Our established MSc programmes attract students from around the world. We design our renewable energy courses to produce highly qualified graduates who can fill the skills gap in the emerging renewable energy sector while our marine programmes provides graduates with a broad expertise in the management of marine and coastal resources.

Students based at the Heriot-Watt Orkney Campus in Stromness have the opportunity to be part of the local community, to meet people working in the renewables industry, and to experience island life.

We continue to develop a strong research and consultancy portfolio, enjoying mutually productive links with industry, Government and other academic bodies at local, national and international levels.

Why study in Orkney?

Orkney is an archipelago of 70 islands lying off the north coast of mainland Scotland. With a population of about 21,000 spread across 19 islands, the area has a long and rich history and a diverse economy as well as being a renewable energy-rich area with 550 miles of diverse coastal habitats.

As a global centre of expertise for the emerging marine renewable energy industry and home to the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney is a fantastic place to study renewable energy and marine resources.

Orkney's other main industries are agriculture and tourism, and the islands are well known for their thriving crafts, art and design as well as music, and excellent food and drink which can be enjoyed in our many restaurants and are also in demand worldwide.

When you’re not studying, Orkney offers a truly varied social life; there are lots of activities and events and a wide range of clubs locally. From arts, crafts, music and drama to football, rugby, golf, sailing, walking, kayaking and diving, there's something for everyone!