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MSc/Dip Building Services Engineering

Course Description

Building Services Engineering is how formal engineering and technology practices are applied to optimize the design of buildings and technology that make buildings work for us in today’s fast-paced, ecologically responsible and cost-driven construction industry. It is an exciting, broad-based and challenging profession and the role is evolving and expanding today at an unprecedented rate. This evolution, coupled with the demands of industry, provides a wealth of opportunities for traditional engineers and those with related backgrounds who wish to get involved.

Building Services Engineers now rank among the highest paid professionals, according to the UK’s Engineering and Technology Board. Their ability to provide creative design solutions for building services are in great demand. The field needs people who can lead technological innovation and organisational change, and who are confident decision makers with respect to the use and implementation of new technologies. There also has to be an awareness of the constraints imposed upon engineering design by the technological, financial and human aspects of the built environment.

The Programme addresses these issues and also looks at low carbon building design and the integration of renewable energy systems into buildings. It deals with classical services engineering issues by providing solid theoretical and practical foundations, thus enabling graduates to cope with whatever challenges in services design and implementation they may meet in the working environment. Our unbroken 37 year legacy of accredited provision at Masters level in this field ensures that our graduates are given a class-leading educational experience and firm foundations for launching or accelerating a career in this sector.

Professional Development and Recognition

The programme meets the professional development needs as specified by the Engineering Council (ECUK) and relevant engineering institutions in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

It allows graduates at either Diploma or MSc level to achieve a qualification equivalent to an MEng which will therefore gain professional recognition by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI). The programme does this by providing:

• learning which contributes to the educational requirement for CEng;
• design tasks undertaken to an acceptable standard;
• development of transferable skills appropriate to professional practice.

Mode of study

This programme can be studied full-time, part-time or via Independent Distance Learning (IDL), ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. As an IDL student you will not be required to attend any lectures, tutorials, examinations or other events at any of Heriot-Watt University’s campuses.

Please note that independent distance learning students who access their studies online will be expected to have access to a PC/laptop and internet.

Programme Content

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 programme comprises 8 courses, with five core courses and three optional courses out of eight available alternatives:

Semester 1

• Building Electrical and Lighting Services (core)
• Ventilation and Air Conditioning (core)
• Contracts and Procurement (optional)
• Water Conservation (optional)
• Sustainable Design and Development (optional)
• Climate Change, Sustainability & Adaptation (optional)

Semester 2

• Thermofluids (core)
• Human Factors (core)
• Architectural Acoustics (optional)
• People and Organisational Management for the Built Environment (optional)
• Energy Systems and Buildings (optional)
• Carbon Footprinting (optional)
• Low Carbon Buildings (core)

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 programmes 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 programme. 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 programme, please visit: http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm

Visit the MSc/Dip Building Services Engineering page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

2:2 or suitable professional qualification and experience.

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