Building Services Engineering

Heriot-Watt University

M.Sc. Online
30 months
1400 GBP/module
1400 GBP/module
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The Building Services Engineering programme at Heriot-Watt University considers low carbon building design and the integration of renewable energy systems into buildings. 


It deals with services engineering issues, building the skills required to cope with modern construction challenges. As a conversion course, it gives a solid foundation for converting into, or accelerating, a career as a Building Services Engineer, or Technical Sustainability Consultant.

This flexible  Building Services Engineering programme at Heriot-Watt University  is aimed at graduates or experienced construction professionals with a wide range of backgrounds in addition to Engineering, such as Project Management, Architecture, the Sciences or Mathematics. Courses are taught by experts in their fields ensuring that content reflects cutting-edge knowledge in the industry. Our active Industry Advisory Panel (including the last two CIBSE Chairs) also includes senior construction professionals from local and global consultants and contractors who help us keep the programme at the cutting edge, and relevant for challenges that lie ahead.


There is an increasing need for construction professionals who understand the need to mitigate against future carbon emissions, and to adapt to future climate threats and predictions: Building Services Engineers are the main provider of these initiatives in the team.

They are the professionals who understand design lifecycles and who can make appropriate material and design decisions which meet the needs of building users now, but also preserve resources for future generations, are sought in every industry sector. The ability to save money, improve sustainability and lower organisational impact is critical.


Our MSc Building Services Engineering has been accredited by Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design of Low Carbon Buildings 
  • Foundations of Energy 
  • Climate Change, Sustainability, and Adaptation 
  • Ventilation and Air Conditioning 
  • Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings 
  • Building Electrical and Lighting Services 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines





Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. 
  • Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1400 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1400 GBP per module and a duration of 30 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1400 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1400 GBP per module and a duration of 30 months.

Students pay £1400 per course and £1800 for the Dissertation.


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