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Our Masters in Sustainable Building Design (MSc SBD) programme is aimed at graduates of architecture, design or planning subjects who wish to further develop their design skills to combine sustainability and low carbon technologies in building design and renovation. Read more
Our Masters in Sustainable Building Design (MSc SBD) programme is aimed at graduates of architecture, design or planning subjects who wish to further develop their design skills to combine sustainability and low carbon technologies in building design and renovation. Participants in this programme will enhance their design skills with specialist technical knowledge, and develop multidisciplinary understanding, via a curriculum of applied, engaged and contemporary courses. You will learn to harness technology to deliver optimal solutions, balancing the individual competing needs for environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability.

A culturally-adaptable approach to design places our graduates in a strong position to compete in local and international markets. This is a truly cross-disciplinary course providing unique grounding for a collaborative industry.

The programme will enhance students’ future career prospects in the area of sustainable design, in a competitive, growing market. It is also suitable for those looking to develop specialist knowledge and skills to allow them to change or further their careers.

Programme Content

• Low Carbon Building
• Climate Change, Sustainability & Adaptation
• Ventilation & Air Conditioning
• Water Conservation
• Human Factors of the Built Environment
• Building and Energy Systems
• Environmental Design
• Modelling for Sustainable Building Design

Career Opportunities

Graduates with skills in sustainable design are sought after by large and small employers, designers, consultants, contractors and clients, for their ability to integrate sustainable and low-carbon approaches within building design. Our graduates are well-equipped to make design decisions, which meet the needs of building users today, but also preserve resources for future generation.

Flexible study options

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 or other events at any of Heriot-Watt University’s campuses, and you can also arrange to sit examinations in a location close to you.

Those who are close to our Dubai Campus will, in addition, benefit from our local support in the form of dissertation supervision and access to licensed software programmes and subscribed literatures, depending on availability.

Professional recognition

Heriot-Watt's Sustainable Building Design MSc has been accredited as a further learning programme at the postgraduate level to meet the academic requirement for Chartered Engineers (CEng, UK) by both the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI) and also for Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv UK) by the Energy Institute.

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, for more information see http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm

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This programme enables students to study architecture at an advanced level, covering most major subjects and fields of enquiry, including the history and theory of architecture, cultural and visual studies, digital media, technology, structures and materials, and sustainable design. Read more

Research profile

This programme enables students to study architecture at an advanced level, covering most major subjects and fields of enquiry, including the history and theory of architecture, cultural and visual studies, digital media, technology, structures and materials, and sustainable design.

The programme structure comprises a compulsory research methods course, the choice of one optional course subject, and a 20,000-word dissertation based on independent research.

Our expertise and interests range across the following areas:

Architectural Conservation
Our focus includes conservation theory and history; urban conservation; conservation technology; and the challenges of bridging the gulf between heritage and new architecture.

Architectural History, Theory and Criticism
We have particular strength in the history of architecture in Britain and the British colonial world (18th and 19th centuries); Germany, Central Europe and Russia; modernism in Europe, North America and Africa; Renaissance Italy; the history of landscape; the history of technology; the international history of mass housing and urban development; the theory and philosophy of architecture; the philosophy of place; and critical inquiry and methodology.

Design-led Research and Studio Practice
We focus on research in and through design, as informed by contemporary architectural and cultural theory; studio pedagogy; research-led teaching; and methodologies of urban research and fieldwork.

Digital Media and Design
We have expertise in the spatial, social and philosophical implications of media; the relationship between computers and design practice; cognitive models of human-computer interaction; 3D modelling; mobile computing; the sonic environment; and e-commerce.

Technology, Environment and Sustainability
We offer expertise in lightweight steel structures; the building envelope; concrete construction; design and manufacturing; and sustainable design in both qualitative and quantitative senses, looking at environmental response, design theory, rural planning and user-centred solutions.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of a compulsory research methods course, the choice of one option course subject and a 20,000-word dissertation based on independent research.

Training and support

Students are equipped with skills in advanced research techniques, critical analysis and writing, presentation, and a developed understanding of architecture and its applications.

Facilities

Research programmes in architecture are served by high-quality library facilities. All students in the programmes are provided with 24-hour-accessible study space, as well as access to well-equipped multimedia laboratories, photography and exhibition facilities.

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Our highly regarded Architectural Conservation programme is more than 40 years old; it is the longest-established graduate historic preservation programme in the UK. Read more

Programme description

Our highly regarded Architectural Conservation programme is more than 40 years old; it is the longest-established graduate historic preservation programme in the UK.

Whether you’re approaching the field from an architectural, historical, geological or other viewpoint, this programme will guide you through the foundations and challenges of this important means of nurturing cultural and national identity.

You will benefit from learning on our historic campus (located in Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site), along with the exhibitions and events associated with a vibrant art college.

You’ll be part of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies (SCCS), a specialist teaching and research unit that provides the depth of expertise and resources that makes this programme one of the few of its kind in the UK to be recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Placements are also available through our partnerships with relevant organisations, allowing you to flex your skills in a practical setting.

Programme structure

The programme is assessed through individual written papers, group projects, presentations, and report writing. An intensive field trip to Germany (optional) will give you the chance to explore conservation issues in another setting. Following the taught courses, you will research and write a dissertation of 14,000–15,000 words on an aspect of architectural conservation.

Learning outcomes

To complete your studies, you must demonstrate your familiarity with the historical and theoretical foundations and challenges of historic preservation; the techniques of recording and research and the technologies of building repair; the influences of planning law, contemporary architecture and building economics on the historic built environment; and the special conservation challenges of Modern Movement architecture and urban planning.

You will also develop more general practical and intellectual skills, in areas such as project organisation, historical research, or graphic and oral communication.

Career opportunities

This programme aims to provide students with the broad base of knowledge and skills necessary to embark on a career in one of the many professional sub-disciplines of historic preservation, ranging from heritage management to conservation architecture.

Crucially, your qualification will be extremely well regarded thanks to its recognition by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, the UK’s official organisation of architectural preservation professionals.

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The postgraduate programme in Urban Strategies and Design is delivered jointly by the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) of the University of Edinburgh and the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design at Heriot-Watt University. Read more
The postgraduate programme in Urban Strategies and Design is delivered jointly by the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) of the University of Edinburgh and the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design at Heriot-Watt University.

For more information on the programme content, please visit Heriot-Watt's online prospectus:
http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-urban-strategies-design/

About the programme

The Urban Strategies and Design programme addresses the current need for interdisciplinary knowledge. It encourages the adoption of a comprehensive approach towards the delivery of socially-sustainable urban transformation, from local-specific to strategic metropolitan and regional interventions. Students study the wide and diverse range of social, economic, and political processes that determine the contemporary urban environment, and acquire the tools and skills to propose urban projects of diverse scales and specificities.

The City of Edinburgh offers an urban laboratory for project- and site visit-based exploration of current urban design issues in the UK. Furthermore, the city’s historic ‘Geddesian’ planning links, and contemporary international links with urban-focused institutions and bodies provide a strong platform from which to support student-led, location-based research projects

Topics covered:
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Students will study the courses below. MSc students will also complete a Masters dissertation.
• Sustainable Design and Development
• Urban Design Theory
• Urban Strategies and Design Case Studies
• Urban Design for Health and Wellbeing
• Urban Project

Students choose three courses from a selection of optional courses:
• African Cities
• Latin American Cities
• Planning Law and Development
• Landscape Science: Ecology
• History of Landscape Architecture
• Urban Conservation
• College of Humanities and Social Science Option (UoE)

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 requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

We offer a range of English language courses: http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm

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This is an advanced MSc course in the rapidly expanding area of mobile communications and networks. This course is concerned with the concepts, applications, design, development and deployment of mobile communication systems and networks. Read more
This is an advanced MSc course in the rapidly expanding area of mobile communications and networks. This course is concerned with the concepts, applications, design, development and deployment of mobile communication systems and networks. Students will develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the core skills in mobile communications and networks and use a significant range of principal and specialist skills, techniques and practices in the domain of mobile communications and networks. The course will provide a stream of graduates of a calibre capable of developing and implementing creative solutions to the problems encountered in mobile communication systems and networks.

This is a hardware-oriented course and is aimed directly at electrical engineering graduates.

