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.
Reasons to Study;
• 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 • Energy in Buildings • Sustainable Energy • Resource-Efficient Design • Energy and Thermal Performance • Ventilation and Daylight Modelling • Energy Analysis Techniques • Research Methods • Design Project
Teaching and Assessment
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.
Contact and learning hours
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.