University of Malta

M.Sc. in Sustainable Building Design
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The Department of Environmental Design in collaboration with the Department of

Mechanical Engineering are offering students the opportunity to further their academic and

professional development by reading for an M.Sc. in Sustainable Building Design. The

course is delivered on a part-time basis in the evening, spread over five semesters.


Driven by the ever increasing trends of energy consumption in buildings and growing

concerns on climate change, there is now an established movement towards sustainability in

buildings. Indeed, this drive has culminated in the requirement to have nearly Zero Energy

Buildings as of the end of 2018. Such a drive is however regularly contrasted by the fact that

building occupants have grown accustomed to a certain degree of thermal, visual and acoustic

comfort, which often is energy intensive. The 'MSc in Sustainable Building Design' aims at

bridging that gap, by providing focused learning on subjects related to energy efficiency in

buildings, resource management and building comfort.

Course Structure

The taught component is spread over four (4) semesters. During the first two semesters, the

candidates are thought principles related to building physics, such as lighting, acoustics and

the thermal environment. Thereon candidates will build on these principles and acquire an

understanding of how theory may be applied in the design of sustainable buildings.

Integration of various building services technologies within buildings is also tackled along

with necessary management, professional and legal skills.

The final fifth semester augments the taught component of the course by offering candidates

the opportunity to apply their acquired knowledge to a dissertation.

The language of instruction is English.

How to Apply

Interested persons wishing to apply for this course starting in October 2017 are invited to

apply online. 


Last Updated: 1 June 2017

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