Core Subject Areas
•Digital Signal Processing
•Digital Design
•Networks and Communications
•Research Methods Critical Analysis and Project Planning
•Principles of Mobile Communications
•RF Mobile Communication Systems
•Project Phase 1
•MSc Project
.Optional Subject Areas
•Software Engineering 2
•Network Applications
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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.

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This is a unique programme of study that addresses the growing need for professional education in digital technology applied to design, including its social, cultural and philosophical implications. Read more

Programme description

This is a unique programme of study that addresses the growing need for professional education in digital technology applied to design, including its social, cultural and philosophical implications.

Based in a lively studio environment, the programme develops wide skills in digital techniques and a critical framework to appraise the application of these technologies to design.

The programme addresses the needs of practitioners, managers, decision-makers and educators who want to be informed by first-hand knowledge of the technical possibilities of digital technology and an awareness of social, cultural and business contexts.

Programme structure

Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and studios. Projects encourage original thinking and independent achievement within a framework of team-working and creative ability.

Learning outcomes

Students will:

-acquire a broadly based foundation in design technologies
-develop their ability to work cooperatively in groups in the context of design
-develop understanding of the potential for new technologies and their new creative uses
-enable the use of existing digital design techniques in a creative way
-develop skills in entrepreneurial thinking and business planning
-find an analytical and critical framework to develop fresh thinking in design

Career opportunities

The prospects for employment are diverse. Recent graduates are now working in multimedia and web design for architectural and urban design practices, computer system design and management, and tertiary-level teaching. The programme is also ideal if you are considering continuing on to advanced research at a doctoral level.

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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art
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Jointly delivered by ESALA and the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University, this programme builds upon the expertise and knowledge developed in both institutions. Read more

Programme description

Jointly delivered by ESALA and the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University, this programme builds upon the expertise and knowledge developed in both institutions.

It employs current researchers with international research experience, links and interests, who deploy contemporary pedagogies in the programme’s delivery.

The programme encourages the adoption of a comprehensive approach towards the delivery of socially sustainable urban transformation, from local-specific to global-regional interventions. You will study the wide and diverse range of social, economic and political processes that determine the contemporary urban environment. You will also acquire the tools and skills to propose urban projects of diverse scales and specificities.

The programme is specifically focused on studying how urban design approaches respond to contemporary urban transformations, as often characterised by forms of urban restructuring in the global north, and rapid urban expansion in the global south.

The city of Edinburgh offers an urban laboratory for exploration of current urban design issues. The city’s historic ‘Geddesian’ planning links, and contemporary international links with urban-focused institutions and bodies, particularly in the global south, provide a good platform from which to support student-led, location-based dissertations.

The programme seeks to address the gap between architecturally driven urban design and higher-level, spatial planning-driven, urban design, bringing together a range of approaches relevant to urban design that are currently being developed within different professional and disciplinary practices, ranging from engineering to human geography.

Programme structure

You will study four compulsory courses at Heriot-Watt University, study one compulsory course and one option course at the University of Edinburgh and then complete your dissertation – the development of an urban project proposal. You may choose either African Cities or Latin American Cities, or from a wide range of other option courses.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities at local, national and international levels can be pursued in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, the voluntary urban aid sector, geography, or urban development. There is also the opportunity for further academic research to doctoral level.

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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art
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This programme is intended for students who seek advanced training in the history and theory of architecture. It provides methodological and conceptual tools essential for contemporary research and affords the opportunity for the in-depth study of a select topic in the history and theory of architecture. Read more

Programme description

This programme is intended for students who seek advanced training in the history and theory of architecture. It provides methodological and conceptual tools essential for contemporary research and affords the opportunity for the in-depth study of a select topic in the history and theory of architecture.

The programme will provide you with a firm basis in the methodological and theoretical paradigms of architectural history. Through a combination of coursework and supervised dissertation research with optional internships, you will acquire both a breadth of historical understanding and rigorous research practices.

Programme structure

This programme comprises two compulsory courses focused on methodology and four option courses, which draw on staff research expertise, followed by a 12,000–15,000 word supervised dissertation.

Additionally, you may enrol in courses offered by allied disciplines such as history of art, archaeology, architectural conservation, history, literature and others.

The flexible profile of the programme reflects the diversity of positions within the fields of architectural history and theory, making it suitable for students from a broad range of backgrounds and with a variety of interests and career objectives.

