Taught course

Engineering Psychology with Ergonomics

Heriot-Watt University · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

For MSc level entry, students must hold: A good (minimum 2:2) honours degree in a relevant discipline and/or Full membership of a relevant professional institution and/or Equivalent UK/overseas qualifications which may be considered on an individual basis

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Engineering Psychology with Ergonomics programme exposes students to the established field of study which operates at this important interface, equipping you with state of the art knowledge and actionable methods to enable a significant contribution to be made to complex real-world problems. The objective of the programme is to consider the human in systems from a physical, cognitive and organisational perspective. A key feature is the strong relationship between theory and practice. Engineering Psychology is an applied science and the programme reflects an insistent focus on converting theoretical knowledge on human capabilities and limitations into actionable, credible means of assessment to inform design and best practice in a wide variety of domains.

It is suitable for applicants from engineering and/or human science backgrounds, and particularly relevant to professionals in various fields who wish to convert their previous experience into a set of career enhancing competencies. The programme comprises six mandatory courses relating to human performance in physical, cognitive and organisational settings, of which, two courses cover methods and techniques, and one integrates knowledge gained via analysis of significant case studies. Students are then able to select two further elective courses drawing from a considerable body of Cross-School expertise.

Information for international students

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
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


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


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


full time
6 months
part time
18 months
distance learning
18-84 months

Course contact details

Dr Terry Lansdown
+44 (0)131 451 8246
+44 (0)131 451 3009