Taught course

Advanced Building Simulation

Institution
Southampton Solent University · School of Art, Design and Fashion
Qualifications
MSc

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

September

Course content

To help you fill this industry need, our master’s course in advanced building simulation places a unique emphasis on the computer simulation of acoustic and thermal performance. You will leave the course with the practical skills required to design a high performance building and confidently consult on all aspects of its technical specifications.

Units cover a range of relevant subjects, with a choice of optional units enabling you to tailor the curriculum to your own unique aspirations and interests. Early units introduce the concept of sustainable building design and explore how the form, fabric, and equipment of a building affect its environmental impact. This learning will be reinforced as you take part in a live design project.

Units on the computer simulation of thermal and acoustic performance will see you working with industry-standard software packages and algorithms. This also links into the building assessment unit, where you will learn how globally recognised assessment methods like BREEAM and LEED help to inform the sustainable design process and benchmark success. Graduates will leave the course with BREEAM accreditation.

Although the BREEAM Accredited Graduate course is free to study, students are required to pay for the course certificate if they are successful in achieving the qualification. As of 2016, the cost of the certificate is £30.

You’ll also benefit from the teaching team’s extensive industry links. These links have been built over many years of delivering courses accredited by professional organisations (e.g. CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures, mentoring sessions and site visits.

Information for international students

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; or
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking; or
  • the equivalent.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Enquiries Team
Email
ask@solent.ac.uk
Phone
023 8201 3000