ICIT (Heriot Watt)

Heriot Watt University
Orkney Campus
The Orkney Campus is a specialist arm of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University.

Orkney environmentHeriot-Watt’s Orkney Campus is recognised as a world leader in research, training and consultancy, with particular expertise in renewable energy, marine science and environmental resources. The campus benefits from the full support, expertise and facilities of Heriot-Watt University. 

The Campus was first established in 1989 and is based at the heart of the renewables industry in Stromness, Orkney.  The Campus attracts students and researchers from all over the world with its range of well-established MSc and research programmes.

Over the past 20 years, the Campus has significantly shaped and developed the thriving marine renewables industry as well as sustainable developments found in Orkney today.   Students can explore future research development, whilst living and working alongside the key people in the renewable industry.  Ultimately this gives our students a unique world class experience.

Learning in our Living Laboratory

The Orkney Campus is second to none.  With over 20 years’ experience, our dedicated team of researchers and teaching staff have full appreciation of the processes and challenges involved, when trying to create sustainable solutions that meet our growing energy needs. 

Orkney offers the opportunity to live and work in an environment that fully embraces the spirit of the Campus’s MSc courses, preparing students in every way possible for a career in renewable energy or marine resource management. Students are in contact not only with academic professionals with a multi-disciplinary range of expertise, but also with those professionals who themselves live and work in their own specialist fields within a demanding and dynamic environment.  

With excellent links with industry, the Centre’s success is based on researchers and ex-students developing world class technology and services to the renewable industry.  Successful spin-outs from the Orkney Campus include, EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre), Aquatera, Sula Diving and Scot renewables to name a few.

StromnessOur Facilities

Our laboratory is arguably Orkney!  Our unique location, on the edge of Scapa Flow and the Pentland Firth, mean the islands are home to world class renewable energy resources and internationally renowned testing facilities. This combined with the Flotta Oil Terminal, aquaculture and fisheries industries and a wealth of maritime expertise provide a unique setting for a range of research and testing activities.

The Campus also offers a specialist and extensive library, as well as a fully resourced teaching laboratory supporting both MSc and PhD research. A dedicated MSc Computing Lab provides excellent telecommunications facilities, ensuring that information access is available to all students regardless of their study location. 

Our Key Achievements:
  • 22 years of academic activity
  • Over 50 research projects completed
  • Over 350 MSc graduates
  • Research leading to the establishment of EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre) plus another 10 spin-out companies
  • Researchers and ex- students developing world class technology
We hope our profile inspires you to consider studying at our Orkney Campus, to view our range of MSc courses, and find out more about our first class learning facilities as well as experiencing living in Orkney – steeped in over 5,000 years of history, with is clean, rich environment and over 500 miles of diverse coastal habitats, it truly offers a unique experience.
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Contact Us

For further information on the Orkney Campus & our range of MSc courses please contact us: 
Orkney Campus
The Old Academy
Back Road
KW16 3AW
Tel:+44(0) 1856 850605
Students at Heriot Watt University

Current Courses

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    • Type
    • Course Title
    • Duration
    • Location
    • MSc
    • Renewable Energy Development (RED)
    • 12 Months
    • Orkney
    • MSc
    • Marine Renewable Energy (MRE)
    • 12 Months
    • Orkney
    • MSc
    • Marine Resource Management (MRM)
    • 12 Months
    • Orkney

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