Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Built Environment (Energy Demand Studies)

This multi-disciplinary programme equips students with the core knowledge and skills to become effective career researchers in this field across a range of settings; students acquire the core knowledge necessary to understand the technology and physics of building energy flows whilst understanding the social, political, and economic factors that shape our built environment, its energy demand, and the energy supply infrastructure; they also gain a good grounding in the core generic skills needed by researchers; a student-centred programme, based on personal learning through research, comprising technical modules provides an overview of the energy supply and demand systems, the way in which energy is used in buildings, and how this is influenced by design, technology, and socio-economic factors; field and laboratory work entail measuring the energy use and internal environment in buildings, while models of different complexity permit the impact of energy efficiency measures to be quantified; small group teaching through workshops, seminars and tutorials are a feature of the course and students are expected to engage with the wider programme of site visits, seminars and conferences planned by the course team.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours in relevant science, engineering, or similar subject related to energy and the built environment. Applicants with extensive relevant industry experience and a capability in engineering, science, or related fields equivalent to graduate level will also be considered. International students require English language score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: energy demand in context; energy systems and models; energy theory, measurement and interpretation; energy demand: society, economics and policy; quantitative and qualitative research methods; research development and dissemination; energy demand studies: research dissertation.

Assessment methods

A 15000 word research dissertation on a chosen topic of interest; a 4000 word paper; and a viva; all taught modules: 100 per cent coursework including essays, reports, posters, and group and individual presentations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Loughborough University Loughborough LE11 3TU East Midlands

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