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This course combines engineering and business studies and is offered by the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences but includes contributions from all Engineering disciplines represented at Heriot-Watt and from the Edinburgh Business School (EBS).
Energy – based on fossil fuels and, increasingly, renewables – is an essential component of our existence. The cost, availability and efficient utilisation of energy are increasingly strong focal points in the strategies of governments world-wide, as they realise that the 'raw material' for most of the energy used today has a finite life.
Of even greater concern is the probability that the products of the inefficient or profligate use of fossil fuels could make the earth uninhabitable in the longer term, and create havoc in parts of our balanced ecosystem in the medium term.
The implications of the above have both national and international significance. The latter point is recognised by the Kyoto Agreement on CO2 emissions and similar actions, such as the Montreal Protocol, a damage-limitation exercise with respect to the ozone layer. Nationally, countries which ratify these treaties, or impose self-regulation on energy use, can put their economies at a disadvantage. In order for personnel in companies to overcome the impact on the competitiveness of business, and the economy as a whole, of limitations on CO2 emissions and pressures to introduce 'sustainability' into each process and product, a marriage of technical and business skills is needed. It is the aim of FLAME to broker this marriage by providing a balanced, integrated course which will equip the participant with the tools needed to influence positively his/her organisation in to developing new business strategies relevant to 'energy', or in reacting to the growing portfolio of environmental legislation.
Supported by industrial suppliers and users of energy, who are committed to an ethical environmental policy, FLAME is based upon sets of taught modules covering the areas of business and management from the Edinburgh Business School, and specialist engineering topics. An optional project and dissertation in an engineering subject, which might be a company-specified topic or one selected by the participant, is also available. Modules on offer include several which address subjects which will allow participants to break new ground in their relationship with emerging technologies and associated business strategies needed to exploit these fully. The emphasis will of course be on implications for energy, but the module content will have much wider uses.
1 year, with flexibility allowing longer part time/distance learning participation, typically over 2 or 3 years.
The course contains two compulsory modules:
Foundations of Energy
This module is designed to give students an overview over all aspects of energy, from the resources and their extraction to energy use, as well as energy within the environmental, social and economic context.
Technology Futures and Business Strategy
This module is designed to give all students an understanding of the inter-relationships between energy, technology and business. It includes methodologies of technological forecasting, relevant technological developments, technology transfer and integration into business plans. It covers theoretical and practical aspects of the industrial and business drivers, strategic competitive implications for companies, and issues of strategic and cultural change, as well as ethics and environmental issues.
A range of modules is available which allows students to specialise in a particular area or to gain an insight into a range of technologies. Students will choose up to eight modules which are available in the following subject areas.
This includes modules on Oil & Gas Field Appraisal and Oil & Gas Field Development and Renewable Energy Technologies.
Power Generation and Transmission
The modules High Voltage and Electrical Power Systems cover the efficient transmission, distribution and utilisation of electricity.
Modules include Fluid Dynamics with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Heat Exchanger Technology and Process Intensification. Process Intensification (PI) covers concepts such as compact heat exchangers and 'the laboratory on a chip', together with implications of PI for whole plant design.
Energy in Buildings
A substantial amount of energy is used in the provision of building services, including heating, ventilating and air-conditioning. Modules on Energy Management, Advanced Energy Management, and Air Conditioning cover: energy management systems, energy auditing, heat transfer and ventilation, and the environmental impact of building energy use.
Environmental Issues and Reliability
Modules include Systems Reliability, Fire Safety Engineering, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Environmental Policy, Legislation & Administration.
Up to four business modules can be chosen from the portfolio of the MBA programme of the Edinburgh Business School.
The behaviour of the macroeconomic environment affects all organisations through changes in consumer demand, interest rates, exchange rates and asset values, and at the industry level the type of competition confronting companies dictates profitability and growth prospects. An understanding of economics is fundamental to determining the basis of competitive advantage.
Notions such as product positioning and product life cycles form the basis for developing marketing strategies. No company can survive in a fast changing world without understanding and exploiting its competitive advantage.
The selection among competing investment alternatives in the context of an uncertain and risky future is a constant problem; there are specific tools and techniques which can be brought to bear on this type of decision making. It is essential that managers have a grasp of these financial ideas.
The ability to interpret a profit and loss account is a core management skill; what is more problematical is to identify the costs involved in producing a variety of outputs. If you do not know what something costs it is impossible to price it properly in the market place.
Management is primarily concerned with people and understanding how people interact and operate within organisations. Without this understanding it is impossible to manage resources effectively.
A wide range of project options is available, ranging from a short (two-module) individual Energy Analysis through an individual or group project (both four modules), to a substantial dissertation (eight modules). Full-time students are required to take a project option to a minimum of four modules. Students are encouraged to carry out projects within industry.
The course is of relevance to those in a variety of industrial sectors (e.g. chemicals, energy, and offshore), major players in the built environment, SMEs keen to exploit opportunities for new products/processes, and organisations active in advising others on energy and environmental strategies.
Flexibility has been designed into the course to accommodate the needs of companies and employees in terms of course content, method of delivery and the overall course duration. These include full-time attendance for one year, part-time attendance or distance learning.
- Foundation of Energy
- Technology Futures and Business Strategy
- Critical Analysis and Research Preparation
- Renewable Energy Technologies
- Economics of Renewable Energy
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Demand Management and Energy Storage
- Energy Technology
- Ventilation & Air Conditioning
- Computational Fluid Dynamics with Heat Transfer
- Heat Transfer and Heat Exchangers
- Process Intensification
- Sustainable Processing
- Oil & Gas Field Appraisal
- Oil & Gas Field Development
- Electrical Power Systems
- High Voltage
From the MBA Course (maximum 3)
- Organisational Behaviour
- Strategic Planning
A First or Second Class Honours Degree in an engineering discipline or in the physical or chemical sciences. The degree can be from a British or overseas university. Different degrees, together with relevant industrial experience, will be considered.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. 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:
- 2 semesters English (for IELTS of 4.5-5.0);
- 12 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5*-6.0). (*minimum 5.5 reading and writing)
Distance learning students
Please note that independent distance learning students who access their studies online will be expected to have access to a PC/laptop and internet.
Fees for this programme can be found on our Tuition fees page.
Scholarships & bursaries
Alumni Scholarship Scheme
British Chamber of Commerce in Germany Foundation Scholarship (German students)
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
East Lothian Educational Trust
Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)
Entente Cordiale Scholarships
French nationals aged 35 or under.
EU and non-EU
- Institute of Engineering and Technology: Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (EPS)
International Scholarships Programme
Non UK/EU applicants
Japan Scotland Association Scholarship
Japanese nationals planning to enter a postgraduate course at Masters level at a Scottish University.
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
Panasonic Trust Fellowships
Selected courses only
Part-Time Postgraduate Scheme
Students of four specified postgraduate courses: Energy, Sustainability Engineering, Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation, and Renewable Energy Engineering. These awards are available to EU and UK applicants who meet the SAAS criteria.
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)
SFC Key Skills Funded Places (EPS)
Applicants resident in Scotland to the Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices MSc programme who have accepted an offer to study from the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)
Employees of Heriot-Watt University
West Lothian Educational Trust
Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.