Our MSc Building Diagnostics for Energy and Environmental Performance aims to give students a solid foundation in the evaluation of the operational performance of buildings for energy and environmental aspects.
The programme will focus on the diagnostics of energy and environmental performance, integrating technical and occupants’ data. It will prepare you for a future career across a range of roles in facilities and building management, consultancy, energy and environmental performance assessment and research.
Our MSc Building Diagnostics in Energy and Environmental Performance aims to give students a solid foundation in the evaluation of the operational performance of buildings for energy and environmental aspects. The programme will focus on the diagnostics of energy and environmental performance, integrating technical and occupants’ data. It will prepare you for a future career across a range of roles in facilities and building management, consultancy, energy and environmental performance assessment and research.
Most existing programmes in this subject area focus on the design of new buildings. However, the efficient operation of existing buildings is becoming more important. There is a need to improve the quality of environments and, at the same time, to reduce the energy that they consume and their carbon dioxide emissions. You will learn from interdisciplinary approaches, as the programme draws on bodies of theories from building science, social sciences and humanities.
On successful completion of the programme, you should be able to conduct sound evidence-based environmental and energy performance assessments of buildings in operation. You should also be able to analyse and integrate technical and social aspects of performance using methods of energy and environmental monitoring and human studies.
Our structured curriculum will enable you to develop essential knowledge and practical skills in building diagnostics. We will support you to become an independent learner, able to undertake and understand the industry and policy challenges and to respond to them effectively. The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University is a friendly, supportive and culturally diverse environment in which to study.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, practical exercises, field trips and a live project. There will be on-line support available, for example, reading materials and learning resources. In some instances, pre-recorded lectures will be posted online.
Lectures will be delivered face-to-face to introduce key concepts and convey relevant up-to-date information. You will be given access to online material to support the development of knowledge and your understanding of the subject. You are expected to develop a critical understanding of the theoretical base to the subject through self-led study and reading of relevant authors and postulates in the fields of building science, humanities and social sciences.
In tutorials, workshops and seminars you will have the opportunity to critically discuss the subject matter, to consolidate and get feedback on your individual learning and to develop skills in environmental and energy performance evaluation. Practical skills are developed in tutorials, workshops and hands-on exercises, where you will make individual contributions to individual or group-based projects, for example by identifying appropriate investigation methods to explore the building performance, use monitoring equipment, design surveys of building occupants, interrogate and interpret the data (including benchmark data, monitoring and human studies). The practical skills will equip you with the knowledge to conduct appropriate investigations and propose effective management strategies for building operation.
You will practise and develop analytical, practical, intellectual and research skills by participating in diverse learning activities, such as carrying building performance investigations, analysing problems and proposed remedial action/interventions that address different aspects of building performance in use: building level, systems level, occupant factors, small-group discussions, debates, oral presentations, independent research tasks and written assignments. Group work will help you to develop your team-working skills.
Typically graduates from this type of programme will have employability opportunities in energy and environmental consultancy, building management, facilities management, architectural and engineering firms, and research.
This innovative course is for people who wish to understand the ways new and renewable energy can be harnessed in buildings, who wish to gain the ability to undertake the simulation and modelling tasks which are essential for credible building performance analysis, and acquire the ability to work creatively within a multidisciplinary design team.
The need for sustainable approaches to building design is universally acknowledged. As the effects of climate change are felt, the drive towards more energy efficient buildings is intensifying. Sustainable buildings need not be technologically complex but a high level of sophistication in design procedures and performance analysis is required.
The course has an interdisciplinary approach that gives a broad insight into energy and sustainability issues, and in-depth knowledge of the computer modelling techniques that are used in the design of modern sustainable buildings.
The course has been approved by both the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute for completing the educational requirements for chartered engineer registration.
