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

Master's programme2 years120 credits

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


Energy-efficient and Environmental Building Design
Kårhuset, John Ericssons väg 3, Lund
Box 118, 221 00 Lund
+46 46 222 72 01
Programme Director:
Maria Wall
International Master Coordinator:
Lykke Jacobson, +46 (0) 46 222 72 01, E-mail: eebd [at] master [dot] lth [dot] se

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in architecture, civil engineering, architectural engineering or equivalent. The applicant must have fulfilled courses within the three subjects building technology/structural engineering, building physics/science and building services. A minimum of 3 credits is required for each of these three subjects. In addition, a total of 30 credits is required as sum of any combination of courses within energy and building technology/structural engineering, building physics/science, building services, building materials and architecture. English 6/English Course B.

Selection criteria

The selection is based on academic qualifications.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require ”English 6/English course B” (unless otherwise stated under "Entry requirements").  This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency - check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.


Important dates

Start Autumn semester 2016

Study period


daytime Helsingborg, full time 100%

In English

August 29, 2016 - June 8, 2018

Closed for applications

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in
  • Start your application – go to where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
  • Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants)
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated on this page
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable) before the document deadline

*Note that the process if different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme.

Programme-specific documents

Applicants should provide official course descriptions of the courses in the subject areas stated under Entry requirements. This is in order to prove that you meet the specific course requirements of this programme. No additional documents, such as statement of purpose, CV or letters of recommendation, are required when applying for this programme.


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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 290 000

First payment: SEK 72 500

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.


Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations