Renewable Energy Systems PDA

Course code 95H6

What is special about this course?

This Professional Development Award (PDA) in Renewable Energy Systems has been developed in partnership with the energy industry to give you the skills and expertise to contribute to the burgeoning renewable energies sector.

You will study online with support from expert staff at UHI Outer Hebrides on the Isle of Lewis, one of the key players in the development of renewable energy systems in Scotland.

Special features

  • You will develop knowledge and understanding of the broad issues impacting on energy production and use at present and in the future
  • You will gain an understanding of the science and engineering of a wide range of energy extraction systems used in the renewable energy sector
  • You will compare systems to solve energy problems
  • You will be able to specialise in two areas of renewable energy systems
  • You will study part time and online, which means that you can fit your studies around your professional and personal commitments

Entry requirements

  • HNC or HND Engineering Systems or
  • Other HNC or HND Engineering qualification or
  • Multi-disciplinary degree
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have general knowledge and understanding of engineering systems and mechanical, electrical and electronic principles and technologies.

Access routes

HNC or HND Engineering Systems HNC or HND Mechatronics

Year 1 - PDA

Mandatory units:

  • Renewable energy systems: overview of energy use
  • Renewable energy systems: technology

Option unit:

  • Renewable energy systems: biomass
  • Renewable energy systems: geothermal energy
  • Renewable energy systems: hydroelectricity
  • Renewable energy system store: hydrogen
  • Renewable energy systems: microgeneration systems
  • Renewable energy systems: solar
  • Renewable energy systems: wave and tidal energy
  • Renewable energy systems: wind power

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)

How long will my course last?

  • 3 hours online and 13 hours self-directed study per week

Where can I study my course?

  • Outer Hebrides

Start date

  • September
  • January


For information on costs of this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support, such as an Individual Training Account, may be available. Please contact UHI Outer Hebrides for more information.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the BEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Renewable Energy Systems PDA

Please note that UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland will be changing their names to become UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2023 or Jan/Feb 2024

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.