The online MSc Renewable Energy Development (RED) is delivered through the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) on our Orkney campus. It has been designed around three key drivers of renewable energy development: policy and economics; technology; and the environment. The programme is designed to specifically address these key drivers of renewable energy development in the UK and abroad.
The RED programme is relevant to people from a wide variety of backgrounds wishing to apply their knowledge and experience to the renewable energy industry. It aims to give you cross-cutting skills in the renewables sector. The programme addresses the needs of renewable energy developers as they seek to maximise economic benefits whilst balancing the challenges of overcoming regulatory and environmental issues, and securing finance. Teaching is reinforced with project work where emphasis is placed on simulating real working situations and international examples.
Delivered online, this programme is ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. The programme consists of a number of courses: eight taught courses for a complete PgDip, or eight taught courses and a dissertation project for an MSc. Students have a maximum of two years from registration on each course to complete the assessment. You can choose to sit your exam in one of over 400 exam centres around the world.
You will receive comprehensive materials for each course through an online virtual learning environment (VLE).
Visit our graduate profiles page to learn what some of our graduates said about their experiences studying for an MSc Renewable Energy Development at Heriot-Watt University.
An online learning programme – whether at PgDip or MSc level – can be completed in a minimum of 2.5 years. On average, our PgDip programmes studied via online learning are completed in 2-3 years, while MSc programmes are completed in 2.5-7 years. Most students intend to complete their studies via online learning within 2-3 years.