Learning outcomes

The MSc Architectural History and Theory seeks to provide the following core learning outcomes:

-Critical understanding of both contemporary debates and scholarly traditions within the history and theory of architecture.
-Advanced methodological training in architectural research.
-Acquisition of rigorous research skills and practices.
-In-depth knowledge of a sub-field of architectural history or theory.
-Ability to relate architectural research to interdisciplinary fields of inquiry.

Career opportunities

The programmes provides preparation for doctoral research, work in industries that document and interpret the built environment, work in museums and conservation agencies or journalism/media

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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art
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This programme is intended for students who seek training in the history, theory and practices associated with cultural landscapes. Read more

Programme description

This programme is intended for students who seek training in the history, theory and practices associated with cultural landscapes.

It provides methodological and conceptual tools essential for contemporary research and affords the opportunity for the in-depth study of a theme that characterises contemporary landscape research and practice.

The programme provides students with a strong historical and methodological framework for studying historic and contemporary cultural landscapes. Through a combination of coursework, fieldwork projects and supervised project/dissertation research, students will acquire both a breadth of historical understanding and rigorous research practices.

It is transdisciplinary in its approach, taking into account histories and approaches drawn primarily from architecture and contemporary art theory and practice, but the programme also engages with other arts-based and social science disciplines, including cultural geography, the history of art, visual and material culture, literature, digital design and media, anthropology and archaeology.

Programme structure

This programme is structured around three compulsory courses, two thematic courses, one option course, and either a supervised dissertation of 15,000 words, or a 10,000-word project proposal with an associated research portfolio.

The range of thematic pathways and option courses available is determined by key areas of staff research in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and is designed to change according to course availability.

Learning outcomes

The MSc in Cultural Landscapes seeks to provide the following core learning outcomes:

-Critical understandings of historic, contemporary as well as emerging debates and practices around the theme of landscape.
-Advanced methodological training in cultural landscape research.
-Acquisition of rigorous research skills and practices.
-In-depth knowledge of a sub-field of landscape history and theory.
-Ability to apply landscape research to multiple areas of inquiry.

Career opportunities

This degree provides preparation for work in industries including heritage management, planning departments, and conservation policy, as well as deepening historical, theoretical and methodological engagement with landscape for those with established public and site-specific art practices. It also prepares students for doctoral-level research.

Fees and costs

Additional programme costs (APCs) are used by programmes in Edinburgh College of Art to cover associated costs such as: basic consumables; equipment purchase, hire and maintenance; computing hardware and software; field trip and excursion expenses; and programme specific events. More detail will be available in programme handbooks.

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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art
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Programme description. We live in a material world, materials form the spaces in which we live and the objects that we use. Materials create and, unfortunately, may destroy the environments that we inhabit. Read more

Programme description

We live in a material world, materials form the spaces in which we live and the objects that we use. Materials create and, unfortunately, may destroy the environments that we inhabit. Even in an increasing digital age in which the global economy and market continues to expand, the physical nature of materials is always present but it changes and is subject to contextual particularities, such as traditional practices, availability of resource and skills, emerging materials and technologies such as digital fabrication.

The programme focuses on process; the direct experience of using and making with materials; how materials are used in creative works, design and production; how new opportunities and ideas may evolve through reflective practice.

The programme employs a cross disciplinary approach and uses the workshops and expertise across Edinburgh College of Art. You will work with many materials including glass, textiles, metals, timber and concrete. You will also access and use various methods of digital fabrication such as additive manufacture and CNC routing and laser cutting.

The programme addresses directly important contemporary issues of economy, inclusion and sustainability, through the practical, collaborative and individual projects.

The programme is available to students from a variety of design and creative material practice, art, design, craft, and architecture backgrounds and from more traditional technologically based disciplines, such as engineering, looking to expand their skills and understanding in both material techniques and collaborative practice.

Programme structure

The programme is largely workshop- and studio-based. You will gain experience and expertise from a variety of tutors, support staff and technicians.

Periods will be spent in different workshops of the ECA, to explore materials and technique including: metals, glass, textiles and architecture.

As you progress through the programme you will acquire both skills and understanding of various materials, apply these in a series of projects that consider contemporary issues, culminating in a self-directed project, developed from your own experience.

