Join our online renewables course and gain the engineering skills you need for the energy transition.

  • Train in the tools and systems used in the integration of electrical energy from a range of renewable energy sources.
  • Study the main challenges of integrating to distribution and transmission systems.
  • Learn to use MATLAB and MATLAB Simulink simulation software.

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, 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 any of these MSc qualifications.

What you’ll study

You’ll study:

  • the main challenges of integrating renewable energy to distribution and transmission systems (including intermittency, power reverse, voltage rise, reactive power, harmonics, and stability issues)
  • the requirements (based on grid codes) that renewable energy generators should meet in order to connect to the grid (including power factor requirements, voltage and frequency ranges, and fault ride through)
  • current source converter (CSC) and voltage source converter (VSC) as the main tools to meet the requirements to connect to the grid.
  • high voltage direct current (HVDC) as an alternative way to integrate large renewable energy generators to the grid.

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

You’ll cover the advanced concepts of grid integration over three core modules:

Renewable energy source integration to grid: challenges and requirements

  • Challenges of integration to distribution systems, including intermittency of generation, voltage rise, reactive power support, and power quality concerns
  • Challenges of integration to transmission systems, which mainly concern stability
  • Review of grid codes, including national, Scottish and German grid codes
  • Static requirements, such as power factor, power curtailment, voltage/frequency range and power quality
  • Dynamic requirements, such as fault ride through

Voltage and current source converters to integrate renewable energy to grids

  • Review of semiconductor power switches, including power diodes and thyristors
  • Single/three-phase current source converters and voltage source converters


  • HVDC transmission for renewable energy integration
  • The challenges and benefits of HVDC
  • Review of DC grids and DC faults
  • Case studies: HVDC transmission for large wind farms

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Assess and compare different methods of renewable energy integration.
  • Discuss the challenges and practical solutions for renewable energy integration.
  • Propose suitable methods for integrating renewable energy from any source into the grid.
  • Communicate the standards for connecting renewable energy to the grid.
  • Explain direct connection of renewable energy sources to the grid.
  • Describe power electronics-based approaches for indirect connection of renewable energy sources to the grid.
  • 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

Our distance-learning Renewable Energy Integration 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:

  • video 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 engineers and academics from our School of Engineering. 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
23 January 2023
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