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Energy-efficient and Environmental Building Design - Master's Programme

Programme overview

Buildings are responsible for a large share of our global energy use. Energy use is in fact the main determinant of a building’s global environmental footprint, considering its total life span.

Lund University is internationally renowned for high quality research related to energy-efficient buildings. Our expertise is centred on a whole building perspective, which accounts for inhabitant needs, as well as their comfort and health. The University’s advanced research, and its close ties to the building industry, creates an  excellent foundation for a strong Master’s programme with a largely unique focus on buildings.

Our students will graduate with advanced knowledge, skills and competencies within the area of energy- efficient and environmental building design in cold  climates. Our goal is to train highly skilled professionals, who will significantly contribute to and influence the design, building or renovation of energy-efficient buildings, taking into consideration the architecture and environment, the inhabitants’ behaviour and needs, their health and comfort as well as the overall economy.

The well thought through theoretical courses are complemented with practical modules, in which  students apply their new knowledge. In small teams, our students work together to design energy-efficient buildings, and to analyse the consequences of various design alternatives using an integrated design process. Courses also include site visits, guest lecturers from the industry, and tours of existing good examples of energy-efficient building design.

The programme involves teachers from different  departments at Lund University. The main ones are: Department of Architecture and Built Environment (Divisions of Energy and Building Design, and Environmental Psychology) and Department of Building and Environmental Technology (Divisions of Building Physics, and Building Services).

Career prospects

The rising global awareness of environmental concerns, coupled with increasingly demanding building regulations, means there is a high demand for professionals that are skilled within energy-efficient building design. With a specialisation in cold climate building considerations, graduates become attractive candidates on e.g. the European, Russian, Chinese and North American job markets. The local Swedish market has seen a significant surge in the demand for energy-efficient buildings in the last ten years, and we are among the leading countries in the world in practising these principles. As a graduate of this programme, you will be able to work in design teams responsible for energy and environmental issues, taking a leading role in companies and municipalities pursuing energy and environmental  aspects, with a whole-building perspective in mind. You will also be well prepared to pursue your studies further at the doctoral level.

More information can be found at

January 2016
Last application date
Study period:29/08/2016 - 08/06/2018
Pace of study:100%
Form of study:Daytime
Level:Master's level
Application deadline:15/01/2016
Closed for applications

Research video

Watch on YouTube: Energy-Efficient Buildings