The course aims to equip you with the advanced skills and knowledge to take on a specialist role managing the design or construction of building services and energy conservation in buildings.
The majority of full-time students begin the course in the first year, which exposes them to the fundamentals of building science, such as thermal, visual and aural comfort, building construction and services, design studies including the use of different design software, construction material and their properties.
Most part-time, direct entry students, who are already in work, come into the second year of the course. In this year, you will have the opportunity to learn more fundamental topics of building design and the construction process that are essential to practitioners in the construction professions, such as fluid-dynamics, thermodynamics, electrical and fire engineering systems and low energy cooling systems.
Working on your own and in groups, you will have the opportunity to study real-life case studies and projects in which you will recommend appropriate management strategy and use Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools and protocols to manage the design and evaluation of new and existing buildings. For example, you may consider how to conduct a low-energy retrofit of existing public buildings or undertake life cycle analysis of renewable energy systems for new and existing buildings. Previous students have analysed electrical and lighting design for new and refurbishment projects, designed and modelled heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
After the second year, if you are not already working within the industry, you have an opportunity to spend up to a year on professional placement or studying abroad. In the past, students have worked in various building services consulting and contracting companies in the UK.
In the final year, you will also carry out an independent piece of research of your choosing, which seeks to develop skills in personal organisation, research and critical thinking, as well as advancing your knowledge in the subject area. Previously, students have looked at the implementation of building Information modelling within building services industry, whole life cost modelling, low-energy retrofit, climate change impact assessment, overheating assessment, modelling of buildings and buildings systems etc.