M.Sc. Sustainable Building Engineering

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP11350 Year (International)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Greenwich | London, United Kingdom
This programme has been developed to meet the needs of those employed in the varied construction professions who wish to expand their expertise in the building process. Ideally, students should have academic qualifications with training and practice in the construction industry.

Description of Sustainable Building Engineering


The increasing drive towards low carbon and sustainable solutions in the built environment has introduced a need for built environment professionals who can take a holistic view of the sustainability debate. This programme will combine the technical design and engineering issues associated with the delivery of sustainable built environments with an appreciation for how such approaches can be justified in a commercially focused world.

The programme considers passive (building fabric) and active measures (building services and renewable energy technologies) setting out what approach may be taken when considering new build or, as is becoming increasingly important the existing building stock. Alongside this students will gain the skills needed to asses these options on a whole life basis with an appreciation for how the financial and business case can be made for such approaches.

The programme is closely linked with the schools Sustainable Built Environments Research Group (SBERG) and will be informed by the cutting edge research carried out by the group considering technical, behavioural and social issues associated with the delivery of sustainable built environments.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop skills and understanding around the principles of sustainable building with a view to delivering healthy, comfortable, efficient and environmentally friendly buildings
  • To consider how the above issues can be applied when working with existing buildings
  • To take the technical knowledge gained and working within a commercial world produce convincing and robust business cases for implementing sustainable solutions.

The university is investing £76 million in a new building to house the campus library, TV studios and academic facilities for disciplines including architecture, design and construction. Stockwell Street is a short walk from the Greenwich Campus and this programme will be delivered there from 2014.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 11350 Year (International)
  • GBP 7200 Year (EEA)

EU/Home: £7,200 International: £11,350

Scholarships available - please see our website www.gre.ac.uk/scholarships

Start date January  2016, September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

  • Sustainable Building Technologies 1 (20 credits)
  • Sustainable Building Technologies 2 (20 credits)
  • Managing within a Sustainable Environment (20 credits)
  • Critical Thinking (10 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits)
  • Risk Management (20 credits)
  • Building Rehabilitation (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Option Course (20 credits)

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Sustainable Building Engineering

Applicants should have:

An honours degree or an equivalent qualification in a built environment discipline such as civil engineering, construction, surveying or architecture.• Applicants with other first degrees will be considered on an individual basis.

Work Experience for Sustainable Building Engineering

No work experience is required.

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