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Energy and Sustainable Building Design MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

This innovative course is designed for students who wish to understand the ways new and renewable energy can be harnessed in buildings, gain the ability to undertake the simulation and modelling tasks essential for credible building performance analysis, and work creatively within a multidisciplinary design team.

Overview

Reasons to study Energy and Sustainable Building Design at De Montfort University:

The need for sustainable approaches to building design is universally acknowledged. As the effects of climate change are felt, the drive towards more energy-efficient buildings is intensifying. Sustainable buildings need not be technologically complex, but a high level of sophistication in design procedures and performance analysis is required.

The course has been accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute for completing the educational requirements for chartered engineer registration. CIBSE is an international body which represents and provides services to the building services profession, with a membership of 17,000, one-fifth of which is outside the UK. The Energy Institute is the leading professional body for the energy industries, supporting almost 12,000 professionals.

Reasons to study Energy and Sustainable Building Design at DMU  

  • Our course is designed to be flexible and fit around your schedule – you can choose to attend classes on campus, part-time of full-time or distance learning, and choose from a range of possible exit awards, from a full MSc to a single module; making this course suitable for recent graduates and professionals in work
  • Accredited by CIBSE and the Energy Institute providing you with expertise and knowledge relevant to industry
  • We combine an interdisciplinary approach, which gives a broad insight into energy and sustainability issues, with in-depth knowledge of the computer modelling techniques that are used in the design of modern sustainable buildings – giving you the skills you need to excel in a variety of roles in the industry
  • Academic expertise from our Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) is underpinned within the course. IESD’s research and teaching staff provide students with a unique opportunity to learn from scientists actively involved in furthering knowledge and sharing expertise
  • 100 per cent of graduates from this course are in full-time employment or further education within six months of completing their course*
  • Graduates from the course have gone on to work in a wide range of energy, building and sustainability roles as energy and environmental consultants, in non-governmental environmental organisations, central and local government and multi-national organisations including National Grid, Carbon Trust and Arup.

 

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“The course has given me greater confidence in my work and helped me to communicate my designs and proposals more effectively. The credibility of having an MSc from a respected institution such as IESD within DMU has opened a lot of doors to me, and provided opportunities which I may not have had otherwise.” 

Declan Alcock, graduate 

*The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2013/14

Scholarships

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship.

International Scholarships

Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.

 

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time, three to five years by distance learning.

Start Date: September

Fees and funding: £5,100

EU Students: Find out about student loan information, the LoveEU bundle and scholarships for 2016.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time, three to five years by distance learning.

Start Date: September

Fees and funding: £12,700

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant numerate subject, for example engineering, physical sciences, mathematics. Architects with an interest in computer modelling are also encouraged to apply.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

 

 

Whilst the University tries to ensure that all of its programmes run as advertised it is sometimes necessary to make significant changes to the structure of the programmes or to discontinue a programme entirely if for instance there are insufficient student numbers or staff changes. This will sometimes happen between an offer being made and enrolment.

Where changes are made the University will endeavour to inform applicants as early as possible to minimise the potential disruption to the application process. Where possible an alternative programme will be offered in a similar subject area.

In cases where programmes are changed or discontinued the University will send a communication to you electronically and/or by hard copy outlining your options.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise

 

 

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.

 

 

Full-time students attend for two days each week and receive formal lectures from experienced researchers and teaching staff, complemented by informal seminars and group discussions. Part-time students attend one day per week. You will also be expected to undertake self-directed study. All teaching material is fully documented and available on the web-based virtual learning environment (VLE) before timetabled events take place.

Distance learning students follow a structured study plan provided on the VLE, supported by discussion forums with other students, and email and telephone conversations with the module leader. Our course has been commended in an academic quality review for its “innovative and sophisticated forms of e-based learning and teaching”.

All assessment is by coursework. Each taught module has two items of coursework. The first is a smaller assignment for which feedback is given while the module is being studied. A second, major assignment is due at a later date after the material has been assimilated.

 

 

 

As well as the eight taught modules, students complete either an individual dissertation or a team-based design project, and all students get to attend the annual MSc conference, where final year students present.

Contact and learning hours
You will normally attend 2-4 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week for each module undertaken during term time; for full time study this would be 12 hours per week during term time. You can also expect to typically undertake a further hours of 6 hours independent study and assignments as required per week.



 

Modules are taught by research and teaching staff in the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD), providing you with a unique opportunity to learn from scientists actively involved in furthering knowledge in this area.

The IESD’s research has developed over a 30-year period to create the underlying knowledge, techniques and technology necessary to achieve more energy efficient and sustainable lifestyles.

 

 

 

Current research is driven by the UK’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase the use of new and renewable energy technology and provide a high-quality, comfortable, safe and efficient built environment.

Applied research seeks practical solutions to contemporary problems, whilst more theoretical and/or blue sky explorations seek to understand our physical and social world, generating new knowledge that can have long-term benefits in many fields of human endeavour.

Facilities and features

Facilities

The new Energy Laboratory in the School of Engineering and Sustainable Development is a high-tech hub for teaching, research and technology demonstration. Complimenting DMU’s wider green energy projects, the Energy Laboratory is housed in the Queens Building, the award-winning passively cooled student and research space for Engineering and Media. 

Home to the future of smart energy the Energy Laboratory features a working smart kitchen, a technology testing and proving space for real-world experiments and practical energy projects. The Laboratory is also equipped with a demonstration heat pump system and features performance data from a working off-site heat pump installation at DMU’s‘Green Energy House’, a traditional terrace equipped with some of the latest low carbon energy systems. 

The Energy Laboratory will become a catalyst for students to think creatively about some significant energy problems of the present and future but also for academic research into energy generation, low carbon transport, heating and light, energy storage and smart grids.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Graduate Careers

This course is aimed at both recent graduates and professionals working in relevant fields. The knowledge and advanced modelling skills you gain will enable you to work effectively as a building design professional or analyst. These skills are increasingly in demand in architectural and engineering consultancies, utilities and regulatory organisations, and local and national government.

Our graduates go on to work in a wide range of energy, buildings and sustainability roles – for example, energy and environmental consultants, in non-governmental environmental organisations, central and local government (including the European Commission), and multi-national organisations. Some of our graduates stay on at DMU to continue their academic training with PhD studies.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • The Carbon Trust
  • BMW
  • Turley Associates
  • National Energy Foundation
  • European Commission
  • Knightstone Housing Association
  • National Grid
  • Leicester City Council
  • Mott MacDonald
  • WSP Group
  • Arup
  • WYG
  • David Chipperfield Architects

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