Oxford Brookes University

Sustainable Building - Performance and Design

This unique multi-disciplinary course is taught by architects, engineers and physicists involved in practice and research. It focuses on the theory and practice of developing low carbon and sustainable buildings.

The course includes a number of interlinked modules that simulate the design and development of a sustainable project. This enables students from different disciplines to develop skills and understanding relevant to their own discipline, be it design or consultancy, and in relation to a national and international context.

Entry requirements

Candidates are required to fulfil one of the following: Hold an approved undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) at first or upper second class in a relevant discipline ie architecture, engineering or physics and other subjects related to the built and natural environments; OR possess an appropriate professional background and experience in architecture, building or building servicing design. Applications are also considered from potential candidates who wish to seek accreditation for their prior experiential learning or earlier qualifications, particularly those who have worked on projects in related fields. A number of our applicants use the programme as a means of facilitating a career change or progression. Applicants are encouraged to submit a digital portfolio of their design or other work related to the built environment and GRE General Test results if available.

Course modules

Building physics; the sustainable built environment; post-occupancy building evaluation; advanced low carbon building technologies; modelling and passive strategies; sustainable design in context; research methods and design; dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 12 months
MSc Part-time September 2017 - 24 months
PgDip Full-time September 2017 - 9 months
PgDip Part-time September 2017 - 18 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Headington Campus Oxford OX3 0BP South East

Key information

School of Architecture
Telephone number: 
01865 483230