Aberdeen and Robert Gordon universities will each offer seven fully funded places to Scottish and EU students in the new academic year, as part of an initiative by the Scottish Funding Council to fund 30 places across universities that deliver the programme.
Other universities involved include Heriot-Watt, St Andrews and Strathclyde.
Co-ordinated by Aberdeen University, the Masters is a collaboration between the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) and Scottish universities to develop new technologies in exploration, production and decommissioning.
The degree is aimed at graduates and individuals with industry experience or companies with innovative ideas that they wish to develop.
While primarily research-led, the programme will include modules on business innovation and technical modules related to the specific areas of research being pursued by candidates.
Meanwhile, the Energy Institute (EI) – the chartered professional membership body for the global energy sector – has launched a new online qualification in energy management.
The EI’s Level 2: Energy Management Professional course is intended to help students achieve energy and cost savings, reduce carbon emissions and meet their organisation’s environmental targets.
Students must complete five core modules and a further 10 elective modules from 19 different topics.
These cover a wide range of areas from heating, ventilation and lighting to measurement and verification, on-site electricity generation and regulations and incentives. Participants will also undertake a project to help apply the technical and managerial skills they have developed throughout the course.
Will Sadler, Training Team Manager, the Energy Institute, explained: “This course was developed to provide all the knowledge that professional energy managers need to go about their role successfully.
The programme reflects the transition for the energy manager’s role from the boiler room to the boardroom and that, moving forwards, all energy managers should have financial and project management know-how in their armoury”.
The EI also offers its own Chartered Energy Engineer, Chartered Petroleum Engineer and Chartered Energy Manager certificates.