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 architectural design consultancies.

Learn about the modern practices and integrated approaches used in building design on our master's. In your first two semesters, you'll explore the challenges involved in managing the building design process. This includes understanding how to balance the often conflicting design tensions in projects. You'll focus on how you can integrate regulatory requirements with low-carbon certification and basic building physics.

You'll explore the relationship between building information modelling (BIM) 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 bring experience in engineering and architectural design to the mix. This gives you insight into the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in building design projects.

You'll embed theory and professional knowledge in a research dissertation during a three-month placement over the summer. This gives you the opportunity to resolve industry problems and deliver company-specific solutions.

We developed our course with professional partners in architecture and civil engineering. This ensures that your studies reflect what is happening in the construction industry. Based in our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering’s, you'll learn from academics who research innovative construction materials, sustainable and low-carbon development, building physics and the environment. Their expertise and international collaborations feed into teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

When you graduate, you'll have the knowledge in low-carbon and energy efficient design to help you start a career in engineering and design consultancies worldwide. Some of our best performing students continue their studies with us through our PhD programme.

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

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Fees and funding

Learn more via the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    15 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1225 385 115