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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:

Advanced Building Performance Simulation

Emerging Construction Technology

High Performance Buildings Research Project

Introduction to High Performance Buildings

Performance Finance and Investment

Performative Architecture

Smart and Intelligent Buildings

Application process

To be considered for entry onto the programme, you'll need to submit the following:

A completed application form.

An official copy of your transcript for your completed degree studies.

A statement of interest outlining why you want to study at Plymouth University and what you believe you will contribute to our programme.

A Curriculum Vitae that describes your academic qualifications, any work experience, and any other personal work relevant to your application.

Two suitable references (at least one from your former university).

If you would like additional information please contact .

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email .

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

Entry Requirements

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. International students require a suitable academic profile as well as an English language score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course Fees

Full-time: UK/EU: £5,660, International: £13,250, Islands: £13,250; Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £314, International: £750, Islands: £750

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