Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, information about courses starting in September 2021 may be subject to change. We continue to improve your teaching and learning experience so you gain skills and understanding which are valuable to you and sought after by employers.
Before you apply for a course, please check the website for the most recently published course detail. If you apply to the University of Bath, you will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
Develop the knowledge of building design practice, methodologies and processes sought after by engineering and architectural design firms and contractors.
Our master introduces you to the challenges of managing building design processes and practices in the industry. Using multidisciplinary approaches, you’ll learn how to balance conflicting design tensions in projects and integrate regulatory requirements with low-carbon certification and basic building physics. During the course, you'll explore a range of areas including building physics, regulations and codes, sustainability and well-being standards. You’ll also study the relationship between Building Information Modelling (BIM) and collaborative integrated design management.
Using dynamic digital modelling tools, you'll apply your knowledge to optimise low-carbon building envelope solutions. You'll put theory into practice working on live project briefs with students from different construction-related disciplines. This challenges you to solve design problems in real-time while gaining an insight into multidisciplinary collaboration.
Combining your research dissertation with a three-month placement allows you to embed what you’ve learnt in a professional context. It also gives you the chance to deliver solutions to real industry problems posed by your company.
Learn from experts in the field
You’ll learn from academics who research sustainable and low-carbon development, building physics and the environment. Their expertise and international collaborations feed into teaching and contribute to your learning experience. Our research was ranked 1st in the UK in the Architecture and the Built Environment submission in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
Use specialist facilities
You'll receive training in key BIM-enabled software and will have access to extensive online software training resources.
Start your future here
We developed our course with professional industry partners in architecture and civil engineering. This ensures that your studies reflect everyday practice in the construction sector. When you graduate, your knowledge of low-carbon and energy-efficient design will help you start a career in engineering and design consultancies worldwide.
This course lasts 15 months. It starts in September 2021 and ends in 2022. Welcome week starts on 27 September 2021.
Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
Compulsory course units
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
Semester 1 and 2
Professional and research skills for the construction industry
Principles of Construction Project Management
Integrated delivery of low carbon buildings
Summer and final semester
Professional practice placement
You'll spend a minimum of three months in professional practice between June and December, running in parallel with your research dissertation. A placement is an opportunity for you to apply what you’ve learnt by working on industry-driven research topics. We have extensive links with engineering and design companies offering placements both in the UK and further afield. You can start your placement at any time between June and the end of August.
We will do our best to help you find a placement and support and guide you through the process. Our Engineering and Design partnerships team organises and delivers employability workshops to guide you through the whole placement process from CV writing and interview techniques to prepare you for applying. We cannot guarantee you a placement position so if you are unable to secure a placement, you'll transfer on to our 12-month alternative course and will have the opportunity to graduate with an MSc in Low-Carbon Building Design.
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Learning and assessment
By studying a course with a professional accreditation, you could have the chance to get workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for membership with the accrediting body. You may also be able to apply for jobs in the industry without having to do any more exams.
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators with ICE as meeting the requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who already have an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) first degree.
Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators with IStructE as meeting the requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who already have an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) first degree.
Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)
Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators with CIHT as meeting the requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who already have an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) first degree.
Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators with IHE as meeting the requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who already have an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) first degree.
Recognition of professional qualifications
As well as being recognised as a higher academic qualification, a number of our degrees are also accredited by professional bodies in the United Kingdom. An accredited degree may entitle you to work in a specific profession within the UK, and abroad (where there are reciprocating arrangements with professional bodies in other countries).
The requirements to practise a profession vary from country to country. If you wish to practise your profession outside the United Kingdom, you are advised to confirm that the UK professional qualification you seek is valid in the country in which you are intending to work.
‘The exchange of information has been really wonderful. I know that the knowledge I gain here I can apply in any part of the world.’
Madhurya MarthiMSc Modern Building Design (2017)
You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a high 2:2 or above.
To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in architecture, architectural engineering, building engineering, civil engineering or environmental engineering.
We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.
If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.
English language requirements
You will normally need one of the following:
IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components
If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.
Fees and funding
Home tuition fees: £12,500
Overseas tuition fees: £26,875
(if exiting with the non-placement MSc Low Carbon Building Design)
Home tuition fees: £10,000
Overseas tuition fees: £21,500
IES student licence: £50
How to pay
Tuition fee loans
If you are studying a postgraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.
Scholarships and bursaries
You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. You do not have to pay it back.
Other payment options
You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.
You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of textbooks.
Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.
If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.