MSc(Eng) Architectural Engineering Design

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Civil engineers help to create and protect the world we live in. Driven by teaching and research excellence, we inspire and empower our students to engineer a better future.

All our masters courses are taught by leading researchers and industry experts. We supply the world's biggest engineering companies with highly skilled graduates.

We advise government on major issues such as water pollution. Industry commissions us to carry out rigorous research, product development and safety testing.

We believe civil engineers should leave a positive legacy for future generations. Our ethos of sustainability and responsibility drives us to be the best.

About the course

Perhaps more than any other European university, Sheffield pushes its students to understand that architecture is about people.

With the skills to design buildings that meet environmental performance targets, you can compete for work in international markets.

Your study will include the building services, structural and architectural aspects of the built environment. The course prepares you for a career as a consultant engineer, sustainability consultant or researcher.

This programme is only available for full-time study.

The timetable is a blend of lectures, lab work, site visits and design projects. There are guest lectures by industry experts. Our industry partners also contribute to some teaching and dissertation supervision.

Over the summer, you'll work on your own research dissertation. This might include lab work, field studies, modelling or all three. Some students work with an industry partner. Others link their dissertation to a research project in the department.

All our structures-based courses are accredited by The Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and Institute of Highway Engineers as satisfying part 2 academic base requirements for a Chartered Engineer under UK-SPEC.

Core modules

  • Building Environment Simulation and Analysis
  • Building Technology
  • Thermodynamics for Buildings
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Design for a Sustainable Environment
  • Renewable Energy
  • Design Project

Modules may be subject to change.

Optional modules

  • Materials for Low Impact Building
  • Introduction to Computational Design
  • Challenges of Interactive Built Environments

Modules may be subject to change.


  • Lectures by academic staff and industrial partners
  • Laboratory work
  • Site visits
  • Design projects
  • Dissertation


  • Formal exams
  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation with oral exam

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Civil engineering postgraduate student

I appreciate the quality of teaching the most. Our course instructors are highly experienced within the academic and industrial field and the University's standing and reputation in Structural Engineering was the main reason for making my decision to study here.

Wan Muhammad Djawad Wan Dzahanurin, postgraduate student in Department of Civil and structural Engineering

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree in a scientific or engineering subject. If you have architectural qualifications and you can show evidence of mathematical skills, we'll consider your application.

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

Specialist facilities

We have completely new instrumentation in vibration engineering, environmental engineering and nanotechnology. Our laboratories are equipped to a very high standard, with specialist facilities for each area.

Structural engineering

  • Multi-axial testing equipment at elevated temperature
  • Testing rigs for ambient and fire conditions
  • Dynamic testing of full-scale civil engineering structures
  • Cement and concrete durability testing and material characterisation
  • Field laboratory for full-scale impact and explosion research

Architectural Engineering Design

  • Monitoring equipment for assessing the real-life performance of buildings: energy monitors, indoor environment monitors, heat flux monitors, thermal camera
  • Wind tunnel suitable for assessing the impact of wind on urban forms at 1:200 scale

Your career

Our graduates work for top UK and international consultancies, contractors, regulators, universities and other private and public sector organisations.

Many of them join engineering consultancies, in roles such as Structural Engineer, Building Services Engineer and Sustainability Consultant. Some join architecture practices. Employers include Arup, Buro Happold, Capita Symonds, Roger Preston and Partners, Cundall and Foster and Partners.

About Us

We are one of the largest and most active civil engineering departments in the UK. All our masters courses are informed by our own world-leading research. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) puts us in the UK top four.

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 5711