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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Sustainable Building Design








M.Sc. (Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

5 Semesters

Part-time Evening


Vincent M. Buhagiar

The ever-developing professions of the Perit and the Engineer, have evolved in tandem with today's latest technological developments in buildings and services, towards a better quality of life. The protection of the environment is one sure way towards this goal. The now established reality of global warming has promoted a greater awareness of energy-conscious design as well as a cost-sensitive approach to buildings and their facility management.

Today a number of professionals in the building industry have resonated the need to develop further their career into disciplines related to sustainable building design, with a focus on energy efficiency of buildings, resource management and overall enhanced performance.

It is in this context that the need was felt for a new programme of studies in line with global trends, to provide a more specialised profession, focusing on the various disciplines in architecture and engineering and their allied fields of specialization in environmental design, high-tech building services and overall enhanced performance of buildings.
LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of the programme, the student will be able to:

• promote a greater awareness of the impact of the built environment and associated resources issues in the context of mitigating global warming;
• orientate building design strategies towards a greater energy consciousness, thus resulting in the reduction of carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases;
• maintain the right balance between energy conservation, air quality, health,
• well-being and comfort standards within buildings, for a well-balanced and sustainable quality of life;
• develop and introduce novel concepts of energy management and resource efficiency (including materials);
• increase awareness and importance of retrofitting and re-use of buildings, in both their historic and modern context;
• contribute in a 'design-charette' (team) thus enhancing the overall quality of the design project;
• discuss and impart knowledge on the respective fields of expertise;
• quantify, audit and report the overall performance of a building through its multi-faceted sustainable design aspects;
• impartially evaluate an executed project, based on scientific evidence and a rigorous assessment, through acquired knowledge and understanding of the subject area.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Graduates of this Masters will eventually have a more diversified portfolio and experience in the more specific international job market in the field of sustainable design of buildings.

Software modelling and design tools are today considered an integral part of these professions. This is today considered a niche market, which deploys a variety of allied fields in itself, applied in retrofitting and design of new buildings, towards NZEB (Near Zero Energy Buildings) and enhanced performance standards.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This Masters programme is targeted as a specialisation for the practicing Perit and Building Services Engineer. It is intended to enhance the profession, as it focuses more on the overall performance of buildings, with a stronger accent on a holistic sustainable design.
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 the 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 paragraph 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 2017.

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



Last Updated: 31 July 2017
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