MSc Offshore Renewables

General information

This course has been designed to provide you with an understanding of the physical, technological, economic and environmental aspects of renewable energy sources, and their present and potential future role in energy supply systems.

You will gain the skills and knowledge to assess different types of offshore renewable foundations and structures, the challenges of maintenance, decommissioning and health and safety implications of each design. You will also look at the operation and control of electrical power and energy systems as well as the control and telemetry systems to allow integrative design.

You will be able to identify and quantify appropriate sites, assess the available resource and select the correct technology for the location. You will be able to model the hydrodynamic and aerodynamic forces applied to offshore structures and select the best installation and anchorage system for the job.

The course also covers managing the health, safety and environmental impact of offshore renewables through effective risk assessment and environmental impact analysis. It will promote an understanding of the principles, fundamental concepts and strategies of project management, and of the benefits to the offshore renewables sector. It will enable you to practice and carry out essential project planning and execution processes.

Aberdeen as the Energy capital of Europe and Robert Gordon University as a major provider of Open and Distance Learning professional education to the energy and offshore industry are uniquely placed to exploit the opportunity presented by the drive toward renewable energy sources.

This course builds on the strengths of the existing courses in Offshore Renewable Energy, Oil and Gas Engineering and Subsea Engineering and adds content on the offshore environment and electrical power, forming a unique programme which is relevant to the needs of professional engineers working in, or aspiring to work in, the offshore renewables sector. The MSc Offshore Renewables course will equip graduates to become part of the 21st century engineering community responsible for sustainable energy generation for the future.

Course content:

  • Offshore Renewable Energy Conversion
  • Offshore Foundations And Structures
  • Control and Telemetry Systems
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Environmental Impact and Risk Management
  • The Oceans, Operability And Humans In The Ocean
  • Introduction to Integrity and Reliability
  • Individual Engineering Research Investigation
Learning outcome:

You will learn to:

  • Apply fundamental principles of engineering and project management to assess and manage life-cycle phases of offshore renewables
  • Apply hydrodynamic and aerodynamic principles to the energy conversion, structural loading and anchorage requirements of Offshore Renewable Energy structures
  • Apply engineering criteria in selecting installation, transport and energy conversion methodologies
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0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: The Robert Gordon University
Aberdeen, United Kingdom



Download information on Distance Learning costs per module: Engineering Online Distance Learning Fees.


Degree Requirements
This course is suitable for those who hold an honours degree, or equivalent, in Engineering or a related discipline at 2:2 or above.

English Language Requirements
All international students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course. Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

Application Procedure:

This course is currently closed for applications for entry in 2016/17.

All applications should be made through Apply online. The online application form is divided into separate pages - you may complete these in any order and you may save your progress and come back to the form as many times as you like. Please have copies of the following documents:

  • Certificates and/or transcripts for qualifications you have completed
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resumé
  • Any letter of reference you may have
  • Copy of the details page of your passport (non-EU applicants applying for full time study)


This course is not yet accredited with any Institute. However, we will be seeking accreditation from the Energy Institute once a full cohort of students has completed the course. If the course is accredited, this will apply retrospectively.


Academic level: Master


You will be assessed with a combination of coursework and exams.

Qualification: Master of Science

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