Advanced Coursework: Sustainable Energy Micromasters powered by edX –Online Program

Offered by: University of Queensland

College credits:

Course length: 39 weeks


Education level: Master's degree preferred

Learn about the complex nature of energy generation, distribution and supply, and the challenges of transitioning to a sustainable energy future.

Our world is facing an energy crisis and we need professionals with interdisciplinary knowledge across science, policy and industry to help organizations prosper in the low carbon economy. 

This MicroMasters program will equip you with the knowledge to take on these challenges.

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.

You will gain a deep understanding of sustainability and risk management principles that you can apply to your own situation where it intersects with the complex world of energy.

This MicroMasters credential will showcase your in-depth knowledge of the dynamic nature of sustainable energy generation and supply.

This MicroMasters credential may allow you to take advantage of the opportunity to be accepted into the Master of Sustainable Energy at The University of Queensland and accelerate degree completion.

Job Outlook

  • Global renewable energy employment reached 8.1 million, a 5% increase, in 2015 (International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA))
  • Average salary for energy engineers in the US is $80,489, and $56,085 for energy consultants (Glassdoor)
  • Career prospects include: 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; energy efficiency engineer
Real Career Impact

"As the world’s peak advocacy body for carbon capture and storage (CCS), the Global CCS Institute is acutely aware of the importance of ensuring that decision-makers have an enhanced understanding of complex energy systems. This online Sustainable Energy MicroMasters program offers today’s and tomorrow’s leaders an accessible conduit in which to build the capacity they need to address the challenges associated with providing universal access to affordable, secure and reliable energy in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner."— Mark Bonner , Global Lead of International Climate Change, Global CCS Institute

"As an investor in disruptive energy related technologies, StBEIF is always on the look-out for companies and people who can see behind the vested interests and political hype surrounding critical energy supply questions. The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Energy MicroMasters program challenges students to find the sustainable balance of economic, social and environmental drivers by evaluating the business case for energy investments, the real costs of intermittency, the need for baseload power to support industry, the role of markets and regulation, and the case for technology neutrality. It equips people for a sensible debate!"— Rodger Whitby , CEO, St Baker Energy Innovation Fund (StBEIF)
What You'll Learn:

  • Define sustainability and its implications for global energy
  • Describe the principles of energy generation, supply and demand from the range of available technology options
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of energy technology options for different locations
  • Define the role of science and policy in transitioning to a sustainable energy future
  • Understand scenario planning, risk assessment, stakeholder management, communication and engagement skills


Courses require individual enrollments. Courses for this program include:
  • Energy Principles and Renewable Energy 
  • Climate Science and Policy 
  • Energy Development 
  • Low Emission Technologies and Supply Systems 
  • Captstone: Sustainable Energy Micromasters 

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