Materials for Sustainable and Renewable Energies MSc/Diploma/Certificate
- Delivery: Full Time
- Programme type: Taught Programme
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Development of new materials for energy storage, conversion and recovery is of key importance to society. The fossil fuel supply cannot meet the energy demands for the 21st century, and conversion to renewable energy sources will be required by 2050. The recent Energy Review conducted by the DTI (The Energy Challenge, 2006) concluded that "sustainable, secure and affordable energy that supports economic development yet contributes to stabilization of CO2 emission" is of vital importance.
The aims of the course are to provide a practical and theoretical grounding in Energy technologies and wider knowledge and skills relevant to the Energy sector. The course will provide graduates with an interdisciplinary overview over Energy resources, conversion, and use, as well as on the materials requirements for the development of renewable Energy technologies. In addition to knowledge of the principles and concepts relating to the domain of Energy, this course will provide an overview of the barriers and challenges, from the point of view of materials science, to the development of the next generation of renewable Energy technologies, and specialised training in areas such as hydrogen storage, fuel cell technologies, photovoltaics and thermoelectrics. The course has been designed to ensure that students gain a highly interdisciplinary yet rounded education, and therefore draws from a range of subjects, including engineering, physics and materials chemistry.
Scottish Funding Council has made available 20 scholarships covering fees only to students with Scottish backgrounds. These will be spread over all our Energy based MSc programmes. There is no separate application process for this. If you are eligible, you will be considered automatically. You will be notified through the summer if you have been selected.
- 1 year for MSc;
- 9 months for Postgraduate Diploma;
- 6 months for Postgraduate Certificate.
For the MSc and PGDip degrees, students are required to take eight taught modules, six of which are mandatory. Two modules can be chosen from a list of electives. MSc students complete the course by undertaking a Masters Project.
- Foundations of Energy
- Renewable Energy Resources
- Materials for the Hydrogen Economy
- Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion
- Nanoscience Primer
- Critical Analysis and Research Preparation
- Masters Project (for MSc students only)
- Technology Future and Business Strategy
- Materials Physics
- Functional Inorganic Materials
A first or second class honours degree in a suitable subject with a numerate background. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also 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)
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.