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MSc Design and Construction of Zero Carbon and Ultra Low Energy Buildings

Course Description

The MSc Renewable Energy and Zero Carbon Buildings is a multi-disciplinary programme of postgraduate study aiming to equip learners with essential new perspectives, capabilities and skills.

This design-based, research-led programme spans broad fields of enquiry from creating sustainable communities and built environments at a macro-level regional perspective to the micro-level technological challenges in the design and construction of ultra-low energy and zero-carbon buildings. The programme aims to develop advanced integrative skills, knowledge and understanding across these fields, drawing from the broad interdisciplinary expertise across the disciplines of Architecture, Town and Regional Planning, Engineering, Physics and Geography.

With buildings contributing to approximately 47% of CO2 emissions, the design of ultra-low energy buildings and future sustainable low-carbon communities is of international importance. This course develops cross-disciplinary know-how and expertise in developing new regional approaches to these global issues.

It will focus, as an example, on Scottish construction sector requirements, by addressing the knowledge and skills gap in the industry in being able to meet future Scottish regulatory requirements set out in the Sullivan Report (2007). However, it will also address the broader UK legislation changes embodied in Code For Sustainable Homes that will become mandatory in the 2016 building regulations in England and Wales. It will go beyond this, delivering theoretical approaches and examples of best practice in this field from across Europe, in particular Scandinavia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The aims of the course are:

To introduce the challenges in addressing the future of ultra-low energy and zero carbon building design and construction as set out in EU Legislation and UK Governments 2016 Action Policy for Zero-Carbon Building.
To develop understanding of design, construction and delivery of high performance buildings from a holistic point of view by working simultaneously from Macro to Micro scales and in tandem with industry on live R+D prototypes.
To develop qualitative design and quantitative analytical skills pertaining to high performance building design, evaluation and construction

Who should study this course

This course is relevant for individuals who plan, design, build, commission, maintain or manage buildings and the built environment.

These include: Architects, Engineers, Planners, Developers, Regulators/surveyors, Clients, Facilities Managers, Construction Managers, Research Students, Research and Development Organisations, Specialist Consultants, Contractors and Manufacturers.

However, due to the broad interdisciplinary requirements of this sector it is envisaged that the course will impact on Energy and Forestry Sectors and the broader built environment areas as these are seen as being intrinsic to building a regional low-carbon construction industry of the future. Design and construction professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge in the delivery of ultra-low energy and zero-carbon buildings will gain cutting edge know-how and expertise across a broad range of fields form macro to micro issues.

The course will also have relevance to the non-professional specialist skills base and will widen access for specialist trades intrinsic to the delivery and construction of ultra-low energy buildings by investigating in detail best practice in construction methods and principles.

Visit the MSc Design and Construction of Zero Carbon and Ultra Low Energy Buildings page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

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Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Funded Places - 20+ Awards

Due to an initiative from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) designed to support key sectors in the Scottish economy to develop a high-level skills base, the University of Dundee is pleased to announce that we can offer 20 fully-funded places to eligible students starting in September 2013. 10 places are for MSc Design & Construction of Zero Carbon and Ultra-Low Energy Buildings
10 places are for MSc Water Hazards, Risk & ResilienceThe funded places cover all tuition fees associated with the MSc programmes and applicants classified as Scottish or EU for fee purposes are eligible to apply. Funded places will be awarded competitively to applicants with the strongest applications in the judgement of the course leaders. This will principally be based on a student's prior academic performance, but equivalent work experience may also be taken into account.

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Applicants must be classed as having Scottish/EU fee status by the University of Dundee to be considered for a funded place.

Application Procedure

Applicants should indicate their wish to be considered when they complete their UKPASS application.

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Entry Requirements

An honours degree at 2.1 or above in architecture, engineering, planning, building services, geography, science or related disciplines. Appropriate practical experience is desirable and an ability to demonstrate considerable practical experience in a relevant field may be acceptable in lieu of a higher degree qualification. IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent) if first language is not English.

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