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- Mode of delivery
- Delivery type
- Full-time, Part-time
- Start date
- 2 years
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.
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 two 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.
September 2024 entry
The deadline for applications from UK students is 30 August 2024. For EU and overseas applicants, we guarantee to consider applications submitted by 2 August 2024.
- Climate Change and Sustainability
- Process Engineering A
- Foundations of Energy
Optional (choose one)
- Process Intensification
- Renewable Energy Technologies
- Sustainable Processing
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Critical Analysis and Research Preparation
Optional (choose one)
- Carbon Solutions
- Technology Futures and Business Strategy
- Demand Management and Energy Storage
- Green and Sustainable Logistics
- Sustainability Dissertation or Interdisciplinary Project 1
- Entrepreneurship and Creativity
- Industrial Placement or Interdisciplinary Project 2
Fees and funding
Additional fee information
Fees are payable for each year of this degree.
Year 2 (Industry placement)
UK and 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.
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)
Employers around the world actively seek out our graduates because they are work-ready. All our degrees are career-focused and relevant to the needs of industry. Around 95% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.
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