Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant science, engineering or similar subject related to energy and the built environment. Applicants with extensive relevant industry experience and a capability in engineering, science, or related fields equivalent to graduate level will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

With a particular focus on research and research methods, our Built Environment: Energy Demand Studies MRes is ideal for you if you wish to be at the cutting-edge of new developments in this important area.

Our Built Environment: Energy Demand Studies MRes programme covers many topics that are essential to understanding building energy demand, including building simulation techniques, measuring real building performance, the economics of energy demand and statistical techniques for macro-level analyses. The knowledge you will gain on this programme is applied through the MRes dissertation, a major piece of academic work which takes place throughout the year and provides the opportunity to work closely with an experienced staff member on an in-depth research topic.

The Built Environment: Energy Demand Studies MRes programme aims are to:

  • establish understanding of the UK energy landscape and how energy and climate change challenges are interlinked through technical, environmental and behavioural factors
  • provide the skills necessary to support research practice, critical assessment, and the use of evidence on technical, environmental, social and economic factors influencing energy demand in buildings and building stocks
  • to develop students’ transferable skills enabling them to successfully manage, communicate, and lead complex research projects
  • provide real experience of research through the generation, development and implementation of a significant research-based dissertation

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering has a world leading reputation for its research and strong collaborations with industry and commerce. The School is one of four Royal Academy of Engineering Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, and one of the six most highly funded EPSRC-funded groups working on Built Environment topics.

In the UK Government’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), the School was the highest ranked and most research intensive building energy research school in the UK. 87% of the School’s research was scored as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

During your studies, you will gain access to 3000m2 of unrivalled laboratory and field-scale facilities that enable world-class research to be conducted. Our suite of full-scale test houses are unique in providing a ‘matched pair’ capability that allows high-quality comparative testing of home energy efficiency interventions. In the laboratory, a controllable environmental room combined with laser-based velocimetry equipment and heated breathing manikin allows investigations of the airflows around humans in rooms and the implications for inhaled air quality and thermal comfort for a range of ventilation options. A ‘salt bath’ water tank enables airflows through buildings to be visualised and a large scale indoor solar simulator can be used for testing the solar collection performance of new concepts for renewable energy collection by buildings. There are many questions about moisture flows in buildings, and our newly-completed hygrothermal chambers allow investigation of heat and moisture transfer through building structures. These large-scale facilities are complimented by a suite of workshops and supported by a team of technicians trained in wood-work, plastics, metal-work, mechanical systems and electronics.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1509 222 496