Graduate School of the Environment

New Skills for a New Future

MSc Green Building*



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Studying Green Building with us, you will develop a deep understanding and confidence around sustainable design principles and sustainable materials, their regulatory and legal requirements and their practical use.

You will also acquire a rigorous understanding of the social, practical, political, economic and environmental aspects of green building.

CAT’s unique study experience combines hands-on practical learning with in-depth academic study and flexible study options.

Get practical experience of sustainable building materials and methods and learn the theory behind the selection and use of materials, energy flows, site selection and preparation phases, waste management and project management.

Key areas of study

  • Introduction to sustainability and adaption
  • Building design, planning and retrofitting
  • Selection and evaluation of materials and sources
  • Efficient use of materials and energy
  • Attitudinal and behavioural issues of energy and materials use and control
  • Post-occupancy evaluation of buildings performance, water and waste management
  • Policy and planning issues
  • Applied building project

The MSc will end with a 60-credit individual design project comprising a technical report and critical evaluation. This provides the opportunity to complete your studies through focusing on a topic or project of your choosing.

*This course is subject to validation and new for 2019.

Benefit from over 40 years’ sustainability experience

CAT’s world leading eco-centre is a pioneer in researching and teaching practical solutions for sustainability, with over 40 years’ experience in low impact building, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable food production, natural resources management and more.

We have various buildings created using low impact materials, including strawbale, timber frame, rammed earth, cob and hempcrete, and our site is powered via a mix of energy from our own renewable energy systems and electricity from a green provider. The award-winning WISE building is a stylish, modern example of low-impact building in practice.

Immersive learning

The taught eight-week modules offer an immersive learning experience through lectures, talks, seminars and workshops delivered by our expert in-house staff, with specialist insights from visiting lecturers from industry and academia.

Practical sessions are part of the programme of module teaching weeks at CAT, allowing you to get hands-on with sustainable building materials and energy efficiency.

Many modules are shared with our other postgraduate courses, providing you with a rich learning experience with your peers.

Flexible study options allow you to choose the level and mode of study that suits you, helping you fit your studies around other commitments. Full-time study at MSc level will allow you to complete the course in 18 months.

Interested in studying this course? Join us for our next open day or contact us to register your interest.

This course is created and delivered by CAT and is offered subject to validation by the University of East London.

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