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 in Renewable and Sustainable Energy under the Department of Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering.
  • 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 (Renewable and Sustainable Energy) in Mechanical Engineering. 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.
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Course modules


wdt_ID Title URL Description PLACE Date
3 Overview of the Power Industry A systemic view of the traditional and future electrical power industry within a broader societal energy context. UCT 9-15 Mar 2022
6 Smart Grid Technology Overview Introduction to the key concepts of the Smart Grid, including information and communication technologies and their application and integration. SU 7-11 Feb 2022
9 Power system analysis The fundamentals, models and applications of power system load flow, short-circuit analysis, stability and control. WITS 1-7 Dec 2021

Planning & Operations

wdt_ID Title URL Description PLACE Date
3 Power System Asset Management Strategic and tactical approaches to asset management principles and practices applied to a power system with increasing renewables. UP 21-25 Feb 2022
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 14-18 Feb 2022
9 Long-term Power System Planning The principles and techniques informing optimised long-term generation capacity planning, and transmission expansion planning. SU 26 Jan-1 Feb 2022
12 Distribution Customer Concepts Understanding the concepts inherent in the end use of electricity, including load modelling, pricing, technologies, and mini- and microgrids. SU 9-13 May 2022
15 Distribution Network Planning & Operations Distribution network technical planning fundamentals, codes and regulations, and applications, and protection and technical operations. NWU 31 Jan-4 Feb 2022
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 1-7 Dec 2021
21 Power System Flexible Operations Operational power system flexibility optimisation where technical systems and electricity markets interact, and flexibly operating power plants. UCT 24 -30 Nov 2021


wdt_ID Title URL Description PLACE Date
3 Advanced Photovoltaic Systems Fundamentals, financial modelling, technical design, installation and maintenance of PV systems. SU 11-15 Jul 2022
6 Wind Energy Fundamentals, resource and feasibility modelling, technical design, project development and grid-integration of Wind Energy systems. SU 4-8 Jul 2022
9 Energy Storage Systems Fundamentals, applications, technologies, modelling and design, and economics of Energy Storage systems. SU 5-9 Sep 2022
12 Solar Thermal Energy Systems Fundamentals of solar thermal energy systems, specifically CSP, including concentrator principles and thermal storage applications. SU To be confirmed
15 Smart Grid Communications Communications fundamentals, applications and technologies within the context of the power system. SU 22-26 Aug 2022
18 Bioenergy The practical and commercial application of various technologies for biomass conversion into bio-energy, ranging from bio-fuels to electricity. SU 6-10 Jun 2022
21 Hydro and Ocean Energy Ocean and hydro energy associated with the elevation or movement of water, including resources, conversion technologies, and implementation. SU 1-5 Aug 2022
24 Renewable Energy Systems The scientific, engineering, resource and integration aspects of various types of renewable energy systems at introductory level. SU 28 Feb-4 Mar 2022

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