Taught course

Energy and Sustainable Building Design

De Montfort University · School of Computer Science and Informatics

Entry requirements

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.

English Requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential.

Months of entry


Course content

Accredited by both the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute, the Energy and Sustainable Building Design MSc will allow you to develop an understanding of building physics, and skills in building simulation with emphasis on sustainability. This innovative course is designed for those 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, including building services engineers. 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.

You will develop a broad insight in to energy and sustainability issues with in-depth knowledge of computer modelling techniques for the design of modern sustainable buildings.


• Sustainable Development

• Sustainable Buildings

• Sustainable Energy

• Building Physics

• Building Performance Modelling

• Energy Analysis Techniques

• Study Skills and Research Methods

• Dissertation

Optional modules

• Leading Change for Sustainability

• Low Impact Manufacturing

• Green Business

Information for international students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24+ months
distance learning
36-60 months

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