What will I study?
How will I study?
This course comprises:
- 11 weeks of teaching
- three-week spring holiday
- one week of revision
- then your final exam.
The course totals around 150 hours of study and assessment time. That’s around 10 – 15 hours per week.
This is a rough guide, as you can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.
You’ll be assessed via:
- continuous assessment throughout your course – accounting for 20% of your final mark
- a two-hour written exam – that you must sit in person, accounting for 80% of your final mark.
We’ll help you find a convenient location to sit your exam, wherever you are in the world. See the exam section below for more information.
As part of your continuous assessment, you’ll develop a scenario in which you must meet the energy needs of a fictitious island community with a known number of inhabitants and energy demand.
This will include fundamental calculations of how you will generate, convert, store and deliver this energy to your consumers when they require it. You’ll pull together everything you have learned to ensure that their lights stay on.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors, which could be by email, Skype, FaceTime or phone. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers service
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Why study with Aberdeen?
Where will this take me?
Am I ready?
This course includes a final exam that you must attend in person.
You can take your exam:
- on campus at the University of Aberdeen
- at another university or exam centre that is closer to you
- at your local British Council Office.
We can help you find a convenient location for your exam. You then make the arrangements and book the exam yourself.
Your exam will take place between 27 April and 8 May 2020.
Your full course and exam schedule:
- 11 weeks of teaching
- Break for three-week spring holiday
- One week of revision
- Then your exam period begins
Your precise exam date will be made available nearer the time.
Our staff will contact you six to eight weeks prior to the exam to ask where you want to take it. We recommend exploring your options well before then.
If you’re unable to sit the exam during the spring exam period, you’ll have a further opportunity to take it during our summer resit exam period in June/July.
If you have any disabled access or support needs for your exam, let us know as part of your online application. This will give us plenty of time to ensure the right support is in place for you. Find out about the wide range of exam support available.
You can contact a disability adviser anytime by emailing email@example.com to discuss how we can help.
Sitting your exam on campus at the University of Aberdeen is free. Other universities, exam centres and British Council Offices may charge you for this service. This is an additional cost you will have to pay on top of your course fee.
We welcome students from all over the world. You do not need a visa to study online with us.
This course has no formal entry requirements, so you do not need to provide proof of your qualifications.
However, check the entry guidance above. It indicates the level of teaching delivered. You can view equivalent qualifications from your country on our International Entry Requirements page.
English language requirements
This course is delivered in English.
You do not have to provide proof of your English language skills to join this course. But we want to make sure that you can use English well enough to study this course successfully. At this level of teaching, you would usually have:
IELTS – 6.5 overall
- 5.5 for listening, reading and speaking
- 6.0 for writing
TOEFL iBT – 90 overall
- 17 for listening
- 18 for reading
- 20 for speaking
- 21 for writing
PTE Academic – 62 overall
- 51 for listening, reading and speaking
- 54 for writing
Cambridge English Advanced and Proficiency – 176 overall
- 162 for listening, reading and speaking
- 169 for writing
- Integrated Skills in English III (ISEIII)
- A pass in all components with distinction
See our English Language Requirements page for more information about English language qualifications.
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on:
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) or later, preferably Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra)
All our teaching materials are mobile-, smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper keyboard for completing assignments.
Reliable internet access
With reasonable download speed: we broadly estimate at least 2Mbps so that you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- A headset with built-in microphone and earphones is useful if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam may be desirable for some interactive sessions.
We will give you access to Office365 applications. This means that you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires any specialist software, then we’ll provide you with copies of this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure that means you are never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean that you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
If you have any questions about online study, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via all major credit and debit cards except American Express.
It’s free to sit your exam on campus at the University of Aberdeen.
If you sit your exam at another university, exam centre or a British Council Office, they may charge you for this service. This is a fee that you will pay directly to the service provider when booking your exam with them.
Ways to save
There are several ways you may be able to get help funding your studies:
- Alumni discount – University of Aberdeen alumni receive 20% off our postgraduate taught short courses and degrees
- Employer sponsorship – we happily accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors
- Student loan
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card, giving you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.