Join us online and study how the renewable energy 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.

You can study this online course anywhere, 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 ideal for graduate engineers, graduates of the Physical Sciences, and energy industry professionals.

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 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’ll be able to…

  • Describe supply-demand relations for renewable energy sources.
  • Identify current UK, European and international legislation that new-build and future projects must comply with.
  • Explain how international agreements, legislation and treaties affect energy provision.
  • Investigate the relationship between market energy demands and the costs of renewable energy.
  • Evaluate different sources of renewable energy.
  • Assess scenarios to meet energy targets and policy demands.
  • Communicate complex information to technical experts and the public.

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

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:

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.

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 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
23 January 2023
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