Core modules in autumn semester are:
Modelling Environmental Performance: 10 credits
This module introduces methods for exploring the environmental performance of buildings. Heavy reliance is placed on computer simulation and use of physical models. These are used to study the interactions of glazing, thermal envelope design, ventilation and environmental dynamic performance of occupied buildings.
Renewable Energy Technology 1: 10 credits
Various sources of renewable energy suitable for use in buildings are examined, concentrating on wind, water, waste heat, geothermal and bio-mass. The technology used to harness them and limitations associated with their use is assessed.
Ventilation in Architecture and Planning: 30 credits
This is a modelling, simulation and design module. It will examine ventilation in the context of architecture, human thermal comfort and ventilation heat loss or gain with emphasis on 2D and 3D computer simulation techniques (using ANSYS software). It will address the processes of natural ventilation focusing on envelope flows and internal air movement, considering different wind speeds and directions. It will also address the effects of building components such as partitions, windows and doors on ventilation design.
Building Design in Different Climates: (compulsory for architects) 10 credits
This module is available only to students from architectural backgrounds. Students will be introduced to the principles of site planning, building design and technology in different climates. It will also examine the concepts of bioclimatic design and thermal comfort standards at an international level. The module will also address climatic and socio-economic impacts on building form and fabric in a global context. Students are expected to use CAD software for 2D and 3D modelling of building elements and illustrating the operation of environmental control solutions. Students are also expected to simulate building environmental performance employing computer techniques, such as Revit and Ansys.
Energy Efficient Systems: (compulsory for engineers) 10 credits
This module will examine combined heat and power systems, heat pumps and heat recovery systems, concentrating on their integration into the structure and services of buildings.
Core modules in spring semester are:
Renewable Energy Technology 2: 10 credits
This module will examine the use of renewable materials in the construction of the fabric of a building, focusing on concepts such as embodied energy, cost of disposal, maintenance costs and expected life time, to encourage a life cycle approach to design.
Solar Architecture for Different Regions: 10 credits
This module is only available for students from architectural backgrounds. It will address the principles and applications of passive solar design in different latitudes. Students will be taught how to use EnergyPlus software to carry out design and modelling projects. The use of a number of solar systems will be addressed, such as conservatories, Trombe wall, solar chimney and mass wall.
Renewable Research Project: 30 credits
One of the aims of this module is to encourage students to use research tools (e.g. Revit, EnergyPlus) and knowledge already gained from other MSc modules taught during the autumn and spring semesters, to carry out research on building energy performance, and its application in complex building forms.
Another aim of this module is to introduce students to computer programming, using Visual Basic. This is to give students a new powerful research and learning tool which they can use to solve mathematical relationships related to heating and cooling loads calculation. Without learning programming, they will have to use conventional tools like hand held calculators and Excel spread sheets, which are not very attractive and not as powerful, and not very useful to their future career
Research Methodologies: (Compulsory for architects, optional for engineers) 10 credits
Techniques for conducting high-quality research will be introduced including literature searches, time-tabling and project management, experiment methodology design and analysis of results. The module aims to give preparation for MSc dissertation or for a further research/academic career working towards a PhD, or for involvement with industry-based R&D projects.
Energy Systems Performance and Appraisal: (Optional for engineers) 10 credits)
This module will introduce students to specific energy supply technologies for various end-use e.g. heating, refrigeration, cooling, air conditioning and electricity. the module is mainly project-driven with emphasis on the use of a wide range of evaluation methods to assess the technical & economic performance of the technologies. The latest regulations and policies relating to the application of energy systems will be examined where applicable.
Summer period for completion of dissertation
Dissertation: (Compulsory for MSc) 60 credits
Students select any topic of research with relevance to renewable energy and buildings in any part of the world, which they investigate with the help of their supervisors. Investigations could be based on theoretical or computer simulation or a combination of these tools. Dissertations should normally be submitted by the first week of September.
Required total credits for MSc: 180 credits
Please note that all module details are subject to change. For more details about our modules, please see the module catalogue.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.