MSc Global Sustainability Engineering with Industrial Application (2 year)

The course

Full-time, Part-time
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An important new degree introduced for September 2022 intake. It builds on Heriot-Watt's 30 years of experience in researching and teaching sustainable engineering with a global focus, and offers the chance to complete a project or placement in industry.


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September 2023 entry

The deadline for applications from Scottish and RUK students is 31st August 2023. For EU and overseas applicants, we guarantee to consider applications submitted by 1st August 2023.


MSc Global Sustainability Engineering with Industrial Application

This 2-year programme of study responds to the global demand for graduates with science or engineering backgrounds who can provide technical consultation and deliver specialist solutions to improve sustainability.

This degree offers one year of study across 2 semesters followed by a second year of study which will include an industrial work placement or industrial project, followed by a dissertation project which builds on the advanced knowledge gained by the student. 

Graduates from MSc Global Sustainability Engineering with Industrial Application will work at the forefront of international sustainable development. They will be able to call on engineering knowledge to identify existing unsustainable processes and practices and implement strategies for improvement. 

Why study a Masters in Sustainability Engineering?

In developing this degree, Heriot-Watt University has built on over 30 years of experience in researching and teaching sustainable engineering. We have taken inspiration from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and want our graduates to be advocates of change; to understand how both incremental and disruptive approaches can be harnessed for effective sustainable development.

Courses will break down the barriers between disciplines and promote synergy between different branches of learning so that a holistic view of problems and solutions can be developed.

Research Centre for Carbon Solutions

Heriot-Watt University's Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) is an interdisciplinary engineering centre with a track record of inspiring and delivering innovation for the wider deployment of technologies needed to meet necessary carbon targets.

A brand-new course on this degree, Carbon Solutions, has been directly informed by the world-leading work carried out by Heriot-Watt University's Research Centre for Carbon Solutions.

Course content

Year 1, Semester 1 

  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Process Engineering A
  • Foundations of Energy
  • Option: Process Intensification or Renewable Energy Technologies

Year 1, Semester 2

  • Sustainable Processing
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Optional Course
  • Optional Course

Semester 2 Options include: The Circular Economy; Carbon Solutions; Technology Futures and Business Strategy; Demand Management and Energy Storage; or Green and Sustainable Logistics 

Year 2, Semester 1

Sustainable Engineering Dissertation Project or Interdisciplinary Project 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Industrial Placement or Interdisciplinary Project 2

Entry requirements

Graduates with a good first degree from a relevant subject area will be considered. Suitable backgrounds include: engineering or environmental, earth, chemical, physical, or mathematical sciences.

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 English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0.

If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement for this programme prior to commencing your studies:

  • 20 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with no skill lower than 4.5)
  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with minimum of 5.0 in writing and no skill lower than 4.5)
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.0)
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.5)


Tuition fees for entry
Status Full-time Part-time
UK £9632 £4816
Overseas £22264 £11132


  1. Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
  2. Overseas includes applications from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in the UK. Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

Additional fees information

Year 2 fees

Fees are payable for both years of this degree. The fees listed above apply to Year 1 of this MSc. The fees for the Industry Placement year are indicated below.

Tuition fees for Year 2  
Status Full-Time
UK £3,000
Overseas £3,000

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.