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University of Bath

Modern Building Design MSc units

Details of the units you'll study on this master's course, starting September 2020, including synopsis, number of credits and learning outcomes.

Professional and research skills for the construction industry

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Learn the essential knowledge and train in a range of professional skills and research techniques for the construction sector.

Learning outcomes

  • Show that you have the knowledge, thinking and skills to work well in professional teams in the construction sector
  • Devise and investigate a theoretical or practical research question relevant to your studies
  • Present your solution to the research question, showing your ability to critically interpret the results

Project and construction management

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Develop the project and construction management understanding needed to work effectively on multidisciplinary construction projects.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the complexities and uncertainties of managing projects in the construction industry
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders at different levels
  • Learn to work within the constraints imposed on construction projects
  • Understand why there might not be a single solution that meets all desired outcomes

Integrated delivery of low-carbon buildings

60 CATS credits (30 ECTS)

Learn how to deliver more optimally designed low-carbon building solutions by integrating inter-related technical disciplines (such as Building Physics, BIM, Dynamic modelling), within specified sustainability targets. You'll gain the skills to manage conflicting design challenges, preparing you for the workplace.

Learning outcomes

  • Compare the impacts of a BIM-supported design process with more traditional approaches
  • Recognise the design tensions that exist between many building physics phenomena and how they inform their low-carbon building design decisions
  • Simulate and manage the design tensions of building physics parameters during the design process for optimal low-carbon design solutions
  • Evaluate how low-carbon building envelope solutions can be combined and integrated for the optimal through-life performance of low-carbon buildings
  • Develop a full understanding of the regulatory and political context under which buildings are constructed

Multidisciplinary project

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Work with students from other construction-related MSc courses to develop a building design. Investigate aspects related to your MSc in depth.

Learning outcomes

  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop the outline design of a building
  • Communicate the outcomes as if to a professional client team
  • Develop an element of the building design in detail, as appropriate for your course

Professional practice placement

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Work in an industrial setting to gain industry-relevant professional development. You'll use what you've learnt so far on the course to work with different stakeholders such as clients, the public and other industry professionals.

Learning outcomes

  • Use technical knowledge to advance the modern building design process in a real-world setting, factoring in client demands and resource restraints
  • Understand how to identify and resolve real-world problems through a research-informed approach
  • Understand how to build your professional profile within the placement company and the wider professional industry

Research dissertation

60 CATS credits (30 ECTS)

Carry out fundamental or applied research in a topic relevant to your studies. You'll be supervised by one of our academic experts and supported by other staff.

Learning outcomes

  • Independently research a topic relevant to your studies
  • Critique your research approach and results
  • Effectively communicate your outcomes