Postgraduate study
This course focuses on energy conversion processes and practical abilities in management-related issues.
 
  
Qualification
MSc Building Performance Engineering
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent)
IELTS
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
September
UK/EU fees
£7,785 - Terms apply
International fees
£17,910 - Terms apply
Campus
University Park Campus
 

 

Overview

MSc Building Performance Engineering is designed to provide you with a high level of engineering and technical expertise in energy conversion processes, combined with practical abilities in management-related issues.

This course is tailored towards graduates in engineering, science and related disciplines. The strong emphasis on science, technology and engineering is specifically targeted towards subject areas within the context of renewable and sustainable energy technologies and the built environment and uniquely combines this with effective management skills, economic appraisal and an understanding of the current policies and regulations that can be applied within modern industry in the UK, EU and internationally.

Advanced study in engineering-related research methodologies provides invaluable experience either towards further academic study or industry-based research and development.

Key facts

  • this course features the latest developments in management, policies and regulations at UK, EU and international level, as part of it's core modules in the autumn semester, as well as academic content
  • The course is currently in the process of accreditation by the Engineering Council through the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

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  • 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
 

Full course details

This 12-month course offers a unique combination of advanced engineering and technology-focused study, combined with management, current regulations and auditing skills. 

MSc Building Performance Engineering is offered on a full-time basis over one year (September to September), or on a part-time basis over two years.

Graduates currently working in industry are encouraged to apply for part-time registration and work towards obtaining Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. 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 on an individually chosen topic completed over the summer period. This will be your opportunity to undertake a major piece of independent research, using the knowledge and experience gained during the course.

Academic English preparation and support

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may want to attend a course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK. Find out more by visiting the CELE website.

 
 

Modules

  • Building Services Technologies (20 credits)
  • Building Physics (20 credits)
  • Building Information Management (20 credits)
  • Building Simulation (20 credits)
  • Energy and the Environment (20 credits)
  • Research and Professional Skills, Tools and Methods (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Dissertation

This course includes a 60 credit module research dissertation, which is completed over the summer. The project area is flexible and will be supervised by an academic member of staff.

Previous research projects have included:

  • low or zero carbon building design, construction and post occupancy evaluation
  • dynamic thermal modelling of ground source heat pump systems
  • distribution heat losses in district heating
  • carbon capture with solid sorbents and activated carbons
  • Phase change material/water/air heat exchangers
  • energyplus simulation of wind tower incorporated with evaporative cooling.
  • thermal mass modelling: involves the development and verification of a model for predicting the effects of thermal mass in buildings
  • personal monitoring of exposure to fine particles
  • exploring new relationships between carbon dioxide concentrations and ventilation rates

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.

 
 

Fees and funding

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Faculty of Engineering scholarships

UK/EU students

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.

Government loans for masters courses

Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers and professional development

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 MSc course develops a practical and theoretical understanding and therefore enables graduates to work with architectural or engineering firms, move into teaching at university level, or undertake research leading to a PhD.

This course is fully accredited by the Engineering Council UK (ECUK) and the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) enabling a clear path for graduates who wish to obtain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and professional body membership (MCIBSE).

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research

The acquisition of a master’s degree from the University of Nottingham 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.  

Boost your earning potential

Which university courses boost graduate wages the most? Studying with us could help you to earn more.

  • We are second highest in the UK for female engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation
  • We are second highest in the Midlands for male engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation

(Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies data: www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44413086)

 

 
 
 

Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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