Postgraduate - taught prospectus

Sustainable Building Design and Engineering, MSc

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

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • 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.


Built Environment



  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time

The increasing drive towards low carbon and sustainable solutions in the built environment has introduced a need for built environment professionals who can take a holistic view of the sustainability debate. This programme will combine the technical design and engineering issues associated with the delivery of sustainable built environments with an appreciation for how such approaches can be justified in a commercially focused world. The programme considers passive (building fabric) and active measures (building services and renewable energy technologies) setting out what approach may be taken when considering new build or, as is becoming increasingly important the existing building stock.

Students will gain the skills needed to assess these options on a whole life basis with an appreciation for how the financial and business case can be made for such approaches.

The programme is closely linked with the schools Sustainable Built Environments Research Group (SBERG) and will be informed by the cutting-edge research carried out by the group considering technical, behavioural and social issues associated with the delivery of sustainable built environments. The University of Greenwich is a Passive House Examination Centre and students can gain extra certification as a Passive House Designer/Consultant by taking the programme.


The aims of the programme are to:

  • Develop skills and understanding around the principles of sustainable building with a view to delivering healthy, comfortable, efficient and environmentally friendly buildings
  • Consider how the above issues can be applied when working with existing buildings
  • Take the technical knowledge gained and working within a commercial world to produce convincing and robust business cases for implementing sustainable solutions.


The university has invested £76 million in a new building to house the campus library, TV studios and academic facilities for disciplines including architecture, design and construction. Stockwell Street, where the programme will be delivered, is a short walk from the university's buildings on the Old Royal College site.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

An honours degree or an equivalent qualification in a built environment discipline such as civil engineering, construction, surveying or architecture.

Applicants with other first degrees will be considered on an individual basis.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

If there any site visits or field trips, students may need to pay their own travel costs.

Additional information


Students will be assessed through: 

  • Project and other coursework 
  • presentations 
  • Examination (in a limited number of courses)
  • A dissertation.


Graduates can pursue opportunities in the design or engineering professions as consultants or in other professional roles in private practice, government agencies, local authorities, development agencies and other large estate holders.

Specialised equipment

  • You will benefit from access to outstanding TV & Sound studios, professional edit suites, large workshop with 3D printers/laser cutters/CNC machines, contemporary computer labs with both Mac and PC workflows – all supported by experienced and creative technicians 
  • Teaching takes place in large studios, seminar rooms, and on location throughout London 
  • Field trips abroad to exhibitions and site-specific projects will be scheduled throughout the year.

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