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Key information
Source: HOTCOURSES, October 2016.


Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

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

Course type


Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, October 2016.

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.

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. PgCert and PgDip courses is also available.

Different course options
Source: HOTCOURSES, October 2016.

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


These are the sub-topics that you will study as part of this course.

Source: HOTCOURSES, October 2016.

Energy and Thermal Performance

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.

Energy in Buildings

This module introduces students to how energy is used in buildings, ranging from traditional, climatically adapted architecture to modern low energy buildings. It explains the basic physical processes and systems, and calculation methods for heat flows, overall heat losses, lighting and radiation, and conditioning of air. The architecture of passive design adapted to local climate, both ancient and modern, is explained. Use of natural and mechanical systems for ventilation and cooling are described. Modern daylighting and artificial lighting equipment and systems are explained, with an emphasis on low energy design. Legislation related to energy use in buildings is described and put into context, covering building regulations and codes both in the UK and internationally.

Ventilation and Daylight Modelling

This module will enable students to understand the role of daylight and airflow modelling in the design process of low energy buildings. It will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the physical principles which govern natural ventilation airflows the basis of the modelling methods commonly used in design practice. Case study buildings will provide students with examples of a wide range of natural ventilation design strategies. The module will provide a systematic understanding of the mathematical principles behind natural ventilation. These principles will be used to explain methods for sizing and positioning of ventilation openings. The influence of key design features such as space geometry and heat gains on the performance of any strategy will be studied.

Tuition fees
Source: HOTCOURSES, October 2016.

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


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, October 2016.

Students must have a British Honours degree in a relevant numerate subject, for example, engineering, physical sciences or mathematics. Architects with an interest in computer modelling are also encouraged to apply. Applicants from outside the UK must possess an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution. If you have no formal academic qualifications, but can demonstrate extensive experience in an appropriate area, we will consider your application on an individual basis.

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