MSc Architectural Engineering Design

Coca Cola Place, Sydney


This course has been developed to provide you with the engineering skills to be at the cutting edge of innovative eco-friendly building design. The achievements of the department in educating low carbon built environment professionals has recently been recognised through selection as one of four national Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design.

To markedly reduce the energy consumption of our buildings we must not only think of the systems within a building, but the structure of the building itself as a system. This philosophy has been the drive behind developing this course that enables graduates from Engineering, or Science backgrounds to learn the skills required to design and construct low carbon buildings and to work with other building professionals. The course is based in the Department of Civil Engineering and draws on expertise from the School of Architecture and Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The programme has been designed to improve the skills base of Building Services professionals to enable them to design and construct buildings creatively and innovatively to meet tightening environmental performance targets and compete for work in international markets. This has been made possible through the post of a visiting Professor in Building Engineering Physics at the University of Sheffield and complements the undergraduate course in Architecture Engineering. The visiting Professor was one of 4 funded in the country through a scheme run by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

For further information about the design of sustainable buildings, and the Royal Academy scheme please see the report on the Royal Academy's website.

Course Overview

In order to develop innovative, high performance buildings it is necessary to have a grasp of all the components of the construction. In order to provide applicants with this essential understanding the course includes a broad base of Structural Engineering, Building Services, and Architecture. The programme builds on this foundation with modules related to the environmental performance of buildings, renewable energy systems and includes a strong focus on the understanding and use of simulation tools to model the energy consumption and the indoor environment, including lighting, thermal modeling and detailed airflow analysis. A research led dissertation allows students to investigate related topics in more detail.


Lectures by staff members, engineers and architects from industry, site visits, computer simulation of building performance and design projects.


Formal examinations, coursework, dissertation with an oral examination.

Course Duration

  • 1 year Full Time

Please note: this is an Engineering MSc and not an Architectural qualification. The University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture delivers a range of Masters programmes in Architecture.

MSc Architectural Engineering Design (2018-19)

Full Academic Year

CIV6000 Advanced Engineering Research Study

Semester Module Option Choice
Semester 1

ARC6780 Building Environmental Simulation and Analysis

ARC6843 Principles of Building Physics for Sustainable Design

CIV6025 Thermodynamics for Buildings

CIV685 Civil Engineering Research Proposal

Option 1

Semester 2

CIV6031 Architectural Engineering Design Project

CIV6017 Computational Fluid Dynamics

MEC425  Design for a sustainable environment

CIV6915 Urban Microclimate

Option 1

ARC6818 Elements of Computational Design I

ARC6821 Materials for Low Impact Buildings - Theory

ARC6812 Building Information Modelling, Management & Analysis

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Careers & employability

The course will develop core and specialist skills allowing students to enter the building services profession as a consultant engineer, sustainability consultant, researcher and various other roles related to the built environment.

Course accreditation - MSc (Technical and non-technical)

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.
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