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Sustainable Design and Construction, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #222 (QS) Loughborough, United Kingdom
The MSc Sustainable Design and Construction programme at Loughborough University is uniquely dedicated to developing construction managers’ knowledge and expertise in sustainable construction.


Managing construction has become inexorably intertwined with sustainability. The requirement for construction managers to have expertise in environmental engineering, building physics, sustainable design, and commissioning and testing of sustainable buildings is fundamental to practical decision making and professional judgements. 

The Sustainable Design and Construction programme at Loughborough University integrates contemporary construction management theory and practice with fundamental and interrelated sustainable construction theory and practice. Emphasising the practical application of sustainability within the programme provides students with hands-on experience and knowledge to deepen expertise for application within the public or private sector. Indeed, the programme will provide you with the additional opportunity to gain Building Research Energy Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREAAM) qualification.


Our School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Graduate destinations

These include:

  • Arup
  • Atkins
  • BAM Nuttall Ltd
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Kier Group
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Skanska
  • Transport for London

Many of these organisations engage with the University in both collaborative research and in delivering lectures on our programmes. This provides an ideal opportunity for you to engage in discussions about employment opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Digital Buildings in a Global Design Context
  • Research Methods
  • Principles of Design and Construction 
  • Sustainable Design and Construction Theories, Principles and Assessment Tools 
  • Control and Commissioning for Low Energy Buildings
  • Low Energy Building Design
  • Integrated Sustainable Design and Construction Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. 
  • An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant subject.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    10656 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10650 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Loughborough

  • 600 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • British Marshall Scholarships

Awards are open to US citizens who are graduates of US universities, to undertake study in any subject leading to a degree at a UK university.

  • Dean’s Award for Enterprise Scholarship

The Dean's Award for Enterprise offers 90% off the full cost of tuition fees, for UK, EU and international students with an inspiring business idea.

  • Alumni Bursary

10% off tuition fees for self-funding full-time postgraduate taught students who are not in receipt of any other University award and who obtained their previous degree from Loughborough University.

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