• Flexible study options
the course is designed to be flexible and fit around you with on campus, part-time or full-time or distance learning options, and multiple exit awards from a full master’s to a single module
• Accredited by CIBSE and the Energy Institute
ensuring you will benefit from the highest quality teaching, and graduate with a recognised qualification
• Interdisciplinary teaching
develop a broad insight in to energy and sustainability issues, with in-depth knowledge of computer modelling techniques for the design of modern sustainable buildings
• Excellent graduate career prospects
graduates of the programme have gone on to work for the European Commission, Mott MacDonald, WSP Group, WYG, and Arup; as well as a variety of other energy and environmental consultancies, central and local government and multinational organisations
• Academic and research expertise
With more than 30-year’s research experience, our Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) research and teaching staff provide students with a unique opportunity to learn from scientists actively involved in furthering knowledge and sharing expertise
The MSc has been designed to offer flexibility, with attended or distance learning study available and a range of possible awards from a full MSc to a single module. Modules studied:
• Sustainable Development
• Sustainable Buildings
• Sustainable Energy
• Building Physics
• Building Performance Modelling
• Energy Analysis Techniques
• Study Skills and Research Methods
• Leading Change for Sustainability
• Low Impact Manufacturing
• Green Business
Full-time students attend for two days each week and receive formal lectures from experienced researchers and teaching staff, complemented by informal seminars and group discussions. Part-time students attend one day per week. You will also be expected to undertake self-directed study. All teaching material is fully documented and available on the web-based virtual learning environment (VLE) before timetabled events take place.
Distance learning students follow a structured study plan provided on the VLE, supported by discussion forums with other students, and email and telephone conversations with the module leader. Our course has been commended in an academic quality review for its “innovative and sophisticated forms of e-based learning and teaching”.
All assessment is by coursework. Each taught module has two items of coursework. The first is a smaller assignment for which feedback is given while the module is being studied. A second, major assignment is due at a later date after the material has been assimilated.
As well as the eight taught modules, students complete either an individual dissertation or a team-based design project, and all students get to attend the annual MSc conference, where final year students present.
You will normally attend two - four hours of timetabled taught sessions each week for each module undertaken during term time; for full time study this would be 12 hours per week during term time. You can also expect to typically undertake a further hours of six hours independent study and assignments as required per week.
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A unique programme
Gain an in-depth understanding of global energy management issues and the tools to design more effective energy programmes with the Master of Engineering Studies (Energy Management).
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In the energy management major of the Master of Engineering Studies, you will gain an detailed understanding of energy efficiency, looking at detail of energy use in industry and commercial settings, as well as tools for energy systems analysis and efficient building design.
It is a unique postgraduate programme in New Zealand. Taught in conjunction with world-renowned Murdoch University in Australia, it is the only fully-focussed energy management postgraduate programme in New Zealand. The programme has been running for over fifteen years.
Your learning will be set in the context of global renewable energy systems and tools. You will learn the detail of contemporary renewable energy issues including greenhouse science, global energy systems, policy, economics and management. This will specifically cover renewable energy devices, resources and system design.
Let our experts help you develop your own expertise. We bring a solid base of experience to your learning from our Centre for Energy Research, established at Massey in 1997 following over 25 years of teaching and research work undertaken in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy management. We also bring the most relevant and recent research to your learning. You will learn the theory and practice behind energy management, renewable energy and climate change from lecturers who have been working internationally, contributing to research and policy through panels that are setting the global agenda.
You can study towards the Master of Engineering Studies on campus, or study via our distance learning. This gives you the flexibility to remain in full-time employment while studying. Massey University has been offering distance education for over 50 years and you will be able to take advantage of our well-developed systems for teaching and learning. Part of your study will be a real-life energy management case study.
The renewable energy systems major includes an optional research project, where you can either investigate a topic you are interested in, or work with us to develop an industry-relevant piece of work.
You will gain an in-depth understanding of the theory of renewable energy systems, but also focus on practical information that can be applied to real-world situations. This could be through using the international Long Range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) model to assess climate change mitigation options for a country, city or community. You will also learn how to measure renewable energy resources, and understanding the challenges of providing energy efficiency or renewable energy systems in developing countries as part of sustainable development.
The programme also covers the social issues to change human behaviour regarding the deployment of renewable energy systems and related greenhouse gas emission reductions.
This qualification is suitable if you either have an undergraduate engineering degree and wish to specialise in energy management, or you have found yourself working in a energy management-related role and need to upskill. You do not have to have an engineering degree to enrol.
The Master of Engineering Studies is a 120 credit qualification able to be completed in one year full-time, or part-time between 2.5 and five years..
Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Engineering Studies will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.
Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come directly from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.
