Taught course

Smart Grid and Demand Management

Heriot-Watt University · School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are a good Honours degree (2.i) in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics, or a closely related subject. Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. Alternative backgrounds, such as vocational training complemented with sufficient relevant industrial experience and continued professional development will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Smart Grid Demand Management has been designed to progress students with an Electrical or Mechanical Engineering background to an expert in the understanding of a smart grid. By following a carefully selected set of courses covering energy resources (fossil and renewable), conversion technologies, electrical power generation, energy storage technologies, demand management, and energy economics. Graduates of this programme will be confident in all aspects of this subject. With a clear focus on smart Grid and Demand Management the programme provides;

  • Knowledge and understanding of advanced scientific and mathematical principles relevant to the understanding, analysis and modelling of a smart grid.
  • An understanding of fundamental facts, concepts, and technologies for demand management and energy storage.
  • Knowledge and skill to apply engineering principles to design a system, component or process
  • An ability to undertake independent research.
  • Professional attitudes to implementation of safety and concepts embodied by sustainability.
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • Familiarity with the application of relevant computer tools to the profession.

All aspects of the smart grid are integrated in a dedicated smart grid modelling course, which provides the mathematical and computational skills to model a smart grid. This course is unique to this programme and will give graduates the skills they need to enhance their career prospects.

Information for international students

We will need to see evidence of your English language ability. If your first degree was taught in English a letter from them confirming this will be sufficient. Otherwise the minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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This programme has been selected to support the skills demand in Scotland's key economic growth areas. A number of full fee bursaries are available to applicants permanently resident in Scotland. Download an application form and submit to scholarships@hw.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Barbara Kerr
+44(0)131 451 3023