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.

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.

You can also study this degree full-time on campus.

Why study energy transition online with the University of Aberdeen?

Fits around full-time work

This degree is designed to fit around work. With flexible hours and 24/7 study access.

Train with energy transition experts

Learn with a university leading the way in renewables, carbon capture, fuel cells, digitalisation and more.

20% alumni discount

University of Aberdeen alumni receive 20% off fees for this online degree.

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

Online learning

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

You can learn with us anywhere, with no study visa, and set your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

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, as a result of Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place until the September 2023 term at the earliest.

Until then, we’ll use alternative online assessments. These can include:

  • coursework
  • online quizzes
  • timed online open-book assessments.

From September 2023 – return of in-person exams

From the September 2023 academic term onward, we may reintroduce in-person exams for some of the online courses that feature in this degree.

For these courses, you’ll be assessed via a mix of online assessment and in-person exams at the end of term.

We’ll keep you updated as to assessment method changes for these courses well in advance.

When in-person exams are reintroduced

You can take your exams:

  • on campus at the University of Aberdeen
  • at another university or exam centre that is closer to you
  • at your local British Council Office.

We can help you find a convenient location for your exams. You then make the arrangements and book them yourself.

We contact you six to eight weeks before your exam date to confirm your chosen location. We recommend exploring your options well before then. If you need any help with this, get in touch with our friendly enquiry team.

Exam schedules

Exams usually take place at the end of each term, during our official exam periods:

  • For the January term, exams usually run in early May.
  • For the May term, exams usually run in early September.
  • For the September term, exams usually run in early December.

Your precise exam dates will be made available nearer the time.

If you fail or miss an exam, you can resit it in the next exam period or during our summer resit period. This is usually at the end of June/start of July.

Exam support

If you have any disabled access or support needs for your exams, let us know as part of your online application. We will make sure the right support is in place for you. Find out about the wide range of exam support available.

You can contact a disability adviser anytime by emailing to discuss how we can help.

Exam costs

Sitting exams on campus at the University of Aberdeen is free.

Other universities, exam centres and British Council Offices may charge you for this service. This is an additional cost on top of your degree or course fee. You pay this fee to your chosen exam centre, not to us.

Hours for taught courses

If you plan to study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. Students typically take one or two 15-credit short courses per term.

15 credits

  • Around 150 hours of study and assessment time to complete.
  • You’ll study 8 – 10 hours per week per term, plus more at assessment times.

30 credits

  • Around 300 hours of study and assessment time to complete.
  • You’ll study 15 – 20 hours per week per term, plus more at assessment times.

You can also study this degree full-time. You can take a maximum of 60 credits per term.

60 credits

  • Around 600 hours of study and assessment time to complete.
  • You’ll study around 40 hours per week per term, plus more at assessment times.

This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.

You can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.

Activities at fixed times

There will be some activities scheduled at a fixed time, such as online meetings with your tutor or assessments with deadlines. But otherwise, you can access and work through each course at your convenience.

Hours for 60-credit projects

A 60-credit project is around 600 hours of study time.

This is around one term of full-time study.

You can dedicate a full term to your project and work on it full-time. Or you can complete it part-time, spreading the hours you dedicate to it over two or more terms.

When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.

But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.

Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.

Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:

  • Be realistic
  • Create a weekly schedule as a guide

If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.

Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors via MyAberdeen and email. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.

We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:

Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.

We’re a member of the Access scheme run by the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL).

Access study spaces, books and journals in your area

The SCONUL Access scheme allows you, as a University of Aberdeen student, to access books and resources at university libraries across the UK and Ireland, or visit them for a quiet place to study.

You’ll be able to use study spaces, books and journals at over 150 university libraries which belong to the scheme.

Find out about the SCONUL Access scheme for libraries.

Your support team

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

Dr Alfonso Martinez-Felipe

Alfonso is the degree coordinator. He’ll be on hand to answer any questions about degree content before you start and to help you throughout your studies.

Zara Rehman

Zara is part of the School’s administration team. She’ll be there throughout your studies to answer any of your non-academic queries.

Get in touch

The online education team is here to answer any questions you have right now about this qualification, or about studying online.

Ask us a question

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.

Lifelong career support

Our career support doesn’t stop when you graduate.

You have access to our free careers service while you study, and beyond.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

Fees and funding

The fee quoted above is based on you starting your studies with us in the 2024/25 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the 2025/26 academic year. Our indicative cost includes a 5% fee rise each year.

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.

Pay as you go allows you to spread payments over several terms.

When you pay

You make a payment before the start of each term.

How much you pay

You only pay for the credits you want to study in the upcoming term.

It’s up to you how many credits you take each term. This gives you control over your costs and your workload.

  • Taking fewer credits will increase the length of your studies.

We break down the total cost of this qualification into cost per 15-credit course and per project.

This degree is delivered by three different academic schools. Each school sets its own fees, so course fees vary.

Costs for this degree, starting in academic year 2024/25

15-credit courses

  • £1,290 – £1,480 in academic year 2024/25.
  • £1,355 – £1,555 in academic year 2025/26.
  • £1,425 – £1,635 in academic year 2026/27 (provisional).