This leading-edge programme, established before many in the built environment field were aware of greenhouse gases, has produced a stream of high-achieving graduates sought after by the biggest names in building design and the construction industry. We attract students from across the globe eager to find positions worldwide or to take relevant, cutting-edge thinking about sustainable building design back to their own part of the world.
The programme aims to develop students' knowledge and expertise in problem solving in the area of the built environment, and provide a framework for developing innovative thinking in the design and operation of buildings, placing associated environmental issues in a global, national and personal context.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a built environment dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
The availability of all optional modules is subject to demand.
All MSc students submit a 10,000-word report on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of interactive seminars, individual and group tutorials, site visits and a residential field trip. Assessment is through unseen examination, coursework, and the built environment report. Joint coursework, including two major low-energy architectural design projects, is carried out by students in multidisciplinary teams.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in field trips and site visits including a residential trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology in North Wales.
Travel, accommodation and activities for the residential field visit is free. Travel costs for site visits or fieldwork within the London area (zones 1-6) accessible by public transport is covered by students. Otherwise, travel is covered by the programme.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Built Environment: Environmental Design and Engineering MSc
Most students who complete the programme move into, or continue in, a building-related profession, such as architecture, low-energy design consultancy, or building services engineering. As the awareness of global environmental issues increases, the demand for people with expertise in the health and energy performance of buildings is expanding rapidly. A number of students have used the MSc as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.
First destinations of recent graduates include: Neapoli, XC02, Max Fordham, Arup, WSP, Atkns, Buro Happold, PassivSystems, EnergyExcel, local authorities, Foster and Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners.
Recent career destinations for this degree
This programme is very "close to market" with many students finding jobs even before their studies have finished: the skills students gain are those that employers need. For example, we teach several tools used by commercial companies including the thermal analysis software IESVE. Students can walk straight into jobs where these are used and be useful immediately. Students sometimes take placement positions while working on their dissertations; in recent years this has included overseas options, for example, with Neapoli in Malaysia. Graduates often contact us through our strong alumni network to recruit for new positions, listening to their feedback ensures we keep the programme relevant to industry needs.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.
Located in London, the UCL Bartlett is at the heart of a large cluster of creative architects and engineering firms, next to the UK's seat of government and finance and has all the resources of a world city to hand. It offers unrivalled networking opportunities, with alumni in the majority of the major firms in London, who often give lectures to students and appear at networking events.
The multidisciplinary faculty contains the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, which has been ranked first for Architecture in the UK for many years, and is characterised by a high level of invention and creativity. The school is internationally known as a centre for innovative design.
This course has been accredited as suitable further learning to meet the academic requirement for Chartered Engineers (CEng) by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Energy Institute.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources
81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
The built environment is changing - the EU has set a target for all new buildings to be nearly zero-energy efficient by the end of 2020. This is your opportunity to get up to speed on the latest practices in the design of energy-efficient buildings and refurbishments.
Through case studies and fieldwork, you will analyse the latest energy-efficiency innovations and renewable technologies applied to new buildings and those undergoing retrofits. By examining contemporary passive houses, nearly-zero-energy buildings and energy plus-structures, you will discover how the leading exemplars in this field achieve their efficiency performances. You will also study the shortcomings in current building efficiencies - where they fall short in meeting their energy targets and how they can be improved with the resources available.
Your work will be shaped by cutting-edge research as you collaborate with specialists who help inform new Government regulations and policies. This will broaden your knowledge and help you forge contacts with the principal thinkers and leaders in the building performance sector.
You will take part in site visits to study the very latest energy efficient buildings in detail, examining their characteristics and design specifications first-hand.
The University has strong research links to industry, including many of the organisations such as the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the International Energy Institute that drive the energy efficiency agenda forward. This will give you the chance to network with the leading thinkers and to share in their latest insights. You will also evaluate industry software and the methodologies used to assess and monitor building efficiency.
All of our teaching staff have practical experience as consultants in new builds and refurbishment. They are recognised nationally and internationally, and some are directly involved in regulation and research that influences the direction of the industry.
Your course will give you the commanding expertise to make you highly sought after as the industry responds to the growing demand for energy efficiency specialists.