Learning outcomes

The MSc in Material Practice seeks to provide core learning outcomes:

To understand and develop further skills in materials technique and processes

To explore and develop cross disciplinary design and creative practice

To understand the evolving nature of material practice and digital fabrication

To understand explore contemporary issues and themes through material investigations

To formulate and undertake cross-disciplinary research in materials and material practice

Career opportunities

Graduates can direct their career, having furthered their skills, explored and developed cross disciplinary design and creative practice and explored contemporary issues and themes.

Opportunities exist with the many and various cross-disciplinary practices that operate in design professions such as product design, architecture and art practice.

The programme will also help those that wish to develop their own practice as fabricators or design/contractors.



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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art
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This programme helps you conceive, refine and explain sustainable strategies in the built environment. The programme is scenario based, delivered in a series of studio projects supplemented with workshops and seminars on aspects of sustainable design. Read more

Programme description

This programme helps you conceive, refine and explain sustainable strategies in the built environment.

The programme is scenario based, delivered in a series of studio projects supplemented with workshops and seminars on aspects of sustainable design. There is an opportunity to study environmental simulation techniques and discover how these can influence wider issues in the built environment.

We address the complex relationship of design to contemporary sustainable agendas and engage in cultural and professional debates that increasingly influence the production of architecture.

This programme is affiliated with the University’s Global Environment & Society Academy.

Programme structure

You complete your studies in one year.

The first semester is a combination of seminars and workshops on the theoretical underpinnings of sustainable design. Alongside this are a series of design projects at the scales of both settlement and building systems.

The second semester offers an immersive design project that allows you to form your own building programmes and test them in real contexts. You conclude your studies with a comprehensive dissertation research project based around your own interests.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of this programme will have:

-knowledge of the social, economic and legislative forces that are driving contemporary, sustainable agendas, and understanding of such agendas in relation to architectural cultures
-an ability to critically assess sustainability as a cultural, economic and environmental phenomenon
-the ability to interrogate site, programme and context in relation to the production of sustainable construction, engineering and architectural strategies
-the acquisition of trans-disciplinary skills in articulation of sustainable strategies in related industry sectors

Career Opportunities

As the call for a more sustainable built environment increases, architects, designers, engineers and planners who can produce solutions are in demand. With this qualification you’ll be best placed to embrace these opportunities and advance your career.

Even if you follow an unrelated path, the experience and skill development in communication, team work and project management that you’ll gain from the programme will be a valuable addition to your resume.

Our graduates work in specialist sustainable design consultancies, and design practice. Many of our students choose to continue their academic development through PhD study.

Fees and costs

Additional programme costs (APCs) are used by programmes in Edinburgh College of Art to cover associated costs such as: basic consumables; equipment purchase, hire and maintenance; computing hardware and software; field trip and excursion expenses; and programme specific events. More detail will be available in programme handbooks.

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University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences
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Food production has tripled in the last forty years, but one billion people still go hungry every year. On average 30% of all food produced is wasted in the pathway from ‘field to fork’. Read more

Programme description

Food production has tripled in the last forty years, but one billion people still go hungry every year. On average 30% of all food produced is wasted in the pathway from ‘field to fork’. With the global human population set to rise from seven to over nine billion by 2050, we urgently need sustainable solutions that will allow us to increase the global food supply while preserving the integrity of agricultural and non-agricultural ecosystems.

Our trees and forests face new plant health threats which in turn threaten areas of great natural beauty and diversity, and affect both rural and urban landscapes. Our unique MSc Sustainable Plant Health will give you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the vital role of plant health, applying your skills by conducting laboratory and field studies.

This programme is primarily aimed at graduates wishing to pursue a career in plant protection in agriculture, horticulture, forestry or urban settings, and also careers in policy development and implementation, plant health inspection, academic and industrial research, consultancy and conservation management, and private industry.

Programme structure

This 12 month programme involves two semesters of classes followed by an individual research project. Students will take 80 credits of compulsory courses, with the opportunity to choose two optional courses. Field trips will also form a crucial part of this course.

