The course

Delivery type
Weekday evenings and Saturday
1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)
Intake date
September, January



The Energy MSc at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai provides the opportunity for graduate engineers, scientists and corporate members of related professional bodies to acquire the  knowledge needed to meet challenges and develop opportunities within the energy industry. The programme is directly related to the energy challenges facing every region of the world, including the Gulf region.

Heriot-Watt recognises that learning needs to be flexible and this programme allows experienced and recent graduates to tailor the programme content and structure to their specific needs. The University uses a virtual learning environment (VLE) called Vision, which can be accessed via the internet. Students will study courses and submit assignments through Vision at their own pace, allowing them to study for a recognised degree alongside their professional career.

Upon graduating from the master’s programme, graduates will meet the academic requirements for membership of the Energy Institute.

January entrants

Students starting the programme in January should note that it runs full-time for two semesters (12 months) plus dissertation (February to April, three months), for a total of 16 months.

The part-time option runs for four semesters (24 months) plus dissertation (March to August, 6 months) for a total of 30 months. 

Students enrolling for the January intake programmes are not required to be on campus during the summer break.


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Course content

A broad range of energy disciplines are reflected in this degree, which covers Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Legislation, Environmental Impact Assessment and Energy in Buildings. The programme structure is outlined below.

Semester 1


  • Foundations of Energy

Optional (choose three)

  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • Process Intensification
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics with Heat Transfer
  • Economics of Renewable Energy
  • Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Semester 2


  • Technology Future and Business Strategy
  • Critical Analysis and Research Preparation

Optional (choose two)

  • Thermodynamics 2
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Demand Management and Energy Storage
  • Energy Systems and Buildings

Summer session (mandatory)

  • Master’s Dissertation (master’s students only)

Semester timetable

September starters

  • Semester 1 - September to December
  • Semester 2 - January to April
  • Summer session - May to August
  • Graduation - November

January starters

  • Semester 2 - January to April (Year 1)
  • Semester 1 - September to December (Year 1)
  • Summer Session - May to August (Year 2)
  • Graduation - November (Year 2)


Many of the students on this programme are in employment and can enhance their career prospects with their current employer by gaining the MSc in Energy, both by virtue of the qualification and because they are able to contribute more by applying the knowledge and skills they acquire. This programme also equips graduates from other areas to move into employment in the increasingly important energy sector.

Entry requirements

For MSc entry, a good relevant Honours degree (first or second class) from a relevant subject area will be considered. Suitable backgrounds include chemical and process engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, environmental and civil engineering, marine engineering, aerospace/aeronautical engineering, and energy and power generation. Applicants with qualifications in chemical or physical sciences, supported by a strong mathematics background and coursework in subjects such as fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics, can also be considered.

To find out more about the specific entry requirements for your country, please refer to our International Entry Requirements.

If you hold a degree from a different background and believe you may qualify for this programme or to find out more about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one year full-time study in English will be required.

Fees and funding

  • AED 99349*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

Scholarships and bursaries

See our range of degree entry, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and PhD scholarships and discounts.