MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies

School of Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences

We are one of the UK's top architecture schools. You'll enjoy the freedom to express yourself and develop the skills you need for your career.

The Architects' Journal (2014) says we're the best architecture school outside London.

Perhaps more than any other school in Europe, we push our students to understand that architecture is about people. We believe this makes them better designers and better citizens.

Real design projects with real clients are an integral part of all our taught courses.

Through our research, we work with communities all over the world, influencing policy and improving lives.

About the course

We believe architects have a responsibility to look after our planet for the benefit of future generations. If you share that belief, this course will put you on the path to a rewarding career.

The course provides the opportunity to develop a portfolio of advanced skills and knowledge across several architectural disciplines, with a focus on sustainable architectural design.

You'll study the key principles of sustainable architecture and work on real projects - refurbs and new builds - with real clients. Our teaching staff are leading researchers in lighting, acoustics, modelling, building performance and materials with low embodied carbon.

The course equips students with a comprehensive knowledge of sustainable architecture and the techniques involved. We will also show you how to plan, conduct and record your own research.

Core modules

  • Building Environmental Simulation and Analysis
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Design Project 1
  • Sustainable Design Project 2
  • Principles of Building Physics for Sustainable Design
  • Sustainable Design Thesis Project

Optional modules

  • Materials for Low Impact Buildings – Theory
  • Materials for Low Impact Buildings – Practical


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical computer work


  • Course-based assignments
  • Exams
  • Dissertation

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Postgraduate student from the School of Architecture

Our built environment contributes a high percentage of carbon emissions and is one of the causes for global warming. I'm hoping to apply what I learn to influence people in the building industry to consider their impact on the environment.

Chun Yuen, postgraduate student in School of Architecture 

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree, or experience in architecture, building science, engineering, construction, planning, building management or related built environment disciplines. We also ask to see your portfolio.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

Our graduates are sustainabilty specialists. Many of them work in architecture and design practices, for government departments or international charities. Others go on to doctoral research with the potential to influence the global agenda on sustainabity. With this post-qualification degree, you could move on to a senior position or further academic research and teaching.

Learn from experts

You’ll be joining one of the largest and most diverse groups of full-time architecture academics in the country. Our staff come from the arts, physical and social sciences, and engineering. This connects our research to other disciplines and stimulates debate about the future of architecture.

Our international research projects shape policy and address public and professional needs. We integrate those projects with our teaching on courses that will develop your core skills. You'll be encouraged to provide social and environmental solutions to the challenges of our time.

Explore your ideas

You'll have access to a lot of specialist facilities. Our media unit has a range of audiovisual and environmental equipment including artificial sky for daylight simulation, a thermal imaging camera and a mixed reality imaging suite.

We have our own photography studio, reprographics unit and 3D printers. There are design studios, research rooms and computer labs.

Our teaching is more than lectures and seminars. Our student-led design projects help you learn by doing.

Working with real clients on real projects, you'll discover the benefits of socially engaged design and collaborative working. The outcomes make a difference to communities.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 0306/0309