Compulsory courses typically will be*:

Fundamentals of Plant Health
Forensic Plant Health
Plant Health in a Global Context
Research Skills and Field Trip
Dissertation

Option courses may include* (select two):

Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
Ecosystem Services 1: Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
Foundations in Ecological Economics
Frameworks to Assess Food Security
Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
Principles of Environmental Sustainability
Soil Ecology and Taxonomy
Soil Protection and Management
Applications in Ecological Economics
Case Studies in Sustainable Development
Ecosystem Services 2: Ecosystem Values and Management
Environmental Impact Assessment
Forests and Environment
Integrated Resource Planning
Interrelationships in Food Systems
Land Use/Environmental Interactions
Soil Science Concepts and Application
Sustainability of Food Production
Understanding Environment and Development

*Please note: courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change each year.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course our graduates will have gained:
•Specialist knowledge and understanding of plant health, and its evaluation, impact and management
•Skills to detect and identify agents detrimental to plant health
•An understanding of the nature and diversity of plant health interactions
•The ability to develop strategies for plant health management taking into account their impact on agricultural and non-agricultural ecosystems
•Knowledge of the relevance of plant health to sustainability and food security
•Improved analytical skills and critical thinking

Career opportunities

Plant health scientists are employed in a range of vocations: environmental consultancy, research, overseas development, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, urban planning, policy development, plant inspection and management. Long term career prospects are strong as agricultural scientists will continue to be needed to balance increased output with protection and preservation of ecosystems.

Our graduates will gain particularly valuable skills due to our programme's unique approach looking at impacts across ecosystems. They also benefit from the applied nature of the course allowing them to use their practical skills in a range of field trip environments with expert supervision.

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Planning guides the future development and use of land. It is about where development should happen, where it should not and how it affects the quality of our surroundings. Read more
Planning guides the future development and use of land. It is about where development should happen, where it should not and how it affects the quality of our surroundings. Planning strives to design and deliver equitable, inclusive and sustainable communities where people can live, work and enjoy their leisure time. This involves promoting and facilitating development while protecting and enhancing the natural and built environment.

The Urban and Regional Planning programme is designed to equip students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to work as a professional planner. Students will develop the ability to ask the right questions and find creative solutions to the challenges facing communities and the built environment.

About the programme

The programme has been structured around three core project-based courses:

• The Strategic Spatial Vision Project: develop advanced understanding of, and skills in, the preparation and evaluation of spatial visions and strategies and competence in the professional skills of analysis, evaluation and prescription of policy in an urban context

• Governance, Participation and Community Planning: develop experience and understanding of community participation and engagement, and develop the soft skills of partnership working, through a practical exercise in a local community

• Sustainable Design and Development: develop a critical understanding of the complexity of urban design principles and practice, including sustainability issues and of the development process, incorporating evaluating the financial implications of development and the factors influencing the development decision.

These projects are supported by core taught courses:
• Spatial Planning
• Planning Theories
• Environmental Planning
• Social Sustainability
• Optional course

For more information on the programme content, including course descriptions, please visit: http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-urban-and-regional-planning/

Professional recognition

The MSc gives full exemption from all the educational requirements of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Flexible study options

The MSc in Urban & Regional Planning is available full-time and part-time at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh campus, or via flexible online Independent Distance Learning (IDL). Study via IDL is ideal for students in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. IDL students graduate with the same degree as students who undertake the programme on campus.

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 requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

We offer a range of English language courses: http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm

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Modern civil engineering professionals often require an extensive understanding of construction management due to the strategic benefits it can bring to both individuals and project teams. Read more

Overview

Modern civil engineering professionals often require an extensive understanding of construction management due to the strategic benefits it can bring to both individuals and project teams.

As the industry becomes more competitive, organisations and their clients are increasingly demanding the combined time, cost and quality assurances that good project management practice provides. Furthermore, the industry now recognises that there is a need for engineers to gain specialist technical knowledge which compliments their academic and professional background.

These observations form the basis of the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Engineering and Construction Management (See http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-civil-engineering-and-construction-management/ ); an essential core of construction management material augmented by a broad range of specialist civil engineering options.

Our students and graduates

Our students are recruited mainly from the civil engineering profession and are typically looking to broaden their knowledge base, extend their technical expertise or gain further learning to meet the needs of the professional institutions. Applicants from other backgrounds planning to develop a career in civil engineering and construction management will also be considered. Graduates of this programme are much sought after by employers, working in areas such as transport, water and wastewater engineering and the energy sector.

