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  MSc Renewable Energy Engineering

Heriot-Watt University    School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year
Engineering (12)

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Are you passionate about renewable energy and want to make a real difference in the world? Look no further than our MSc/PGDip programme in Renewable Energy Engineering. This advanced course focuses on the exciting field of renewable energy, with a particular emphasis on mechanical engineering. You'll gain a deep understanding of the latest developments in wind, marine, biomass, and solar technologies, and learn how to design and implement innovative solutions for capturing, converting, storing, and managing renewable energy. With modules covering energy science, project-led design, and a research-led dissertation, you'll graduate equipped with the knowledge and skills to lead the way towards a sustainable future. To join the programme, you'll need a first or second class honours degree in a relevant subject with a strong mathematical background. International qualifications will also be considered. Don't miss this opportunity to become a renewable energy expert and make a positive impact on our planet.

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Overview of Programme 

MSc Renewable Energy Engineering provides you with the opportunity to study a specialist engineering-focused course in the rapidly expanding sector. By studying this programme, you’ll develop critical understanding of the significant changes afoot in the energy system due to the development and integration of wind, marine, biomass, and solar technologies. Upon graduation, you’ll have the necessary knowledge and skills to develop and implement creative solutions to the problems encountered in renewable energy capture, conversion, storage, and management.  

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Entry Requirements

A first or second class honours degree in a suitable subject with a numerate background. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be considered.

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 requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.


UK Student Full-Time: £10,600
UK Student Part-Time: £5,300
Overseas Student Full-Time: £24,296
Overseas Student Part-Time: £12,248

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A 20% discount is applicable to postgraduate taught courses across all of our global campuses for all Heriot-Watt alumni who have previously been registered for one year or more on a Heriot-Watt degree programme. This great offer is also applicable to those who would like to study their postgraduate taught degree with Heriot-Watt Online.

This scheme is also open to former visiting (study abroad) students who have studied at Heriot-Watt for one or more semesters.

This discount is automatically applied once you have applied to your chosen course and will be part of the offer letter sent to you if your application is successful.

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20% discount


You need to have taken your undergraduate degree at Heriot-Watt but all alumni are welcome to be included

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A number of SFC (Scottish Funding Council) Key Skills Funded Places are available for students resident in Scotland. These fully-funded places cover the tuition fees for the following postgraduate programmes that meet the skills demands from key sectors of industry:

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Scottish residents.

For energy-related MSc programmes and MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering and MSc Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices.

Application Procedure

Simply state in the online application form that you believe to be eligible and wish to be considered

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The FFWG offer a number of grants for women studying or researching for any postgraduate qualification

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The aim of the Black Voices Project is to bring more Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students to Heriot-Watt and ensure that our students, regardless of ethnicity, have a positive experience. The project has two parts:
- Appointing four BME Advocates to provide visible championing and facilitate safe spaces for BME students.
- Providing up to 40 scholarships for BME students.

We are now taking applications for at least nine scholarships starting in the academic year 2024/25. This scholarship will provide £1000 per year for a maximum of four years and will be paid in two instalments during the year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000 per year


To apply you must be:
- either a current or prospective student at any level (Undergraduate and all Postgraduate qualifications). Prospective students must hold an offer to study with Heriot-Watt starting in 2024/25;
- from a Black or Minority Ethnic background;
- and classed as paying either Scottish or UK tuition Fees.

In order for us to support as many students as possible, you cannot receive more than one bursary that is funded by Heriot-Watt University. If you are already receiving a bursary from Heriot-Watt we will not include your application in the shortlist process.

Application Procedure

Submit your application on our application form.

Please note before you apply, due to the limited number of scholarships available, as part of the application we are asking for information on your personal circumstances. This is to try to ensure that the scholarships are given to those who will benefit the most. The information given in the application will not be used for any other purposes.

Applications will open from 5 February and will close at 17.00 on Sunday 5 May 2024.

If you are unsure if you are eligible or have any questions, please email

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To recognise the academic excellence of our applicants, Heriot-Watt is offering a scholarship in the form of a £1,000 tuition fee reduction to the student/s deemed to have met the highest academic criteria in their application for MSc Renewable Energy Engineering (excludes online courses). The academic criteria could be in respect of an undergraduate degree for instance or could take into account any professional exams undertaken. As the number of awards is limited, where two applicants are tied, extra-curricular activity may be taken into account.

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Application Procedure

To be considered for this award, you must have applied for the course by Monday 17 June 2024 and we aim to contact the recipient by Monday 1 July 2024. You do not need to apply for the scholarship separately, all applications from UK based students will be considered. Consideration for the scholarship will be done separately to the offer of a space within the university, if you are offered a space before the above deadline, we will contact you to amend your offer should you be successful in gaining the scholarship.

Please be aware you can only receive one Heriot-Watt funded scholarship towards your programme of study. So, for example, you cannot receive both this scholarship and the Alumni Discount.

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