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

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

You’ll benefit from the direct input of industry specialists. And you’ll learn with a university that’s an established leader in renewable energy teaching and research.

You can study this online course anywhere in the world, with no need for a visa, and flexible hours that fit around full-time work.

Who is this online renewable energy course for?

This course is designed to train graduate engineers and energy industry professionals in this key area of renewables.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards either of these MSc qualifications.

What you’ll study

You’ll start 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, including transformers, generators, and power converters.

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

You’ll also learn to use simulation software, including MATLAB and MATLAB Simulink.

You’ll cover the following topics:

  • Review of RLC components
  • Fundamental of DC circuits
  • Single-phase AC circuit analysis
  • 3-phase AC circuit analysis
  • Magnetism
  • Transformers
  • Induction machines
  • Per-unit and fault studies
  • A review on wind turbines (electrical parts)

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.
  • Use MATLAB and MATLAB Simulink to simulate electrical systems relevant to renewable energy installations.

Why study renewable energy online with the University of Aberdeen?

How you’ll study

Online learning

This distance-learning renewable energy course is delivered flexibly online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

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

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:

  • videos of lectures
  • simulation software, including MATLAB and MATLAB Simulink
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

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.

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

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

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.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD hours. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

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
18 September 2023
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