Master's Programme in Energy-Efficient and Environmental Building Design

Lund University

Program Description

Master's Programme in Energy-Efficient and Environmental Building Design

Lund University

Programme overview

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, creates 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 cold 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, taking into consideration the architecture and environment, the inhabitants’ behaviour and needs, their health and comfort as well as the overall economy.

The well thought through theoretical courses are complemented with practical modules, in which students apply their new knowledge. In small teams, our students work together to design energy-efficient buildings, and to analyse the consequences of various design alternatives using an integrated design process. The student teams are intentionally mixed both regarding nationality background and academic background, such as in architecture and engineering. The purpose is to get training 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.

The programme involves teachers from different departments at Lund University. The main ones are: Department of Architecture and Built Environment (Divisions of Energy and Building Design, and Environmental Psychology) and Department of Building and Environmental Technology (Divisions of Building Physics, and Building Services).

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 cold climate building considerations, 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. As a graduate of this programme, 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 and municipalities pursuing energy and environmental aspects, with a whole-building perspective in mind. You will also be well prepared to pursue your studies further at the doctoral level.

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Why Lund University?

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked among the world's top 100 universities in the QS Ranking 2016/2017, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.

If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as the second best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate an in-depth level of learning.

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

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Last updated October 17, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
2 years
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Sweden Lund
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