Master English 5 ECTS

Wind Energy in Society – course

Wind Energy in Society

This course provides you with an overview of the elements of the planning process for the development of wind farms.

You will get the siting of a wind farm explained within the context of society, the environment, and fundamental economic principles.

During the course, you will work with:

  • Planning and permitting of wind farms
  • The process from the developer’s viewpoint and that of the planning authority
  • Environmental issues and mitigation measures
  • Effect on societies and approaches to develop wind projects
  • Relationship development with stakeholders and enrollment towards green energy
  • Support mechanisms
  • Key parameters for the economic evaluation of projects – net present value, internal rate of return, and levelized cost of energy

Learning objectives

Once you have completed the course you will be able to:

  • Describe the major steps in the planning process to obtain the planning permit for both onshore and offshore wind farms.
  • Explain the main steps in the process when carrying out an environmental impact study (EIA).
  • Identify the main environmental impacts of wind power and suggest mitigation measures.
  • Describe possible ways in which a local community can benefit from a wind farm.
  • Address major common concerns of people living close to wind farms and how these could be addressed.
  • List principal stakeholders in a typical project and outline their possible interests.
  • List common developer types and the main characteristics of their approaches to stakeholder engagement.
  • Calculate key financial parameters for a wind farm project and explain their relevance.
  • List commonly used policy support mechanisms for wind energy and discuss their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Explain the fundamental characteristics of both private economics and socio economics.


Admission to the course requires a B.Sc. or B.Eng. degree or higher and at least, two years of relevant working experience.

The relevant working experience could be – but is not necessarily restricted to – employment in:

  • The wind energy industry.
  • Oil and gas companies.
  • Shipping companies.
  • Companies performing environmental assessment.
  • Public agencies with responsibilities related to engineering and natural sciences.
  • Since the programme is taught in English, you must have proficient English skills.

Recommended prerequisites
In addition to the admission requirements above, we strongly recommend that you have mathematics and programming skills equivalent to B.Sc. or B.Eng. level or higher.

Technical requirements 
You will need a PC with a stable internet connection to follow this online course.

Course platform
All master courses run on the web based course platform DTU Learn. Once you access the platform, all the courses you are signed up for, become available for you – after the semester start day.

Learnign online

The course is divided in 13 modules, one per week in the semester. Each module includes a combination of video lectures, exercises, quizzes and/or reading material depending on the module. This course material is available any time to allow for flexible studying conditions.

Furthermore, you are offered weekly live Q&A sessions to get in dialogue with the course lecturer and fellow participants.


This course is concluded with an oral exam, conducted online.

Sign up and prices

You can follow the course as a single course or as part of the programme Master in Wind Energy.

Single course

If you wish to follow this course as a single course, please add the course to the basket and fill in the required information.

Part of the Online Master of Wind Energy

You can study this course as part of the Master in Wind Energy. If you wish to follow the course as part of the full Master’s programme, please go the the site for the Online Master in Wind Energy, click the sign up button, and follow the instructions.


Courses of 5 ECTS points15,000 DKK
Final Project of 15 ECTS points38,000 DKK
Full Master’s programme173,000 DKK

The state subsidy for part-time education is determined in the Finance Act for one year at a time. DTU reserves the right to make any adjustments to the participant payment.



13 weeks

Start 1 February

15.000,00 DKK