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MScSustainable Refurbishment

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Entry requirements: 2:2
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Why study a sustainable refurbishment master's degree at Solent University

Sustainable refurbishment is a rapidly growing field in the UK, with increasing demand for professionals who can breathe new life into existing structures while minimising their environmental impact.

  • 0th
    university in the UK for low carbon emissions (THE 2023)
  • £0m
    invested in our campus estate and facilities in the last five years
  • Develop your skills to transform our built environment to deliver solutions to revitalise our cities and towns by turning outdated buildings into vibrant, efficient, and sustainable spaces that people love.
  • You'll study in specialist studio spaces with industry-standard software. University-wide services include excellent learning resources, campus-wide wireless networking, extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces.
  • Benefit from our strong industry links, offering our students a range of employment opportunities after graduation.
  • This course also has a work experience placement option, forming the second year of study.
  • Study on a course that prepares you for roles including sustainable refurbishment specialist, sustainability champion in design or construction companies, sustainable building assessor, sustainability consultant.
  • You'll learn from industry experts. Our course team has a wealth of experience in sustainable construction management and will guide you through every step of your journey.
  • Benefit from free design career consultation for life. Our careers advice service, Solent Futures is available to all Solent students and graduates for life, helping you to progress in your current career or discuss options for a change in career.
  • This course is eligible for the Postgraduate Master's student loan. The loan is from Student Finance England and can be used to cover costs (ie, accommodation, tuition fees) associated with postgraduate studies (it was up to £12,167 for 2023 entry).

Course overview

Sustainable refurbishment is a rapidly growing field in the UK, with increasing demand for professionals who can breathe new life into existing structures while minimising their environmental impact. Solent's MSc Sustainable Refurbishment will help provide you with the skills to become a sustainable refurbishment specialist.

The course aims to produce specialist refurbishment designers with the vision and skills to improve the performance of existing building stock in UK and international markets.

During your studies, you'll develop an holistic approach to reducing the carbon footprint of existing buildings and gain essential skills in the design and production process of low-energy, sustainable refurbishments, using both passive and active strategies. You'll have access to Solent's excellent built environment facilities, working with up-to-date tools used by the building industry to achieve sustainable refurbishment, including building information modelling and globally renowned sustainability assessment benchmarks such as BREEAM and LEED.

The course benefits from extensive links with industry, formed over many years of delivering accredited courses with professional organisations (eg, CIAT, CIOB, and SBID). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry contribute regularly to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures, site visits and informal mentoring sessions.

To enhance employability prospects, a placement option is available for this course. This will enable you to apply the knowledge you've gained during your studies in a real-world industry environment.

Our suite of sustainable construction management, architecture and refurbishment courses have an international focus. Not only in the industry-led course content, but also in the student body. Our students are of many different nationalities, bringing with them a wealth of experience, meaning you'll study in a diverse, multicultural environment that reflects the truly global nature of the sustainable construction industry.

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Course features

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Apply direct

    You can apply direct to Solent University for this course

  • Part-time option

    You can study this course part-time

  • Placement year

    If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry for your second year.

  • Additional qualification

    This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree

This course is for

MSc Sustainable Refurbishment is ideally suited to architects, building technologists, interior architects, building designers, and other construction professionals who aim to specialise in designing, analysing and assessing the performances of refurbishment projects.

What this course leads to

We work with our industry partners to facilitate employment opportunities for students, and we continue to develop new relationships with the industry. We use our contacts to provide students with real-world employability skills such as guest lectures, site visits, and live briefs.

Graduates could consider roles such as:

  • Sustainable refurbishment specialist
  • Sustainability champion in design or construction companies
  • Sustainable building assessor
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Environmental impact assessor
  • Passivhaus designer
  • BREEAM Accredited Practitioner

Meet the team

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

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