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High Performance Buildings - MSc


Course Description

Do you want to address the big challenges which face our world today - climate change, quality of life and the new economic reality? Gain the knowledge and skills needed to be at the leading edge of the building discipline and work towards the best products and processes in the industry by studying this course. On graduating you will be in a unique position to work on integrated design project teams, in building energy/facility management or continue towards postgraduate research.

Key features

-Join a course that aims to set new international standards in building performance. Move beyond the concepts of green buildings or sustainability - these are embedded in this programme, but we go the extra mile, giving you a more holistic view.
-Combine a solid grounding in core aspects of this subject area such as energy efficiency with a wider context that includes the economic, socio-cultural and historic dimensions.
-Help tackle some of the key challenges that face the building industry, such as the new economic reality, quality of life, climate change, and population growth.
-Gain expertise in the key enabling technologies of building performance simulation, building information modelling, and energy management.
-Get inspired through research-informed teaching. All staff contributing to this programme are part of a research group that runs projects funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), European Union, InnovateUK, Leverhulme Trust and others.
-Interact with various stakeholders in the building domain, including design and engineering companies, contractors, property developers, facility managers, and governmental organisations.
-Expand your network through special interest groups that focus both on industry as well as research.
-Become part of a vibrant multidisciplinary school. Part of this programme allows you to explore modules of our Masters in Architecture (MArch) programme.

Course details

The programme aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop your knowledge in quantifying building performance, and the application of the performance concept throughout the building life cycle. The regular duration is one year, full-time.

On successful completion of the programme you will have developed knowledge and understanding of building systems. You will be able to assess performance from different perspectives, such as environmental, socio-economic and cultural point of view. You will have the skills to use building performance simulation tools, carry out monitoring, and analyse complex data. You will have the skills to deal with the different stakeholders in building performance.

Core modules
-HPB701 Introduction to High Performance Buildings
-HPB702 Emerging Construction Technology
-HPB703 Smart and Intelligent Buildings
-HPB705 Performance Finance and Investment
-HPB706 Performative Architecture
-HPB707 High Performance Buildings Research Project
-HPB704 Advanced Building Performance Simulation

Visit the High Performance Buildings - MSc page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The admissions policy and procedures are in place to ensure that applicants have the intellectual ability, motivation and, where appropriate, the professional experience to benefit from, and contribute to, the MSc in High Performance Buildings. The normal minimum qualification is an upper second-class bachelor's degree (2.1) from a UK university in engineering, science, mathematics, or a discipline related to building. Other qualifications supplemented with relevant industrial experience will also be considered.

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