MSc in Energy Efficient Building

MSc in Energy Efficient Building

2 years

The Institute of Engineering (IOE), Tribhuvan University has initiated a two years (4- semester) MSc Engineering in Energy Efficient Buildings (MS-EEB) in collaboration with the Institute of construction and material sciences, University of Innsbruck, Austria/ Lund University, Lund, Sweden/ Tallinn Technical University, Estonia. This master’s program is offered under the Department of architecture and urban planning, Central Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University. The Centre for Energy Studies (CES) of the Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University is implementing agency in Nepal. The European Union, Erasmus plus Program in Higher Education and Research has been supportive to this M.S. program. The European Union funding is available to procure and set up the necessary laboratory and teaching training. This master’s program has been established as the regular program offered by the Central Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University.

The 2-year (4-semester) Master of Science program consists of a package of courses covering important areas for planning, designing, and construction of energy-efficient buildings. This master program is designed to give students a focused, relevant, and utilizable body of knowledge in energy-efficient buildings suitable for students with an interest in projects related to energy-efficient buildings and settlements. Graduates from the program shall be prepared to work for the government and non-governmental institutions, international organizations, corporations/industries, and entrepreneurial firms in the knowledge economy with capabilities to plan, design, manage and formulate energy efficiency-related policies.

Salient Features

Core and Elective Courses:

The course consists of two types of courses: the Core Courses which deal with the fundamental theory and the Elective Courses which deal with the specific details of the course.

Similarly, conferences and seminars are organized from time to time to make students up-to-date with the current happenings in the energy world. Also, students are encouraged to participate in various national and international conferences.

The core courses of the Energy Efficiency Building Design program focus on the fundamentals of energy efficiency, planning, analysis, design, modeling, and assessment. Elective courses chosen shall enable students to focus on their technical interests and specific topics in passive design, solar thermal and photovoltaic energy, conservation of energy, energy efficiency in industries, etc. In addition, required project works shall provide hands-on real-world experience. The provision of directed studies is also part of the course. However, this needs to be recommended by the faculty and approved by the department. Such courses are considered to be non-credited courses.

Group Project Work:

The purpose of the group project in the second year, first semester is to provide an opportunity for the group of students to investigate, analyze, and provide possible solutions to existing energy efficiency-related problems. The group project must be completed in the allocated term. The group project may be done in small groups normally two to three students per group.

Dissertation /Master's Thesis:

The main objective of a Master's Degree Dissertation is to carry out original research work concerning energy efficiency-related problems and solve those problems. Students are encouraged to publish articles in national and international journals.


In- order to be eligible for admission in this Master of Science Engineering in Energy Efficient Buildings (MS-EEB), a candidate must have:

  • A Bachelors' Degree from a Four Year Engineering Program in Civil, or Five Year Program in Architecture from Tribhuvan University and other recognized universities as well as a degree equivalent to any of the aforementioned branches of engineering.
  • Secure at least a minimum score as prescribed by the Faculty Board in the admission test conducted by the Institute of Engineering.

Admission Criteria

The eligible candidates need to go through the following procedure to get admitted to the course.

Entrance Test: The nature of the entrance test shall be decided by the Entrance Examination Board of the Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University.

Selection: Candidates fulfilling the Program Entry requirements shall be selected for admission on the basis of merit obtained on the MS-EEB Entrance Test.

Curricular Structure

A regular student should complete the course within four years. Each student must take a minimum of 60 credits. Students may take more than 60 credits but the excess credit shall be considered as a non-credited course and not be included in the transcript.


  • Total Credit = 60 Credits
  • Course work, directed study, and projects = 44 Credits
  • Dissertation = 16 Credits
  • Depending on the interest of students only 2 electives are offered in each term. The minimum number of students in each elective should be 6.

The semester-wise curricular for the program is:

Semester I
Course Code Course Title Credits
EB 821 AE Building Physics 4
EB 822 AE Climatology 4
EB 823 AE Energy Efficiency in Building Structure 4
EB 824 AE Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) 4
Total   16
Semester II
Course Code Course Title Credits
EB 871 AE Research Methodology 4
EB 872 AE Energy Diplomacy and Energy Economics 4
EB 873 AE Elective - A1 4
EB 874 AE Elective - A2 4
Total   16
Semester III
Course Code Course Title Credits
EB 922 AE Elective - B1 4
EB 923 AE Elective - C1 4
EB 924 AE Group Project Work 4
Total   12
Semester IV
Course Code Course Title Credits
EB 971 AE Thesis 16
Total   16

Elective Subjects Listing:

Elective - A1:

  • Passive Building Operation and Maintenance
  • Climate Change and its Impact on Energy Efficiency in Building
  • Energy-Efficient Design for Public Buildings
  • Energy Efficiency and Retrofitting

Elective - A2:

  • Solar Energy Design (Thermal and Photo Voltaic)
  • Solar Energy Transmission and Grid Connection
  • Solar Energy for Industries and Public Sectors
  • Solar Power System Control and Operations
  • Renewable Energy Design

Elective - B1:

  • Energy Efficiency Systems Modelling and Analysis
  • Energy Efficiency Strategy
  • Energy Policy and Regulations
  • Green Building Design Analysis Operation and Maintenance
  • Energy Efficiency in Urban Settlements
  • Sustainable Settlement Planning, Designing, Project Development, and Management

Elective - C1

  • Energy Policies and Barriers to Energy Distribution
  • Energy Trade-off
  • Energy Efficiency and Audit
  • Reliability and Risk Analysis
  • Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA)