Taught course

Carbon and Energy Management

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

Entry requirements

Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For PG conversion programmes, non-cognate degrees will be considered. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Carbon and Energy Management is designed to equip students with the skills and techniques needed to reduce built environment carbon emissions, to improve sustainability and to adapt to a changing climate. The overall aim of the programme is to develop graduates who understand how decisions regarding building design, construction and operations affect carbon dioxide emissions for new and existing buildings.

The programme focuses extensively on lifecycle issues relating to energy, carbon and monetary

cost of projects and considers longevity, maintenance, energy use, carbon emissions, value and performance. Issues of climate change and sustainability will be discussed alongside elements of design, performance, behaviour, policy and legislation.

Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design

This programme is delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. This is one of four such Centres established at UK universities that jointly form a national network to demonstrate and exchange best practice in teaching and research for the sustainable built environment.

Information for international students

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.

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

Dr Gillian Menzies
+44 (0)131 451 4663
+44 (0)131 451 4617