Solent University (Southampton): Advanced Building Simulation

InstitutionSolent University (Southampton)
Department Art, Design and Fashion School
Study type Taught


Current standards place considerable value on the sustainability, performance and comfort of new building developments. As resource costs continue to rise and client expectations on design, comfort and energy features change; the industry will look to graduates with specialist design skills and a strong working knowledge of building simulation, acoustic performance and energy assessment to help bring new projects to life.

To help you fill this industry need, our master’s course in advanced building simulation places a unique emphasis on the computer simulation of acoustic and thermal performance. You will leave the course with the practical skills required to design a high performance building and confidently consult on all aspects of its technical specifications.

Units cover a range of relevant subjects, with a choice of optional units enabling you to tailor the curriculum to your own unique aspirations and interests. Early units introduce the concept of sustainable building design and explore how the form, fabric, and equipment of a building affect its environmental impact. This learning will be reinforced as you take part in a live design project.

Units on the computer simulation of thermal and acoustic performance will see you working with industry-standard software packages and algorithms. This also links into the building assessment unit, where you will learn how globally recognised assessment methods like BREEAM and LEED help to inform the sustainable design process and benchmark success. Graduates will leave the course with BREEAM accreditation.

Although the BREEAM Accredited Graduate course is free to study, students are required to pay for the course certificate if they are successful in achieving the qualification. As of 2016, the cost of the certificate is £30.

You’ll also benefit from the teaching team’s extensive industry links. These links have been built over many years of delivering courses accredited by professional organisations (e.g. CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures, mentoring sessions and site visits.

Students use industry-standard tools and software packages to assess building performance and test building specifications.

Building standards are constantly under review and the industry is always striving to create buildings with higher efficiency specifications. Graduates of this course will be in an excellent position to help drive this progress.

Suitable roles for graduates include: sustainability consultant, thermal and sound specialist, BIM developer, energy consultant, acoustics consultant and architectural engineering.

Graduates will also be well placed to carry out academic research that contributes to a PhD.

This innovative course is designed to appeal to candidates from a wide range of built-environment related disciplines. The curriculum is designed to be creative and inclusive, and provides the opportunity to undertake either a dissertation of a technical nature or a design-based final major project.


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