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Course summary

Develop the knowledge of building design practice, methodologies and processes sought after by engineering and architectural design firms and contractors. Our master's introduces you to the challenges of managing building design processes and practices in industry. Using multidisciplinary approaches, you’ll learn how to balance conflicting design needs in projects such as sustainability and well-being standards. And you’ll learn how to integrate regulatory requirements with low-carbon certification and basic building physics. During the course, you'll also explore 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. 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. Our graduates work at companies including Arup, Mott MacDonald, National Rail and Aecom. Some of our best performing students continue their studies with us through our PhD programme.


This course lasts 15 months. It starts in October 2023 and ends in 2024. Welcome week starts on 25 September 2023. 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. Year 1 Semester 1 Compulsory units Integrated delivery of low carbon building 30 credits Principles of construction project management 10 credits Professional and research skills for the construction industry 10 credits Semester 2 Compulsory units Integrated delivery of low carbon building Continued Multidisciplinary project 10 credits Principles of construction project management Continued Professional and research skills for the construction industry Continued Summer Compulsory units Dissertation 30 credits Professional practice placement 30 credits Placement You'll spend a minimum of three months in a 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 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.

Assessment method

Coursework Dissertation Essay Practical work

Entry requirements

British qualifications You should have a first or strong second-class Bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent. 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 IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course. 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

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees can be found on our web pages and are liable to increase annually. UK and Islands fees are regulated by the UK government and are subject to parliamentary approval. For all other fees, you should budget for an increase of up to 5% for every further year of study. For information on tuition fees visit our web pages:
Modern Building Design at University of Bath - UCAS