Taught course

Modern Building Design

University of Bath · Faculty of Engineering and Design

Entry requirements

A first or strong second class UK honours degree or internationally recognised equivalent in Architecture, Civil or Mechanical Engineering or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

A unique, innovative and affordable MSc with financial support up to £19,000* including a three-month professional placement.

The MSc Modern Building Design provides students with the knowledge of modern building design practice, methodologies and processes that are increasingly sought after by major engineering and design consultancies. It places emphasis on the key engineering and modelling challenges faced during the building design process and prepares students for industry, providing them with the practical and interpersonal skills to stand out to potential employers in a highly competitive market.

This unique and innovative 15-month full-time programme has three core components:

  • a taught element, consisting of eight units
  • a professional practice placement, where students apply low-carbon building strategies and methodologies from their taught component to establish the industrial impact of their dissertation ideas
  • a research dissertation based on a real consultancy project and informed by their industrial placement experience.

Learning outcomes

You will develop the hard and soft skills required by professionals working in key carbon-dominated built environment sectors, with the ability to demonstrate an understanding of carbon management of the built environment in practice. The taught element of the programme focuses on student professional development through the design process that is mapped to the 2013 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) plan of work for multidisciplinary working. In particular, you will gain:

  • trans-sector skills required by the construction industry, with a focus on employability
  • a detailed knowledge of the design tools and strategies that comprise modern design processes
  • the capability to demonstrate initiative and originality within the scope of low-carbon modern design strategies, planning and management
  • the skills to formulate research projects in real carbon management and low-carbon buildings, independently and in professional multidisciplinary design teams.

*Applications for entry in 2014 open to students with UK or EU Fee Status only with a maximum of 30 places. Financial support includes fee waivers and bursaries. Terms & conditions apply. Further details can be found online at go.bath.ac.uk/mbd

Fees and funding

Financial support is available for 2014 entry to enable students from any background to undertake study. Support includes:

  • fee waiver to cover tuition fees (worth £8500) – Home/EU students
  • £4500 placement bursary – Home students
  • an additional £6000 enhanced bursary – Home students who meet widening participation criteria, including female applicants as part of Women in Engineering.

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months

Course contact details

Faculty Graduate School
01225 386252