Description

The global environmental and energy challenge facing current and future generations of architects and building professionals calls for a deeper understanding of the principles of environmental design, and their effective application into architectural practice worldwide. Over the last decades Environmental Design as a subject area has developed, responding to new research and experimentation, both in academia and in practice. However, buildings claiming to be environmentally conscious do not perform to the expected standards, still heavily contributing to global CO2 emissions and often providing unsatisfactory comfort conditions to occupants. The same can be said for the existing built environment which is largely outdated and underperforming, requiring urgent implementation of effective retrofit strategies not only to improve energy performance, but also comfort, health and wellbeing. This is due to a lack of comprehensive performance prediction and feedback protocols, which are still not common practice in architectural design.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Core modules

  • Post-Carbon Culture (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Design (20 credits)
  • Climate Positive Environments (40 credits)
  • Evidence-Based Environmental Architecture (40 credits)
  • Thesis Project (40 credits)

Option modules

  • Thesis Topic (20 credits)
  • Energy and Carbon (20 credits)

Programme Funding

There are a variety of funding options for postgraduate students, including loans, grants and scholarships.

Student Destinations

This course will give you skills that can be used both in architectural practice and in environmental design consultancy. The research issues explored in your final thesis project could also lead to further research and an academic career through the path of a PhD degree in a number of related fields. So far alumni have found employment in architectural practices where they lead a sustainability group, in consulting engineering companies where they cover the role of environmental consultants or in academia where they have started a PhD in various UK universities or become research assistant in international research institutes.

Fees

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in architecture or a related subject within the context of the construction industry and built environment disciplines. Applicants with qualifications in other subject areas which may be relevant to the award are encouraged to apply, each case being considered on merit. You will need a portfolio of work, or a comprehensive written account of relevant experience, and a personal statement which clearly articulates why you wish to study for the award.

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each element.

Applicants are required to submit one academic reference.

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