Introduction to Energy Transition for Business

Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 11
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The aim of this course is to provide learners with an advanced understanding of the role, function and nature of organisations involved in technical, financial, commercial, and contractual activities associated with the energy transition. These include the role of government, commercial and other organisations such as researchers, academics, lobbying organisations, and trade bodies.

The course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

10 weeks

During this module we will undertake a detailed review of the global energy system as it is today with over 80% of energy derived from hydrocarbons, what an energy transition might involve, and what a future decarbonised global energy system might look like. We will also cover government strategy for facilitating the energy transition. On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate global energy demand and supply in relation to a transition from carbon-intensive to low carbon sources and the broad technological issues of decarbonisation.
  2. Critically appraise the national, international and intergenerational considerations and the roles of governments and other stakeholders in the justice and equity dimensions of energy transition.
  3. Critically review the objectives and functions of commercial organisations in the energy transition within the constraints of international frameworks and the political economy of differential responsibilities of state and private actors.
  4. Critically analyse the broad principles and practical implementation of financial support mechanisms to deliver the energy transition.
  5. Critically evaluate the risks associated with energy transition projects across the life cycle of a development

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Learning Methods

This course will be delivered online using the University’s virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. There will be a short online induction and introduction session followed by a structured timetable of topic content. Each topic will include online lectures, seminars, discussion fora and activities which you can study at your own time and at your own pace. You will be expected to interact in the online environment with your classmates and tutors.

You will be assigned an academic tutor who will be there to support you through the module and clarify the expectations of the module assessment.

Staff delivering on this course

This module has been developed by a team of academic and professional staff with extensive expertise in in energy transitions. The team comprise of tutors from Aberdeen Business school and the Energy Transition Institute.


Typically students are assessed via a written assignment/essay.

Independent Study

This course is completed through online independent study. It is expected that you will spend a minimum of 150 hours study over the 10 weeks of the module, including the preparation and submission of your written assessment. Your academic tutor will be there to support you through the module.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All online learning students, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


There are no pre-requisites for this course.


For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Course fees will be met in full for students who qualify for Scottish Funding Council funding. To qualify for SFC funding, applicants must be resident in Scotland.
  • £350 entire course - Applicants who are not eligible for SFC funding or are currently receiving SAAS/SFC funding for other courses.

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:


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