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  • Objectives
    This course in low energy design is tailored for professionals working in the built environment in an international context. If you are an architect or building professional, this course provides you with a practical and theoretical grounding in the subject. You will develop skills in a range of different methodologies for evaluating environmental conditions and predicting the effects of design solutions: these include data collection, interpretation methods and computer-based simulations of buildings. You will undertake practical studies in the field, setting up live monitoring projects working with real buildings and real data. Environmental simulation programmes are introduced and used within the course. This work is set within a framework of low energy design principles and against a background of sometimes conflicting theories of sustainability. The Low Energy Architecture Research Unit (LEARN) within the department teaches the course. LEARN is one of the leading research units in Europe in this field, and is engaged in a range of European-funded research projects as well as research and consultancy work to government bodies, and commercial architecture and engineering practices. The unit also delivers courses across the department to architects and interior designers and has collaborated on award-winning design proposals. You will have access to a range of environmental simulation software, which is complemented by facilities for testing and simulating different environmental conditions using physical models, including a lighting laboratory equipped with an artificial sky and heliodon.
  • Entry requirements
    In addition to an Honours degree in architecture or a built-environment-based subject, professional or practical experience is highly valued. Interest and enthusiasm are essential.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Architecture, Energy and Sustainability
  • Course description
    Course structure
    You will complete an equal number of taught and research-based modules. The course is designed to equip you with the skills and understanding you will need to formulate, evaluate and carry out a complex project. Core modules include:

    -Energy Comfort and Buildings
    -Low Energy Architecture

    You then take the following three specialist modules:

    -Building Simulation
    -Building Performance
    -Daylighting and Energy Efficient Artificial Lighting

    Assessment is through coursework on the taught modules. For the research-based modules you may choose to complete either a substantial written dissertation or a substantial design and evaluation project.

    Career opportunities
    The course equips you with the practical and theoretical skills required by the construction and design industry. Past graduates have found employment in environmental consultancy and architectural practice.

    Those who wish to take their research further can go on to take a research degree.

    Attendance & duration
    Full-time: one year, two days a week
    Part-time: two years, one day a week (daytime only)

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