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MSc Sustainable Construction

Course Description

UK construction is well-placed to benefit from the opportunities presented by the global shift to a low carbon economy and green construction, but there is a continuing need to ensure investment in innovation and technology alongside increased collaboration between businesses and research institutions to enable the UK to realise this potential. There is also scope for further progress, particularly with regard to addressing evident skills shortages. The global green and sustainable building industry is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 22.8% between now and 2017 as a result of increasing low carbon regulatory requirements and greater societal demand for greener products. It seems that the market is recognising these opportunities.

According to recent research by McGraw-Hill Construction (2013), around half the architects, engineers, contractors, building owners and building consultants around the world anticipate that at least 60% of their work will be green by 2015, up from 28% of firms in 2012 and only 13% in 2009.

The UK’s existing housing stock, which accounts for over half of the greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment, presents growth and development opportunities for the UK’s low carbon and sustainable construction market.

The programme will draw upon subject expertise within the School of Architecture, Built and Natural Environments, which has been commended by Externals for its commitment to innovative teaching and learning. The programme enhances a number of advanced transferable skills and equips the student with a range of skills appropriate for a broad variety of future opportunities as well as providing skills and competencies for those students who are progressing to MPhil / PhD. Regularly, our MSc students have progressed to our PhD provision. Sustainability is seen as a priority in construction circles; the very nature of its operation places a heavy burden on the environment. The programme holds firm the sustainability concept and provides students with ‘real’ examples of established practices.

Programme Content

This Masters programme is delivered on a module credit system. Each module comprises 200 hours of student learning time for every 20 credits. The programme structure requires students to complete in Part I the equivalent of 120 credits in order to progress to Part II, in which they complete a dissertation of 60 credit value.

The total number of credits required to be eligible for the award of this modular Master’s degree is not fewer than 180.

The full-time programme is normally studied over a three-semester period and the part-time programme over the course of six semesters. The taught Part I of the Masters normally begins in September and continues to the end of semester two in June.

Semester three is completed during the June to October period, and on the full-time programme this is concluded via the submission of the dissertation and defence via a viva voce.

Part I: Semesters 1 and 2 (Full Time)

This consists of modules which are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and study visits. The student needs to pass Part I to progress to the Part II dissertation.
Building Information Management Systems
Construction Technologies Past & Present
Energy Performance Strategies
Research Methods & Professional Skills
Sustainable Development
Future Proofing Construction
Part II: Dissertation: 120 credits

On successful completion of the 120 credits of taught modules the student can progress to the 60 credit dissertation module (in accordance with section 6.2.8 of the AQH). The student will submit a dissertation proposal form to the Programme Director who will assess the feasibility of the project.

For information on our postgraduate study scholarships please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/

Visit the MSc Sustainable Construction page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Study Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Available to UK/EU students on a postgraduate programme who require assistance with their fees. Priority given to students enrolling in the first year of their postgraduate study. Awarded as fee reduction.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to UK/EU students on a postgraduate programme who require assistance with their fees. Priority given to students enrolling in the first year of their postgraduate study. Awarded as fee reduction.

Application Procedure

Application forms can be downloaded from: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/application-forms/
the application deadline for 2015/16 is 4th September 2015

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An initial degree from an approved degree awarding body or a non-graduate qualification which has been deemed to be of an appropriate standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission. Applicants may also be considered provided that s/he has held, for a minimum of two years, an appropriate position which is relevant to the programme to be pursued. Such applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

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