Taught course

Renewable Energy Development (RED)

Institution
Heriot-Watt University · School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
Qualifications
MScPGDip

Entry requirements

For MSc level entry, students must hold a good degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. life sciences, engineering, environmental studies, business studies, surveying) from a UK or Overseas University. In addition to the academic qualifications, motivation, work experience and personality are taken into consideration.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MSc in Renewable Energy Development (RED) is delivered by the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) at our Orkney Campus. It has been designed around three key drivers of renewable energy development: policy and economics; technology; and the environment. The programme is designed to specifically address these key drivers of renewable energy development in the UK and abroad.

The RED programme aims to give its graduates cross-cutting skills in the renewables sector. The programme addresses the needs of renewable energy developers as they seek to maximise economic benefits whilst grappling with challenges of overcoming regulatory and environmental issues, and securing finance. Teaching is reinforced with project work where emphasis is placed on simulating real working situations.

The RED programme maintains strong links with industry and regulators involved in the sector to ensure its relevance to the demands of renewables employers.

The programme is based on 8 core courses and a dissertation. Subjects include:

  • Energy in the 21st Century,
  • Economics of renewable energy
  • Environmental Policy & Risk
  • Environmental Processes
  • Renewable Technology I: Generation
  • Renewable Technology II: Integration
  • Development and Project Appraisal for Renewable Energy.

Information for international students

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:

Fees and funding

UK students
Please refer to the website
International students
Please refer to the website

Scottish Funding Council (SFC) funding available for Scottish students for MSc Renewable Energy Development. This funding is available for on-campus study only.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
24-84 months

PGDip

full time
9 months
part time
21 months
distance learning
24-84 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Dissertation40 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Ms Pearl-Jane Dewar
Email
icitmsc@hw.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1856 850 605
Fax
+44 (0) 1856 851 349