Buildings are responsible for a large share of our global energy use. Energy use is, in fact, the main determinant of a building’s global environmental footprint, considering its total lifespan.
Lund University is internationally renowned for high-quality research related to energy-efficient buildings. Our expertise is centred on a whole building perspective, which accounts for inhabitant needs, as well as their comfort and health. The University’s advanced research and its close ties to the building industry creates an excellent foundation for a strong Master’s programme with a largely unique focus on buildings.
Our students will graduate with advanced knowledge, skills and competencies within the area of energy-efficient and environmental building design in cold climates. Our goal is to train highly skilled professionals, who will significantly contribute to and influence the design, building or renovation of energy-efficient buildings, taking into consideration the architecture and environment, the inhabitants’ behaviour and needs, their health and comfort as well as the overall economy.
The carefully tailored theoretical courses are complemented with practical modules, in which students apply their new knowledge. This pedagogical approach enables a strong learning progression and is the reason why the programme is shaped by tailor-made mandatory courses. In small teams, our students work together to design energy-efficient concepts and buildings, and to analyse the consequences of various design alternatives using an integrated design process. The student teams are intentionally mixed both regarding nationality background and academic backgrounds, such as in architecture and engineering. The purpose is to get training in the interdisciplinary design process and in teamwork, which is very important for their future careers. Courses also include site visits, guest lecturers from the industry, and tours of existing good examples of energy-efficient building design.
In each of the first three semesters of the programme, you will take two theory-based courses followed by an applied course, in which you will apply theory to a specific building project. The fourth semester will be spent carrying out your degree project. Examples of companies where students have performed their degree projects include Medesco (Greece), White Architects (Sweden), Luwoge Consult (Germany), Skanska (Sweden), Arup (Germany), and WSP (UK).
- Full list of courses in this programme: http://kurser.lth.se/lot/?prog=MEMB&val=program&lang=en
The programme involves teachers from different departments at Lund University. The main ones are: Department of Architecture and Built Environment (Divisions of Energy and Building Design, and Environmental Psychology) and Department of Building and Environmental Technology (Divisions of Building Physics, and Building Services).
The rising global awareness of environmental concerns, coupled with increasingly demanding building regulations, means there is a high demand for professionals that are skilled in energy-efficient building design.
With a specialisation in cold climate building considerations, graduates become attractive candidates on e.g. the European, Russian, Chinese and North American job markets. The methodologies and knowledge gained can to a large extent also be of use for building design in temperate climates.
The local Swedish market has seen a significant surge in the demand for energy-efficient buildings in the last ten years, and we are among the leading countries in the world in practising these principles.
The programme leads to a Master of Science degree in Energy-efficient and Environmental Buildings. As a graduate, you will be able to work in design teams responsible for planning and designing energy-efficient and environmental buildings, including renovation of the existing building stock. You will be able to take a leading role in companies (e.g. building consultancies, architect firms, construction companies) and municipalities pursuing energy and environmental aspects, with a whole-building perspective in mind. You will also be well prepared to pursue your studies further at the doctoral level.
A Bachelor s degree in architecture, civil engineering, architectural engineering or equivalent. Completed courses within the three subjects building technology/structural engineering, building physics/science and building services. A minimum of 3 credits/ECTS is required for each of these three subjects. In addition, a total of 30 credits/ECTS is required as sum of any combination of courses within energy and building technology/structural engineering, building physics/science, building services, building materials and architecture. English 6.
The selection is based on academic qualifications.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under “Entry requirements”). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
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