Taught course

Sustainable Building Design

Solent University Southampton · School of Art, Design and Fashion

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Entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline.

  • Applicants with relevant industry experience may be considered.
  • Applicants may also be required to send a portfolio and may be contacted for an interview either face to face or through Skype.

Months of entry


Course content

Solent’s MSc Sustainable Building Design course is the ideal way for students from a wide range of academic backgrounds to pursue a career in this exciting and important sector. By providing you with a thorough understanding of both theory based and practical skills, you’ll graduate from this course as a specialist designer with the education and vision required to help create a sustainable future for the construction industry.

With the predicted growth in construction globally and increased demands for buildings to perform and deliver human comfort, there is bound to be greater consumption of energy, more waste generation and increase in demand for resources.

These environmental considerations will inevitably transform the way we design, build and manage buildings.

This course delivers the knowledge and skills you’ll need to become a specialist in the design, management and modelling of sustainable buildings, and is an excellent opportunity to advance your career and help shape the future of sustainable design.

By providing current knowledge in sustainable building design theory and practice, the course aims to produce specialist designers who have the vision and skills to shape the future of the construction industry in the UK and international building market.

You will gain a holistic approach to reducing the carbon footprint of buildings, to become major players in the design and production process of low-energy, sustainable buildings, using both passive and active strategies. Through incorporating building information modelling and globally renowned energy assessment methods such as BREEAM, LEED and Passivhaus, you will also be able to gain knowledge of the issues of international markets.

Information for international students

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking - TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full-time fees: £7,750, part-time fees: £3,875 per year
International students
Full-time fees: £12,500, part-time fees: please contact us for more information

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries team
+44 (0)23 8201 3039