, online classroom experience and student community which enables you to enjoy the same learning experience as students on our full degree programmes, including access to a suite of learning resources and support.

We expect you to spend around 10-15 hours weekly on your 12-week course. You’ll be guided through your programme with video lectures and tutorials each week. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to interact with your tutors, and with your online classmates on discussion boards. Wherever you are in the world, as you enjoy the advantages of online study, you will still feel part of our very special Aberdeen family and learning community.


Your learning will be assessed continuously throughout your course, and this will account for 20% of your total mark.

As part of your continuous assessment you will develop a scenario in which you must meet the energy needs of a fictitious island community with a known number of inhabitants and energy demand. This will include the fundamental calculations of how you will generate, convert, store and deliver this energy to your consumers when they require it - pulling together everything you have learnt to ensure that their lights stay on!

At the end of the course you’ll have a written examination worth 80% of your marks. Through our network of partners throughout the world we will arrange a convenient location for you to sit your exam. Alternatively, if you are based in Aberdeen, you can take your exam on our Aberdeen campus.

Entry Requirements

In general, applicants are expected to hold a relevant degree, however alternative/lower qualifications combined with an appropriate level of relevant experience may also be considered as a means for entry.

All students entering the University, including online courses, must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study our programmes effectively. Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. For details of our pre-sessional English courses see our Language Centre website.