The MSc has been designed to offer flexibility, with attended or distance learning study available and a range of possible awards from a full MSc to a single module. Modules studied:
Sustainable Development – covers the key concepts of sustainable development and sustainability. This module discusses social, ecological and economic sustainability concepts and encourages you to develop a critical appreciation of the sustainable development debate
Energy in Buildings – introduces you to how energy is used in buildings, ranging from traditional, climatically adapted architecture to modern, low-energy buildings. It explains the basic physical processes and systems, and calculation methods for heat flows, overall heat losses, lighting and radiation, and conditioning of air
Sustainable Energy – highlights the importance of sustainable development of energy resources in both urban and rural environments. A systematic understanding of renewable energy technologies and aspects of power generation is covered. The module examines the physical principles and application of current technologies, as well as economic aspects. It also covers aspects of electrical power conditioning grid linkage and the critical assessment of regional renewable energy resources
Resource-Efficient Design – provides you with a grounded understanding of resource-efficient industrial design, with particular emphasis on energy. The module will introduce you to the design process and encourage you to analyse each individual stage of development in terms of its impact on resource use and overall energy consumption
Energy and Thermal Performance – enables you to understand why and how building energy simulation methods can be used to analyse building thermal performance in the design process as well as a comprehensive understanding of the physical processes that govern building thermal and energy performance.You will be able to make appropriate selection of energy simulation methods, evaluate results and give coherent recommendations in a multi-disciplinary context
Ventilation and Daylight Modelling – helps you to understand the role of daylight and airflow modelling in the design process of low-energy buildings. Case study buildings and site visits will provide you with examples of a wide range of natural ventilation design strategies. The module covers a wide range of airflow modelling techniques, from very simple prediction techniques to sophisticated computer simulations
Energy Analysis Techniques – enables you to analyse data from buildings and industry to identify energy- and greenhouse gas–saving opportunities. You will learn how to carry out the analysis techniques of an energy audit, energy survey and energy balance and establish an ongoing energy monitoring and target-setting regime for a building or industry
Research Methods – provides the skills necessary to successfully complete a research project of a high standard, introducing you to a range of research methodologies and practices relevant to the successful completion of the MSc.
Design Project – provides experience of analysing building airflow, daylighting, thermal performance, energy and carbon in the context of the building design process. You will participate in a group project to evaluate the performance of a realistic building design. You will then develop an individual design proposal based on detailed analysis using appropriate modelling techniques, to achieve a building design that satisfies the performance criteria set out in the project brief.