Find new ways to power our planet.

Ready yourself for career success in renewables. Join our triple-accredited online MSc.

It gives you a much broader learning experience than many other Masters degrees in renewable energy. You can also study this degree full-time on campus.

You’ll train as an engineer in all major renewable energy sources, including:

  • geothermal
  • solar
  • biomass
  • hydro
  • marine
  • wind.

You’ll learn to design, build and optimise the renewable energy infrastructure of the future.

You’ll cover the theoretical knowledge and advanced technical skills you need as a renewables engineer. But you’ll also focus on the wider legislation, planning and economics of renewables. You’ll graduate ready to run green energy projects safely, to budget, and on time.

Who can study online MSc Renewable Energy Engineering

You can apply for this distance-learning degree if you have a background in any branch of Engineering, or in Physics, Maths or Chemistry.

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 Renewable Energy Engineering is delivered flexibly online.

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, as well as industry professionals. You’ll share in their incredible level of industrial experience and academic expertise from working on major projects around the world. You’ll learn about renewable energy projects they’re working on right now.

Industry input

Your degree is designed with and supported by an Industry Advisory Board. This panel of experts from across the renewables sector ensures your degree content is always current and informed by the very latest industry needs and developments.

Your peers

This degree attracts students from around the world, all sharing a common interest and passion for renewable energy. You’ll be joining a close-knit community, working together across major projects, gaining international insights and building your global network.


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 accredited MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering from the University of Aberdeen.

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

Your MSc qualification and training will be recognised by industry employers around the globe.


This accredited degree will prepare you for career success in the renewable energy sector.

You’ll graduate with the extensive knowledge and skills you need to work on renewable energy projects across the world.

As well as strong technical skills, you’ll confidently possess the commercial and project management skills needed to run projects safely, on time and to budget.

Roles you’ll be ready to take up include:

  • Energy and Sustainability Adviser
  • Project Engineer
  • Renewable (Sustainable) Energy Consultant, Specialist or Researcher
  • Risk, Safety and Environmental Engineer
  • or pursue a PhD in Renewable Energy and an academic career.

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.

I chose Aberdeen because of the programme content. I researched all UK universities and Aberdeen was the only one that had a renewables programme with a strong engineering focus.

Jorge Daniel Sanchez Thierry, MSc Renewable Energy Engineering graduate, Mexico

Entry requirements


  • 2:1 (upper-second) UK honours degree (or equivalent) in any branch of Engineering, Physics, Maths or Chemistry, or
  • 2:2 (lower-second) UK honours degree (or equivalent) in any branch of Engineering, Physics, Maths or Chemistry and at least two years’ relevant experience.

Key subjects you must have covered: Mathematics.

These are our minimum entry requirements. They are 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 degrees 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.

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 count towards the MSc. You can study any course stand-alone, or build your way up to the full degree one short course at a time.

Find out about our short course route to entry.

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Master of Science

180 credits


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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