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Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments MSc

Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Built Environment (General) Sustainability Environmental Engineering

Course type


Course Summary

The MSc in Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments course is ideal for urban planners, architects, building services engineers, facilities managers and performance assessors looking to progress their careers. With the MSc Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environment course you will build on your knowledge of interdisciplinary design and develop the leadership skills to help you rise to the top. This master’s course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, and the Energy Institute. (Accreditation is reviewed periodically. Successful completion of this course satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.) It provides an introduction to the fundamental subjects related to environmental design, operation and management, and an understanding of the latest theories and research. You will broaden your knowledge in environmental engineering, building design, energy efficiency and management, along with the application of digital technology and indoor environmental quality and wellbeing. This course is offered as a one-year full-time course, or as a flexible modular course. The course is delivered through intensive residential weeks at our campus, supported through a professional online learning environment. Study over two years alongside your work commitments, or fast-track your studies with a one-year programme. You will learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, guided reading, online resources and written assignments. Class sizes range from eight to 40 people and combine flexible and full-time students. All classes are taught in one-week intensive teaching blocks with assignment work between teaching weeks. This course fosters leadership in environmental design and energy management. Its distinctive focus is on a truly interdisciplinary approach to the design and operation of sustainable buildings and cities. During your studies you will benefit from our strong links with industry, with visits to sites and from industry speakers. All of the resources of the University are available to our students. In addition, we provide facilities in the School, including: The School’s Resource Room, with study spaces for individual and group work as well as subject-specific learning resources; Dedicated computer labs equipped with the latest digital technology and software, including building information modelling (BIM), 3D laser scanning, 3D visualisation, virtual reality headsets, building energy simulations and urban microclimate simulations. Graduates will typically find employment in environmental urban planning, architectural design, environmental engineering, facilities management, energy assessment, green building assessment and energy policy.

Different course options

Full time | University of Reading | 12 months | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Building information modelling - Core
Engineering research and dissertation - Core
Urban microclimates - Core
Energy in buildings - Core
Green building assessment - Core
ICT and energy management - Core
Urban sustainability - Core
Environmental quality and wellbeing - Core
Sustainable design and management principles and practice - Core

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

Applicants are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years’ relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.