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Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment MSc, PgDip

Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment MSc, PgDip

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sustainability Built Environment (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This course uses the concepts of sustainability and adaptation to frame an understanding of the built environment at the community and individual buildings level. This course helps you to consider two key challenges that climate change poses to modern architecture: how buildings can be made sustainable, and how they can be designed to take account of the effects of climate change. Key building issues covered in the course include: energy management and low energy design, sustainable materials, environmental performance assessment and energy provision. Students may further pursue interests in urban design, communities, ecology, water, ecological sanitation, politics and economics. From spatial master-planning to politics and economics, get to the heart of how the environment must be brought into decision-making. Develop your ability to evaluate complex issues and become a self-reflective practitioner or researcher who can communicate evidence and conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards during this course.

Different course options

Full time | Centre for Alternative Technology | 18 months | 07-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


18 months

Start date



The aim of this module is to develop a deep understanding of the principles and consequences of energy flows in buildings in terms of the materials used, the building’s orientation and the local climatic conditions. You will gain a sound appreciation of how energy transfers in buildings can be manually calculated, modelled and simulated in computer modelling suites, and how this is vital to help optimise the design for energy efficiency. You will be able to further hone a systematic, holistic, multidisciplinary and analytical approach to the critical appraisal of passive and energy efficiency design (including Passivhaus designs), heat and moisture flows in new builds and renovations.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a a Bachelor's degree, or knowledge and skills equivalent to degree standard. If you speak any other language as your first language, you may be asked to provide us with evidence of your English language proficiency. An overall IELTS level of 6.5 is required, with a minimum level of 6.0 for each component, or other proof of English language competency, e.g. a letter from your employer if English is used as their business language.