Master of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building

Master of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building

POSTGRADUATE

Contribute to the realm of engineering and sustainable building practices.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Part-time 4 years
Fees:

AU$29,760 (2022 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

IELTS 6.5

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Fees:

AU$41,280 (2022 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

Advance your knowledge and technical skills to deliver energy efficient and sustainable buildings through a comprehensive understanding of the context, principles and practice of environmentally sustainable design.

In an increasingly urbanised world, shifting environmental priorities have placed sustainability in the spotlight.

A widening skills gap across industry means the demand for skilled professionals in energy efficient and sustainable building practices is on the rise.

In response to this industry demand, this degree will provide you with the essential skills and theory to design, develop and implement solutions for new and retrofitted buildings and sustainable built environment.

Your studies will prepare you to navigate the complex and rapidly changing environment of industry issues, trends, and economic and sustainability policies. You will get hands on experience in sustainability assessment tools and software used in the design and planning process. 

You will enhance your abilities to professionally communicate complex sustainability strategies and engage effectively within interdisciplinary teams to drive project outcomes and improve sustainability practice.

You will graduate with specialist knowledge of sustainable building design and technologies, building energy and climate engineering, and the management of sustainable building projects.

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What you will learn

Delve into the complexities of creating sustainable futures and advance your knowledge and technical skills to deliver energy efficient and sustainable buildings.

Details

This degree is designed to apply theory through practice as you critically respond to industry issues and trends, as well as economic and sustainability policy needs by the governments.

Guest seminars and industry guidance will inform your learning as you work through real-world case studies and develop a final-year project.

This degree has been designed in response to a current skills gap in the energy efficient and sustainable building sector.

Developed in consultation with industry, the degree aligns closely with current industry needs. Consulting bodies on the curriculum remain actively involved in your learning, providing guest seminars and insight into final-year projects.

This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.

The Graduate Certificate in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building and Graduate Diploma in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building are available as exit awards of this degree. Any advanced standing you receive for the masters program is not transferrable to an exit award. If you wish to exit early with one of these programs, you must have completed all courses specified in the relevant program structure.

Available 2 years full-time.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

Browse program plans (below) to see the courses our students are currently studying.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Master of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building
Program code: MC209

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Master of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building
City Campus
2 Years Full-Time/4 Years Part-Time
MC209
084668E
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 Years Full-Time/4 Years Part-Time
Plan code
MC209
CRICOS
084668E

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

IMPORTANT: International students can only enrol in plans that have a CRICOS code. Plans listed above which do not display a CRICOS code are not CRICOS registered. RMIT is in the process of seeking CRICOS registration for these plans and is awaiting the outcome.

Career

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Make a sustainable career move

Build a career with impact as a designer or engineer on energy efficient, resource smart and sustainable built environment that supports health and well-being.

Work as an executive-level manager, designer or engineer on energy efficient and sustainable building projects and developments.

Work in the public and private sectors as environmental sustainability officers, capital project managers, sustainability coordinators, facilities management officers and assets managers.

Apply technical design and project management expertise across specialist areas including:

  • environmentally sustainable design (ESD)
  • building sustainability assessment
  • facilities management
  • energy management
  • sustainable construction management
  • building energy engineering
  • facade engineering
  • building physics
  • building services engineering

The skills you learn in your master's degree will also equip you to work in engineering consultancy, architectural design, building equipment manufacturing, property and infrastructure development, and other sectors related to the built environment.

The program is accredited under the following industry body:

  • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have:

  • successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a discipline that demonstrates knowledge and skills in construction, technology, engineering, management, architecture or design

OR

  • have significant work experience or professional practice related to energy efficiency, sustainability or building and construction. As a guide, significant experience would generally be a minimum of three years of experience in middle to upper management roles that related to energy efficiency, sustainability or building and construction.

To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement that demonstrates your academic foundation for masters study.  This may include details on how your professional experiences relates to the program, demonstration of critical thinking in personal and/or professional practice, and communication and problem solving skills.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have:

  • successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a discipline that demonstrates knowledge and skills in construction, technology, engineering, management, architecture or design; OR
  • Significant work experience or professional practice related to energy efficiency, sustainability or building and construction
  • As a guide, significant experience would generally be a minimum of three years of experience in middle to upper management roles that related to energy efficiency, sustainability or building and construction

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

To have your professional experience considered you must include in your application:

  • a CV
  • a statement that details your experience demonstrates your academic foundation for masters study. This may include details on how your professional experiences relates to the program, demonstration of critical thinking in personal and/or professional practice, and communication and problem solving skills.

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building guarantees entry into this master program with 48 credit points of advanced standing (equivalent to 0.5 year full-time study).

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building guarantees entry into this master program with 96 credit points of advanced standing (equivalent to 1 year full-time study).

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this masters degree, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including postgraduate research programs, subject to the program's entrance requirements.

You can gain entry into this degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs.

Credit

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

Fees

2022 indicative fees

  • Full-fee places: AU$29,760.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment*

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

*Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

FEE-HELP loans

Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

This program is approved for income support.

You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.

If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.

You may be eligible to apply for income tax deductions for education expenses linked to your employment.

See the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for more information.

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The annual tuition fee for 2022 is AU$41,280.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$83,520.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.