Renewable and Sustainable Energy Transition
Study in person or On-Line from anywhere in the world


The MSc in Renewable Energy Development (RED) is delivered by the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) at our ORKNEY CAMPUS or remotely through the Heriot-Watt On-Line.  It has been designed around key drivers of energy transition:

  • Policy and Economics
  • Renewable Technology and Energy Delivery Systems
  • Energy End Use and Benefits to Society
  • The Environmental and Resource Issues of Unsustainable Energy
  • Transition Engineering

The programme is designed to specifically address these key drivers of energy transition in the UK and abroad.

The course aims to give its graduates cross-cutting skills in the renewables sector, and skills to deal with transition to net zero across all sectors. The course introduces the very latest in approach, methodology and tools for energy transition for professionals across disciplines, and with multidisciplinary stakeholders. The course addresses the needs of renewable energy developers as they seek to maximise economic benefits whilst grappling with challenges of overcoming regulatory and environmental issues, working within the values of local communities and securing finance.

Teaching is reinforced with project work where emphasis is placed on simulating real working situations, and discussing the complex aspects of energy transition projects in a number of global regions.

The course maintains strong links with industry and regulators involved in the sector to ensure its relevance to the demands of energy transition in electricity, heat, transport, buildings, and infrastructure.

Programme Name MSc Renewable Energy Development (RED)
Delivery Full-time, Part-time
Course Type Taught
Location Orkney, Online
Entry Date September 2022
Full-Time MSc Tuition Fee (UK) £7776
Part-time MSC Tuition Fee (UK) £3888
Full-Time MSc Tuition Fee (International) £16184
Online MSc Tuition Fee £11300
Programme Start 12 September

If you study at our Orkney Campus, you will benefit from a number of activities including guest lectures and practical sessions which help to develop your skills and knowledge in your field of study, and offer opportunities to meet developers and others involved in the renewable energy industry. You will also be able to participate in Transition Engineering Labs associated with the Islands Centre for Net Zero. 

Flexible study options

This course can be studied full-time over the course of 12 months at the Orkney Campus. Alternatively, you can study via Online Learning from anywhere in the world, ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family.

Electives: D11CA Climate Change, Sustainability and Adaptation, A11EN Environmental Processes, A11OC Oceanography


Professor Susan Krumdieck Chair in Energy Transition Engineering: Transition Engineering and Energy Systems Engineering Profile
Professor Eddie Owens Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems: Energy Systems and Energy Transition Profile
Associate Professor Sandy Kerr Director, ICIT Orkney, Energy Economics, Finance and Policy Profile
Assistant Professor Mark Hull Community Energy Development, Renewable Energy Technology Profile