MSc Energy

The course

Course code
KPT/JPS (N/522/7/0033)(FA2722) 03/18
Delivery type
1 year/2 years
Intake date


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This multi-disciplinary programme offers courses relevant to energy resources, power generation, process engineering, environmental legislation and environmental impact, energy in buildings as well as business courses. Through its portfolio of options, this programme is accessible to graduates from many Engineering and Science degrees.

The aims of the programme are to provide a practical and theoretical grounding in technologies and wider knowledge and skills relevant to the Energy sector for the practising engineer as well as decision making managers and policy makers.

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.

Teaching and assessment

Our students experience a stimulating teaching environment which blends conventional lectures and tutorials with online material in our Virtual Learning Environment. Programmes are regularly reviewed by research-active staff in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia to ensure that the learning material is relevant and current.

Assessment of the taught component is through a balance of examinations and coursework.

Course content

Core courses

  • Foundations of Energy
  • Technology Futures and Business Strategy
  • Critical Analysis and Research Preparation
  • Master’s Dissertation

Optional courses (select five)

Optional courses are subject to availability

  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Economics of Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Demand Management and Energy Storage
  • Heat Transfer and Heat Exchangers
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Building Energy Management


In accordance with our normal practice, our professionally orientated programmes are designed to meet the educational requirements for membership of relevant professional institutions, and we are seeking accreditation from the Energy Institute for Further Learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng). 


The programme aims to equip graduates with a broad, yet detailed overview of energy resources, conversion, and use, as well as the socio-economic and environmental impacts of energy-related activities. The programme provides a broad introduction to current energy issues and specialist knowledge and skills to analyse, appraise, or design energy systems or equipment.

Typical careers include: Energy Consultants, Energy Device Manufacturers, Developers or Operators of Installations, Energy Managers, Offshore Industry, Government Organisations, Community Organisations.

Entry requirements

  • A relevant first or second class Honours degree in a physical science or engineering discipline, or a degree qualification, or equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian Government, acceptable to the University.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, then evidence of proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 is required.

If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSEP) prior to commencing your studies.


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Scholarships and bursaries

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