Introduction

The demand for renewable energy engineers is expected to continue to grow as governments and companies look to diversify from hydrocarbons and reduce emissions. This programme teaches the advanced skills needed to design, build and optimise renewable energy infrastructure of the future.

MSc Renewable Energy Engineering is also available to study full time on campus.

This programme is studied fully online.

This programme has been designed to provide you with a detailed knowledge of all major renewable energy sources and the engineering skills associated with them, including geothermal, solar, biomass, hydro, marine and wind. In addition, there are courses covering legislative, planning and economic considerations associated with renewable energy, and the integration of renewable energy to the grid.

The course included in this programme cover both the theoretical knowledge and advanced technical skills in demand from this ever-evolving sector. Teaching is by specialist staff drawn from our engineering school as well as from the energy industry, to ensure that students are exposed to the latest developments and future needs of the renewable energy industry.

One of the main features of the programme is its interdisciplinary nature, being suitable for students with mechanical, civil, electrical, chemical and other suitable engineering backgrounds. In special cases, the programme is also open to students with other relevant science backgrounds, including Physics, Chemistry and Applied Maths.

Aberdeen is known as the Energy Capital of Europe and is a major international centre of research and innovation in every aspect of the offshore oil and gas industry. In recent years, however, non-hydrocarbon based energy has grown significantly, mainly due to the large talent pool of energy engineers and scientists based in the Aberdeen region and the abundant wind and tidal energy resources off the Aberdeenshire coast. The city and region is quickly developing as a major hub for renewable energy.

In August 2016, Hywind, the world’s first floating wind farm was installed off the coast of Aberdeenshire by Equinor (formerly Statoil), while in 2018 work commenced on the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay, featuring the world’s most powerful wind turbine.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
ISS or MSc
Duration
5 months or 27 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
January or September

Study Options

There are two study options for this programme: the full MSc and ISS (Individual Subject Study).

MSc: 12 courses in total taking a minimum of 27 months to complete, taking a maximum of 2 courses concurrently each semester. You can take fewer courses at a time as long as you complete your studies in 60 months.

ISS: 1 or 2 courses taken concurrently per semester with the option, but no commitment, to continue to further courses.

Approximately 10-12 hours of study is expected per week per course.

ISS 5 months Online Learning Part Time January or September
Semester 1

Semester 1

Each course below runs from September to December and requires 10-12 hours of commitment per week. Up to 2 courses can be taken concurrently.

Courses can be taken individually and/or used towards a qualification: Postgraduate Certificate (successful completion of 4 courses), Postgraduate Diploma (8 courses) or MSc (all 12 courses).

Optional Courses

Electrical Systems for Renewable Energy (EG504B) - 15 Credit Points

This course begins with basic concepts in electrical engineering such as voltage, current, circuit elements, waveforms, frequency, complex notation and phasor diagrams. This is followed by study of vital equipment such as transformers, generators, and power converters. As a case study, application of this knowledge to wind farms, from turbines to grid connection will be considered.

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Geothermal and Hydro Energy (EG503B) - 15 Credit Points

Aims of Course

To provide an understanding of the physical principles, technologies and systems associated with renewable energy generation from geothermal and hydro sources. To provide an understanding of the position of these sources of energy in the current and future global energy requirements and the technical challenges in meeting the future energy demand.

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Energy from Biomass (EG504A) - 15 Credit Points

This course examines the full life cycle of biomass and bioenergy industries including resources, technologies, environmental and sustainable issues, and challenges facing the use and application of these forms of energy in the energy mix.

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Solar Energy (EG503W) - 15 Credit Points

To provide an understanding of generation from solar sources, the associated technologies and the main technical challenges.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Each course below runs from January to May and requires 10-12 hours of commitment per week. Up to 2 courses can be taken concurrently.

Courses can be taken individually and/or used towards a qualification: Postgraduate Certificate (successful completion of 4 courses), Postgraduate Diploma (8 courses) or MSc (all 12 courses).

Optional Courses

Marine and Wind Energy (EG552V) - 15 Credit Points

The course studies the physical principles, technologies and systems, and effects on the environment associated with renewable energy generation from wind, marine and hydro sources. The course provides understanding of the position of these sources of energy in the current and future global energy requirements and the technical challenges in meeting the future energy demands.

The laboratory exercise is designed to reinforce many of the concepts covered in lectures. This includes experiments on the performance characteristics of a turbine.

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Energy Conversion and Storage (EG55M3) - 15 Credit Points

This course examines the interconnection between different forms of energy, the fundamental thermodynamics which limits the efficiency of energy conversion, device design limitations and the different ways in which energy might be stored.

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Renewable Energy Integration to Grid (EG55M5) - 15 Credit Points

This course studies the challenges and solutions of integration of Electrical Energy generated from non-conventional Renewable Energy sources to the grid.

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Legislation, Economics and Safety (EG552T) - 15 Credit Points

To provide an insight into the legislative and the economics framework which shape UK, European and international energy provisions from conventional and renewable sources. The course also aims to cover the fundamental safety issues which are important for all the renewable energy technologies.

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MSc 27 months Online Learning Part Time September
Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Electrical Systems for Renewable Energy (EG504B) - 15 Credit Points

This course begins with basic concepts in electrical engineering such as voltage, current, circuit elements, waveforms, frequency, complex notation and phasor diagrams. This is followed by study of vital equipment such as transformers, generators, and power converters. As a case study, application of this knowledge to wind farms, from turbines to grid connection will be considered.

View detailed information about this course

Geothermal and Hydro Energy (EG503B) - 15 Credit Points

Aims of Course

To provide an understanding of the physical principles, technologies and systems associated with renewable energy generation from geothermal and hydro sources. To provide an understanding of the position of these sources of energy in the current and future global energy requirements and the technical challenges in meeting the future energy demand.

