University of Greenwich
Sustainable Building Design and Engineering MSc
University of Greenwich

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This MSc will give you the engineering and technical design skills to forge a career in the ever-expanding sustainable construction sector.

The increasing drive towards sustainable solutions in the built environment is driving the need for well-educated professionals with a real understanding of this issue. Our Sustainable Building Design and Engineering course teaches you about the technical design and engineering associated with the delivery of such projects in a commercially-focused world.

You'll consider both passive (building fabric) and active measures (building services and renewable energy technologies), with key modules covering sustainable and healthy buildings, building simulation, and environmental and passive design systems.

Career options open to upon successful completion of this course include roles within government agencies, local authorities, and development agencies.

What you should know about this course

  • The course combines technical design and engineering associated with the delivery of sustainable built commercial environments.

  • You’ll learn which approach to take when considering new or existing building stock in terms of its sustainability.

  • The course focuses on the presentation and communication of workable solutions to complex problems.

  • We work with cutting-edge research carried out by the school on technical, behavioural and social issues associated with the delivery of sustainable built environments.

Assessment is varied, and includes coursework, portfolio, practical, presentations and examinations. Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. (Portfolio submission and oral presentations will be used for practice-based courses.) Some courses may also include practice assessments, which do not count towards your final grade. For all assessment you will be provided with feedback to help you monitor progress and improve your performance.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Sustainable Building Design and Engineering, MSc.

You should have an honours degree or an equivalent qualification in a built environment discipline such as civil engineering, construction, surveying or architecture. We will consider other undergraduate degrees on an individual basis, and experienced applicants from CME. For more information, contact [email protected] or 020 8331 9000.


Tuition Fees Sustainable Building Design and Engineering MSc

EU £8750
England UK £8750
Northern Ireland £8750
Scotland £8750
Wales £8750
International £14500

Additional fee information

These fees were set for the 2020/2021 intake. For more information regarding fees and finance, please visit

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich operates on government funding, and is based in London and Kent, England. The university’s main campus, the Old Royal Naval College, as well as its Avery Hill campus are located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, in Greater London. Its satellite campus in Medway, Kent is part of a collaboration with the University of Kent.

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Where is this programme taught

Greenwich Maritime Campus
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