• December 10, 2023

Career Advice: Study renewable energy in Orkney

Wishing to re-train from Oil and Gas? Find a career in the renewables sector and travel to the beautiful island of Orkney to study renewables!

The International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) is Heriot Watt University’s Orkney Campus, and is recognised as a world leader in research, training and consultancy, with particular expertise in renewable energy, marine science and environmental resources.


ICIT offers a unique opportunity to study in the ‘hub’ of the renewable energy industry in Stromness.

Attracting students from around the world, their Masters Degree programmes are designed to produce highly qualified postgraduates ready for the workplace.

The courses offered are:

  • MSc Renewable Energy Development (RED)
  • MSc Marine Renewable Energy (MRE)
  • MSc Marine Planning for Sustainable Development (MPSD)


As well as on campus learning, ICIT offers the option of study through Distance Learning (RED and MRE); flexible learning solutions for people who wish to study while in employment, or who are not in a position to relocate to Orkney.

Through the online learning, students from a wide variety of backgrounds can take MSc courses which provide the skills and knowledge needed to work in the dynamic renewables sector.

Over the past 25 years ICIT has significantly shaped and developed the thriving marine renewables industry.

By studying with them you have the opportunity to learn from people directly involved in research and projects supporting the development of the renewables and marine energy sector.


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.

Our current internationally recognised research is focused on the wave and tidal marine renewable energy sector.

PJ Dewar, support manager at the Orkney Campus, encourages those interested in applying for on campus study to get in touch.

“Often prospective students are a little wary of coming to study on a small island off the north of Scotland. When they do take the leap to come here, they quickly realise what a fantastic student experience we offer here, coupled with excellent collaboration with industry,” enthuses PJ.

“Many of our students from across the world have stayed on after completing their course, and have gained employment in the renewables industry. Orkney is the place to be in terms of renewable and marine energy. The key players are here on our doorstep,”

Prospective students are encouraged to find out more by emailing PJ Dewar on ICIT@hw.ac.ukor calling 01856 852252.

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