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We are pleased to offer a selection of postgraduate taught modules from the MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings, a programme which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

The modules offered are suitable for professional architects, engineers, building technologists, or those working in environmental design who are wanting to upskill or further their career, and who are happy to study alongside full-programme MSc students.

Due to the ongoing Covid situation, we recommend that you contact us for the latest, updated information on programmes as these are subject to change.


The following modules have typically been offered as standalone options:

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These courses are recognised by The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI).

Earth and Society

This module introduces the principal concepts of sustainability. It considers the historic development of the 'green' movement and Climate Change as an important context for sustainable development.

It identifies different sustainability positions adopted today, both at a theoretical and practical level and encourages students to question these as well as their own views. The module demands students to develop their own sustainability position in relation to a specific development scale (from individual buildings through communities to urban scale); while including social and environmental considerations that underpin sustainability in the built environment (ie. health and wellbeing, social justice, professional responsibility and ethics).

The module provides a structure for students to develop, discuss and formulate their personal sustainability standpoint and reflect on the role of their chosen future profession in delivering holistic sustainability.

Low Carbon Buildings

  • This module takes a holistic approach to the energy use of a building.
  • It will look at working with goals for building design, such as zero carbon standards, and with ways of off-setting energy consumption with renewable technologies.
  • The module will introduce techniques for assessing the energy footprint and sustainable performance of the building using benchmarking.

Investigation of the Built Environment

  • This module focuses on the introduction of methods and techniques by which building designers, owners and operators can determine whether their building performs as anticipated.
  • It introduces measurement and post occupancy evaluation.
  • The modules looks into a number of investigative and analytical methods and techniques, including simulation, measurement, and survey.
  • It takes into account both physical and human perspectives of the built environment and draw on methods appropriate to academic and practice-based investigations.

How to apply

Note: due to the ongoing Covid situation, we recommend that you contact us for the latest, updated information on programme dates and other details.

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