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Environmental Design of Buildings (MSc)

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  • Objectives
    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.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements:
    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, or equivalent work experience in a relevant discipline.
  • Academic Title
    Environmental Design of Buildings (MSc)
  • Course description
    Course Description:
    There are six taught 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 furture 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.
    -Braoder 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.

    Assessment Methods for this course include written examination, project work and a dissertation.

    Special Features:
    -Based on research strengths within a 5A academic school.
    -Suitable for candidates from non-architectural backgrounds
    -Designed for the needs of students from overseas.
    -Available for full-time and part-time study and for study by distance learning.
    -Provides a practical grounding in the subject for professionals.
    -Of growing relevance to careers in the built environment.

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