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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 part time online.
This programme is studied on campus.
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.
This course is to develop a broad understanding about the basic concepts in electrical engineering and power systems with emphasis on electrical systems used in conjunction with renewable power generation techniques.
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.
To provide an understanding of the physical principles, technologies and systems associated with renewable energy generation from wind and marine 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.
This course is to provide an understanding of the need to and the efficiency behind conversion of energy from one form to another and the need to store energy in distinct forms, while minimising energy losses.
To provide an insight into the legislation 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 the all renewable energy technologies.
The dissertation is an independent piece of work based on a topic of your own choice and you are encouraged to focus your dissertation on a problem confronting or a study related to the Energy industry.
We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
How You'll Study
By written examination and coursework as prescribed for each course. In addition, MSc candidates must submit a dissertation on their individual project.
Why Study Renewable Energy Engineering?
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.
New laboratory experiences are available in hydroelectric energy, solar energy and anaerobic digestion. This is the only MSc programme in Renewable Energy in the UK that offers laboratory learning on all these technologies.
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, get the chance to visit relevant organisations, attend industry events, 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.
Our location at the heart of Aberdeen, Europe's energy capital, and leading "World Energy City", brings you closer to the industry. The city is an inspiring place for any future oil and gas and wider energy industry leader.
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.
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.
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:
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.
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
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.
Energy and Sustainability Adviser
Risk, Safety and Environmental Engineer
Hear from Business
Terry Stebbings - Proterra Energy
Terry brings his knowledge of hydro power and engineering together to teach on the "Renewable Energy 3" course. He has offered specific projects to students on the programme as part of their final dissertation project work.
The opportunity exists to visit Gask Farm in Aberdeenshire. They have an anaerobic digester at the farm which converts organic waste from various sources into methane, which is then converted to electricity and sold to the grid.
The only degree in the UK that offers laboratory teaching in all three of the following - hydroelectric energy, solar energy and anaerobic digestion.
What our Alumni Say
Cara Amabel Heller
Cara Amabel Heller
Strategy Developments Analyst
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.
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; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
Renewable Energy Field Trips
Annual field trips are arranged to visit a number of different renewable energy companies. One company that supports the degree is Mackies, the ice-cream and crisps manufacturer who currently have the largest solar panel setup in Scotland.