An official program

The Master's Degree in Environmental Management and Building Design (MDGAE: Spanish acronym) is an official master's degree that lasts one academic year (September to June). The program trains professionals who specialize in the application of measures to reduce the environmental impact of construction.


Students take 60 ECTS credits in total, divided into subjects (36 ECTS credits) and a Master's Thesis Project carried out in a corporate setting (24 ECTS credits).
 

At the end of the period of study, students have the skills to work in a real professional environment and to collaborate in the environmental design and management of buildings (passive and active measures), as well as to conduct certification and energy audits, and building life-cycle analyses. It is at this point when students begin to conduct their Master's Thesis Project in a corporate setting, which consists of the study and development of a real-world case that requires the application of all the knowledge and skills acquired during the program, as well as a subsequent defense before a committee.
 

 

  • Adaptation for students with degrees under pre-existing programs of study


    In the 2011-2012 academic year, it was taught as a university-accredited qualification. Therefore, students who completed it can obtain recognition for all their credits in the Master's Degree in Environmental Management and Building Design.


  • Teaching programs that have been discontinued

    The Master's Degree in Environmental Management and Building Design does not nullify previous official programs of study. The following university-accredited qualification has been discontinued: Master's Degree in Environmental Management and Building Design.
     

  • Gestión de la energía y el agua. Medidas activas

    Materia que comprende el estudio y aplicación de las instalaciones de los edificios valorando en todo momento parámetros de eficiencia energética y de disminución de consumos, así como la integración de energías renovables junto a energías tradicionales. Para ello, se analizan edificios tanto de nueva planta como existentes, haciendo especial hincapié en el estudio de las cargas; se valoran los distintos tipos de energías existentes, renovables y no renovables; se analizan los sistemas existentes para climatizar los espacios del edificio y los sistemas de regulación de las instalaciones.

  • Certificación ambiental

    Pretende dar a conocer, los aspectos más relevantes de los diferentes sistemas de Gestión y Certificación, las técnicas de simulación computacional para el diseño ambiental de los edificios, y las de experimentación en prototipos y monitorización de edificios reales para la validación del comportamiento ambiental.

  • Gestión de los materiales y los residuos

    Pretende dar a conocer los aspectos más relevantes de la gestión de los materiales y residuos para disminuir los impactos ambientales asociados a la construcción de edificios. Desde las etapas de obtención de las materias primas empleadas construcción, uso del edificio (uso, mantenimiento y reparación) hasta el fin de vida (deconstrucción, reciclado, reutilización), de forma que se pueda analizar en su totalidad el ciclo de vida (ACV) de un edificio.

  • Gestión de otros aspectos ambientales

    Permite el conocimiento de aspectos de la sostenibilidad enfocados desde otras partes del mundo. De hecho, la asignatura se imparte en Cardiff University (Reino Unido) y Technische Universität Dresden (Alemania).

  • Trabajo Fin de Máster

    La formación práctica del máster culmina con la realización del Trabajo Fin de Máster en empresas del sector, donde el alumno aplica los conocimientos adquiridos en un entorno profesional real. El Trabajo Fin de Máster (TFM) consiste en el estudio y desarrollo de un caso real que requiere la aplicación de todos los conocimientos y habilidades adquiridos durante el programa, así como su posterior defensa ante un tribunal. De carácter obligatorio, conforma el segundo módulo del MDGAE y tiene lugar entre los meses de abril y junio. Por el período de tiempo que cubre y la dedicación que exige, el TFM supone 24 de los 60 créditos de los que se compone el máster. 

El alumno que estudia le Máster en Diseño y Gestión Ambiental de Edificios (MDGAE) adquiere las siguientes competencias:

  • Basic Competences

    • Possessing and understanding knowledge that creates a foundation or opportunity to be original in the development and/or application of ideas, especially in a research context.

    • Knowing how to apply the knowledge acquired and being able to solve problems in new and relatively unfamiliar settings within broader (and multidisciplinary) contexts related to their area of study.

    • Being able to integrate knowledge and take on the complexity of forming opinions based on incomplete or limited information that includes reflections on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of one's knowledge and opinions.

    • Knowing how to communicate one's conclusions, and the knowledge and ultimate rationale that support them, to specialized and general audiences, in a clear and unambiguous manner.

    • Possessing the ability to learn that will allow students to continue their education in a manner that will need to be largely self-directed or independent.

  • Specific Competences

    • Understanding the concept of sustainable architecture.

    • Being able to plan and direct building projects with environmental goals that surpass mandatory regulations.

    • Coordinating multidisciplinary building projects with strict environmental requirements.

    • Knowing, at a master's degree level, the forms of heat transfer in building enclosures to reduce unwanted thermal losses and gains.

    • Designing to make use of renewable natural resources in building operations: the sun, water and optimized use of materials, terrain and soil.

    • Quantifying passive measures employed in projects geared toward reducing energy consumption and environmental impacts.

    • Learning the techniques and methods for (pre)selecting more energy-efficient systems and facilities applied to building and urban design.

    • Identifying the main characteristics of energy sources and facilities currently available.

    • Knowing new technologies in facilities systems that allow for the optimization of resources and the utilization of renewable energy sources in building design.

    • Developing skills to simulate environmental systems of buildings using computer programs and to monitor real-world systems.

    • Designing and defining the parameters for experimentation needed to conduct testing in the laboratory and in existing buildings.

    • Integrating the knowledge and skills acquired in the modules taken.

    • Designing construction elements that capture, accumulate, distribute and conserve free solar energy for the building envelope.

    • Knowing the environmental behavior of construction materials with respect to their impacts during manufacture, construction, utilization and demolition.

    • Providing students with specific knowledge of acoustics that allows them to specialize and obtain training in a professional field that is currently in the development stages.

    • Knowing how to identify other environmental aspects that are considered necessary for sustainability in buildings.

    • CE 17 - Designing and/or knowing construction systems and techniques that improve the environmental behavior of buildings.

  • General Competences

    • Ability to organize, plan and manage time effectively.

    • Possession of interpersonal skills. Creating and maintaining satisfactory interpersonal relations that allow for cooperation in professional work and between professions.

    • Ability to develop critical reasoning and ability to conduct analyses and syntheses of available information.

    • Ability to plan a specific project, identify problems and needs, and carry out each steps (design, measurement, data processing, data analysis, report).

Información práctica


Calendario MDGAE
Calendario académico

Régimen de estudios


Normativa de permanencia y de transferencia y reconocimiento de créditos