Taught course

High Performance Buildings

University of Plymouth · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business

Entry requirements

The admissions policy and procedures are in place to ensure that applicants have the intellectual ability, motivation and, where appropriate, the professional experience to benefit from, and contribute to, the MSc in High Performance Buildings.

The normal minimum qualification is an upper second-class bachelor's degree (2.1) from a UK university in engineering, science, mathematics, or a discipline related to building. Other qualifications supplemented with relevant industrial experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Gain the knowledge and skills you need for a successful career at the leading edge of the building discipline, working towards the best products and processes in the industry. You'll develop the expertise needed to address challenges such as climate change, quality of life and the new economic reality.

Key features:

  • Join a programme that aims to set new international standards in building performance. Move beyond the ‘green buildings’ or ‘sustainability’ paradigms – these are embedded in this programme, but we give you a more holistic view. We combine a solid grounding in core aspects such as energy efficiency with a wider context that includes the economic, socio-cultural and historic dimensions.
  • Help tackle some of the key challenges that face the building industry, such as the new economic reality, quality of life, climate change, and population growth.
  • Gain expertise in the key enabling technologies of building performance simulation, building information modelling and energy management.
  • Get inspired through research-informed teaching. All staff contributing to this programme are part of a research group that runs projects funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), European Union, InnovateUK, Leverhulme Trust and others.
  • Interact with various stakeholders in the building domain, including design and engineering companies, contractors, property developers, facility managers, and governmental organisations.
  • Expand your network through special interest groups that focus both on industry as well as research.
  • Become part of a vibrant multidisciplinary school. Part of this programme allows you to explore modules of our Masters in Architecture (MArch) programme.

Information for international students

International students require a suitable academic profile as well as an English language score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

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

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1752 585858