The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE)

This programme is delivered by Heriot Watt University’s Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (http://www.sbe.hw.ac.uk/research/institute-infrastructure-environment.htm) . As a Civil Engineering and Construction Management postgraduate student you will be part of the Institute’s Graduate School, connecting you with staff, research associates and fellow students engaging in cutting-edge research in areas such as water management, ultra-speed railways, construction materials, geomechanics and more.

Professional Recognition

This MSc degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See http://www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Industry links

This programme is supported by our Civil Engineering Industry Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from major multi-national employers AECOM, Arup, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Halcrow, Jacobs and WSP Group. This committee convenes regularly and advises on the programme content and structure, ensuring quality, up-to-date content and relevance to industry needs.

Teaching and research excellence

Our teaching staff is engaged in a wide range of research within the field of civil engineering and construction management, with at least 90% of our overall research activity in General Engineering confirmed as world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF) of 2014. Our track record in teaching civil engineering is strong, with our undergraduate programme ranked 1st in Scotland in the 2014 National Student Survey. Over half of our teaching staff are chartered engineers.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt is one of the UK’s leading universities, and Scotland’s most international. Find out more about Heriot-Watt University’s reputation, rankings and international profile http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/reputation/key-facts.htm .

Programme content

The MSc / Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Engineering and Construction Management provides students with a combination of courses designed to improve their knowledge and understanding of advanced civil engineering and modern construction management theory and practice. The programme structure consists of four mandatory construction management courses (CM) which all students must complete. Students must also choose four civil engineering courses (CE) from a list of specialist topics as detailed below. MSc students also complete two research projects.

Course Choice Semester 1
· Project Management: Theory & Practice (CM) - Mandatory
· Value & Risk Management (CM) – Mandatory
· Indeterminate Structures (CE) - Optional
· Sustainability in Civil Engineering (CE) - Optional
· Ground Engineering (CE) - Optional
· Environmental Geotechnics (CE) - Optional

Course Choice Semester 2
· Project Management: Strategic Issues (CM) – Mandatory
· Construction Financial Management (CM) – Mandatory
· Safety, Risk & Reliability (CE) - Optional
· Foundation Engineering (CE) - Optional
· Water and Waste Water Treatment (CE) - Optional
· Urban Drainage Design and Analysis (CE) - Optional
· Earthquake Engineering (CE) - Optional

Find out more about programme content here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-civil-engineering-and-construction-management/

Career opportunities

This programme uses experience from an internally recognised postgraduate qualification, (MSc Construction Management from Heriot-Watt University) and combines it with the high profile Heriot-Watt University Civil Engineering Postgraduate Programme to provide an internationally acclaimed Masters programme.

Recent graduates have been employed by a variety of national and international employers.

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 (See http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm ) to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Find information on Fees and Scholarships here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-civil-engineering-and-construction-management/

Scholarships available

We have a number of fully funded Scottish Funding Council (SFC) scholarships available for students resident in Scotland applying for Civil Engineering and Construction Management. Find out more about this scholarship and how to apply http://www.hw.ac.uk/student-life/scholarships/postgraduate-funded-places.htm .

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Building Services Engineers design strategies 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.

Our Building Services Engineering Programme considers low carbon building design, passive and active strategies for efficiency and wellbeing, and the integration of renewable energy systems into buildings. It deals with services engineering issues, building the multidisciplinary skills required to cope with the challenges in services design and implementation which will be experienced in the working environment. As a conversion course, it provides students with the best foundation for launching or accelerating a career as a Building Services Engineer, or technical sustainability consultant. These are critical roles in interdisciplinary design teams, and as a consequence rank among the highest paid built environment professionals with rapid career advancement opportunities.

The scope of our programme has unprecedented flexibility inbuilt, to allow you to focus on areas of particular interest to you, and your career development, through your individual course choices.

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.

Flexible Study Options

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 or other events at any of Heriot-Watt University’s campuses, and you can also arrange to sit examinations in a location close to you.

Those who are close to our Dubai Campus will, in addition, benefit from our local support in the form of dissertation supervision and access to licensed software programmes and subscribed literatures, depending on availability.

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

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