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.

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, MSc Sustainable Architectural Studies

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

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.

Postgraduate student from the School of Architecture

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

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical computer work

Assessment

  • Course-based assignments
  • Exams
  • Dissertation

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
September 2017 start

Course description 2017

Develop a portfolio of advanced skills and knowledge across several architectural disciplines, with a focus on sustainable architectural design.

Postgraduate student from the School of Architecture

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.

Examples of optional modules

You can choose to specialise in low impact materials or in advanced computing.

Teaching and assessment

Your work in the design studio is supported through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical computer work. Assessment is by course-based assignments, examinations and a dissertation.

Course duration

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

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent qualification related to architecture, building science, engineering, construction, planning, building management or related built environment disciplines.

You will also need to submit your design portfolio or a related piece of writing.

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

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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:

E: ssoa@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 0306/0309

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.