Energy efficiency surveyors and specialists are already in high demand, and the need for their expertise will continue to grow as the industry faces tighter energy legislation. This demand should filter through to related professions in architecture, construction management and quantity surveying, where knowledge in this area will complement existing expertise and give those at the start of their careers a significant advantage in the jobs market.
One of major challenges of the last decade was to achieve a sustaniable energy supply - for now and in the future. At the same time, the amount of renewable energy has been increasing simultaneously and has, thus, raised the question of how to sucessfully integrate renewable energy in already existing energy systems.
The part-time MSc Renewable Energy Systems is the first cross-border program in Europe dealing with the future issues of alternative energy production and the intregration of renewables. Since 2005, TU Wien, Energiepark Bruck/Leitha and further partner organisations across Europe have offered this practice-oriented international Master’s program.
This Master's program focuses on three aspects in particular: technological innovations, management of sustainable energy systems, and economic as well as legal frameworks.
More details on the contents and modules can be found here.
To provide the participants with in-depth knowledge on energy markets in Europe, tailor-made country modules in selected European countries are an essential part of this MSc program. For more information in the country modules, please click here.
Individuals within companies, organisations, and authorities who are engaged in planning, operating or evaluation of renewable energy or who are involved in financing, promotion, legal licensing, operation of facilities for the use of renewable energy or environmental issues.
With the MSc Program you acquire knowledge and competence for
Develop the skills to manage international projects successfully. With growing global competition and increasingly complex regulatory structures, international project managers can make a major impact on an organisation's efficiency, and are in high demand.
GCU's MSc International Project Management was designed by senior industry practitioners and leading academic experts. It is delivered by a teaching team experienced in delivering project management expertise spanning all five continents.
Available full-time, part-time and distance learning, the programme offers an elite and highly relevant credential for international project managers. It's accredited by four prestigious international professional organisations; the Association for Project Management (APM), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Prepare for success as a professional project manager by acquiring the tools to deliver high-quality projects on schedule, on budget and according to scope. You'll also master the skills to manage projects across international borders.
Choose from three areas of specialisation:
No matter which area you choose to emphasise, you'll develop meaningful knowledge and skills that are highly relevant to the real-world challenges faced by communities across the globe. You'll be able to help build a more successful, sustainable society, making a positive impact and contributing to the common good.
Energy forms a critical component of our daily lives and its demand is set to grow by 35% by 2035. It is an industry that will continue to grow and evolve in the foreseeable future.A career in energy will involve tackling important issues such as climate change and improving sustainability as well as developing new sources of fuel.
Energy modules include:
Energy Audit and Energy Asset Management
This module focuses on techniques for auditing and managing the amount of energy used in a range of industrial processes. The module will provide an understanding of the strategies and procedures of energy audit and energy asset management. Using case studies throughout, the module will present energy audit, managing energy usage, factors affecting energy efficiency on plant, and cost benefit analysis of introducing alternative strategies and technologies. It will also address the efficient use of other commodities, for example water consumption.
Renewable Energy Technologies
Renewable energy is regarded as an integral part of a sustainable development strategy. This module concentrates on the renewable energy technologies most likely to succeed in the UK and other temperate countries, i.e. solar energy, energy from waste, wind, hydro and biomass. Topics for discussion include: the scale and variability of resources; technologies for exploitation; technical and economic feasibilities; integrated (hybrid) systems. Software tools will be explored for design and analysis of renewable energy systems.
Developed with the support of the CITB Construction Industry Training Board, the programme is designed to meet the increasing demand for innovative and far-sighted construction managers.
It offers a choice of modules covering the wide variety of skills that modern construction professionals need. This comes from a growing drive to find sustainable and environmentally sound construction methods and innovative management practices to replace traditional procurement routes and management methods.
The programme covers the skills that modern construction professionals need in order to meet the challenges of the industry. It provides recent graduates and experienced professionals with an outstanding opportunity to upgrade their skills in order to enhance their career choices.
Construction modules include:
Strategic Management in Construction and Property Enterprise
The module develops insight into the strategic decision-making processes necessary for organisations to establish and meet organisational goals. It also examines the types of strategies and how they may be successfully utilised. Contemporary analytical techniques are reviewed and evaluated. Factors which influence Corporate Strategy are considered and contextualised in relation to the construction and property industry and constituent enterprises.
