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This course focuses on the development and application of advanced architectural design techniques and technologies. It has been designed to respond to increasing competition in the professional procurement of buildings and the pursuit of architectural excellence. Read more
This course focuses on the development and application of advanced architectural design techniques and technologies. It has been designed to respond to increasing competition in the professional procurement of buildings and the pursuit of architectural excellence. If offers the opportunity to concentrate on architectural or urban design, humanities, environmental design and technology to a high level of sophistication without the need to work on within a single specialist area.

This course offers the opportunity to concentrate on architectural design, humanities and technology to a high level of sophistication without the need to work within a single specialist approach. It will explore cutting-edge techniques as well as current and future considerations faced by urban designers, architects and technologists, such as conservation and regeneration.

An innovative feature of this course is its interdisciplinary emphasis, with students collaborating in research-led design studios and seminars shared with other specialist postgraduate courses.

Students will develop:
the ability to plan and undertake an individual project
interpersonal, communication and professional skills
the ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and by means of presentations to groups
the ability to exercise original thought

Previous projects have included:
Autonomous living: A good route to zero carbon architecture
The relationship between minimalism & Eastern Philosophy
The Impact of Urban Regeneration Projects in historical areas
Catalyst Strategy Research based on revitalizing historic urban design.

The MArch does not convey professional accreditation in the UK.

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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. Read more
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 newest practices in designing 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 a retrofits. By examining contemporary passive houses, nearly-zero buildings and energy plus structures, you'll discover how the leading exemplars in this field achieve their efficiency performances. You'll 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.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/energyefficientbuildings_apd

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Energy efficiency surveyors and specialists arealready in high demand, and the need for their expertise will continue to growas the industry faces tighter energy legislation. This demand should filterthrough to related professions in architecture, construction management andquantity surveying, where knowledge in this area will complement existingexpertise and give those at the start of their careers a significant advantagein the jobs market.

- Property Developer
- Architect
- Construction Manager
- Quantity Surveyor

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

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.

Our 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 sharing and 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.

Core Modules

Low to Zero Energy Buildings & Energy Efficient Building Systems
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the principals of low to zero energy buildings, focusing on their energy sustainability, fabric and systems such as lighting and heating.

Sustainable Refurbishment & Retrofit
Discover the techniques relating to sustainable refurbishment and retrofit, examining the design and detail of existing and pre-1900 structures.

Chris Gorse

Senior Lecturer

"New legislation is pushing for tightened building energy requirements over the next few years, so knowledge in this area is essential. Once the legislation is in place, the industry will have to rapidly upskill itself."

Chris Gorse is Professor of Construction and Project Management and Director of Leeds Sustainability Institute. He leads projects in the areas of sustainability, low carbon and building performance and has an interest in domestic new builds, commercial buildings and refurbishment. Chris is an established author and has consultancy experience in construction management and law.

Facilities

- Design Studios
You will be able to access our extensive studio facilities, which include workshops and computer modelling software to design and build projects.

- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Leeds Sustainability Institute
We offer the latest drone and thermal imaging technology to provide new ways of measuring and evaluating building sustainability.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Cities across the world are facing huge sustainability challenges. Whilst mayors and city governments pledge ‘zero carbon cities’ by 2040, a serious skills shortage means a new generation of sustainability leaders is needed. Read more

Cities across the world are facing huge sustainability challenges. Whilst mayors and city governments pledge ‘zero carbon cities’ by 2040, a serious skills shortage means a new generation of sustainability leaders is needed.

The MSc Sustainable Cities tackles this skills shortage by equipping you with the knowledge and tools necessary to become an urban sustainability leader. On this programme you will experience urban sustainability first hand, blending concepts and theories with real world problems and solutions.

We take a ‘systems’ approach to teaching sustainable cities, you will learn about energy systems, transport networks, housing provision, and urban ecosystems. Using applied cases you will discover how these systems can be transformed to produce better economic, environmental, and social outcomes. This course will see students graduate into city government, consultancy, NGO’s and beyond.

The course is delivered in a friendly, challenging and globally competitive Environment faculty where you will have access to cutting edge research, teaching and collaborative learning opportunities.

Course highlights:

  • No other UK programme teaches the key systems that make up sustainable cities; you will graduate with strong academic and practical knowledge.
  • We have revolutionized the MSc experience, we teach modules one at a time, using problem based learning. You will have time to think and work on real world problems.
  • You will be part of a team. We take a free residential field trip in week 2 to the Centre for Alternative Technologies in Wales. Here we work together on practical issues of sustainability and get to know our colleagues for the year.
  • Each student will have a personal leadership plan tailored to their strengths and development needs. This is delivered in parallel to the ‘systems’ content and builds your leadership confidence.
  • The programme is delivered by one of the Top 10 universities in the UK for Academic Reputation for Environmental Sciences and a Global Top 100 university (QS World Rankings 2016-17).

