Opening up a broader range of career opportunities in the renewable industry than other, more specific renewable related MSc degree programmes.

MSc Renewable Energy Engineering is also available to study part time online.

This programme is studied on campus.

This programme provides students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of all the major renewable energy sources and the engineering skills associated with them. Key areas covered include electrical systems for renewable energy, energy conversion and storage, and the fundamental concepts in safety engineering.

You will get both a theoretical and practical grounding. Teaching is by specialist staff drawn from our engineering school and the energy industry, each of whom are highly regarded in their field of expertise. The programme is constantly updated to reflect the current and future needs of the renewable energy industry.

One of the main features of the MSc 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 made available to those with relevant science backgrounds, including Physics, Chemistry and Applied Maths.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month

What You'll Study

Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Electrical Systems for Renewable Energy (EG501H) - 15 Credit Points

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.

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Geothermal and Solar Energy (EG50M2) - 15 Credit Points

This course is to provide an understanding of generation from solar and geothermal sources, the associated technologies and the main technical challenges.

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Energy from Biomass (EG50M1) - 15 Credit Points

This course is to provide an understanding of the issues as well as the uses applications and conversion technologies of biomass and bioenergy.

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Fundamental Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts (EG50S1) - 15 Credit Points

The course serves as the entrance to the field of safety and reliability engineering with the introduction of the basic concepts and tools of safety and risk management. Legal frames related to engineering safety are also introduced.

Contents include: Fundamentals of safety engineering; natural and man-made hazards; safety measures; accident and failure statistics; fundamentals of risk management; risk assessment techniques; classical reliability theory; modelling of engineering systems as series and parallel systems; redundancy; fault trees and event trees; availability and maintainability; UK safety legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work Act and its historical, offshore and other regulations.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Hydro, Marine, and Wind Energy (EG55M2) - 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 (EG551J) - 15 Credit Points

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.

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Renewable Energy Integration to Grid (EG551K) - 15 Credit Points

This course is to gain an understanding of advanced technologies applied for integration of Electrical Energy generated from non-conventional Renewable Energy sources to the grid.

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Legislation, Planning and Economics (EG551L) - 15 Credit Points

This course is to provide an insight into the legislation, planning and the economics framework which shape UK, European and international energy provisions from conventional and renewable sources.

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Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

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.

Individual Project (EG5909) - 60 Credit Points

This course enables students to write a dissertation on a topic of the student’s choice relevant to renewable energy.

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Course Availability

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

Learning Methods

  • Field Trips
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lab Work
  • 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.

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.

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


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.

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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


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.

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

Fees and Funding

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

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £5,500
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £20,000
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year

Additional Fees

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

Funding Opportunities

The SFC Postgraduate tuition fee scholarship may be available for those classified as Home/EU fee status students for this programe. Visit the scholarship page for more information.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


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

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    Terry Stebbings - Proterra Energy

    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.
  • Gask Farm
    Gask Farm

    Gask Farm

    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.
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What our Alumni Say

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Job Details
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.

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; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Renewable Energy teaching laboratories

The only degree in the UK that offers laboratory teaching in all three of the following - hydroelectric energy, solar energy and anaerobic digestion. 


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Renewable Energy Field Trips

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.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
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University Office
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