Taught course

Energy and Sustainable Building Design H2K171

Institution
De Montfort University · Faculty of Technology
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject. We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world. If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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

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 an interdisciplinary approach that gives a broad insight into energy and sustainability issues, and in-depth knowledge of the computer modelling techniques that are used in the design of modern sustainable buildings.

The course has been approved by both the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute for completing the educational requirements for chartered engineer registration.

Teaching and assessment

The teaching, learning and assessment strategies place considerable emphasis on student-centred learning.

Full-time students attend lectures on two days per week, with the remainder of the time being spent on seminar work and private study. Part-time students attend on one day per week. The course is delivered by the Institute's experts plus others from commerce and industry.

Distance learners receive individual support from a member of teaching staff plus learning materials in electronic format. Distance learners can complete all taught modules at their home location anywhere in the world.

Methods of assessment include project work, oral exposition and seminars, essays, case studies, demonstrations, reports, and a design project. Monitoring of students' progress is continuous and thorough, with regular informal communication between students and teaching staff.

Entry requirements

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 do not have the normal entry requirements but can demonstrate substantial experience in an appropriate area, you can be considered for entry to the course.

The modules
- Energy in Buildings
- Climate and Daylight Analysis
- Ventilation and Airflow Modelling
- Energy and Thermal Performance
- Sustainable Development
- Renewable Energy
- Research Methods
- Energy Analysis Techniques
- Design Project

Information for international students

Useful information: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/international - If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential - On-site accommodation - A number of English Language courses are run for international students before courses begin in September

Fees and funding

We are delighted to offer the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship worth up to £6,000 to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. Head to dmu.ac.uk/sports to see eligibility and how you can apply.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
36 months

PGDip

distance learning
32 months

PGCert

distance learning
16 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Technology Admissions Office
Email
techadmissions@dmu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)116 257 7456
Fax
+44 (0)116 250 7693