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Course content

As we head towards zero carbon buildings, we need to better understand how buildings should be constructed and the materials we should use in their construction in order to increase their energy efficiency.

Whether you are working in the construction industry, a graduate from a built environment background or you want to upskill for a new construction role, we will teach you how to analyse the performance of existing buildings and to design and model new, energy efficient buildings.

You will gain an understanding of building physics and performance, including how buildings respond to weather, how to heat buildings efficiently and how bricks, mortar, timber and insulants act as a thermal barrier. Discover how to use 3D modelling packages to study individual building components and analyse how buildings respond to environmental conditions and occupancy patterns.

You can combine this course with other Advanced Professional Diplomas as part of our MSc Sustainable Engineering or study it as a standalone qualification.

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


Aimed at professionals working within the built environment or graduates looking to build on their knowledge of the built environment, we will help you further your employment prospects within the construction industry. With the ability to assess the performance of existing buildings and the specialist skills to design and model new buildings, you will be a valuable asset to any construction company.

- Building Surveyor
- Architectural Technician
- Mechanical Engineer

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

Study part time at your own pace around your job and learn the latest developments in building modelling and performance that will set you apart in the workplace.

When it comes to understanding the performance of buildings in the UK, the government and building industry alike turn to our University for expertise and advice. You will be learning from a teaching team and industry experts who have worked with the UK government and large material manufacturers including Saint-Gobain and ARC Building Solutions to enhance the performance and efficiency of buildings. You will hear the first-hand experiences of business leaders and sustainability experts involved in UK and international consultancy projects on building modelling and simulation.

Through our virtual learning environment you will have access to the latest information about building designs and research on how building stock can be made more energy efficient. Online materials including videos, up-to-date research on thermal performance, moisture propagation and building fabrics, and simulations considering weather conditions, occupancy and the impact of solar and ventilation will inform your learning.

Core Modules

Building Environmental Science & Modelling
Learn to assess building performance for occupant comfort, health, energy use and serviceable life. Discover how modelling of building fabrics and components is used to predict performance.

Building Detailed Design & Specification
Apply the principals learned in the Building Environment Science & Modelling module to the design of building details to maximise performance while avoiding problems.

Professor Chris Gorse

Professor of Construction and Project Management

"The future of our energy efficient homes, workplaces and smart cities is underpinned by the performance and reliability of the models we use. This course will advance your understanding and ability to apply the latest tools and techniques to the field"

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.


- Northern Terrace
Based at our City Campus, only a short walk from Leeds city centre, Northern Terrace is home to our School of Built Environment & Engineering.

- Leeds Sustainability Institute
Our Leeds Sustainability Institute's facilities include the latest drone and thermal imaging technology to provide new ways of measuring and evaluating building sustainability.

- 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.

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

Visit the Building Modelling & Simulation (Advanced Professional Diploma) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!





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