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Sustainable Building Engineering (MSc)

Course Description

Develop the knowledge and skills to give existing buildings a sustainable future. You’ll take a holistic approach in the sustainability debate, balancing technical engineering solutions with a business case. In increasing drive towards low carbon and sustainable solutions in the built environment, you’ll address management and financial realities alongside societal expectations.

Achieving the goal of sustainable development continues to be one of the major global issues of our era. How to reduce the adverse effects that buildings have on the environment while improving overall economic performance and society's wellbeing is the challenge that lies at the heart of the EU and UK Government's sustainability strategies. Here, you'll examine this challenge and gain a thorough understanding of the inter-relationship between sustainability drivers and solutions to a more sustainable built environment.

You'll examine the latest developments in sustainable technology and their role in the refurbishment of existing buildings, including the development of new policy guidance, management tools and business models.

You'll also look at the relationship between people and built environment and the inter-relationship between behaviour, engineering technology and management processes that determines a sustainable future built environment.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/sustainable-building-engineering


You could enter a variety of professional, managerial and policy-making positions in a wide range of organisations, involved in the management and use of existing buildings. There's an increasing demand in the UK and internationally for built environment professionals in the fields of sustainability, who are able to develop and deliver holistic solutions to transform the future sustainability of existing buildings.

Core modules

Sustainable Design - Technical Solutions
Sustainable Design - Fabric Solutions
Assessing Building Performance
Property Asset Management
Environmental Management Systems
People and Buildings
Integrated Refurbishment Studio Project
Research Design and Methods
Major Project


You'll be assessed by a variety of learning and assessment methods, including written assessments, both formative and summative, such as essays, position papers, opinions, analysis, presentation, reports and a portfolio. You may also be assessed by exams.

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Visit the Sustainable Building Engineering (MSc) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first degree with honours in a related subject and at a minimum final classification of Lower Second (2:2) or equivalent. Those who do not possess an honours degree but have a degree or degree equivalent qualification and/or appropriate work experience at a suitable level within an organisation for an appropriate length of time will be considered; applicants may be invited for interview. Qualifications from an approved professional body will also be taken into account.

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