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Since 2010, the number of people directly employed in the UK renewable energy industry has increased by 74% to 18,500. There are 35,000 full-time equivalent jobs supported directly and indirectly by wind and marine energy. 20% of these jobs are located in Scotland. By 2023 over 70,000 additional direct and indirect jobs could be created.

Our MSc programmes produce graduates with excellent career opportunities.

  • Over 95% of former students with known destinations are in active employment or research.
  • Over 70% of our graduates are employed directly in energy or environmental related posts. 1
  • 10% progress to PhD research.

Other students use their MSc as a stepping stone into the wider world of business and commerce. Some have gone on to establish their own businesses, including several graduates who chose to remain in Orkney.

Renewable energy and marine energy

Our renewable energy MSc programmes are specifically designed to address the emerging skills shortage in this sector. The skills gap is not confined to engineering disciplines. The sector requires project managers, planners, environmental assessors, economists and resource consultants.

  • Recent graduates now work for major energy utilities, technology developers, research facilities, environmental/energy consultancies and government.
  • Our graduates work globally and several are now key players in this fast developing sector.
  • Some recent employers of our graduates include SSE, International Power, Mitsubishi Engineering, Xodus, AWS Ocean, European Marine Energy Centre, Narec, Scottish Power, Scotrenewables, Enercon, Meygen and Aquatera.

Marine resource management

For over 20 years this programme has provided a springboard for students seeking careers in marine resource management. Many graduates find private sector employment in environmental and marine resource consultancy or the environmental units of large private sector companies (e.g. oil and gas).

Public sector employers include conservation agencies, local and national government departments involved in planning and the allocation of marine resources.