Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation, M.Sc.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language

About

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.

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.

Programme Structure

  • Foundations of Energy
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Research Methods Critical Analysis and Project Planning
  • Distributed Generation
  • Project Phase 1
  • Renewable Generation and Conversion
  • Demand Management and Energy Storage
  • MSc Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements

  • A first or second class honours degree in a suitable subject with a numerate background. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17570 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17570 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5200 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships & bursaries
  • Alumni Scholarship Scheme
    Heriot-Watt Alumni
  • Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries
    Applicants must be Scottish by birth, have at least one parent born in Scotland or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.
  • Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
    International (Commonwealth citizens)
  • Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
    Commonwealth citizens
  • East Lothian Educational Trust
    Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)
  • Erasmus Mundus (EPS)
    EU and non-EU
  • Institute of Engineering and Technology: Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (EPS)
  • International Scholarships Programme (EPS)
    Non UK/EU applicants
  • Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
    Restricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.
  • Local Education Authority Awards
    Various
  • Mexican Scholarships
    Mexican applicants
  • Music Scholarships
    All students
  • Panasonic Trust Fellowships (EPS)
    Selected courses only
  • Part-time Fee Grant (SAAS)
    See SAAS residence conditions.
  • Postgraduate Student Allowance Scheme (SAAS)
    EU and UK applicants who meet the SAAS criteria on eligible courses
  • Remission of Fees (families of staff)
    Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University
  • Royal Caledonian Schools Trust
    Applicants must be of Scots parentage (conditions apply - see below)
  • Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
    Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)
  • Sports Scholarships
    All students
  • Staff Scholarships
    Employees of Heriot-Watt University
  • The Consumer Affairs UK Scholarship Programme
    All currently enrolled students
  • West Lothian Educational Trust
    Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.

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