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Gain the skills you need for a career in renewable energy.

Understand how the industry operates. Learn how legislation, economics and safety issues affect renewable energy operations.

Examine the legislative and economic frameworks that shape UK, European and international energy provision. Analyse the fundamental safety issues that are important for all renewable energy technologies.

Study part-time, online and develop focused skills as a graduate engineer or energy industry professional.

This course is part of our Masters in Renewable Energy Engineering. The credits you earn on this short course count towards this Masters qualification.

What will I study?


You’ll cover the range of UK, European and international legislation that impacts global supply and demand for both conventional and renewable energy.

You’ll look at legislation relating to:

  • climate change
  • carbon trading and the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS)
  • financial support for renewables
  • electricity, heating and transportation
  • energy transmission and distribution
  • sustainability.


You’ll study global energy supply-demand relations and the following topics:

  • The concept of time value of money
  • Discounted cash flow (DCF) and net present value (NPV)
  • Investment appraisal techniques
  • Internal rate of return (IRR)
  • Decision making in a business context
  • Cost reduction of renewable energy


You’ll examine how safety issues impact on the operation of the renewable energy industry. You’ll learn to evaluate and assess safety for renewable energy installations using methods including:

  • hazard and operability study (HAZOP)
  • ‘as low as reasonably practical’ (ALARP)
  • safety integrity level (SIL).

By the end of this course, you will understand…

  • Supply-demand relations for renewable energy sources.
  • Current UK, European and international legislation that new-build and future projects must comply with.
  • How international agreements, legislation and treaties affect energy provision.
  • The relationship between market energy demands and the costs of renewable energy.
  • How to evaluate different sources of renewable energy.
  • How to evaluate scenarios to meet energy targets and policy demands.
  • How to communicate complex information to technical experts and the public.

Why study Renewable Energy online with the University of Aberdeen?

How will I study?

This short course is delivered online over 11 weeks, with a final exam that you must sit in person. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you. We’ll help you locate an exam centre in your area for your final exam.

The course is taught at Masters level by a team of internationally experienced engineers and academics.

Your course content is 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 training is delivered through MyAberdeen, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It’s also available as an app, so you can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and mobile device 24/7.

This course features a range of resources, including:

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 Renewable Energy Engineering (180 credits), or a:

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

Further learning

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

Most 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
18 January 2021