Project (60 credits)

  • £3,360 in academic year 2024/25.
  • £3,520 in academic year 2024/25.
  • £3,700 in academic year 2026/27 (provisional).

Tuition fees typically rise a little each academic year and will rise by 5% for the 2025/26 academic year. Fees for 2026/27 are based on a further 5% increase, but are provisional and subject to change.

This is an example payment schedule for tuition fees. It’s based on the typical route through the degree.

You can take more or fewer credits per term than is shown in this example.

Term 1) September – December 2024 | Academic year 2024/25

  • Take two 15-credit courses @£1,290 each.
  • Fee for term = £2,580.
  • Payment due in September.

Term 2) January – April 2025

  • Take two 15-credit courses @£1,290 each.
  • Fee for term = £2,580.
  • Payment due in January.

PgCert exit point

With 60 credits earned, you now have the option to exit with a PgCert.

Total fee for this route to your PgCert = £5,160.

Term 3) May – August 2025

  • Summer break. There is no teaching in the first summer of your degree.
  • No payment due.

Term 4) September – December 2025 | Academic year 2025/26

  • Take two 15-credit courses - one @£1,355 and one @ £1,555.
  • Fee for term = £2,910.
  • Payment due in September.

Term 5) January – April 2026

  • Take two 15-credit courses @£1,355 each.
  • Fee for term = £2,710.
  • Payment due in January.

PgDip exit point

With 120 credits earned, you now have the option to exit with a PgDip.

Total fee for this route to your PgDip = £10,780.

Term 6) May – August 2026

  • Embark on your 60-credit project.
  • Fee for project = £3,520.
  • Payment due in May.

Term 7) September – December 2026 | Academic year 2026/27

  • Complete your dissertation.
  • No further payment is due.

MSc complete

On passing your project, you’ll have earned 180 credits and will be awarded an MSc.

Total fee for this route to your MSc = £14,300.

Infographic summarising the example payment schedule described above.

Exam fees

If your degree includes in-person exams, you may have to pay exam fees depending on where you sit your exams.

It’s free to sit exams on campus at the University of Aberdeen.

If you sit an exam at another university, exam centre or a British Council Office, they may charge you for this service. This is a fee that you pay directly to the service provider when booking your exam with them. It is not a fee you pay to us.

Learning resources

All essential lecture notes and resources are included in your tuition fee. They will be available online and you do not have to buy your own copies.

We also provide optional recommended reading lists. Many of these resources are available electronically through our library, although optional purchases may be required if you wish to read the full list.


You may want to set aside a small budget for printing, depending on how you like to work.

There are several ways you may be able to get help funding your studies:

Find out more about funding options.

Student card

All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.

20% Alumni discount

You’re entitled to 20% off our postgraduate taught degrees and short courses if you have a degree from the University of Aberdeen. View Alumni discount details.

How discounts work

Discounts are applied during your application process. You can only use one discount per application.

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 are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world.

See the minimum entry requirements above. If you do not have qualifications from the UK, check equivalent qualifications from your country.

Visa requirements

You do not need a visa to study online with us.

English language requirements

Teaching is delivered in English.

If English is not your first language, use our English requirements checklist to see if you need to provide evidence of your English language skills when you apply.

English language tests and scores

If you do need to provide English language test scores, these are the tests and minimum scores we accept for this course or degree.

These are our Postgraduate Standard requirements.

IELTS Academic and IELTS Online (not IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training)

  • 6.5 overall
  • 5.5 for listening, reading and speaking
  • 6.0 for writing

TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition

  • 90 overall
  • 17 for listening
  • 18 for reading
  • 20 for speaking
  • 21 for writing
  • TOEFL DI code is 0818

Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency

  • 176 overall
  • 162 for listening, reading and speaking
  • 169 for writing

LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken)

  • Overall High Pass
  • 33 for listening, reading and speaking
  • 38 for writing

PTE Academic (online test not accepted)

  • 62 overall
  • 59 for listening, reading, speaking and writing

For full information about language requirements, see our English Language Requirements page.

You apply through our online Applicant Portal. It allows you to upload relevant qualifications and documents.

Applying to the University of Aberdeen is always free.

What you need to apply for this degree

  • Degree transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Degree certificate
  • CV / Resume

Apply now

Start with our step-by-step guide. It explains degree transcripts, what to write in your personal statement and how to use our Applicant Portal.

Apply as early as you can. This is so we have time to review your application and get a decision to you. We also want to ensure you have time to enrol before teaching starts.

September 2023 intake

For our September 2023 intake, the application deadline is 3 September 2023.

You will need to accept your offer and provide any outstanding documents to meet the conditions of your offer by 10 September 2023.

Teaching starts on 18 September 2023.

You will need access to:

A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on either:

  • Windows 10 or later
  • macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later.

Most teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. But we recommend a proper laptop or desktop for completing assignments comfortably.

Reliable internet access

We recommend:

  • a wired connection
  • a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps so you can take part fully in live sessions.

Speakers or headphones

  • We recommend a headset with built-in microphone and earphones if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
  • A webcam is optional, but you may like to use one for some interactive sessions.


We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.

If your course requires specialist software, we’ll provide you with access to this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.

See our detailed IT requirements for more information.

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