If you're interested in studying a masters by online learning, you'll find all the relevant information on requirements, fees and more here.

Take a look at the range of programmes you can study by online, and if you have any more queries, check our FAQs.


Requirements

Entry requirements for Masters (MSc)

  • a minimum 2:2 relevant honours degree (2:1 for Water Technology & Desalination programmes) and/or
  • full membership of a relevant professional institution and/or
  • equivalent qualifications that will be considered on an individual basis

Entry requirements for Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

  • a minimum third-class honours degree in a relevant subject and/or
  • full membership of a relevant professional institution and/or
  • equivalent qualifications that will be considered on an individual basis and/or
  • a relevant ordinary degree plus a suitable period of relevant industrial experience

Other relevant qualifications and relevant industrial experience will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

If English is not your 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 programmes delivered in English will be exempt from the above requirement subject to submission of documentation. A minimum of one year of full time study, employment or equivalent is required.

Equipment requirements

In order to complete a programme online, you must have a computer and access to the internet so that you can access your study materials through Heriot-Watt University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Time requirements

Our online learning programmes are structured in such a way that they can be completed in a 2½ year period. However, one of the main benefits of our modular programme system is that it can be completed over a longer time to accommodate personal or work commitments. For example:

  • A Postgraduate Diploma is completed in 2-3 years on average
  • A MSc is completed in 3-4 years on average

Based on the time you have available, the following guide may help you make a realistic judgement of the timeframe in which you can expect to complete your programme:

Minimum hours per week* Equivalent study blocks per week Time taken to complete your MSc programme
25 4 evenings and 1 weekend day per week 2.5 years
17 2 evenings and 1 weekend day per week 3 years
13 3 evenings per week; or 1 evening and 1 weekend day per week 4 years

*Based on studying 36 weeks of the year.

Applications

How to apply

Applications for online learning programmes are made via an online application form. Please read through Heriot-Watt University's information on postgraduate applications before beginning.

Please note you need to supply the following documents for your application to be considered:

  • Two references using the referees' report form
  • Copy of degree certificate and transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Evidence of English language (if English is not your first language and/or not from a recognised English speaking country)

Fees

You should check the exact tuition fees for your programme at relevant programme page as tuition fees can change year-on-year. Each programme is broken up into a series of compulsory and optional courses. You complete 8 courses as part of your programme, and you pay for those courses as you enrol for them.

At MSc level there is a fee associated with the Research Dissertation / Research Projects.