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University of Aberdeen: Sustainable Energy Geoscience

Institution University of Aberdeen View institution profile
Department School of Geosciences
Telephone 01224 272090
Study type Taught


Sustainable energy is a rapidly developing area of research and technological innovation in the UK. Geothermal energy and carbon capture and storage (CCS), in particular, are central components of the UK government’s strategy for reducing greenhouse emissions and reaching net-zero by 2050.

This programme draws on the exceptional expertise within the Department of Geology and Geophysics to equip students with the subsurface skills required for the rapidly evolving energy transition sector. Our understanding of subsurface workflows and resources is critical to many of the new clean energy technologies associated with the energy transition, such as geothermal energy, carbon capture storage and the growing demand for critical minerals needed to produce clean technologies such as wind turbines, batteries and electric vehicles.

At the heart of this programme is a focus on developing a strong technical understanding of rocks and fluids in the subsurface, and how to model, monitor and verify their presence using geophysical, petrophysical and other techniques. This knowledge is then applied to a wide range of low carbon energy solutions including sustainable mineral extraction, geothermal flow and subsurface storage.

We place a strong focus on geoscience interpretation and the high-demand skills needed for both present-day and future energy extraction and storage scenarios. In addition, you will examine the societal implications of the energy transition, including social justice, global dynamics and sustainability goals.

This MSc draws on much of the ground-breaking research being conducted within the Centre for Energy Transition (CET), in areas such as geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage, nuclear waste storage and critical materials for the energy transition.


The University of Aberdeen



The University of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest university and the fifth  oldest in the UK. Founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495, the beautiful campus attracts a diverse international community of over 14,000 students  from over  130 countries.

The University of Aberdeen is ranked as a Top 20 UK university by the Guardian University Guide 2023 and Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023, and ranks among the best 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023). It also ranked fourth in the latest UK National Student Survey …

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