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Develop the focused skills you need for a career in renewables.

Specialise in marine (tidal and wave) and wind energy, studying online with our team of internationally experienced engineers.

Get to grips with the resources, physical principles, technologies and systems involved. Discover how these energy sources integrate into the grid. Find out where they fit into the current and future global energy mix.

This online short course will grow your skills as a graduate engineer or energy industry professional.

It’s part of our Masters in Renewable Energy Engineering and Masters in Offshore Engineering. The credits you earn on this short course count towards these Masters qualifications.

What will I study?

You’ll study the resources used in marine and wind energy, and the physical principles involved.

You’ll also explore the environmental effects of marine and wind energy capture, and the technical challenges faced by these industries.

You’ll cover the following topics:

Wind energy

  • Offshore wind energy
  • Wind turbine technologies
  • Efficiency
  • Installation and environmental impact
  • Commercial development

Tidal energy

  • Tidal power generation technologies
  • Environmental considerations
  • Integration
  • Current projects and potential projects

Wave energy

  • Wave energy technologies
  • Environmental impact
  • Integration

By the end of this course, you will understand…

  • Marine and wind energy resources, physical principles, technologies and systems.
  • Sources of marine and wind energy and the technologies available to fully exploit them.
  • Where marine and wind energy fit in the future energy strategy.
  • How to evaluate different sources of marine and wind energy.
  • How to quantify the energy potential from marine and wind energy resources.
  • How to communicate complex information to technical experts and the wider public.

Why study Renewable Energy online with the University of Aberdeen?

How will I study?

Marine and Wind Energy is delivered online, 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.

This course is taught at Masters level by our 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 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
18 January 2021