Building Services Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #312 (QS) , | Online
The Building Services Engineering course from Heriot-Watt University is flexible and aimed at graduates with engineering degrees or a background in construction. Courses are taught by experts in their fields, making sure that teaching content reflects cutting-edge knowledge in the industry. 


Our School has been providing industry-leading, research-based Masters conversion courses in the Built Environment sector since 1984. The continuous accreditation legacy and a strong Industry Advisory Panel gives us a unique advantage when it comes to producing graduates that excel in facing the complex challenges that face the modern Built Environment professional. The Ms in Building Services Engineering is taught at Heriot-Watt University.

We have two Masters Programmes that allow students to follow one of two distinct but complimentary paths: Building Services Engineering and Sustainable Building Design.

For those with an engineering, physics or maths background, the Building Services Engineering path will provide the technical knowledge and services design skill development to transfer into this field or to accelerate an existing career.

For those students from a more general design-based background, the Sustainable Building Design path will enhance your existing architecture or design skills with specialist technical knowledge, equipping you with multidisciplinary understanding, and developing your confidence in combine architecture and technology to deliver sustainable design.


There is an increasing need for architects, engineers, facilities managers, quantity surveyors and other construction professionals who understand the need to mitigate against future carbon emissions, and to adapt to future climate threats and predictions.

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 as a further learning programme at the postgraduate level to meet the academic requirement for Chartered Engineers (CEng, UK) by both the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI) and also for Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv UK) by the Energy Institute.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Building Electrical and Lighting Services (mandatory)
  • Ventilation and Air Conditioning (mandatory)
  • Contracts and Procurement (optional)
  • Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings (optional)
  • Sustainable Design and Development (optional)
  • Climate Change, Sustainability & Adaptation (optional)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • January (DL only) 

    There is no official deadline for postgraduate applications,we accept them right up until the beginning of term.

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

For MSc level entry applicants must have:

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

For PG Diploma level entry applicants must have:

  • Third class honours degree in a cognate or semi-cognate subject area PLUS 2 years of relevant experience at an appropriate level completed post qualification.
  • Cognate or semi-cognate ordinary degree PLUS 3-4 years of relevant experience at an appropriate level following graduation.
  • Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements or have no formal academic qualifications will be considered individually based on their CV and interview. Admission via this route will be at the discretion of the Director of Admissions and the number of successful applicants will be restricted.

There is no entry at PG Certificate level except through exceptional agreement with approved learning partners.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14080 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14080 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Part-time and online:
  • Scotland/Non-UK EU: £2,600 (part-time); £1185(online)
  • England/Northern Ireland / Wales: £2,600; £1185(online)
  • Overseas: £7,040; £1185(online)

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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