At a Glance
Since the 1970s, there has been increased attention to more sustainable energy systems. In more recent decades, the transition towards these systems has gathered momentum, aided by new technological innovations in areas such as wind and tidal energy, energy storage, carbon capture and storage, biofuels and hydrogen. Despite the substantial progress around the world, the energy transition poses significant technological, commercial and political challenges for businesses and governments.
Energy transition engineers are faced with the challenge of redesigning our entire energy infrastructure while ensuring continued access to reliable and affordable energy. To achieve this, we must understand how to successfully integrate Low Carbon Technologies (LCTs) into our current and future energy systems. This requires a variety of measures on different levels (technical, economic, policy), some of which compete with one another.
The Energy Transition Systems and Technologies programme of the University of Aberdeen addresses this challenge by combining a detailed overview of the techno-economic aspects of individual LCTs with an understanding of energy systems and energy systems integration. You will also learn about non-technical aspects of the energy transition, such as the various economic and policy developments, without which many technologies would not develop beyond the laboratory. Students are also introduced to systems thinking, which is critical to successful energy transition due to the complex and interconnected nature of energy systems.
Based in the School of Engineering, this MSc draws on much of the ground-breaking research being conducted within the Centre for Energy Transition (CET), along with expert contributions from the School of Geosciences, the School of Business and the School of Law.
This programme is aimed at students with a background in engineering or similar quantitative subjects. It will educate to MSc level a new generation of systems engineers, with future career possibilities in all areas of the energy sector.
There is an urgent, strong need to for properly trained and qualified professionals who are able to address the challenges associated with UN SDG Goal of “Affordable and Clean Energy”, and also the UK mission of achieving net-zero of greenhouse emission by 2050. Upon completion of the programme, you will have a good understanding of, and be well equipped to apply the methods and skills you have learned, to address the key challenges of the energy transition.
Graduates will be well placed to pursue careers across a wide range of industries, public sector organisations or academia. Typical employers for graduates of the programme include energy service providers, energy technology manufacturers, infrastructure (gas, heat, power) operators, utilities, aggregators, public sector organisations (local and national government, ministries) and many more.
Typical job roles rely on the critical systems thinking and detailed knowledge of the challenges and solutions for energy transitions. These include, for example:
- Data Scientist/Analyst
- Strategic Energy Advisor
- Energy Planners
- Energy System Operator
- Energy Infrastructure Planner
- Business Development Manager
- Energy Transition: Demand, Technology and Economics
- Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage
- Energy from Biomass
- Energy Economics
- Energy Systems Analysis and Scenarios
- Energy Systems Integration
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesElectronics & Embedded Technology Energy & Power Engineering General Engineering & Technology View 746 other Masters in General Engineering & Technology in United Kingdom
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- 2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours degree, or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth, in Engineering or a related field such as the natural sciences, physical sciences or mathematics or 2:2 (lower second class) UK Honours degree in Engineering or a related field, or equivalent with 5+ years relevant experience
- English Language Requirements
- A full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
- Personal Statement
- 2:2 (lower second class) UK Honours degree in Engineering or a related field, or equivalent with 5+ years relevant experience
International25100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25100 GBP per year during 12 months.
National10600 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10600 GBP per year during 12 months.
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