BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment

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Why dream of the future, when you can build it?

Become a career-ready built environment professional, and fast.


Lead the charge for a more sustainably built world as a construction professional.

Start your journey to become a work-ready, world conscious built environment professional with our BSc Sustainable Built Environment degree this September 2024. 

NMITE's BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment programme is the first full degree from NMITE’s state-of -the-art Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT) which reflects the transformative potential of timber to meet the challenges and opportunities for a more sustainable built environment.

Housed in our sustainably built Skylon Campus in the heart of Hereford's Enterprise zone, this future-driven campus showcases the most advanced and sustainable design and construction methods available.

A more sustainable future starts with you...

The programme has been designed to help educate a new generation of construction professionals and enable them to create a more sustainable future. Using NMITE's distinctive approach to education, you'll be immersed in rich challenge-led learning, and extensive industry and community engagement.

NMITE is committed to sustainable development; It's a topic of global importance, and critical to current and future generations - we know it's important to you. 

Explore our Modules 

How you'll be taught

  • BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment - enabling you to lead a more sustainable future as a construction professional 
  • Real-world learning – hands-on experience from day one with real employers, solving real problems
  • No traditional exams – instead, you’ll have your own personal learning portfolio that will live on with you after graduation
  • Applications welcomed from a variety of backgrounds - no need for Maths or Physics at A level, we’ll teach you what you need to know! 
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BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment (3 years)

Embodying NMITE’s commitment to sustainable development, our BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment degree will enable you to directly enter the work place as junior building and construction professionals in the building design and construction industry, or in consulting, local government, or NGOs. You may also wish to pursue further postgraduate qualifications, including various MSc pathways.

  • Sustainability is woven throughout the course as a central standpoint, included from Year 1 and in every year of study. You’ll get a solid understanding of sustainable development using state-of-the-art frameworks in this rapidly changing field 
  • You’ll come to understand the practical and conceptual reasons that lead to unsustainable practice in the built environment, and develop the knowledge and skills needed to make change happen across the construction lifecycle from culture to demolition and disposal 
  • You’ll be equipped to be a change agent in the mainstream built environment sector as well as having all the foundations to add value to sustainability-focussed organisations – you’ll be able to contextualise and apply timber knowledge within a wide range of both traditional and sustainable materials
  • Challenge led learning - hands on with real world problems that offer the opportunity to contrast and evaluate different materials choices and construction practices 
  • Practically learn to navigate and add value to contemporary building practice
  • Gain extensive knowledge through consistent industrial and community engagement 
  • Receive support, whenever needed - 1:1 support through your allocated Personal Tutor, access to the Academic Skills and Knowhow Centre, and Student Services. 
  • Course has been designed to be compliant with the undergraduate educational framework of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and we will be seeking accreditation at the appropriate time  


Fees: £9,000 PA
International Fees: £18,000 PA

Entry Criteria: 

GCSE Maths and English should be Grade 5 or above.
112-128 UCAS points or equivalent.
Students whose first language is not English evidence IELTS grade 7, with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an alternative acceptable qualification.
RPEL admission for applicants with prior experiential learning who demonstrate a strong probability of likely success.

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Start your studies with our Foundation Year

Our Foundation year, taken over the course of one full academic year will see you develop the key transferable skills and subject-specific knowledge needed to continue into NMITE's BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment Degree, without the need to reapply.

Unsure if you meet the requirements for entry via Foundation Year? The best thing to do, is to get in touch. 

  • BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment with Foundation Year (4 years study)


Fees: £9,000 PA
International Fees: £18,000 PA

Entry Criteria:

  • Either: Two A-Levels in any subject and at any pass grade (or equivalent qualifications such as a BTEC National Diploma or Level 3 Apprenticeship)
  • Or: Demonstrable experience, interest in and flair for your chosen subject.
  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 or above.
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age by the time the course begins.
  • Students whose first language is not English should evidence IELTS grade 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component or an alternative acceptable qualification.

BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment Modules

Foundation Year

  • Creativity and Fundamental Engineering Skills - Explore the range of technical and non-technical skills required within engineering and technology including laws of physics, principles mathematics, and communication, collaboration and digital skills. 
  • Engineered Structures and Mechanisms - Investigate different types of engineered objects and how they work. You'll carry out tests, and work with models of real structures and moving artefacts such as buildings and transport.
  • Engineering and Technology as Problem-solving - Develop your understanding of how engineering and technology fit within a wider societal context, through the solving of a systems-based problem that would pose real-world repercussions. Along the way, you'll further develop your skills in maths, modelling, producing graphs and using digital tools.
  • Engineering and Technology Project - Apply your learning across the year to an individual project, finding out about various engineering and technology disciplines and the roles they play in different industries and business sectors, and considering your own future career options.

Level 4

  • Materials for the Built Environment - Explore materials used in the built environment – both inorganic and biogenic (including timber, steel and concrete). You'll be introduced to materials science, selection, and characterisation and learn how different materials have different environmental impacts.  
  • Sustainability and Construction - Get to grips with the foundation of sustainability, its principles, and our professional responsibilities in the built environment. You'll learn about the built environment lifecycle, fundamental sources of sustainability outcomes, and commercial pressures at different points in the lifecycle.   
  • Technologies for the Built Environment Develop your understanding of simple construction technologies including building fabric and building services. You'll be introduced to some of the digital tools used in construction including CAD, BIM and monitoring technologies with an emphasis on the effective interpretation of digital data and the design of monitoring regimes that support environmental performance, health, safety and wellbeing. 
  • Construction Methods - Here, through a focus on on-site planning and management you'll become familiar with construction methods, the concept of the construction site and construction project management.  You'll understand multiple stakeholders and their competing expectations of performance and compliance

Level 5

  • Construction Applications - You'll integrate and extend your knowledge to date, by planning a relatively complex construction project such as a multi-storey building. Implicit in this will be site, process, materials, technology, commercial and KPI estimation and analysis and a detailed understanding of external constraints and compliance responsibilities
  • Built Environment Lifecycle and Circular Economy Here, you'll dive deeper into the lifecycle of buildings to consider maintenance and supply chains. You'll analyse the concept of zero-carbon building design, learn about obstacles to circularity and navigate and propose strategies to enhance circularity and environmental performance. 
  • Industrial Placement - This is your opportunity to apply and deepen your knowledge and experience in a professional context. You'll work alongside built environment professionals and gain first-hand experience working in a construction environment with the associated requirements for health, safety and well-being, ethical practice, and professionalism

Level 6

  • Construction Project Management - You will conceive, design and plan performance management plans that enable you to understand, monitor and communicate performance holistically in a multi-contractor environment. This will be linked to remediation action and change management. Along the way, you will critically appraise your own leadership skills, and develop strategies for adaptive leadership.   
  • Regulatory Framework and Professional Practice in Construction - You'll gain a deeper, more critical engagement with the regulatory and professional context by designing and planning 'arms-length' assurance plans that enable you to be confident of regulatory performance and compliance in a multi-contractor environment. Along the way, you'll critically appraise your own ethical orientation and sense of professional integrity and communicate your own sense of vision for the UK construction industry based on prevailing trends, challenges and opportunities in the sector.
  • Digital Technologies for Retrofitting and Building Management Here, you'll bring together perspectives on digital technologies for building management (including BMS) and retrofit challenges. You will specify a sensing and digitisation regime to monitor the performance of a building, and use this kind of data to identify retrofit opportunities that enhance environmental performance and durability.
  • Bachelor Built Environment Project - Here, you will identify an area of interest and undertake a sustained independent project. You'll undertake research into a contemporary issue that links construction and the built environment to sustainability and along the way will demonstrate your ability to select and apply suitable ethical frameworks and research methodologies. 

Module Delivery

The course is taught one module (30 credits) at a time over an 8 week period. An academic year comprises 4 modules x 8 weeks (32 taught weeks).

Your Employability

Our BSc in Sustainable Built Environment will equip you with all the in-demand knowledge and skills needed to enter a role for developing a digital and sustainable future in a range of mainstream sectors. Graduating with this BSc degree will make you particularly attractive to the Building Design and Construction Sectors, as well as to Local Government, Non-Governmental Organisations and Consultancies. Roles suited for graduates with a BSc in Sustainable Built Environment include building or architectural technologist, site/property/project management and specialist or general consulting. This BSc can also open the door to further study, such as an MSc course.

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