Learn from pioneers and thought leaders in renewable energy.

A postgraduate qualification from Stellenbosch University will arm you with unique cross-disciplinary skills and experience to excel in your career.

Our postgraduate programmes in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies and Smart Grid Technology focus on the training of scientists, planners, economists, project developers and engineers to equip them to work in the fascinating field of renewable and sustainable energy in Africa.

Coursework masters & diploma

There are four masters and three diplomas to choose from:
  • Masters Programme in Sustainable Development under the School of Public Leadership.
  • Masters Degree  (MEng Structured) in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Renewable and Sustainable Energy
  • Masters Degree in Smart Grid Technology under the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
  • Masters Degree in Power System Planning and Operations under the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering: Focus on Renewable and Sustainable Energy. Scope and modules.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering (Smart Grid Technology) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering (Power System Planning and Operations) under the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Course modules


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6 Overview of the Power Plant Industry The course establishes a balanced understanding of the global energy domain. UCT
9 Smart Grid Technology Overview Introduction to the key concepts of the Smart Grid, including information and communication technologies and their application and integration. SU
27 Power System Analysis The fundamentals, models and applications of power system load flow, short-circuit analysis, stability and control. WITS
29 Hydrogen in the Energy System A systemic view of energy systems with a specific focus on hydrogen. SU


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3 Advanced Photovoltaic Systems Fundamentals, financial modelling, technical design, installation and maintenance of PV systems. SU
6 Wind Energy Fundamentals, resource and feasibility modelling, technical design, project development and grid-integration of Wind Energy systems. SU
9 Energy Storage Systems Fundamentals, applications, technologies, modelling and design, and economics of Energy Storage systems. SU
12 Solar Thermal Energy Systems Fundamentals of solar thermal energy systems, specifically CSP, including concentrator principles and thermal storage applications. SU
15 Smart Grid Communications Communications fundamentals, applications and technologies within the context of the power system. SU
18 Bioenergy The practical and commercial application of various technologies for biomass conversion into bio-energy, ranging from bio-fuels to electricity. SU
21 Hydro and Ocean Energy Ocean and hydro energy associated with the elevation or movement of water, including resources, conversion technologies, and implementation. SU
24 Renewable Energy Systems The scientific, engineering, resource and integration aspects of various types of renewable energy systems at introductory level. SU
27 Green Hydrogen Technology The available and developing technologies used for green hydrogen production, distribution, storage and end-use. SU


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6 Power System Data Analytics The data analytics life cycle applied to solve power system problems, with special focus on demand and renewable energy short-term forecasting. SU
9 Long-term Power System Planning The principles and techniques informing optimised long-term generation capacity planning, and transmission expansion planning. SU
12 Distribution Customer Concepts Understanding the concepts inherent in the end use of electricity, including load modelling, pricing, technologies, and mini- and microgrids. SU
15 Distribution Network Planning & Operations Distribution network technical planning fundamentals, codes and regulations, and applications, and protection and technical operations. NWU
18 Power System Operations The fundamentals of power system operations in a future with high shares of VRE, and the processes and technologies that support such operations. SU
21 Power System Flexible Operations Operational power system flexibility optimisation where technical systems and electricity markets interact, and flexibly operating power plants. UCT
27 Green Hydrogen Project Engineering A course focussed on the principles of designing, funding and successfully implementing fit-for-purpose projects based on green hydrogen. SU

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