Postgraduate study
This course looks at how renewable and sustainable energy technologies can create environmentally friendly buildings.
 
  
Qualification
MSc Sustainable Building Technology (Collaboration)
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
International fees
£17,910 - Terms apply
Accreditation
Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers
Campus
University Park Campus
 

 

Overview

The Institute of Sustainable Energy Technology (ISET) currently offers this MSc course in collaboration with the following eight universities: 

  • Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Xian Jiaotong University
  • Donghua University
  • Xian University of Architecture and Technology
  • Shandong University of Architecture
  • Southeast University
  • Kyung Hee University, Korea
  • Physical Environment Centre of Khartoum (PECK)

MSc Sustainable Building Technology is specifically tailored towards graduates in building services, architectural environmental engineering, architecture and other related disciplines.

The strong emphasis is targeted to successful integration of renewable and sustainable energy technologies into buildings, which requires an understanding of both design and technology and hence the close co-operation of architecture and engineering.

The course is designed to allow discussion and exchange of information between different disciplines and encourages novel and imaginative solutions to the challenge of producing environmentally friendly buildings.

Note: to be eligible for registering on this programme, you will (or should) be a registered MSc student of one of the above universities. To allow Nottingham to check your eligibility, an approval letter/email from the course directors of one of the above partner institutions is necessary.

Key facts

  • 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
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Full course details

Core modules provide an introduction to systems able to tap natural energy sources and also cover sustainable technologies and their potential for incorporation in the design and fabric of buildings.

Architectural students will have the opportunity to explore integration of sustainable technologies in design-oriented projects, while engineering students will pursue more technical-based projects.

You will spend the summer semester producing a supervised dissertation.  This will be your opportunity to undertake a major piece of independent research related to building and sustainable energy technologies.

MSc Sustainable Building Technology (collaborative) is offered on a full-time basis over one year (September to September). A part time version is also available over two years.

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.

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, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK. Find out more by visiting the CELE website.

 
 

Modules

  • principles of Renewable and Energy Efficient Technologies (20 credits)
  • CFD for Building Engineering (20 credits)
  • cooling and Heating Systems and their Applications (10 credits)
  • renewable Energy Technology Design and Appraisal (20 credits)
  • sustainable Building Research Project (20 credits)
  • technology Integration for Sustainable Buildings (10 credits)
  • research and Professional Skills, Tools and Methods (20 credits)
  • dissertation (60 credits)

Dissertation

This course includes a 60 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:

  • harnessing wind energy in building design
  • grid connected solar power for small island developing states: A technological and socio-economic study
  • energy saving strategies and building environmental design, case study of resident buildings in the UK and China
  • CHP for large scale development sites
  • introducing photovoltaics at a commercial scale
  • integrating PV into domestic architecture
  • improving building energy performance through sustainable technology applications

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 postgraduate 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

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international 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 your course application is submitted in good 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.

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 masters 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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