De Montfort University
Energy and Sustainable Building Design
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. This 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.
You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2.2 minimum) 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. We actively seek applications from mature students or professionals who require flexible part-time or distance learning study options.
Modules studied: Energy in buildings; sustainable development; renewable energy; resource efficient design; ventilation and daylight modelling; energy analysis techniques; energy and thermal performance; research methods; design project.
Full-time students attend for 2 days each week and receive formal lectures from experienced researchers and teaching staff, complemented by informal seminars and group discussions. You will also be expected to undertake self-directed study. All teaching material is fully documented and available on the web-based virtual learning environment (VLE) before timetabled events take place. All assessment is by coursework. Each taught module has 2 items of coursework. The 1st is a smaller assignment in which prompt feedback is given while the module is being studied. A 2nd, major assignment is due at a later date after the material has been assimilated. As well as the 8 taught modules, students also complete a team-based design project. Assessment of the design project is by 2 items of course work, a group report and an individual report, and a viva voce examination.
|Qualification||Study mode||Fee||Course duration|
|MSc||Full-time||£ 6,375 per Academic year (home fees)||1 years|
|MSc||Full-time||£ 12,200 per Academic year (overseas fees)||1 years|
|MSc||Full-time||£ 6,375 per Academic year (EU fees)||1 years|
|MSc||Part-time||£ 3,190 per Academic year (home fees)||2 years|
|MSc||Part-time||£ 3,190 per Academic year (EU fees)||2 years|
|MSc||Distance learning||£ 585 per Credit module (home fees)||3 years|
|MSc||Distance learning||£ 800 per Credit module (overseas fees)||3 years|
|MSc||Distance learning||£ 585 per Credit module (EU fees)||3 years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Leicester Campus||Leicester||LE1 9BH||East Midlands|
|Distance Learning/Online Study|
0116 250 6070