Taught course

Sustainable Building Design

Heriot-Watt University · School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

Entry requirements

Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For PG conversion programmes, non-cognate degrees will be considered. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Sustainable Building Design looks at essential topics such as low-carbon design, environmental considerations, the use of modelling techniques and sustainable technologies. It encourages the development of critical analysis and design skills aimed at evaluating environmentally-friendly construction solutions.

A culturally-adaptable approach to design places our graduates in a strong position to compete in local and international markets. This is a truly cross-disciplinary programme providing unique grounding for a collaborative industry. Graduates will be highly-skilled and uniquely poised to pursue or accelerate an exciting career in low-carbon and sustainable design within today’s interdisciplinary construction industry.

Core courses
  • Low Carbon Building
  • Climate Change, Sustainability & Adaptation
  • Ventilation & Air Conditioning
  • Water Conservation
  • Human Factors of the Built Environment
  • Building and Energy Systems
  • Environmental Design
  • Modelling for Sustainable Building Design

Information for international students

If English is not the applicant’s first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24-84 months
full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Fan Wang
+44 (0)131 451 4636