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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Environmental Design







M.Sc. Env. Des.(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

5 Semesters

Part-time Evening


Climate Change is considered as one of the greatest challenges of the millennium. As we move forward into the 21st century, global warming is singled out as the primary concern on political agendas worldwide. Malta's commitment proposal to reduce GHGs by 10% by 2020 is one mean task ahead of us. EU member states have even gone so far as to propose higher targets beyond this goal, albeit even if over a longer time line. Malta's commitment has already been put into action through the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP), and the setting up of a Climate Change Consultative Council in late 2011.

Buildings, in construction and use, constitute over 40% of the energy demand of the national energy bill of any developed country. Malta is no exception. Numerous 'State of the Environment' reports have incessantly highlighted the need to curtail energy demand from fossil fuels in our ever-buzzing building industry. National Policies have been drawn up, further outlining strategic policies in this direction. Architects and Engineers are at the forefront of such a holistic strategy in this direction.

The University of Malta is offering a part-time evening programme spread over five semesters leading to a Master of Science in Environmental Design. The evening lectures are intended to facilitate attendance by professionals in employment after their working hours.

In the first and second semester, the course will initially introduce the student to the various aspects of environmental design, strengthening the architectural science, building physics and/or environmental engineering background that is required.

In its third and fourth semester, the course will focus on energy efficient technologies in building components, together with facility management and auditing, intelligent lighting and modeling, as part of a holistic passive design scheme. An emphasis will also be made on legislation and standards promoting energy use in buildings in its various forms. General environmental issues will be tackled from a global view zooming down to the local perspective.

The fifth semester will be fully dedicated to a dissertation. Through guided supervision, each student will be assisted in choosing his/her own area of preferred expertise. Regular tutoring will see the completion of a comprehensive technical report as the final dissertation for qualification to a Masters scholar.

Based on regular requests for such a dedicated Masters course, it is already envisaged that the programme will be typically popular with practicing professionals in architecture and building services engineering, among others.

In this context the principal AIMS of this MSc are:

- To foster a greater awareness of the impact of energy use in the built environmental and related environmental issues in the context of global warming;
- To orientate building design strategies towards a greater energy consciousness, thus resulting in the reduction of carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases;
- To maintain the right balance between energy conservation and comfort standards within buildings, for a well-balanced and sustainable quality of life.
LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of the course students will:

- be able to assess thermal loads, outdoor & indoor, and how these relate to energy efficiency.
- use natural resources, such as energy, water and waste in building design,
- measure energy efficiency, and recognize ways how to improve on it;
- become knowledgeable of available systems for building ratings and certifications with respect to energy efficiency.
- apply software design assessment tools for comparing design solutions.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY This MSc increases the potential for employment or to further one’s career in the energy sector with local or foreign entities or institutions, working in environmental design, energy efficiency and renewable energy. This sector is already gaining importance with the latest legislation on energy performance certification of buildings (EPC). Further growth is envisaged in the imminent future with the introduction of tighter standards for building performance in both new and renovated buildings, particularly in view of the latest EU directive on energy performance of buildings (EPBD recast), as well as new standards for ‘green’ procurement, as already being applied by the Government of Malta for tendering procedures.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The programme is intended to attract architects, engineers, scientists, technical people and others working in energy and its multi-faceted allied fields.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree from this University with at least Second Class (Honours) in a discipline related to the Built Environment, Architecture, or Civil, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, or any other degree related to building services, or

(b) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be comparable to the qualifications listed in paragraph (a). The admission of applicants under this bye-law may be made conditional on the results of an assessment as the Board may deem appropriate...

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2012.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 14 March 2014
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