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Sustainability Engineering

Course Description

Sustainability Engineering concerns the responsible use of natural resources in a manner which does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This course addresses the engineering technologies and practices needed to efficiently exploit energy and materials, to mitigate the environmental impact, and to apply concepts such as life-cycle analysis, disassembly and recycling within the design process.

The course provides the necessary skills to analyse and assess sustainability issues, and to formulate strategies to implement practical sustainable development solutions in business.

In the MSc dissertation, students either conduct “in house” laboratory based projects or are placed in an industrial or commercial setting where they undertake environmental management system assessments or technical design analyses. Previous MSc student dissertations involved collaboration or placements with Alchema Ltd., Frames Separation Technologies, Caledonian Alloys, Senertec GmbH, United Wire Ltd., Scottish Whisky Research Institute, Nextek Ltd., Forestry Commission and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

About Heriot-Watt:

Heriot-Watt University is set in almost 400 acres of woodland, making it one of the most beautiful places to study and live. Less than ten miles and a 15-minute bus ride into the centre of Edinburgh, its proximity to this architecturally famous city only adds to its appeal.

Edinburgh is renowned as a centre of learning and discovery; studying and living here is a stimulating and inspirational experience. It offers a unique city environment. It's culturally diverse, historically significant, socially alive, environmentally aware, politically central and visually stunning. The centre of Edinburgh has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in recognition of its stunning urban landscape in the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town. In addition, the city encompasses some striking modern architecture including the parliament building and the Museum of Scotland.

To top it all, Edinburgh is lucky to have significant and magnificent green spaces: the impressive extinct volcano, Arthur's Seat, and its associated park, lie at the heart of the city. If that wasn't enough, Edinburgh has 112 public parks and more trees per person than any other British city.

You're also within easy striking distance of some of the world's most beautiful wild landscapes, from the Trossachs in the west and the Highlands in the north, to the Borders in the south.

Visit the Sustainability Engineering page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni Scholarship - 20+ Awards

We will pay a percentage of your fee - this year it was 20%

Value of Scholarship(s)



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

Application Procedure

We should pick this up automatically as part of the application procedure


Scottish Funding Council - 20+ Awards

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:

Value of Scholarship(s)



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

Further Information


Entry Requirements

1st or 2nd class honours degree in a suitable subject with a numerate background.

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