The MSc Renewable Energy and Architecture is a multi-disciplinary course for world-wide integration of renewable energy and sustainable technologies into the site plan and building form, fabric and services with focus on climate and human comfort, using architectural and engineering techniques and powerful computer and laboratory simulations.
This international course is carefully structured to accommodate the interests and skills of those who are related to building design and technology and building energy and environmental performance. It is open to applicants from various backgrounds, including architecture, engineering (mechanical, civil/structural, electrical and building engineering), town planning, physics and environmental science.
The course addresses issues such as sustainable building design and construction, energy use and global warming, new and renewable energy technologies, novel materials and their influence on buildings and occupant comfort.
It is designed to stimulate and encourage novel and imaginative solutions to the challenging task of designing sustainable, energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings and cities worldwide.
The course attracts students from over 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America. Many graduates have completed a further stage of doctoral research or joined energy employment or academia in different countries.
By the end of the course, you will have gained useful and technical knowledge as well as experience on this subject, and you will be adept at communicating and presenting yourself and your projects to an audience.
- As part of its remit, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment aims to develop your vocational skills and the environmentally responsible attitude necessary in today's rapidly changing world.
- The department enjoys strong collaborative links with overseas institutions. You may have the opportunity to attend conferences, seminar and training courses both in the UK and abroad.
During the autumn semester, you will be given a comprehensive background on the subject and on the use of a number of powerful computer programs (e.g. Fluent and Ecotect).
In the spring semester, you will undertake laboratory work and design and simulation projects related to the course area. You will also learn how to write computer programs using Visual Basic.
You will spend the summer semester producing a supervised dissertation (60 credits). This will be your opportunity to undertake a major piece of independent research, using the knowledge and experience gained throughout the course.
The MSc Renewable Energy and Architecture is offered on a full-time basis over one year (12 months) or part-time basis over two years.
Registered part-time students are strongly recommended to be resident in Nottingham during the autumn and spring semesters.
The course comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits worth of taught modules during autumn and spring semesters, and a 60-credit dissertation completed over the summer period.
Core modules in autumn semester are:
Core modules in spring semester are:
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
For more details about our modules, please see the module catalogue.
The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpages.
Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.
Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.
International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
The Department of Architecture and Built Environment has an international reputation for its teaching and research, and collaborates with leading institutions worldwide in the fields of architecture, urban design and sustainable energy technology.
It is renowned for its commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, and therefore our postgraduates are internationally recognised as having the skills needed to meet the contemporary challenges facing the built environment professions.
Many graduates of this MSc programme have been rewarded for their innovative ideas and contribution to real energy projects, for example the prestigious National Energy Award for work on a large-scale solar project in Mexico. Graduates have entered both academia and industry in the UK and overseas.
The course enables graduates to work with architectural or engineering firms, move into teaching at university level or undertake research leading to a PhD.
Average starting salary and career progression
Availability for employment and salary data for this department is not attainable due to a small sample size.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career Prospects and Employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.