MSc in Building Services
Healthy, sustainable and intelligent buildings
Building Services focuses on the design of healthy, sustainable and intelligent buildings. A great deal of attention is given to the total design process of buildings and installations, with the emphasis on optimizing the interior environment of a building while at the same time retaining its architectural qualities. The achievement of this kind of good residential or working environment demands the right design and a good integration of the different building-related installations. Consultation between the architect, engineer and installation technologist is essential at an early stage of the building design process. Building-related installations can include systems for hospitals, laboratories and production processes, as well as smart homes and ‘domotics’.
In the first year you achieve the professional expansion by studying the eight compulsory core subjects:
- Design Methodology
- Integrated Building Design
- Heat and moisture in building envelopes
- Building Performance Simulation
- Health and Comfort
- Sustainable Building Systems
- Intelligent Buildings
- Safety of Buildings
You also choose six electives for your specialization (Architecture, Building and Planning, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Measurement and Control Engineering etc.) and two electives that you are free to choose. Apart from this, you will be working on three projects. The projects are used mostly to go into the subject matter of three of the electives in greater depth.
In the second year you spend most of your time on your final project and your thesis. Graduation will take place within a track. After completing your final project and your thesis you will be awarded the title of MSc Building Services.
In the Master’s degree program Building Services you can graduate in one of the following areas:
- Health and comfort
- Integral building and system design
- Building performance simulation
- Sustainable building systems
- Intelligent Buildings
- Building services and management
The need for a Building Services program arises out of the direct demand in professional practice. This is because of the increasing quality awareness, with the emphasis on comfort, health and sustainability. In addition, there is a serious shortage of graduates from the Master’s degree course in Building Services.
You can find employment as an installations consultant working for the government, consultancy bureaus and management companies. As a researcher you can work for knowledge centers such as ECN, TNO and KEMA. Member companies of the VNI-Uneto trade organization in the Netherlands (6000 companies with 98,000 employees) are also important employers. You could also work as an energy-saving specialist at municipalities and energy utilities.
There are a number of general requirements for admission to Master’s degree programs:
-- You must have a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), based on a program of sufficient academic level and quality to enable you to complete the TU/e Master’s degree program to which you wish to be admitted.
-- You must be able to demonstrate sufficient command of the language in which the program is taught.
-- To prove sufficient command of the English language you should submit an Academic IELTS or TOEFL test.
-- There may be additional specific requirements for specific programs, also depending on the nature of your prior education.
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