BEng/BEng (Hons) Energy and Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate, Full-Time

This wide-ranging course offers a highly relevant qualification. You’ll graduate equipped for a career as a professional engineer in the renewable, built environment and traditional energy industries.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BEng/BEng (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

International agreements aimed at limiting environmental damage from traditional energy production systems are encouraging the development of alternative energy resources.

As an energy engineer, you’ll be exploring cleaner, more efficient ways of using fossil fuels, while investigating and specifying the design of renewable energy developing systems using renewable and sustainable resources, such as solar and wind energy. You will also look at how local climate impacts on the design and selection of these systems, and consider their life cycle and carbon footprint

energy and environmental engineering

The course focuses on learning engineering principles and practices, as well as computing skills and principles of design, relating to a wide range of energy systems.

You’ll also learn methods of applying energy-efficiency in design, to engineering practices, to create more environmentally-friendly forms of industrial design and manufacture.

This course has Incorporated Engineer accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Honours degree has partial Chartered Engineer accreditation. It is also accredited by the Energy Institute.

What you'll study

Year 1

  • Computational Thinking and Practice
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Engineering Communication
  • Mathematical Methods 1

Year 2

  • Management for Engineers 1
  • Engineering Design and CAD
  • Mathematical Methods 2
  • Materials and Manufacture
  • Mechanics and Thermofluids
  • Control, Measurement and Instrumentation

Year 3

  • Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • Materials and Manufacture 2
  • Management for Engineers 2
  • Energy Systems Design
  • Engineering Applications (Mechanical); Engineering Design (Honours) or Individual Project (Degree)

Year 4

  • Honours Project
  • Building Services Engineering A
  • Advanced Energy Systems 1
  • Building Services Engineering B
  • Advanced Energy Systems 2

Work placement:

You are encouraged to take an optional industrial placement in addition to taught modules. Though this is non-credited, our placements team will support you to find placement opportunities.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Carbon reduction is a hot topic. You’ll be well placed to take on an analytical or developmental position across:

  • energy production companies
  • engineering consultancies / utilities
  • small business (breweries / distilleries etc)
  • renewable energy companies

In addition, energy engineers are in demand in the building services design sector, helping clients to create more energy efficient homes, offices and factories.

You may also have the opportunity to continue on to further study at Masters and PhD level.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

BBBC including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

National 5 Grade B in English.

A Level

BCC including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System: 

B1, B3, B3, B3 at HL including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*

OL English at B3.

New Grading System: 

H2, H3, H3, H3 at HL including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*

OL English at O3.

BTEC Extended Diploma

MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. BTEC must include Maths but if not we would accept A Level Maths at Grade C as an alternative.

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in English. 

BTEC Diploma

MM (Merit, Merit) in a related subject plus A Level Grade C. BTEC must include Maths/A Level Grade C in Maths.

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in English. 

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including HL Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject* at minimum grade 5.

Grade 5 in SL English.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

National 5 Grade B in English.

A Level

AAB including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in English.


Pass HNC in a relevant subject with Grade B in the graded unit.

Must include Engineering Maths 1, 2 and 3, Thermofluids and Statics and Strength of Materials.

Minimum Year 3


Pass HND in a relevant subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Must include Engineering Maths 1, 2, 3 and 4, Thermofluids and Statics and Strength of Materials.


Pass DUT in a relevant subject with overall grade 12 to include English at 11 in final year of studies.

Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 50% overall, with minimum 50% at first sitting in all final year subjects.

Technical subjects accepted

*Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Engineering, Mathematics, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Technological Studies/Engineering Science, Design & Manufacture, Chemistry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £13,900 £14,350

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