Renewable Energy Systems PDA

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 Lews Castle College UHI 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?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for the last few years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. For those who live near a campus, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

How long will my course last?

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

Where can I study my course?

  • Lews Castle College UHI

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 Lews Castle College UHI 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

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2022 or Aug/Sep 2022 or Jan/Feb 2023

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.