Prepare for an engineering career in the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables.

Join the first online energy transition degree of its kind in the UK. Learn how we can integrate Low Carbon Technologies (LCTs) into current and future energy systems. You can also study this degree full-time on campus.

Energy transitions require technical, economic and social solutions to the complex challenges of decarbonisation.

This new online MSc in Energy Transition will give you an overview of these diverse challenges.

You’ll gain in-depth technical knowledge of LCTs, including:

  • wind
  • tidal
  • solar
  • hydrogen
  • and biomass.

And you’ll also study the non-technical aspects all engineers in this field need to address, covering the economics and politics of the energy transition.

You’ll take a systems-thinking approach to energy transition, to understand complex, interconnected, and increasingly digitalised energy systems.

You’ll train in a range of relevant methods for system-level analysis, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Energy System Analysis (ESA). And you’ll learn to use technical, economic and environmental analysis tools to assess and compare different technologies.

Who can study online MSc Energy Transition

This distance-learning degree is open to BSc and BEng engineering graduates, as well as graduates of other related disciplines in the physical sciences, natural sciences and mathematics.

You can study online with us anywhere in the world, with no need for a visa.

Why study energy transition online with the University of Aberdeen?

By the end of this degree, you’ll be able to...

  • Employ a detailed understanding of Low Carbon Technologies, including wind, tidal, solar, biomass and hydrogen energy.
  • Analyse and discuss the crucial non-technical aspects of energy transition, including economics, policy and politics.
  • Apply a systems-thinking approach to energy transition, critical to success given the complex and interconnected nature of today’s energy systems.
  • Pursue a career in energy transition, helping us progress towards a future powered by clean, affordable energy.
  • Evaluate and compare different energy transition technologies using system-level analysis, including Geographical Information Systems and Energy System Analysis.

What you’ll study

You can choose to study for a:

  • Masters (180 credits)
  • exit early with a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • exit early with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • or start with one of the short courses that make up this degree. You can build your way to a qualification one short course at a time.

How you’ll study

Our distance learning MSc in Energy Transition Systems and Technologies is delivered flexibly online.

Online learning

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 online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from an international team of research-active engineering staff from our School of Engineering. Your tutors include experts from our Centre for Energy Transition, who’ll share their knowledge, experience and ground-breaking research. And you’ll also learn from specialists in our School of Geosciences, School of Business, and School of Law.

Industry input

Our location at the heart of the energy industry means this energy transition degree benefits from direct involvement from UK energy companies, as well as from overseas. This includes industry advisory panels to ensure your degree content is always current and informed by the latest industry needs and developments.

You’ll also enjoy guest lectures, online networking and careers events, and industry-supported student projects.


This degree usually combines online assessment with written exams that you attend in person.

However, due to Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place until the September 2022 term at the earliest. Until then, we’ll be using alternative online assessments.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Where this will take you

Your MSc qualification

You’ll graduate with an MSc in Energy Transition Systems and Technologies from the University of Aberdeen.

You’ll receive exactly the same degree qualification as you would on campus.

Your qualification and training will be recognised by industry and educational institutions around the world, opening up international opportunities.


MSc Energy Transition Systems and Technologies will prepare you to find work in a range of energy-related sectors, including roles with:

  • energy service providers
  • energy technology manufacturers
  • infrastructure (gas, heat, power) operators
  • utilities
  • aggregators
  • public sector organisations, including local and national government, and ministries
  • or in academia.

Energy transition jobs you’ll be qualified for include:

  • Data Scientist/Analyst
  • Strategic Energy Advisor
  • Energy Planner
  • Energy System Operator
  • Energy Infrastructure Planner
  • Business Development Manager.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

Access our free careers service while you study, and for up to five years after you graduate.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Fees and funding

The fee quoted above is based on you starting your studies with us in the 2022/23 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the 2023/24 academic year. The indicative fee above includes this 5% fee rise.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront.

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Entry requirements

MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • A 2:1 (upper-second) UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or a related field such as the Natural Sciences, Physical Sciences or Mathematics.

You can also apply if you have:

  • a 2:2 (lower-second) UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or a related field and at least five years of relevant experience.

These are our minimum entry requirements. They’re given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

Master of Science - 180 credits

You’ll work through eight 15-credit courses and a 60-credit project to gain your MSc.

Our online awards are flexible, so you can progress at a pace that suits you.


Typically, it takes 27 months to complete the MSc part-time. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You can take breaks between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.

You can also study this degree full-time, completing it in 12 months. You need to dedicate around 40 hours per week to study full-time.


Then complete your project to gain your final 60 credits and complete the MSc.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

Start with a short course

Not sure you can commit to a full degree? You can start with a short course that’s part of the degree instead.

You’ll earn credits for each course you complete. Your credits will count towards the MSc. You can study any course standalone, or build your way up to the full degree one short course at a time.

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Master of Science

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This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over three years, starting in September 2022.

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This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over three years, starting in September 2022.

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