MSc Energy

The course

Online learning
Course award
Entry date
September, January

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).



Heriot-Watt is a world leading university in energy and renewables. This course is supported by industrial suppliers and users of energy, who are committed to an ethical environmental policy.

The course is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge & skills to design and analyse sustainable energy solutions and to influence business strategies relating to energy & environmental legislation. It explores the demand and supply of energy and related technical, political, economic and social issues.  Energy provision, consumption and costs are examined in engineering, economic and environmental terms. The issues studied include energy resources, power generation, process engineering, environmental legislation, environmental impact assessment and energy in building. 

Students studying on this programme are typically those working in industrial sectors, the built environment, SMEs exploring new products & processes and energy & environmental advisory organisations.

Online learning

This course can be studied via Online Learning, ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. View our How online learning works pages to find out more. It can also be studied on-campus full-time or part-time.

Programme duration

Most students typically intend to complete their studies via online learning within 3-4 years. The MSc Energy by IDL has both a January and September intake. 

Watch video of academic Gudrun Kocher discussing the MSc in Energy.

Course content

Students on the Energy MSc undertake eight taught courses and a dissertation. Courses are available in the following subject areas:

Mandatory courses

  • Foundation of Energy
  • Technology Futures and Business Strategy
  • Critical Analysis and Research Preparation

Mandatory for MSc

  • Masters Dissertation

Optional courses

  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Process Intensification
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Environmental Impact Assess
  • Demand Management and Energy Storage
  • Economics of Renewable Energy
  • Heat Transfer and Heat Exchangers
  • Climate Change, Sustainability and Adaptation
  • Design of Low Carbon Buildings
  • Energy Systems and Buildings
  • Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • FLAME Appraisal (Oil and Gas Field Appraisal)
  • FLAME Development (Oil and Gas Field Appraisal)

From the Edinburgh Business School 

Courses (maximum of three)

  • Delivering Successful Projects
  • Economics for Business
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • People, Work, Organisations
  • Developing and Executing Strategy
  • Strategic Marketing


Why Heriot-Watt Online?


Study towards the same high-quality qualification as if you were studying in-person, with no difference in degree certificate or transcript, including an Edinburgh campus graduation ceremony.

Flexibility and affordability

Study at a time and pace that suits you, and even while you work. HW Online offers pay-as-you-study courses and fees inclusive of exams and study materials, meaning you can focus on success, not extra costs.

Online community and help

Studying with us means you join an online community of over X students, allowing you to chat and learn from your fellow students through our virtual learning environment.

Employability and careers

Heriot-Watt produces more CEOs than any other University in Scotland, and 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation.

Lifelong connections

Upon completing your studies you will automatically join the UK’s oldest alumni association The Watt Club, with 147k members worldwide.

Track record

We’ve been providing high quality online and distance learning across the world for over 25 years.


Be part of a Business & STEM renowned University with over 200 years of heritage. We’re proud to be ranked #1 by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 for a number of our Engineering subjects, including Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. 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)


Tuition fees for 2021 entry
Status Per course Dissertation
UK / EU / Overseas £1185 £1690

Additional fees information

Financial support

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.

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