Taught course

Modern Building Design

University of Bath · Faculty of Engineering and Design

Entry requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a high 2:2 or above.

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in architectural engineering, building engineering, civil engineering or environmental engineering.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop the knowledge of modern building design practice, methodologies and processes sought after by major engineering and design consultancies.

Our master’s is for students with a background in construction disciplines related to architecture and civil engineering who want to learn integrated approaches to building design. It introduces you to modern practices and focuses on integrated design.

The first two semesters give you a thorough understanding of the issues related to working in the construction industry. You’ll learn about the challenges involved in managing the building design process. This includes understanding how to balance the often conflicting design tensions in projects. Being able to integrate regulatory requirements, low-carbon certification and basic building physics will prepare you to work in multidisciplinary environments.

You'll explore the relationship between building information modelling and collaborative integrated design management. Dynamic digital modelling tools allow you to use your knowledge of building physics, regulations and codes, and low-carbon building envelopes to find more optimal building solutions. We provide you with guidance and tutorial support in industry-specific software that you will use during your degree.

Briefs from live projects challenge you to solve design problems in real time. You'll work with students who will bring their experience in engineering and architectural design to the mix. This approach gives you insight into the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in building design projects.

You'll embed theory and professional knowledge in a research dissertation informed by your placement. This gives you the opportunity to resolve industry problems and deliver company-specific solutions.

Our course was developed with professional partners in architecture and civil engineering. It focuses on your employability by giving you a range of practical and interpersonal skills. You'll graduate with a detailed knowledge of the managerial design processes, tools and strategies used in modern building design. Your ability to show initiative in low-carbon and energy efficient design will help you start your career in industry.

Information for international students

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Learn more via the fees and funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1225 385 115