Projects:

The research project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.

Examples of project topics would include:

  • Linking up energy and transport systems with a project on electric vehicles in the city
  • Undertaking public ‘visioning’ exercises for major sustainability developments
  • Creating mixed low-carbon housing development by analysing alternative ownership and construction approaches
  • Creating fuel forests in the city, linking urban parks with biomass production
  • Developing city and regional climate change strategies around key systems.

Programme team

You will be taught by staff from across the School of Environment, School of Geography and Institute of Transport Studies.




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This course is for you if you need to improve your English language skills and subject knowledge of management before going on to a Masters course. Read more
This course is for you if you need to improve your English language skills and subject knowledge of management before going on to a Masters course. You improve your language fluency and academic vocabulary, develop your academic skills, and gain experience of western methods of teaching and learning so that you can progress onto a relevant Masters course with Essex Business School.

At Essex, you can progress onto our MSc International Management, MSc Management, or MSc Marketing and Brand Management.

Our International Academy offers some of the best routes for international students to enter higher education in the UK. Our innovative courses and programmes have proved very successful with international students and have also attracted UK students because of the distinctive learning environment we offer.

If you are an international student, you may find that the education system in the UK is slightly different from other countries and, sometimes, that the transition to the British system can be challenging. Our courses help you to settle in and adapt to life in the UK.

Essex Business School takes you beyond the basics of a business education. Our strong emphasis on ethics and sustainable business practice in the global economy, and our expertise in international management, accounting and finance, will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for your future career in an increasingly complex business world.

Our expert staff

You are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team with wide ranging research interests and proven academic track record.

Our staff specialise in areas including SMEs, the management of organisational space and architecture, psychoanalytics of management and marketing, creativity and organisation, events and festivals, teams and the impact of ‘fun cultures’ on employees.

While maintaining core engagement with contemporary marketing practice, our marketing staff enrich our courses with novel management ideas drawn from both the contemporary business world and cutting-edge academic research.

Specialist facilities

By studying within our International Academy, you will have access to all of the facilities that the University of Essex has to offer:
-We provide computer labs for internet research; classrooms with access to PowerPoint facilities for student presentations; AV facilities for teaching and access to web-based learning materials
-Our new Student Services Hub will support you and provide information for all your needs as a student
-Our social space is stocked with hot magazines and newspapers, and provides an informal setting to meet with your lecturers, tutors and friends

Within Essex Business School, our landmark new building on our Colchester Campus is the first zero-carbon business school in the UK. Set around a lush winter garden, the Eden-style dome will give the building its own micro-climate.

Our new building provides you with a stunning new work environment, offering:
-A virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Terminals offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics
-A light and spacious lecture theatre, with seating for 250 students
-Study pods and innovation booths for group working
-Dedicated office space for student entrepreneurs
-Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
-A café with an adjacent sun terrace

Example structure

-English for Academic Purposes
-Advanced English for Academic Purposes
-Extended English for Academic Purposes Project
-Critical Reading and Seminar Skills
-Organisational Behaviour
-International Business Environment
-Leadership in Organisations
-Business Ethics

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The economic wealth of a country depends not only on its research base but also on its ability to exploit the commercial potential of its intellectual property. Read more
The economic wealth of a country depends not only on its research base but also on its ability to exploit the commercial potential of its intellectual property. This course provides students with advanced skills and vital training in renewable energy, energy efficiency and business.

Students will gain essential technical skills in the field as well as becoming fluent in the financial, marketing and managerial aspects of modern business. The course aims to develop confidence and understanding in the specialist field of entrepreneurship applied to technology that can arise from the research base of sustainable energy subjects. Graduates from the course will be well placed to pursue careers in renewable energy technology industries.

By the end of the course, you will have gained useful and technical knowledge in the areas of sustainable energy and business as well as the application of technologies to proposed business models, and you will be adept at communicating and presenting yourself and your projects to an audience.

Students will develop:
useful and technical knowledge in the areas of sustainable energy and business
the ability to plan and undertake an individual project
interpersonal, communication and professional skills
the ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and by means of presentations to groups
the ability to exercise original thought
knowledge of the application of technologies to proposed business models

Previous projects have included:

promotion of energy efficient building technologies in developing countries through Clean Development Mechanism
Solar Decathlon Zero Carbon House - Mass market solution for the Solar Eco House concept
technical analysis of photovoltaic for small scale application & its economic viability - case study Nigeria
design of a framework for the application of CDM measures to promote rural electrification of microcredit systems

Scholarship information can be found at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/graduateschool/funding/index.aspx

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