Research course

Energy; Energy Engineering; Energy Technology; Energy and the Environment

University of the Highlands and Islands · Science, Health and Engineering

Entry requirements

Normally First class or 2:1 honours degree from UK university or equivalent, or approved research experience. We may also consider others with a master’s degree. Other requirements may be in place such as evidence of your spoken and written English with IELTS minimum scoring of 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Energy is a key research theme for the University of the Highlands and Islands, and we are building a reputation for excellence in research across a range of energy topics critical to the future economic development of the Highlands and Islands region and also to the long-term sustainability of the economy of the whole of Scotland.

The university is uniquely placed to make an important contribution to global research into new energy sources. Located in an environment that boasts internationally important landscapes and seascapes, and can be considered the primary European geography for renewable energy developments. The university has world-class facilities and multi-disciplinary research teams who are focusing on, and providing solutions to, the big energy challenges of our time. Our research teams have a special depth of understanding of the key issues surrounding the interface between energy generation and natural environments; be they marine, coastal or terrestrial.

This programme provides an opportunity for prospective students to obtain a Research or PhD qualification either on a full-time or part-time basis in the areas of energy engineering; energy technology and energy and the environment.

See our Energy Centres, the Energy Team, Key projects, Consultancy, Resource Assessment and more here

Our REF results are available here

Information for international students

UHI is emphatically a student-centred institution where research departments and support services ensure that international students are well integrated academically and socially. International students must have IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.
International students
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.

Either by application for Research Council studentships and internally-funded studentships or self-funding.

Please see the University Funding web site here

For fee information please see this web page

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Information Line
0845 272 3600