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Energy and Sustainable Building Design MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Energy and Sustainable Building Design MSc/PgDip/PgCert

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Energy Efficiency (Buildings) Building Design Energy Economics / Management / Conservation

Course type


Course Summary

This innovative course is designed for students who wish to understand the ways new and renewable energy can be harnessed in buildings, gain the ability to undertake the simulation and modelling tasks essential for credible building performance analysis, and work creatively within a multidisciplinary design team. The need for sustainable approaches to building design is universally acknowledged. As the effects of climate change are felt, the drive towards more energy-efficient buildings is intensifying. Sustainable buildings need not be technologically complex, but a high level of sophistication in design procedures and performance analysis is required. The course has been accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute for completing the educational requirements for chartered engineer registration. CIBSE is an international body which represents and provides services to the building services profession, with a membership of 17,000, one-fifth of which is outside the UK. The Energy Institute is the leading professional body for the energy industries, supporting almost 12,000 professionals.

All assessment is by coursework. Each taught module has two items of coursework. The first is a smaller assignment for which feedback is given while the module is being studied. A second, major assignment is due at a later date after the material has been assimilated.

This course is aimed at both recent graduates and professionals working in relevant fields. The knowledge and advanced modelling skills you gain will enable you to work effectively as a building design professional or analyst. These skills are increasingly in demand in architectural and engineering consultancies, utilities and regulatory organisations, and local and national government.

Our graduates go on to work in a wide range of energy, buildings and sustainability roles – for example, energy and environmental consultants, in non-governmental environmental organisations, central and local government (including the European Commission), and multi-national organisations. Some of our graduates stay on at DMU to continue their academic training with PhD studies.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • The Carbon Trust
  • BMW
  • Turley Associates
  • National Energy Foundation
  • European Commission
  • Knightstone Housing Association
  • National Grid
  • Leicester City Council
  • Mott MacDonald
  • WSP Group
  • Arup
  • WYG
  • David Chipperfield Architects

Different course options

Full time | Leicester Campus | 1 year | SEP-18

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will enable students to understand why and how building energy simulation methods can be used to analyse building thermal performance in the design process. It provides students a comprehensive understanding of the physical processes that govern building thermal and energy performance. This module also focuses on the inter-relationship of building form, fabric, solar control, airflow and comfort requirements, with energy performance. It will enable students to apply simulation methods to estimate the benefits, in terms of energy and emissions, of a sustainable approach building design. Students will carry out quantitative analysis on climatic datasets to discern their prevailing characteristics.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant numerate subject, for example engineering, physical sciences, mathematics. Architects with an interest in computer modelling are also encouraged to apply. We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

University information

Based in Leicester city centre, DeMontfort University (DMU) got its current name in 1992 after being founded as the Leicester School of Art in 1870. It is split into four faculties, which contain a number of different schools: Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities Faculty of Business and Law Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Faculty of Technology 16% of the university’s students are studying postgraduate courses and 37% are...more