Master of Engineering (Building Engineering)

Master of Engineering (Building Engineering)

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Course title Master of Engineering (Building Engineering)
Course code PMENRBUEFTT8
Postnominal M.Eng.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 4 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 120
Coordinator Marc Bonello
Delivered by Faculty for the Built Environment
The M.Eng. in Building Engineering degree is a second tier qualification, one of the routes leading to the EU accredited warrant of the Perit. It is the last two years of the 1+3+2course structure streamlined to respect the Bologna Convention. In this light, the programme is designed to have at least 50% of its content covering engineering subjects, at least 20% covering basic sciences, (including mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics etc.), and at least 10% of the course covering non-technical subjects, (including management, and environment). The emphasis in this stream is the environmental design of buildings, their energy efficiency and their promotion of indoor comfort (lighting, acoustics, thermal) and sense of wellbeing of occupants. The course also includes a formidable individual and independent research component, manifested though a Masters level Dissertation.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(1) (a) a first cycle degree in Built Environment Studies from this University, with at least at Second Class (Honours) or

(b) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be comparable to the qualification 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.

(2) All applicants shall be required to submit a transcript of studies showing that during the first cycle degree they successfully completed the minimum number of credits in the relative thematic study-units, as indicated in the Schedule approved by the Board. Study-units which were awarded a Compensated Pass shall not be considered sufficient for this purpose, provided that, at the discretion of the Board, applicants who present Compensated Passes in up to 4 ECTS credits may be allowed to join the Course subject to any conditions which the Board may impose.

(3) Study-units which were successfully completed during exchange periods of study at other universities may be offered in lieu of study-units indicated in the Schedule, subject to confirmation by the Board that such study-units have a thematic content which is compatible with the relative Schedule, and that study-units so presented are at least at the same level as the study-units they are replacing.

(4) Applicants who commenced the first cycle degree leading to the qualification specified in paragraph (1) (a) in October 2011 or October 2012 who lack not more than 4 ECTS credits in study-units from the relevant thematic area may be allowed to follow and successfully complete supplementary study-units to make up for this shortfall, in addition to the programme of study specified in bye-law 5 of the bye-laws for the Course.

(5) Applicants in possession of a qualification as indicated in paragraph (1) who do not satisfy the requirements of paragraph (2) and lack more than the number of credits indicated in paragraph (4) may be allowed to follow and successfully complete a Preparatory Programme, comprising not less than 30 and not more than 60 ECTS credits, with an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course. Under no circumstances, shall the Preparatory Programme be taken in order to improve a prior performance in the first cycle degree in Built Environment Studies.

Details regarding the Schedule of Thematic Study-Units will be made available online in due course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

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

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

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After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 26,800
Yr 1: Eur 13,400 - Yr 2: Eur 13,400
Successful candidates should be in possession of:

(i) an understanding of the engineering profession, and of the engineer's responsibility to colleagues, to employers or clients, to the community and particularly to the environment;
(ii) a knowledge and understanding of the principles of engineering, based on science and mathematics, appropriate to environmental design and its allied fields;
(iii) a general knowledge of good engineering practice, in the field of building engineering, and the thermal and hygroscopic properties, behaviour, fabrication and recycling potential of building materials and components;
(iv) a familiarity with the tools of the new technologies and an ability to handle technical information and statistics;
(v) an ability to develop and use theoretical models for the prediction of real-life scenarios;
(vi) a capacity to exercise independent technical judgement through scientific analysis and logical as well as lateral thinking;
(vii) an ability to work as part of a team (Design Charette) and on multi-disciplinary projects;
(viii) an ability to apply the principles of good design in the interest of minimising the embodied energy of building materials and components from manufacture, transportation, us on site and their eventual disposal, and associated cost-benefit analysis;
(ix) to cultivate an attitude of innovation and creativity in the profession of building performance and environmental engineering.
(x) an ability to provide for overarching environmental considerations, beyond the building site and its environs.

Within these objectives, thematic variations are available within the M.Eng. Programmes, which also address specific issues in greater detail, such as structural engineering, civil engineering and management topics. These variations are described in the detail of the different Programmes.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 7 May 2021

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.