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MSc/Dip Carbon and Energy Management

Course Description

Programme Background

Climate change has been billed as the most severe problem we are facing today. Average global temperatures have increased by 0.74°C in the last 100 years. Global temperatures are set to rise by a further 1.1°C in a low emissions scenario, and by 2.4°C in a high emissions scenario, by the end of the century. The cause of climate change is the increase in greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere, caused mainly by fossil fuel consumption. It is necessary to cut GHG emissions by 50% or more in order to stabilise global concentrations by 2100.

The biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions is the built environment, accounting for up to 50% of global carbon dioxide emissions. The Carbon and Energy Management programme is designed to develop the skills needed to reduce built environment carbon emissions; to improve sustainability; and to adapt to a changing climate.

Programme Objectives

The overall aim of the programme is to generate graduates who understand how decisions made regarding building construction and operations affect carbon dioxide emissions. Construction professionals need to be able to communicate effectively with clients, investors, and others within the construction industry, and be capable of articulating how decisions made from design conception through construction and occupation to building renovation and demolition affect the carbon footprint of the built environment.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of eight mandatory taught courses (15 credits each), to complete a Post Graduate Diploma. MSc students must also complete a research dissertation (60 credits). students registered on the Diploma programme have the option of transferring to MSc, subject to satisfactory taught course performance.

The eight taught courses include:

• Climate Change, Sustainability and Adaptation.
• Low Carbon Buildings
• Human Factors
• Spatial Planning.
• Energy Systems and Buildings.
• Environmental and Energy Economics
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Carbon Footprinting

Professional Recognition

The Carbon and Energy Management programme has been granted Chartered Energy Manager accreditation by the Energy Institute (EI).
. The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design within the School has excellent industry links, and an industrial panel which serves to inform and guide teaching and learning activities. Staff within the discipline are actively engaged in a variety of research projects relating to building design, specification, management and operation. A number of site visits and industry case studies are used throughout the 8 taught courses.

Graduate Opportunities

There is an increasing need for architects, engineers, facilities managers, quantity surveyors and other construction professionals who understand the need to mitigate against future carbon emissions, and to adapt to future climate threats and predictions. Professionals who understand design lifecycles and who can make appropriate material and design decisions which meet the needs of building users now, but also preserve resources for future generations, are sought in every industry sector. The ability to save money, improve sustainability and lower organisational impact is critical.

Visit the MSc/Dip Carbon and Energy Management page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

2:2 or suitable professional qualification and experience. 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 to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme. Please note that independent distance learning students who access their studies online will be expected to have access to a PC/laptop and internet.

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