MSc in Energy-Efficient and Environmental Building Design


Program Description

Buildings are responsible for a large share of our global energy use. Energy use is in fact the main determinant of a building’s global environmental footprint, considering its total life span.

Lund University is internationally renowned for high-quality research related to energy-efficient buildings. Our expertise is centred on a whole-building perspective, which accounts for inhabitant needs as well as their comfort and health. The Univer­sity’s advanced research, and its close ties to the building industry, create an excellent foundation for a strong Master’s programme with a largely unique focus on buildings.

Our students will graduate with advanced knowledge, skills and competencies within the area of energy-efficient and environmen­tal building design in heating-dominated climates. Our goal is to train highly skilled professionals, who will significantly contribute to and influence the design, building or renovation of energy-efficient buildings and relating to renewable energy supply, taking into consideration the architecture and environment, the inhabit­ants’ behaviour, needs, health and comfort, as well as the overall economy.

The carefully tailored theoretical courses are complement­ed with practical modules, in which students apply their new knowledge. This pedagogical approach enables a strong learn­ing progression and is the reason why the programme is shaped by tailor-made mandatory courses. Our students work together in small teams to design energy-efficient concepts and buildings and to analyse the consequences of various design alternatives using supportive computer tools and methods in an integrated design process. The student teams are intentionally mixed both in terms of cultural background and academic background, such as in architecture and engineering. Thus, the students are trained in the interdisciplinary design process and in team work, which is very important for their future careers. Courses also include site visits, guest lecturers from the industry and tours of existing good examples of energy-efficient building design.

In each of the first three semesters of the programme, you will take two theory-based courses followed by an applied course, in which you will apply theory to a specific building project. The fourth semester will be spent carrying out your degree project. Examples of companies where students have performed their degree projects include Medesco (Greece), White Architects (Sweden), Luwoge Consult (Germany), Skanska (Sweden), Arup (Germany), and WSP (UK).

The programme involves teachers from different departments at Lund University: Department of Architecture and Built Environment and Department of Building and Environmental Technology.

Career prospects

The rising global awareness of environmental concerns, coupled with increasingly demanding building regulations, means there is a high demand for professionals that are skilled within energy-efficient building design.

With a specialisation in building considerations for heat­ing-dominated climates, graduates become attractive candidates on e.g. the European, Russian, Chinese and North American job markets. The methodologies and knowledge gained can to a large extent also be of use for building design in temperate climates.

The local Swedish market has seen a significant surge in the demand for energy-efficient buildings in the last ten years, and we are among the leading countries in the world in practising these principles.

The programme leads to a Master of Science degree in Ener­gy-efficient and Environmental Buildings. As a graduate, you will be able to work in design teams responsible for planning and designing energy-efficient and environmental buildings, including renovation of the existing building stock. You will be able to take a leading role in companies (e.g. building consultancies, architect firms, construction companies) and municipalities pursuing energy and environmental aspects, with a whole-building perspective in mind. Students have performed their degree projects at a vari­ety of architecture companies and some have gone on to work for White Arkitekter (Sweden), Bengt Dahlgren (Sweden), Sweco (Sweden), Skanska (Sweden), Link Arkitektur (Norway), Arup (Ger­many), and WSP (UK), and Rambøll A/S (Denmark). Other gradu­ates have moved on to PhD positions at Queensland University of Technology in Australia, ETH Zürich, Lund University and Luleå University of Technology.

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Why Lund University?

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. The University ranks among the world's top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2020 and is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, sustainable and democratic countries.

If you would like to start building your international network in a global classroom setting, Lund University is a great option. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as one of the best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate in-depth learning.

The University is located in Lund, a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes away from Copenhagen Airport in Denmark. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is also home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Lund is Sweden’s most attractive study destination. The University offers one of the broadest ranges of programmes and courses in Scandinavia, based on cross-disciplinary and cutting-edge research. A ... Read More

Lund is Sweden’s most attractive study destination. The University offers one of the broadest ranges of programmes and courses in Scandinavia, based on cross-disciplinary and cutting-edge research. A degree from Lund University is a hallmark of quality both in Sweden and abroad. Read less
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