Heriot-Watt University


Edinburgh Campus


This course combines engineering and business studies and is offered by the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences but includes contributions from all Engineering disciplines represented at Heriot-Watt and from the Edinburgh Business School (EBS). Energy – based on fossil fuels and, increasingly, renewables – is an essential component of our existence. The cost, availability and efficient utilisation of energy are increasingly strong focal points in the strategies of governments world-wide, as they realise that the 'raw material' for most of the energy used today has a finite life.

Core modules: Foundation of energy; Technology futures and business strategy; Critical analysis and research preparation.

Optional modules: Renewable energy technologies; Economics of renewable energy; Environmental impact assessment; Demand management and energy storage; Energy technology; Ventilation and air conditioning; Computational fluid dynamics with heat transfer; Heat transfer and heat exchangers; Process intensification; Sustainable processing; Oil and gas field appraisal; Oil and gas field development; Electrical power systems; High voltage.

From the School of Management and Languages Courses (maximum 3): Environmental and energy economics; Competitive strategy; Strategic project management; Financial analysis; Project economics and evaluation; Business economics.

You can exit after Stage 1 with PgDip Energy.

Entry Requirements

A First or Second Class Honours Degree in an engineering discipline or in the physical or chemical sciences. The degree can be from a British or overseas university. Different degrees, together with relevant industrial experience, will be considered.

Start Date

September, January


Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (day)

Course Length

2 years (Part time) - 3-4 years (Online)


School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society


Energy and Renewables

SCQF Level



Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy