- Online learning
- Course award
- Entry date
- September, January
Rated 1st in UK for Building, the online MSc Building Services Engineering provides you with the best foundation for launching or accelerating a career as an building services engineer.
Our Building Services Engineering programme considers low carbon building design and the integration of renewable energy systems into buildings. It deals with services engineering issues, building the skills required to cope with modern construction challenges. As a conversion course, it gives a solid foundation for converting into, or accelerating, a career as a Building Services Engineer, or Technical Sustainability Consultant.
This flexible programme is aimed at graduates or experienced construction professionals with a wide range of backgrounds in addition to Engineering, such as Project Management, Architecture, the Sciences or Mathematics. Courses are taught by experts in their fields ensuring that content reflects cutting-edge knowledge in the industry. Our active Industry Advisory Panel (including the last two CIBSE Chairs) also includes senior construction professionals from local and global consultants and contractors who help us keep the programme at the cutting edge, and relevant for challenges that lie ahead.
Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design
Our Architectural Engineering courses are delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. This is one of four such Centres established at UK universities that jointly form a national network to demonstrate and exchange best practice in teaching and research for the sustainable built environment. The Centre also ensures graduates from our courses will be used to working within an inter-disciplinary environment involving architecture, engineering and construction.
Within the area of sustainable buildings, our Architectural Engineering staff have a long track record in research around low-carbon buildings, modelling and design, and the understanding of energy and water use in the built environment. Through millions of pounds of funding from research councils, industry and governments, our courses are taught by experts in their fields, ensuring that teaching content reflects cutting-edge knowledge in the subject area. Research projects involving Architectural Engineers that our students will hear about include:
- The £20M EPSRC national Centre for Energy Systems Integration, demonstrating the role of buildings within the wider energy infrastructure
- Over £3M of projects from the EPSRC Adaptation and Resilience in a Changing Climate (ARCC) course, looking at how our buildings might perform in a future climate
- The £1.4M “Tarbase” project, investigating low-carbon refurbishments
Our postgraduate teaching is fundamentally linked with our research work, so that, our MSc courses not only provide our students with an important insight into current industry practice; but also our latest research can guide you as to how industry might evolve in the future.
Online Learning: The fastest this MSc can be completed is in 2½ years. The maximum completion timeframe is 8 years. On average, most students complete a MSc in 3-4 years.
Flexible study options
The online Building Services Engineering programme has been designed with flexibility in mind. It is ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. Some features that our students value include:
- MSc degrees can be completed between 2½ - 8 years, depending on your pace of study.
- You have up to two years to complete an individual course (or module) after registering for the course.
- You can choose to sit exams in one of 450 exam centres around the world. Exam centres are present in most major cities.
- Courses are paid for on a ‘pay-as-you-study’ basis, allowing you to spread the payments across the duration of your degree.
Delivery of online programmes
Our up-to-date and progressive course materials are made available online through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE links you with our expert academics and course materials through videos, webinars, articles, journals, assessments and discussion boards. Tutors will provide you, by phone, Skype or email, with academic support similar to that received by our on-campus students.
To find out more about time requirements, support and exams, view our How online learning works pages to find out more.
Our MSc Building Services Engineering has been accredited by Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Hear what graduate, Akshay Kumar Annadata, had to say about his experience of studying an MSc Building Services Engineering degree online.
Register your interest
Students undertake eight taught courses for the Diploma plus the research dissertation for the MSc. Students can opt to complete a total of four courses and graduate with the Heriot-Watt University Postgraduate Certificate.
The taught element of the course comprises eight courses, with one mandatory/core course and seven optional courses:
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There is an increasing need for construction professionals who understand the need to mitigate against future carbon emissions, and to adapt to future climate threats and predictions: Building Services Engineers are the main provider of these initiatives in the team.
They are the professionals who understand design lifecycles and who can make appropriate material and design decisions which meet the needs of building users now, but also preserve resources for future generations, are sought in every industry sector. The ability to save money, improve sustainability and lower organisational impact is critical.
We have students from all ages, cultures, backgrounds and walks of life but there are two distinct and common motivations: Some students come to advance their existing careers. Others are from different educational or professional backgrounds and wish to enter the industry using this qualification. The programme is designed and sought after to serve both purposes. To read about what our students and graduates think about studying online visit our Meet our students pages.
All heriot watt students have access to our award-winning Careers Advisory Service. Our students benefit from professional, impartial and confidential careers advice and guidance from specialist Careers Advisers who focus on specific subject areas related to their disciplines.
For MSc level entry applicants must have:
- Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area.
- Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.
For PG Diploma level entry applicants must have:
- Third class honours degree in a cognate or semi-cognate subject area PLUS 2 years of relevant experience at an appropriate level completed post qualification.
- Cognate or semi-cognate ordinary degree PLUS 3-4 years of relevant experience at an appropriate level following graduation.
- Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements or have no formal academic qualifications will be considered individually based on their CV and interview. Admission via this route will be at the discretion of the Director of Admissions and the number of successful applicants will be restricted.
There is no entry at PG Certificate level except through exceptional agreement with approved learning partners.
Non-graduating study at masters level:
- Entry is based on CV or on formal academic qualifications or graduate (or incorporated) membership of a relevant professional institution.
Recognition of Prior Learning
We are committed to providing study opportunities to applicants who have a wide range of prior experiences through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For more information on RPL, please contact the Online Admissions Team (email@example.com) ahead of application. We can only consider requests for RPL at the time of application to a course of study.
English language requirements
If English is not the applicant’s first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above.
Applicants who have previously successfully completed courses delivered in the medium of English language may be considered and will be required to provide documentary evidence of this. Examples would be secondary school education or undergraduate degree course. A minimum of at least one year of full time study (or equivalent) in the medium of English language will be required.
We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters course:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
Online Learning students
Please note that Online Learning students who access their studies online will be expected to have access to a PC/laptop and internet.
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Additional fees information
Students pay £1400 per course and £1800 for the Dissertation. This programme consists of 8 courses (modules). MSc students are also required to submit a Masters dissertation.
For questions about Heriot-Watt Online fees, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuition fee loans of £5,500 are available to Scottish distance learning students on taught postgraduate courses. Full-time distance learning postgraduate students can also access a £4,500 living cost loan. Find out more from the Students Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)
Scholarships and bursaries
We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.
View our full range of postgraduate scholarships.
Additional scholarship information
Fully funded scholarships for some of the courses contained within the MSc are available to people living and working in Scotland. To find out more information visit the Skills Scotland Scholarship page.