Oxford Brookes University; MSc Sustainable Buildings: Performance Design
Course focus: Design studio modules-Technical-Building Performance Modelling || Design studio: YES || Fees: £4,320-£8,550/£10,350 (EU/Overseas)
Course director: Dr Paola Sassi
Course founded: Dr Paola Sassi
Duration: 1 year full-time; 27 months part-time
Intake: 30 students
Student profile: 60-80 per cent architectural background, 50 per cent international
Distinctive feature: Focus on low and zero energy buildings, promoting interdisciplinary and strategic approach to design through practical application. Unique module in post-occupancy evaluation uses Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development research. Leading research in thermal comfort feeds into design teaching and the low carbon building technology modules combine strategic decision making with practical application.
Director comment: Course is intense as this field is complex and constantly changing but our students tend to form strong bonds among themselves and with the course team, creating a lively and supportive alumni network. This helps us improve the course each year and maintain our up to date teaching programme.
Student comment: I received my bachelors of architecture in Knoxville, TN, US and worked as an intern architect for 3 years following graduation. I chose Brookes because of the specificity of the program and was interested in studying in the UK. I loved the programme. It delivered all that I expected.
- Matt Greg, MSc SB:PD
After completion of the MSc I went straight to work at a local company, Oxford Architects. There I was working as an architect but also in parallel I became in charge of assessing buildings for solar control and CO2 emissions calculations to comply with building regulations. Today, I am working at Foster + Partners in London. Our work always involves very close contact with energy consultants and sustainability experts. The knowledge and expertise acquired during the MSc has become invaluable for me to feel confident as an architect working within multi disciplined design teams.
-Yerko Jeria, MSc SB:PD
Career opportunities: Our graduates have gone on to work as sustainable building designers, sustainability consultants, post-occupancy assessors either as self-employed or as employees with some of the world-leading practices. The course also prepares students for employment as researchers and academics and a number of the staff teaching on the course and or working at the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development are SB:PD alumni.
- An approved undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent), 1st or 2.1 class, in relevant discipline
- Appropriate professional background and experience in architecture, building or building servicing design
- Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate appropriate level of English for postgraduate study. IELTS score of at least 6.5 or evidence of equivalent level of fluency in English language required
Tuition: £4,320-£8,550/£10,350 full-time (EU/Overseas)