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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Edinburgh Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This course aims to equip students with a broad, yet detailed overview over Energy resources, conversion, and use, as well as the socio-economic and environmental impacts of energy-related activities. To do this, the programme provides a broad introduction to current energy issues and specialist knowledge and skills to analyse, appraise, or design energy systems or equipment. Energy – based on fossil fuels and, increasingly, renewables – is an essential component of our existence. The cost, availability and efficient utilisation of energy are increasingly strong focal points in the strategies of governments world-wide, as they realise that the 'raw material' for most of the energy used today has a finite life. Large industries and small households alike depend on a reliable provision of energy. Energy includes not only electricity, but also heat and transportation. The programme will make you aware of the relationship between demand and supply of energy, a relationship that consists of much more than its technical component. It includes political, economic and social issues and has to be viewed on a global as well as a local scale with respect to energy provision, consumption and the costs it might incur – both in the monetary as well as environmental terms. We have seen countries go to war over energy supplies and we can see the effect of our energy consumption on the global climate. The concept of sustainable energy moves into focus as the finite nature of our main element in our current energy chain of supply – fossil fuel – becomes more obvious. The Paris Treaty is just one example of international and national policy actions which have subsequent implications for legislation affecting industries and communities. We try to reflect the broad range of disciplines covering energy in this multi-disciplinary degree, which offers courses relevant to energy resources, power generation, process engineering, environmental legislation and environmental impact assessment, energy in buildings, as well as business courses in collaboration with the Edinburgh Business School. It is the aim of the Energy MSc to provide a balanced, integrated programme which will equip the participant with the tools needed to positively influence his/her organisation in to developing new business strategies relevant to 'energy', or in reacting to the growing portfolio of environmental legislation. The programme is also supported by industrial suppliers and users of energy, who are committed to an ethical environmental policy.

Tuition fees

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£ 19,800per year

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University information

Heriot-Watt University

  • University League Table

    29th

  • Campus address

    Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH14 4AS, Scotland

Highly regarded around the world with a strong focus on business, engineering, design and the physical and life sciences.
Culturally diverse, warm and welcoming, Heriot-Watt is one of Scotland's most international universities with a global footprint.
Global companies actively seek out Heriot-Watt graduates due to the nature of the university's research-informed education.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    15th out of 72 13

  • Entry standards

    / Max 241
    174 78%

    8th

    11
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%

    35th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.81 76%

    58th

    3

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