MSc in Intelligent Buildings Design and Automation (IBDA)

The Intelligent Buildings Design and Automation programme is aimed at personnel in the construction industry. It is focused on the efficient use of energy for and within buildings and on the introduction of automation and automatic regulation for these purposes. 


Welcome to MSc in Intelligent Buildings Design and Automation Programme


It is focused on the efficient use of energy for and within buildings and on the introduction of automation and automatic regulation for these purposes. Engineers, architect-engineers and building physicists engaged in the construction industry, or in the supply of equipment for this industry, would benefit from the advanced technology and system procedures introduced by this course. 

It will enable you to advance from undergraduate level studies through to efficiency calculations, modelling, simulation, heat transfer, and feedback control methods. The generalised approach adopted will facilitate the analysis of complex construction and infrastructure projects. The lectures, tutorials and assignments in each module will be supported by application case studies. You will be encouraged to provide relevant examples of work related situations for your dissertation study.


Why study Intelligent Buildings Design and Automation at BUiD?

There is a growing awareness within the construction industry of the challenges presented by limited and increasingly costly energy resources and the need for environmentally responsible buildings. To minimise the effects of climate change, particularly in areas where cooling requirements are high, the provision of energy efficient, comfortable, healthy and safe buildings, enclosed environmental spaces and life style support systems, becomes increasingly important.  With growing momentum to embrace 'smart' technology into so-called 'intelligent buildings' companies are increasingly seeking specialised expertise in this field. The IBDAA programme aims to educate practicing engineers, architects, building physicists, designers and facility managers, in the theory and application of the design practices for sustainable built environments and automated domestic systems for high-performance buildings.

Its focus is on the building infrastructure and the inclusion of controls and automation which ensure the creation of acceptable indoor environmental quality and the frugal use of energy during construction and throughout the working life of the building. The course will also give you a thorough understanding of the key specific tools and techniques in intelligent building design, modelling, simulation, optimisation and operation and provide you with relevant, practical and transferable skills for career advancement. The use of modeling and simulation methods and assignments based on practical built environment design and automation applications ensure that the programme has a strong industry focus.  


Structure of the Programme

The programme is available full-time (approximately one year) and part-time (approximately two years), to provide maximum flexibility. It comprises six modules, each of which carries 20 credits. For the MSc degree, a dissertation research project based on a subject related to the course content and/or your professional, business or research interests is also required and counts as 60 credits. The subject of your dissertation will be determined in agreement with your supervisor and ratified by the Dean of the Faculty.

If you do not wish to complete the dissertation, there is an option of completing the six taught modules, successful completion of which leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

Full-time students usually take three modules per term whilst part-time students usually take two modules per term. This is arranged in consultation with your academic tutor. 


BUiD, The University of Manchester and Cardiff University

The programme is offered in association with Cardiff University and the University of Manchester. The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University has an established record of research into, and design of, low energy sustainable buildings, and received the highest rating in the 2008 UK Research Assessment. The University of Manchester has a world-wide reputation for teaching and research and has won several major awards for its work with industry.

 The MSc and PG Diploma are also accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and are awarded by the British University in Dubai in association with Cardiff University and the University of Manchester. The MSc and PG Diploma are considered to be of comparable standards to their British equivalents by NARIC, the UK's national agency which provides information and advice about qualifications from all over the world.



BUID and corporate scholarships are available for students of all nationalities and are awarded on a competitive basis. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible for these scholarships.



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