MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies
Start date September
Duration 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
View a recording of the MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies course webinar which was hosted by course leaders, Sofie Pelsmakers and Aidan Hoggard, alongside student ambassadors Anaclara Penha and Maria Englezou.
During the webinar we covered information about:
By the end of the programme graduates will possess skills to produce complex design proposals which adopt a holistic approach to design and address the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainable architecture.
The MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies 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 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). It 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.
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.
In addition to the optional modules listed, 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.
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of changes the University will consult and inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
In 2017-2018 the course was delivered by:
Dr Wen-Shao Chang
Other staff involved in teaching and supervision
Each year we attract excellent national and international postgraduate students to this School who all contribute to a socially vibrant and academically challenging environment. Here, our students share their reasons for choosing this programme and their experiences in Sheffield.
Faith Ng'eno Chelangat
Why did you choose Sheffield?
The question, why Sheffield, is one that keeps coming up. The answer to this is quite complex yet simple. The more usual answers would be it’s ranking, which was a great contributing factor, the programme duration, a one year programme is very attractive, and the detailed prospectus and course outline which I felt was tailored to my interests.
However a few more personal and less technical factors influenced my decision. To begin with, the first Kenyan Architect is a University of Sheffield alumnus, now, how’s that for inspiration. The current School of Architecture (JKUAT) Dean is also a female alumnus of Sheffield. Sheffield is the greenest city in Europe - what better place to study ‘green’ (sustainable) architecture. Another significant contributor was the website interface and the email response time, accuracy and patience I received during the pre-application process. I did send Allanah, our Postgraduate Administrator, several emails with several questions of which she responded politely, accurately and in record time
Coming to a new place and being the introvert that I am, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However the department staff are very approachable and have continued to show great support. My first thought on seeing the Arts Tower was, I hope my department is housed somewhere in there, and what do you know-it is. One cannot mention the Arts Tower without mentioning the paternoster - at first I was very sceptical, but now i'm quite fond of it.
What was your background before you came here?
I was Graduate Architect and assistant lecturer at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya. I briefly worked with JAKK limited on completing of my undergraduate studies at the same university in 2011, and joined Cadplan Architects later that year.
What was your first lecture/studio like?
Anxious to begin my lectures I was met with my first question, you guessed right; why Sheffield? It was interesting to listen to my new course mates from different parts the world share their varied responses.
4 months on… and how do you feel now?
I have continued to appreciate learning, interacting and sharing experiences with students from a great range of nationalities that the department attracts. By now you must have gathered I am enjoying my study, from the different forms of lectures, to the seminars and field trips, the computer labs and other facilities that are available to aid your study. The School of Architecture has exceeded my expectations and has got me thinking of extending my stay by applying for a PhD in the department. Away from academics there are several clubs and societies one can be a part of even for us who are introverts.