Faculty of Engineering & Design


Duration: 1 year full-time

Application deadline: 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU).

Entry requirements: A first or strong second class UK honours degree or internationally recognised equivalent in Architecture or engineering-related subject.

Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each of the four components).

MSc Architectural Engineering: Environmental Design

Our master's course gives you the deep knowledge base needed to create buildings with low-carbon footprints and reduced environmental impact.

Buildings have a significant impact on the environment. They account for around 34% of all energy use and 24% of all CO2 emissions worldwide. This is is higher in more developed economies like the UK, where buildings make up 46% of all energy use and 39% of all carbon emissions.

Industry needs more construction professionals and building designers to reduce energy use whilst providing the comfort expected in modern buildings. We can give you the skills used by professionals to achieve this, preparing you for a  career in industry.

You will also learn what you need to continue your studies on to a research degree if you want. Many distinction-level graduates from this course stay on for a PhD, often funded in part by the University of Bath.

This MSc is endorsed by the BRE Academy.

Learning outcomes

You will learn how to reappraise the design process and develop sustainability strategies for building projects. When you graduate, you will be qualified to pursue a career as a specialist in architectural and engineering practices.

The course is delivered in a modular format, comprising 10 taught units (undertaken in 4-day blocks) and a dissertation.

Research-led teaching

The course gives you access to research expertise within our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering.

Our Department is home to centres that embrace research into the effects on the built infrastructure of climate change and the need for sustainable development. Each has a particular focus: BRE CICM on materials and products, and EDEn on sustainable building design.

Further details

Course structure

Download our course structure diagram (PDF) or view our programme catalogue for more detail on individual units. 

  • The course is offered as a modular programme comprising ten taught units.
  • The taught units are undertaken in ten 4-day blocks. The first introductory unit is mandatory and a pre-requisite to all the subsequent core/optional units which may be selected and undertaken to suit your own work and time commitments
  • Each unit comprises preparatory work, four consecutive days' attendance at the University of Bath and /or follow up work afterwards, amounting to 100 hours of study. Students will be assessed during the unit or by work submitted immediately after each unit
  • Where students do not wish, or are ineligible to progress to the dissertation, a Postgraduate Diploma is awarded after successful completion of the taught modules only


During the final three months of the degree you will produce a dissertation. This is your opportunity to explore a particular topic that has been covered during the course in far greater depth

Our master's course will enhance your employability by providing you with valuable skills and knowledge needed in the construction industry for sustainable developments in the UK and abroad.

Our students have an excellent track record for getting jobs.

  • Bath postgraduates noticeably outperform postgraduates nationally
  • Our MSc graduates are extremely attractive to employers and have entered a wide range of careers.
  • Other graduates have gone on to pursue research towards and MPhil or PhD

We also encourage the best of our MSc students to continue their studies with us to PhD level.