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University of Strathclyde Glasgow


Sustainability at Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde Glasgow has been ranked first in the sustainability rankings by the Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) Observatory 2008 ( This report measured the extent to which sustainability is embedded in research & teaching in engineering & architecture within Europe’s top 56 technological universities.

ABACUS (Advancing Buildings and Concepts Underpinning Sustainability)

Since 1970 the ABACUS research group within the Department of Architecture ( has undertaken research work aligning emerging technologies with education and practice in the area of the built environment. The group was flagged in the 1996 and 2001 RAE (Research Assessment Excercise) (equivalent of 5*) and has an international reputation demonstrated by its interdisciplinary research projects.

The group focuses on the development and application of new design and management processes, lean construction methods, and communication & information technologies to help support a more sustainable built environment

ABACUS staff has expertise in:

  • Sustainable building design & construction management system: application of principles and guidelines tackling social and environmental impact, pollution prevention, and energy & resource efficiency at a community level or within individual building designs.
  • Development of a searchable digital repository of postgraduate research in the area of sustainable design and development – (MALAMA)
  • Accessible design
  • Healthier homes - the development and testing of solar/organic/low allergen prototype dwellings that can optimise low carbon design strategies with excellent indoor air quality to provide improved respiratory health. The design also incorporates off-site prefab techniques to achieve faster build times – (SOLA)
  • Advice on BREEAM assessment and the Considerate Constructors Scheme

ESRU (Energy Systems Research Unit) 

The Energy Systems Research Unit (ESRU) within the Department of Mechanical Engineering ( was established in 1987 as a cross-discipline team concerned with new approaches to built environment energy demand reduction and the introduction of sustainable means of energy supply. Services include the performance appraisal of proposed new designs or retrofits options, the laboratory testing of new products, and the field monitoring of energy systems in use.

The group focuses on the development of low carbon and renewable energy solutions and demand reduction measures to satisfy the energy demands of the built environment. This involves the development of simulation tools for the appraisal, benchmarking, and certification of the energy performance of buildings. ESRU operates the Scottish Energy Systems Group (SESG) which comprises a range of energy sector organisations: architectural and engineering design practices, local authorities, component and system manufacturers, utilities, renewable industries, software vendors and research bodies.

ESRU operate an Open Source policy on all of it’s software and it’s staff has expertise in:

  • Dynamic building simulation program (ESP-r) - a leading research tool for investigating whole building energy and environmental performance, including building-integrated renewable energy systems.
  • Clean and renewable energy supply options matched to building energy demands either singularly or combinatorial (MERIT) and the identification of demand management options to increase renewable energy utilisation.
  • Domestic energy modelling (EDEM) designed to support carbon and energy policy formulation, carbon foot-printing and roadmap formulation, strategic or concept low carbon design, carbon and energy performance rating, and cost effective improvement identification. The tool can be applied at National housing stock level, community or Local Authority level or to individual dwellings
  • Training in building energy performance appraisal methods e.g. Passive House techniques, SAP, SBEM, etc.

UDSU (Urban Design Studies Unit)

UDSU established in 1989 within the Department of Architecture focuses on all aspects of urban and social sustainability. Initially the Unit focussed on research on the city and its origin, its development, form and structure and its impact on people and the environment. Today UDSU is expanding its areas of expertise to urban morphology, simulation and environmental impact assessment of performance, and is also developing its consultancy portfolio. UDSU has a young international membership adding to an in-depth knowledge of local circumstances, an invaluable network of experiences that make research, teaching and consultancy vibrant and international.

UDSU staff has expertise in:

  • community engagement in urban design and regeneration; 
  • environmental impact assessment at urban scale (i.e. exposure to natural elements, legibility, visual preference, energy potential of spaces and buildings) 
  • centrality assessment (retail)
  • investigation of community potential 
  • strategic planning and detailed design of the public realm 
  • urban morphology (history, theory, practice)

MSc Building Design and Management for Sustainability

This research degree, offered by the Department of Architecture involves advanced knowledge of social, environmental and economic sustainability relating to the built environment, principles of lean design, construction and project management, and discusses current design, management & practice methods.

The instructional modules are all existing classes and the course aligns with the Faculty of Engineering’s Sustainable Engineering programme and is affiliated with the ABACUS (Advancing Buildings and Concepts Underpinning Sustainability) research group. The group focuses on the development and application of new design and management processes, lean construction methods, and communication & information technologies to help support a more sustainable built environment.

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MSc in Environmental Enginering

Today's engineers are helping to solve some of the major problems facing society - from effective flood management to more efficient renewable energies and greener transport.

Our pioneering Sustainable Engineering PG training package combines study in specialist, advanced engineering technologies underpinned with training in sustainability. In practical terms, this includes effective use of materials and energy to mitigate associated environmental impacts, and the application of concepts such as life-cycle analysis, disassembly and re-use within the design process.

The MSc in Environmental Engineering is available full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 or 3 years), and is offered to students from engineering, earth sciences, environmental management or other relevant disciplines.
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MSc/PgDip/PgCert in Sustainable Engineering

Study at Europe’s No1 ranked university for sustainability. We offer specialist Masters courses with a sustainability theme to further your career in:

  • Chemical Processing
  • Computer Aided Engineering Design
  • Engineering Design
  • Integrated Product Development
  • Management of Competitive Manufacturing
  • Marine Technology
  • Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Renewable Energy Systems & the Environment
  • Technology Management

This flexible, multidisciplinary programme combines study in specialist, advanced engineering technologies underpinned with training in sustainability. The programme has been developed with direct industrial involvement to provide you with a solid understanding of modern, sustainable engineering.

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MSc in Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment

Operating for 17 years as ‘Energy Systems and the Environment’, this course provides advanced training in the design and operation of energy systems in which people live and work. The course attracts students from across the globe. Graduates are soughtafter and gain employment as environmental, safety and consultant engineers in industries ranging from biofuel manufacture to wind energy and housing.

Part of Strathclyde’s renowned Sustainable Engineering programme, you will learn how the quality of life can be balanced by the need for conservation of world resources, especially energy, and the protection of the environment. In addition, you will develop employability skills and gain invaluable industrial experience, by working in multi-disciplinary teams on a group project for an industrial client.

You will learn about different energy resources - renewable, fossil and nuclear - and the systems that can be employed to harness these resources, such as combined heat and power schemes, heat pumps, solar capture devices, high efficiency condensing boilers, advanced materials and adaptive control systems.

You will also learn about the impact energy has on the environment and how this impact can be reduced, particularly the technical  relationship between energy systems and the environment, and gain confidence in using computer-based methods to address the complexities that underlie this relationship.

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