The oil and gas industries are widely affected by a growing range of factors, including shifting global economics, an evolving global energy mix and environmental issues. There is an increasing demand for those working in the industries to develop an intelligent awareness of this complex business environment and to grasp the ways in which these changes will affect organisations.
The professional project manager must deliver projects on schedule, on budget, to scope and with the right quality. This MSc develops the multi-faceted skill set needed to successfully manage international projects in the oil and gas industry.
Oil and Gas modules include:
The Oil and Gas Industry
This module introduces the student to the fundamental principles and activities within the global oil and gas industry. This includes legal ownership of hydrocarbon reserves, strategic investments, and the processes involved in upstream and downstream activities within the oil and gas industry. Aspects of health and safety standards will also be introduced in the module.
Oil and Gas Contracts and Disputes
This module will provide the student with an understanding of procurement and contract administration in a modern international oil & gas environment based on the main contracts. The module will examine the various methods of resolving disputes arising under contracts at law, through statutory legislation and by agreement: Litigation; Arbitration; Adjudication; ADR including Conciliation, Mediation, Negotiation, Comparison of cross border/international methods of dispute resolution particularly in relation to arbitration and adjudication.
Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments is based on advanced understanding of the key subjects required for meeting carbon emission reduction targets in the building sector, in the overall context of climate change, and in resource depletion.
We deal with the analysis, synthesis, design and assessment of modern, energy efficient environmental systems (including urban systems, and passive and active building systems), using analytical and computer simulation techniques. We develop knowledge in environmental engineering and building design, design management, the application of digital technology, and urban and building sustainability.
A recurring theme throughout the course concerns the dynamic nature of integrated design, and the operation and management of sustainable built environments. The themes cover urban sustainability, environmental design, intelligent operation and management.
The distinctive focus is on a truly interdisciplinary approach to the design and operation of sustainable buildings and cities.
The aim of the course is to provide a coherent framework for the discipline and practice of design and management. Each module includes sessions delivered by leading practitioners. The course is continually informed not only by the latest developments in industry, but also by on-going international research.
The course is ideal for professionals in the built environment including urban planners, architects, building services engineers, facilities managers and performance assessors. The challenges include fragmentation of disciplines in built environments. We aim to prepare professionals to address these challenges through the acquisition of key practical skills of analysis and simulation in technical issues in environmental design, engineering and management.
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
The dissertation is a major individual research project. Guidance will be given on choosing a research topic, research techniques and the style and presentation of the finished document. Classes in research skills are provided as part of the dissertation module. Students will have their own carefully selected dissertation tutor whose role is to help them plan and successfully execute this key part of the programme.
We offer a one-year, full-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The full-time programme starts in September each year.
We also offer a two-year, part-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The duration of the flexible route is strongly recommended as two years, but this is not fixed. The flexible course starts in September each year.
Graduates will typically find employment in the following areas: environmental urban planning, architectural design, environmental engineering, facilities management, energy assessment, green building assessment or energy policy.
The increasing drive towards low carbon and sustainable solutions in the built environment has introduced a need for built environment professionals who can take a holistic view of the sustainability debate. This programme will combine the technical design and engineering issues associated with the delivery of sustainable built environments with an appreciation for how such approaches can be justified in a commercially focused world. The programme considers passive (building fabric) and active measures (building services and renewable energy technologies) setting out what approach may be taken when considering new build or, as is becoming increasingly important the existing building stock.
Students will gain the skills needed to assess these options on a whole life basis with an appreciation for how the financial and business case can be made for such approaches.
The programme is closely linked with the schools Sustainable Built Environments Research Group (SBERG) and will be informed by the cutting-edge research carried out by the group considering technical, behavioural and social issues associated with the delivery of sustainable built environments. The University of Greenwich is a Passive House Examination Centre and students can gain extra certification as a Passive House Designer/Consultant by taking the programme.
The aims of the programme are to:
The university has invested £76 million in a new building to house the campus library, TV studios and academic facilities for disciplines including architecture, design and construction. Stockwell Street, where the programme will be delivered, is a short walk from the university's buildings on the Old Royal College site.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to choose 20 credits from this list of options.
Students will be assessed through:
Graduates can pursue opportunities in the design or engineering professions as consultants or in other professional roles in private practice, government agencies, local authorities, development agencies and other large estate holders.