View detailed information about this course

Energy from Biomass (EG504A) - 15 Credit Points

This course examines the full life cycle of biomass and bioenergy industries including resources, technologies, environmental and sustainable issues, and challenges facing the use and application of these forms of energy in the energy mix.

View detailed information about this course

Solar Energy (EG503W) - 15 Credit Points

To provide an understanding of generation from solar sources, the associated technologies and the main technical challenges.

View detailed information about this course

Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Marine and Wind Energy (EG552V) - 15 Credit Points

The course studies the physical principles, technologies and systems, and effects on the environment associated with renewable energy generation from wind, marine and hydro sources. The course provides understanding of the position of these sources of energy in the current and future global energy requirements and the technical challenges in meeting the future energy demands.

The laboratory exercise is designed to reinforce many of the concepts covered in lectures. This includes experiments on the performance characteristics of a turbine.

View detailed information about this course

Energy Conversion and Storage (EG55M3) - 15 Credit Points

This course examines the interconnection between different forms of energy, the fundamental thermodynamics which limits the efficiency of energy conversion, device design limitations and the different ways in which energy might be stored.

View detailed information about this course

Renewable Energy Integration to Grid (EG55M5) - 15 Credit Points

This course studies the challenges and solutions of integration of Electrical Energy generated from non-conventional Renewable Energy sources to the grid.

View detailed information about this course

Legislation, Economics and Safety (EG552T) - 15 Credit Points

To provide an insight into the legislative and the economics framework which shape UK, European and international energy provisions from conventional and renewable sources. The course also aims to cover the fundamental safety issues which are important for all the renewable energy technologies.

View detailed information about this course

Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Individual Project In Renewable Energy (EG59M1) - 60 Credit Points

The aim of the course is to permit students to undertake a piece of supervised academic research: to demonstrate critical thinking within a selected research subject; to collect, manage, and interpret data from a variety of sources; to prepare written documentation in a scientific manner appropriate for peer-reviewed publications.

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Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

By written examination and coursework as prescribed for each course. In addition, MSc candidates must submit a dissertation on their individual project. Online learning students who live near to Aberdeen are able to take their examinations at the University.

Why Study Renewable Energy Engineering?

  • Available completely online, allowing you to work while you study and fit learning around your schedule.

  • Pay by module, giving you the freedom to balance your studies with other financial commitments.

  • Complete your full degree in 27 months or spread out over a longer period of time (up to six years).

This programme gives a much broader learning experience than other renewable MSc programmes and provides you with an overview of the engineering and technological requirements of a range of renewable energy sources.

  • Vital, broader engineering skills are taught in areas such as safety
  • The legal and economical side of renewable projects is also covered.
  • To ensure that the degree programmes remain current and connected to industry, the programme is developed and reviewed by an Industry Advisory Board, made up of experienced professionals.
  • Our close links with industry ensure that you experience lectures taught by industry professionals and undertake MSc projects with leading firms.
  • This programme attracts students from around the world, all sharing a common interest and passion for renewable energy. This close-knit global community works together across major projects, enhancing your learning experience.
  • The University of Aberdeen is a partner of the Offshore Renewables Institute and students can access the expertise that sits within this Institute.
  • Engage with research active staff - learn more about the renewable energy projects currently being worked on by a range of our research experts.
  • While you will be studying online, our location at the heart of Aberdeen, Europe's energy capital, and leading "World Energy City", brings you closer to the industry.
  • Our engineering graduates move in to very successful careers with a large proportion working in senior roles in the industry, even as high as CEO and MD level. It doesn't matter where in the world you end up working, you are likely to have a fellow Aberdeen graduate engineer working with you. Our School of Engineering truly is a global family network.
  • You will be taught by, and engage with a truly international team of engineering staff. Collectively, they bring an incredible level of industrial experience and academic expertise from working on major projects around the world.

What Our Students Say

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I chose Aberdeen because of the programme content. I researched all UK Universities and Aberdeen was the only one that had a renewable programme with a strong engineering focus.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours degree, or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth in any branch of Engineering, Physics, Maths or Chemistry.

Students with a 2:2 AND 2+ years of relevant experience may also be considered

Key subjects you must have covered: Mathematics.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

CV
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

ISS 5 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,150
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
MSc 27 months Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,185
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credit points. Students starting in 2019/20 will be provided a discount of 50% towards the cost of the tuition fees for the project/dissertation course. This will be applied at the time students register for the project/dissertation.
Indicative Programme Fee £12,130
Indicative programme fee based on studies beginning in the 2019/20 academic year. Fees increment annually. This fee is calculated on the basis of 60 credits of study per year over 3 years and includes a discount of 50% towards the cost of the tuition fees for the project/dissertation.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

Each year, there is an increase in the number of renewable energy projects being developed around the world. This steady increase in activity will continue to create jobs and it will also emphasise the need for skilled leaders, with strong engineering backgrounds.

By exposing you to the various renewable energy sources of power, and the technologies required to operate and develop them, you will graduate with extensive knowledge and skills. As well as strong technological skills, you will also develop an understanding of the commercial and project management skills required to run renewable energy projects, safely, on time and to budget.

Career Opportunities

  • Corrosion Engineer
  • Energy and Sustainability Adviser
  • Project Engineer
  • Risk, Safety and Environmental Engineer

What our Alumni Say

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Job Details
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The MSc Renewable Energy degree is fully interdisciplinary including subjects such as renewable technology, spatial planning, electrical engineering and project management taught by high calibre lecturers from a range of disciplines.

Our Experts

Other Expert
Dr Sumeet Sunil Aphale
Programme Coordinator
Dr Davide Dionisi

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX