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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MRes Built Environment: Energy Demand Studies

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different) Joint teaching with UCL in some modules.
Owning school/department School of Civil and Building Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MRes, PG Cert
Programme title Built Environment: Energy Demand Studies
Programme code CVPT10
Length of programme Minimum of 1 year (full-time) and a maximum of 3 years (full-time).
UCAS code
Admissions criteria



Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:15:59 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • Provide a solid grounding in knowledge, understanding and research methods of the interdisciplinary field of energy demand reduction in the built environment.
  • Establish understanding of the UK energy landscape and how energy and climate change challenges are interlinked through technical, environmental and behavioural factors.
  • Provide the skills necessary to support research practice, critical assessment, and the use of evidence on technical, environmental, social and economic factors influencing energy demand in buildings and building stocks.
  • To develop students’ transferable skills enabling them to successfully manage, communicate, and lead complex research projects.
  • Provide real experience of research through the generation, development and implementation of a significant research-based dissertation.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The following are pertinent:

  • QAA Benchmark statements for engineering.
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
  • Loughborough University Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • EPSRC Energy Programme objectives of expanding research capacity in energy-related areas and to address perceived weakness in postdoctoral training in energy demand (EPSRC, Energy Landscape documentation, January 2009)
  • University definition of MRes, Learning and Teaching Committee, PDQ Team, Nov. 2005.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, all students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • Energy demand and its historical, technical, social, economic and policy context.
  • Energy demand in the UK and elsewhere.
  • Energy use in domestic and non-domestic buildings the human and technical factors that influence these.
  • Climate change and energy supply and demand in buildings.
  • Future energy pathways – decoupling economic growth and energy demand.
  • Energy supply system, gas/oil, electricity, renewables and nuclear. 
  • Modelling energy supply and demand – building energy use, embedded energy and integrated low and zero-carbon technologies.
  • Low energy building design domestic and non-domestic.
  • Quantitative and qualitative measurement and survey methods.
  • Monitoring technologies, calibration and sampling - temperature, energy use and environmental quality.
  • Data analysis and representation.
  • The social environment and lifestyles and individuals attitudes and behaviours.
  • Cultural effects on energy demand behaviours.
  • The economics of energy supply and demand.
  • Energy policy, targets, regulation, the policy cycle, carbon pricing, etc.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should have the ability to:

  • Place individual pieces of research work in a broad technical, social, economic, policy and research context.
  • Think analytically and critically and develop an ability to define and address complex problems.
  • Critically analyse, interpret and contextualise literature.
  • Analyse and interpret evidence and data.
  • Apply a critical approach to multidisciplinary and general scientific thinking.
  • Appreciate the role science and engineering in developing, implementing and evaluating energy policy for the built environment.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

Students acquiring subject-specific skills in a number of areas but in the context of this MRes, students will be challenged to go beyond the analysis of a set problem and be required to apply the computer methods and laboratory and field monitoring skills to more open ended problems. As researchers they will be expected to have an ability to clarify the research question, to plan their ‘experimental’ approach and to implement that plan effectively to solve more open ended problems.

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Develop an approach to research in a complex, multi-disciplinary environment
  • Build new knowledge and skills of observation and critical assessment
  • Design and carry out collaborative multidisciplinary research work
  • Use data-bases, textual resources and a range of modelling and analysis techniques
  • Communicate effectively through academic writing and oral presentations.
  • Be reflective on own, and others’, research and work practice
  • Plan and execute research projects effectively and efficiently
c. Key transferable skills:

Students will acquire a wide range of transferable skills. The provision of training in these is a key purpose of this MRes programme. They include:

  • Appraisal and select research methods.
  • Critical literature reviews.
  • Understanding research methodologies and their application to specific research problems.
  • Interact with others in a professionally, socially, and culturally appropriate way.
  • Understanding of groups dynamics and roles in teams, including meeting facilitation.
  • Understanding organisational structures, functions, and roles.
  • Planning and managing time, tracking and evaluating progress, and prioritise actions.
  • Reflecting on research work and its outcomes.
  • Planning personal professional development.
  • Awareness of research ethics, issues of confidentiality and data protection, intellectual property and copyright.
  • Appreciation of the processes at work within the scientific, academic and stakeholder community.

4. Programme structure

All students will study 6 modules of 15 credits and undertake a research project leading to a dissertation. There will be a compulsory intensive block week module at  the start of Semester 1 and thereafter a further three modules will be taken in Semester 1 and a further two compulsory modules in Semester 2.  All modules are compulsory. 



Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester 1


Energy Demand in Context



Energy Systems and Models



Energy Theory, Measurement and Interpretation



Research Development and Dissemination 


Semester 2


Energy Demand: Society Economics and Policy



Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods


Semesters 1 & 2


Energy Demand Studies Research Dissertation



5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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