The University College of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) is next month launching a new master’s degree programme in High Performance Buildings.

Students on the MSc in High Performance Buildings will learn about optimised building concepts, integrating various components of holistic design methodology, building physics, building climatology and comfort, energy-efficiency, environmental sources, building services systems, build­ing aerodynamics, thermal and fluid dynamic CFD simulations, lighting design, building operation, as well as green building modelling.

The programme will encompass the entire built environment, including concepts of high performance as applied to regeneration and retrofitting of historical buildings and structures, modern and contemporary buildings, high-rise buildings and urban settlements. It will provide for advanced skills in specialisation and scientific research of building physics, coupled with architectural design, and prepare students for professional, as well as research and development settings at national and international levels.

As a one-time opportunity, the first cohort on the master’s programme will be offered the entire course free of charge

As a one-time opportunity, the first cohort on the master’s programme will be offered the entire course free of charge.

The master’s is certified at Level 7 on the European Qualifications Framework, and has 90 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. Students may leave and re-enter the programme at several points: postgraduate certificate at 30 ECTS (Year 1); postgraduate diploma at 60 ECTS (Year 2); and the master’s degree at 90 ECTS (Year 3).

The programme is designed to cater for participants who are either students or are engaged in work or professional practice. It will be run on a blended format, in part via e-learning modules and the remainder via weekend sessions that run on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Study unit focus on group discussions, thereby motivating academics, re­searchers, managers and industrial participants to share research findings.

Applicants may register interest in the programme by e-mailing their CV and a copy of relevant certificates and transcripts to

Applications close on Friday, March 15.

The course is part-financed by the EU through the European Social Fund under ESF3.003: Development of Training Programmes at MQF Level 7, through Operational Programme II of the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 ‘Investing in human capital to create more opportunities and promote the well-being of society’.


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