The Sustainable Energy MicroMasters addresses the complex nature of transitioning to a low carbon future in the energy generation, distribution and supply sector. It also looks at the challenges of climate change policies and access to electricity in developing countries.

This MicroMasters is delivered through the edX platform as part of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) series, and it is comprised of the following four courses:

You will explore the crucial role of technology, policy and innovation in energy project management and development and grasp the importance of balancing the trade-offs between social, economic and environmental considerations.

The four courses can be taken in any order, but we recommend beginning with the Energy Principles and Renewable Energy course as it provides a foundation for understanding the language of energy, key scientific principles that underpin energy systems, future energy challenges and available renewable energy options.

Why study the Sustainable Energy MicroMasters?

The program is aimed at mid-career professionals and managers working in sustainable energy or related fields, who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills to progress to leadership roles or to move into the renewable energy sector.

As society pursues the path to a low carbon future, governments and businesses will need a growing number of multidisciplinary employees who can work holistically around energy - with an understanding of the economic, technical, social and political realities of the energy transition.

Flexible study

This MicroMasters will give you a chance to study sustainable energy online during your own time and in your own space to boost your career prospects while working full-time or part-time.

All four courses are run three times a year, and each course is open for 14 weeks. You can progress through the 14-week period at your own pace, however, you must finish each course within 14 weeks. Although we recommend that you take one course at a time, you may enrol in two or more courses at a time.

Pathway to UQ's Master of Sustainable Energy or Master of Sustainable Energy (Management)

When you have successfully completed the Sustainable Energy MicroMasters and received your credential, you will be eligible to apply for credit for the Master of Sustainable Energy or the Master of Sustainable Energy (Management) at The University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia. 

If you are accepted into one of these master programs at UQ, you will be able to complete a master degree.

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Enrolment options

You can select one of two enrolment tracks. The audit enrolment track is free and does not involve assessment. As an audit participant, you can view all the videos and resources, but you will not be able to receive a certificate for the course.

Alternatively, you can enrol in the verified enrolment track for a fee and complete the assessment tasks, including a 50% written assignment. When you have successfully completed the course (achieved at least 70% in the final grade), you will be eligible to receive a course certificate.

Capstone Assessment

Verified participants who have successfully achieved certificates in all four courses can enrol in the Sustainable Energy Capstone Assessment. For this, you will need to take part in a 30-60 minutes online interview.

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Career opportunities

Professionals with the skills and expertise offered in this program are in high demand as Australia along with the rest of the world is transitioning to a low carbon future.

Career prospects include roles such as energy regulations or energy efficiency consultant, energy markets analyst, energy advisor or planner, project manager in renewable energy, business development in energy, operations manager in energy and energy efficiency engineer.

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Further information

For further information on what you can study and how to enrol, view the Sustainable Energy MicroMasters on the edX website.

For enquiries, please contact:

Dr Felicity Coffey
MOOC Project Coordinator

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Thank you so much for running an excellent course! I loved that this course provided a broad survey of the existing technologies. It is so helpful to me to be able to understand what the "playing field" of sustainable energy looks like before trying to understand the role of any single player in a greater global context.

I also loved that this course emphasized understanding underlying assumptions, both technical and societal. I am looking forward to the next course in the series, and I would highly recommend taking this course!