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, including Ansys and Revit.
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 use another piece of powerful computer software, EnergyPlus.
A unique feature of this course is that in the spring term, students from all academic backgrounds will be taught how to write/develop computer programs for energy modelling and many other applications, using step-by-step Microsoft Visual Basic programming.
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 from the taught modules. The research project could be related to the climate and buildings in your home country.
The MSc Renewable Energy and Architecture is offered on a full-time basis over one year (12 months).
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.
Course aims and content
Successful integration of renewable energy into buildings requires an understanding of both design and technology, and hence the close co-operation of architects, engineers and other building professionals. The course is structured to accommodate the interests of those who are related to building design and energy performance, such as architecture and engineering. Core modules provide an introduction to energy systems that may be used to utilize natural energy resources and show how these may be incorporated into the design of buildings. Students have the opportunity to explore these in a manner that suites their backgrounds.
In the autumn semester, you will be given a good background on the subject and on the use of a number of computer programs such as Ansys and Revit. In the spring semester you will undertake laboratory work and design and simulation projects related to the course area and also learn how to write/develop computer programs using Visual Basic. You will also be given the opportunity to learn how to use advanced computer programs such as EnergyPlus. No previous experience in using any of the above computer programs is essential.
During the course you will carry out group and individual design and modelling projects, depending on your academic background. You will also prepare and give oral presentations, using MS Powerpoint. In the summer term, you will conduct your dissertation research, which could be related to your own countries’ climate and architectural style.
The course has been attended by students from over forty countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America. At the end of the course you will gain useful experience on the subject and also learn how to communicate with others, as well as how to present yourself and your projects to an audience. A number of MSc graduates have already been offered jobs in the UK and abroad. Others have been able to undertake research leading to PhD, in renewable energy and architecture, after successfully completing the MSc course.
Required documents for application
A detailed CV, two references and a detailed academic transcript showing your GPA are required for the application. All documents MUST be in English.
Progression to summer dissertation
If a Postgraduate Diploma student manages to achieve at least 50% as an overall average for both autumn and spring semester modules, by June, he or she will be allowed to continue as a MSc student and therefore can register for the MSc dissertation in the summer period.
This condition of achieving at least 50% overall average also applies to other students on the course, in order to proceed to summer dissertation.
English language course for academic purposes
Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English, the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs 5-week English language and study skills courses for engineering.
These courses are designed in collaboration with the faculty and prepare students going on to postgraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering.
If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to this course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:
- you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
- you take a 5-week English language and academic skills preparation course, and then go onto your course
- your progression to the course is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework
For more details, please visit the CELE website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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