The course

Delivery
Distance learning
Course award
MSc
Location
Online
Entry date
September, January (DL only)

Contact

Overview

Our Building Services Engineering course 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 the challenges in the working environment. As a conversion course, it gives you a good foundation for launching, or accelerating, a career as a Building Services Engineer – or technical sustainability consultant.

The Building Services Engineering course is flexible and aimed at graduates with engineering degrees or a background in construction. Courses are taught by experts in their fields, making sure that teaching content reflects cutting-edge knowledge in the industry. Our active Industry Advisory panel also includes senior construction professionals from renowned local and global consultants and contractors.

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.

Research-active staff

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.

Accreditation

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.

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Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

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:

Semester 1 Semester 2
  • Design of Low Carbon Buildings (mandatory)
  • Foundations of Energy (optional)
  • Climate Change, Sustainability and Adaptation (optional)
  • Ventilation and Air Conditioning (optional)
  • Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings (optional)
  • Building Electrical and Lighting Services (optional)
  • Modelling for Sustainable Building Design (optional)
  • Contracts and Procurement (optional)
  • Value and Risk Management (optional)
  • Technical Networks and Urban Resilience (optional)
  • Design of Low Carbon Buildings (mandatory)
  • Energy Systems and Buildings (optional)
  • Thermofluids (optional)
  • Innovation in Construction Practice (optional)
  • People and Organisation Management in the Built Environment (optional)
  • Demand Management and Energy Storage (optional)
  • Architectural Acoustics (optional)
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment (optional)

Career

There is an increasing need for architects, engineers, facilities managers, quantity surveyors and other construction professionals who understand the need to mitigate against future carbon emissions, and to adapt to future climate threats and predictions.

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.

Entry requirements

For MSc level entry applicants must have:

  • Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For PG conversion courses, non-cognate degrees will be considered. 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

Heriot-Watt University is committed to providing opportunities to applicants who have a wide range of prior experiences through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Prior learning at postgraduate level is normally recognised to gain exemption from individual courses within a course based on an existing academic qualification. Note that the prior learning must have been rated at the level of the courses for which RPL is sought, yet credits from an award already held by an applicant can only contribute to a higher award in the same discipline, e.g. from PG Diploma to MSc. If you believe that you qualify for RPL, please contact the Learning & Teaching Support Team via egis-enquiries@hw.ac.uk, who will guide you through the RPL application procedure.

The school will only consider students' requests for RPL at the time of application for their 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.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Online / distance learning**
Scotland / Non-UK EU £1350/1740**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £1350/1740**
Overseas £1350/1740**

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

Additional fees information

**Students pay £1350 per course and £1740 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 our Student Support Team: egis-idl-enquiries@hw.ac.uk

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 taught scholarships.