Taught course

Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation

Heriot-Watt University · School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree in a suitable subject with a numerate background. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be considered. Applicants for whom English is not their first language and who do not already hold a degree in which the teaching was in English must satisfy the university minimum requirements for competence in English - IELTS at 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a specialist Electrical Engineering programme. Electrical energy networks and the methods by which electrical energy is generated are changing. Generating resources are being connected to the distribution network rather than the transmission network. These distributed resources include renewables and conventional thermal plant. The techniques used to generate electrical power are also changing. This includes increased renewable generation, primarily from wind resources, and embedded generation which includes co-generating (thermal and electrical) plant. The integration of distributed generation within existing networks causes particular problems in the control of power flow, power quality and protection. Also exploiting renewable resources requires novel and innovative engineering.

This programme is concerned with the concepts, applications, design, development and deployment of renewable generation and distributed electrical systems. It aims to enable students to acquire detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the core skills in renewable and distributed generation of electrical energy. Building on these, students will then develop and use a significant range of principal and specialist skills, techniques and practices in both renewable generation and distributed electrical energy systems, and apply this knowledge directly to complex applications.

Information for international students

Heriot Watt can provide summer courses in English as a foreign language and further information is available from the EPS Graduate School office.

Fees and funding

Scottish Funding Council has made available 20 scholarships covering fees only to students with Scottish backgrounds. These will be spread over all our Energy based MSc programmes. There is no separate application process for this. If you are eligible, you will be considered automatically. You will be notified through the summer if you have been selected.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations37
Written coursework / continuous assessment13

Course contact details

Barbara Kerr
0131 451 3023
0131 451 3136