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Learn to design and analyse electrical systems in renewable energy generation.

As a graduate engineer or energy industry professional, this online short course will give you focused skills and expertise in a key area of renewables.

Study the basic concepts in electrical engineering, the equipment used, and how it all applies to wind farms and other renewable energy systems.

This course is part of our MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering and MSc in Offshore Engineering. You can use the credits you earn on this course towards these Masters qualifications.

What will I study?

This course begins with basic concepts in electrical engineering, including voltage, current, circuit elements, waveforms, frequency, complex notation and phasor diagrams.

You’ll move on to cover vital electrical equipment, such as transformers, generators, and power converters.

You’ll then apply your new knowledge to wind farms, from turbines to connecting to the grid. You’ll come to understand the electrical systems used in wind power generators, as well as energy conversion and transmission.

You’ll cover the following topics:

  • Simple DC circuits – voltage, current, resistors, circuit analysis
  • AC circuit theory – capacitors, inductors, complex notation, single-phase circuits
  • Electromagnetism
  • Basic principles of transformers
  • Three-phase electric power theory
  • Induction and synchronous machines
  • Power electronics fundamentals
  • Case study: wind turbine generators – synchronous generators to grid connection

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Design electrical circuits and systems for renewable energy conversion and transmission.
  • Analyse electrical systems in renewable energy generation.
  • Discuss and explain the electrical systems involved in renewable energy generation.
  • Critically evaluate the electrical section of any renewable energy generation process.
  • Explain the principles of power electronics, transformers and synchronous machines.
  • Describe AC and DC circuit theory.

Why study Renewable Energy online with the University of Aberdeen?

How will I study?

This course is delivered part-time online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of our MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering, this course is taught at Masters level.

Online learning

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

Your tutors

You’ll learn from a team of internationally experienced engineering staff. Involved in active research, they’ve worked on major projects all over the globe. You’ll benefit directly from their industrial experience and academic expertise.

Industry input

Your course content is also developed and reviewed by an Industry Advisory Board. This group of experienced professionals ensures your learning is always in line with the latest industry trends, technology and career opportunities.


You’ll be assessed entirely online.

This course usually combines online assessment with a written exam that you attend in person. However, due to Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place until January 2022 at the earliest.

Your course coordinator

Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

Masters in Offshore Engineering (120 credits plus a 60-credit project), or a:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Offshore Engineering (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Offshore Engineering (120 credits)

Masters in Renewable Energy Engineering (120 credits plus a 60-credit project), or a:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Engineering (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Renewable Energy Engineering (120 credits)

All are available to study part-time online or full-time on campus.

Build your learning

We have a range of online short courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


This course will prepare you for professional and managerial roles in the renewable energy sector.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level of teaching, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) degree in Engineering or the Physical Sciences
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of training.

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Start date
27 September 2021