Modern Building Design MSc

4 semesters, starting in October 2018

Develop the knowledge of modern building design practice, methodologies and processes sought after by major engineering and design consultancies.

Our master’s is for students with a background in construction disciplines related to architecture and civil engineering who want to learn integrated approaches to building design. It introduces you to modern practices and focuses on integrated design.

The first two semesters give you a thorough understanding of the issues related to working in the construction industry. You’ll learn about the challenges involved in managing the building design process. This includes understanding how to balance the often conflicting design tensions in projects. Being able to integrate regulatory requirements, low-carbon certification and basic building physics will prepare you to work in multidisciplinary environments.

You'll explore the relationship between building information modelling and collaborative integrated design management. Dynamic digital modelling tools allow you to use your knowledge of building physics, regulations and codes, and low-carbon building envelopes to find more optimal building solutions. We provide you with guidance and tutorial support in industry-specific software that you will use during your degree.

Briefs from live projects challenge you to solve design problems in real time. You'll work with students who will bring their experience in engineering and architectural design to the mix. This approach gives you insight into the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in building design projects.

You'll embed theory and professional knowledge in a research dissertation informed by your placement. This gives you the opportunity to resolve industry problems and deliver company-specific solutions.

Our course was developed with professional partners in architecture and civil engineering. It focuses on your employability by giving you a range of practical and interpersonal skills. You'll graduate with a detailed knowledge of the managerial design processes, tools and strategies used in modern building design. Your ability to show initiative in low-carbon and energy efficient design will help you start your career in industry. Some of our best performing students continue their studies with us through our PhD programme.

Our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering’s research strengths include:

  • innovative construction materials
  • sustainable and low-carbon development
  • energy and the environment

Our academics’ expertise and international collaborations feed into teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 semesters. It starts in October 2018 and ends in 2020.

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.

Units

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 2

Placement

You'll spend three months in professional practice between June and December and will run 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 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 placements team runs workshops in CV writing and interview techniques to prepare you for applying. However, we cannot guarantee you a position. If you are unable to secure a placement, you will transfer on to our 12-month alternative course and graduate with an MSc in Low-Carbon Building Design.

Watch our video about our students' experiences on placement.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Oral assessment
  • Portfolio
  • Seminar
“The exchange of information has been really wonderful. I know that the knowledge I gain here I can apply in any part of the world.”
Madhurya Marthi

MSc Modern Building Design (2017)

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a high 2:2 or above.

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in 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.

South Africa qualifications

A bachelor's (honours) degree with a final result of at least a 2:1.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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 within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in a country where English is the official first language, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

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.

Austria qualifications

A bachelor’s degree, diplomstudium or magister with a final overall result of at least gut (2 out of 4).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Czech Republic qualifications

A bakalár or bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least 2 out of 4 (C).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

France qualifications

A licence, diplôme d'Ingénieur or a maîtrise with a final overall score of at least 13 out of 20.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Germany qualifications

A bachelor’s degree, Diplom or magister artium with a final overall score of at least 2 (gut).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Greece qualifications

A bachelor's degree (Ptychio) or diploma with a final overall score of at least 6.5 to 7.5 out of 10 depending on the institution attended.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Italy qualifications

A laurea or laurea in ingegneria with a final overall score of at least 94 out of 110.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Netherlands qualifications

A bachelor’s degree or doctoraal with a final overall score of at least 6.5 out of 10.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Poland qualifications

A licencjat or Inżynier with a final overall result of at least 4 (C or good).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Portugal qualifications

A licenciado or diploma de estudos superiores especialiazados (DESE) with a final overall result of at least 14 out of 20 (bom).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Spain qualifications

A titulo de licenciado or titulo de ingeniero with a final overall score of at least 7.0 (notable).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Brazil qualifications

A titulo de bacharel, titulo de (subject area) or licenciado with a final overall score of at least 7.5 out of 10.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Canada qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall GPA of at least 3.0 (B or 70%).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

China qualifications

A four-year bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 75% (GPA 3.0) depending on the institution attended.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Egypt qualifications

A bachelor's degree awarded by a university with an overall score of at least 75% (very good).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

India qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a First Class.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Iran qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least 13 out of 20 when studied at a state university and 14 out of 20 when studied at a private university.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Jordan qualifications

A bachelor's degree with a final overall result of at least very good (GPA 3.00-3.64 or 75%).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Mexico qualifications

A título de licenciado or título (profesional) de (subject area) with a final overall result of least 8 out of 10.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Nigeria qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a high 2:2 (58% or above).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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 within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in a country where English is the official first language, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Saudi Arabia qualifications

A four-year bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least 75% (GPA of at least 3.5 out of 5.0 or 3.0 out of 4.0).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Thailand qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall GPA of at least 3.0 (B).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

United States of America qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (B).

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Other qualifications

We welcome applications from graduates from all countries so if you can’t see your country in the list, please contact our admissions team for advice about your specific entry requirements.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in 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.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for postgraduate courses.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Modern Building Design
  • Final award
    MSc
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    TEAR-AWM21
  • UK/EU application deadline
    30 June 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    30 June 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Admissions
pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk
+441225385115

Apply for 2018 entry