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Building Energy and Environmental Performance Modelling (MSc)

1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

To offer knowledge and expertise in the effective use of building modelling and simulation methods for assessing energy and environmental performance at the scale both of individual buildings and the city.

Special Feature

The School is among the leading developers of computer modelling software at scales ranging from individual buildings, through urban blocks to entire cities.

Course Description

After an introduction to the climatic forces which affect buildings, there are modules which focus on specific aspects of building performance, providing an opportunity for the acquisition of both academic foundation and practical skills in the evaluation of building performance by simulation:

Please see the Welsh School of Architecture website for more information about taught modules.

In a second stage of the course, students are able to investigate in greater depth an aspect of the subject that interests them. They produce a written dissertation based on their research.

Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for graduates or practitioners in disciplines related to the built environment, such as architecture, planning, civil or mechanical engineering, building technology or environmental studies, who would like to develop expertise and skills in advanced modelling and simulation methods. Applicants should possess a good first degree, or equivalent work experience in a relevant discipline.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.


Funding is available for this course, for Home/EU students, through the Cardiff University Postgraduate Taught Scholarship Scheme. For programmes in the Welsh School of Architecture, these scholarships will be awarded as a 50% discount in the tuition fees of successful scholarship applicants. Please visit the Postgraduate Taught Scholarship Scheme webpage for further details and how to apply.


50% fee scholarships are currently available to UK and EU residents applying to study on PGT programmes. The 21st Anniversary Scholarship Fund is designed to attract and reward the brightest students from across the UK and the European Union to study at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.

Our PGT programmes are open to candidates from architectural and built environment backgrounds and draw on established and widely recognised research strengths within the School. If you are a UK or EU resident with a good academic and /or work experience record we would like to hear from you.

We expect a high level of competition for scholarships and ask for expressions of interest for the course of your choice by 21st June 2014.

For further information, please see the Financial Support pages of the School website.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Ms Christine Heywood  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 9332 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4623 


School Website:

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Funding Available

There are current funding opportunities for this course. Click here.