Environmental Design of Buildings (MSc)
1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
Please note: This MSc programme is also available for study by distance learning over one, two or three years.
This programme is a conversion course and is designed for graduates who want to pursue a creer in this area and whose first degree was in another discipline.
This course aims to offer knowledge and expertise for specialising in the design of comfortable and healthy environments in and around buildings, regardless of climate, and with due regard to sustainable issues. This is an area of expertise often tending to fall between the normal professional interests of architects and engineers. Project work is an important component of the scheme, and is intended to emphasise practicalities and develop the necessary working skills.
- Based on research strengths of the School.
- Intended for all members of the building design team
- Encourages an understanding of both the principles and application of its subject.
- Provides a practical grounding in the subject for professionals.
- Gives students a broad understanding of aspects of environmental design that they are likely to meet in practice.
- With sufficient career experience, prepares students for leading roles in their respective professions
- Available for full-time and part-time study and for study by distance learning.
There are six taught and two project modules in the first stage of the course. The modules approach the subject from a variety of angles that are intended to cut across the integrating threads of heating, lighting, acoustics and sustainability, including:
- The given conditions facing environmental designers, including future conditions implied by climate change.
- The environmental standards to be achieved, and their prediction, measurement, and legislation.
- Ways of achieving high standards of environmental performance that make appropriate use of the building fabric and of mechanical services.
- Broader issues that environmental designers should be aware of in order to practice in a sustainable way.
The course syllabus and its project work address good practice in climates around the world. In the second stage, students prepare a research dissertation, in which they are able to pursue in greater depth an aspect of the subject that interests them.
The course shares 60 credits of core taught modules with a suite of architectural science masters. These modules provide a grounding in architectural science, while placing this in the context of sustainable development and environmental performance of buildings.
Alongside this core set of modules, 60 credits of modules reinforce this teaching with a focus on the climatic environment, the internal building environment and the passive design strategies as well as by providing the opportunity to apply the ideas taught in class to problems which, whilst not real, exercise a similar range of skills to a real problem.
- Dr Eleni Ampatzi – Course Leader
- Sarah O’Dwyer – Lecturer, Distance learning.
- Dr Vicki Stevenson – Lecturer, leading specialist modules
- Miss Amalia Banteli – Course tutor
The principal aims of the programme are:
- to develop in students the knowledge and ability needed to design healthy, comfortable and secure environments in and around buildings that place a minimal strain on global resources;
- to prepare students for adopting the role of an environmental designer in the building team, and adapting to changing demands on this role as sustainable policies are increasingly supported by the public and by governments;
- to encourage in students an understanding of both the principles and application of the subject, using project work to emphasise practicalities and develop necessary working skills and a research dissertation to emphasise the ongoing development of knowledge.
The course is suitable for graduates or experienced practitioners in disciplines related to the built environment, such as architecture, building services engineering, building technology or environmental studies who would like to strengthen their expertise in environmental design. Underlying the scheme is the belief that only by bridging the knowledge gap between disciplines can environmental design advance sustainably. The course gives professionals a broad understanding of aspects of environmental design that they are likely to meet in practice. The scheme focuses on both the principles and application of its subject, giving attention to design in diverse climates, serving many needs, commercial and domestic. With sufficient career experience, the scheme should prepare students for leading roles in their respective professions.
The programme has helped a large number of professionals to pursue a career in a broad range of sectors such as (but not limited to):
- Practice of architecture or engineering, with specialism in environmental design
- Consultancy (building environmental analysis and building performance evaluation)
- Academia (teaching and/or research)
- Policy (in the UK and abroad)
One of our recent graduates, Craig Pilkington, has now secured a job with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff in Bristol as a Graduate Engineer in their Sustainable Buildings Group. You can watch a short interview with him from Graduation Day 2015 here.
The course is suitable for graduates or experienced practitioners in disciplines related to the built environment, such as architecture, building services engineering, building technology or environmental studies who would like to strengthen their expertise in environmental design. The distance learning version of this course will be of particular interest to professionals who do not want to interrupt their careers, wherever they live.
Applicants should possess a good first degree (typically a 2:1 or equivalent), 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.
Tuition Fees 2016/17
Tuition fees to be confirmed shortly.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Ms Christine Heywood
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 9332
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4623