The University of Sheffield
School of Architecture

The interdisciplinary MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies (MSc SAS) provides research-led learning and teaching. It will inspire and enable you to pursue innovative research and design strategies for the built environment. Driven by the ethos of global stewardship and positive regeneration; you will be involved in promoting sustainable architecture, with the aim of transforming the built environment for a more equitable future. Collaborations with local, national and global partners enrich the learning experience. Lecturers and supervisors have research expertise in lighting, acoustics, modelling, building performance, parametric design and materials with low embodied carbon.

Many of the students on this programme have already worked in professional practice after completing four or five years of architectural training and recognise the benefits of studying at an advanced level within the School of Architecture which has an excellent reputation for both teaching and research. The programme provides a foundation for those wishing to go on to further research which may influence national and international agendas and for those wanting to pursue leadership roles in the design of a sustainable built environment.

The MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies combines social and technical aspects of sustainable architecture and focuses on exploring sustainability through design with dedicated studio modules. Studio projects include both refurbishment and new build, often working with real clients. The requirements for the MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies (MSc SAS) may be satisfied by one year of full-time study (September-September) and the award of 180 credits, please see information below on part-time routes. The programme is not designed to give exemption from professional examinations (such as those covered by the RIBA/ARB) which are covered by other courses within the School of Architecture.

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Programme Structure

The MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies is organised on a modular credit system. The MSc is awarded upon successful completion of five core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and the research module (60 credits). The total 180 credits may be completed in twelve months of full-time study (September – September). The MSc SAS is also available on a part-time basis, normally over a period of twenty-four months. The part-time route is designed to enable practitioners to join the programme for one to two days per week during the taught semesters.

Please note that the University reserves the right to alter the availability of modules within the programme. In addition to the optional modules listed below, students taking the MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies may select up to 30 credits of taught course units over the teaching semesters from other postgraduate course units in the School of Architecture with agreement from the Programme Leader.

Core Modules:

ARC6780 Building Environmental Simulation and Analysis (15 credits)
ARC6840 Renewable Energy (15 credits)
ARC6841 Sustainable Design Project 1 (15 credits)
ARC6842 Sustainable Design Project 2 (30 credits)
ARC6843 Principles of Building Physics for Sustainable Design (15 credits)
ARC6990 Sustainable Design Thesis Project (60 credits)

Optional materials modules:

ARC6821 Materials for Low Impact Building: Theory (15 credits)
ARC6822 Materials for Low Impact Building: Practical (15 credits)


The programme is delivered by: Dr Beatrice De Carli (Programme Leader), Prof. Fionn Stevenson (Professorial oversight) and the following module leaders: Aidan Hoggard, Dr. Tsung-Hsien Wang. Other staff involved in teaching and supervision are: Dr. Rachel Cruise, Prof. Steve Fotios, Dr Teresa Hoskyns, Prof. Jian Kang Dr Mark Meagher, and Dr. Chengzhi Peng plus guest lecturers and guest design review panel.

Applying & Fees

Entry Requirements:

We welcome applicants from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. For entry to the programme applicants will need a first undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) or other equivalent qualification related to design in the built environment, including architecture, landscape architecture, town planning, chartered surveying and structural engineering, or another subject area where applicants can demonstrate a clear interest in sustainable architecture. Individuals with substantial professional experience in architecture, interior design, landscape design, town planning, surveying and construction will also be considered.

Supporting Materials:

Applicants with an existing design background are required to submit a design portfolio with examples of previous work and a written statement of interest in sustainable architecture. The portfolio should be no larger than A4, be a maximum of 10-20 pages including, where possible, projects that explore sustainability. Our preference is to receive this information electronically via the online application system in PDF format, although it is still possible to submit paper-based applications and send your portfolio (either on paper or CD) via the postal service. (Please note that unless adequate return postage is included, portfolios will not be sent back to applicants). Applicants with a non-design background are required to submit a written and illustrated statement of interest which outlines their previous experience and their interest in sustainable architecture.

Applicants should also provide a personal statement of 200-300 words which clearly states the reasons for choosing the MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies programme, 2 academic references, CV and a transcript of previous University qualifications (with certified translation into English where appropriate). You can submit these on your online application form.

English Language Requirements:

For applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not gained previous academic qualifications with English as the main language you are normally expected to have a qualification such as IELTS (or an equivalent with a score of 6.5 (with no component less than 6.0).

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