MSc Global Sustainability Engineering

The course

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



MSc Global Sustainability Engineering has been introduced by Heriot-Watt University for students of September 2021 intake.

This programme responds to the global demand for graduates with science or engineering backgrounds who can provide technical consultation and deliver specialist solutions to improve sustainability.

Graduates from MSc Global Sustainability Engineering will work at the forefront of sustainable development. They will call on engineering knowledge to identify existing unsustainable processes and practices and implement strategies for improvement.

In developing this degree, Heriot-Watt University has built on over 30 years of experience in researching and teaching sustainable engineering. We have taken inspiration from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and want our graduates to be advocates of change; to understand how both incremental and disruptive approaches can be harnessed for effective sustainable development.

Courses will break down the barriers between disciplines and promote synergy between different branches of learning so that a holistic view of problems and solutions can be developed.

Students on this programme will take six mandatory courses and two optional courses. The six mandatory courses develop critical understanding of the fundamental issues impacting global sustainability, whilst the selection of the two additional courses allows each student to tailor the degree to their own area of interest and potential career pathway, such as process engineering, building services and carbon management.

In addition to eight 15-credit courses, students will complete a mandatory 60-credit dissertation project in order to graduate with a full MSc qualification.

Research Centre for Carbon Solutions

Heriot-Watt University’s Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) is an interdisciplinary engineering centre with a track record of inspiring and delivering innovation for the wider deployment of technologies needed to meet necessary carbon targets. 

A brand-new course on this degree, Carbon Solutions, has been directly informed by the world-leading work carried out by Heriot-Watt University’s Research Centre for Carbon Solutions.

Course content

Semester 1 - Mandatory

  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Process Engineering
  • Foundations of Energy

Semester 2 - Mandatory

  • Sustainable Processing
  • Environmental Impact Assess

Optional (Choose 2)

  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • The Circular Economy
  • Carbon Solutions
  • Demand Management and Energy Storage
  • Technology Future and Business Strategy
  • Critical analysis and Research Preparation

Semester 3 - Mandatory

Sustainability Dissertation

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

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