MSc Architectural Engineering Design

Coca Cola Place, Sydney

Are you interested in combining engineering and architecture to design efficient, sustainable environmentally sensitive buildings? Are you a graduate from a science or engineering background?

With the UK committed to reducing greenhouse emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels, the need to reduce the carbon impact of the built environment (which contributes around 45% of UK CO2 emissions) is more pressing than ever. Our Architectural Engineering Design MSc produces building services professionals, environmental design specialists, and low-carbon built environment practitioners who can design and construct buildings creatively and innovatively to reduce the environmental impacts of construction practices and meet tightening environmental performance targets.

To design and construct low-carbon buildings and reduce their energy consumption we must not only think of the systems within a building, but the structure of the building itself as a system. The course covers thermodynamics and energy use in buildings, efficient structural design, material selection: including low impact materials, simulation tools to model the indoor environment, thermal modelling, airflow analysis and urban microclimate design. The integrated design project gives you a chance to apply these environmental design skills and develop solutions for a real-world design brief developed with our industry partners. Overall the course provides a unique combination of engineering skills that will allow you to approach the design process in a holistic way, and come up with novel concepts and solutions to enable sustainable building strategies.

The course 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. It is based in the Department of Civil & Structural Engineering and draws on expertise from the School of Architecture and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and is part of a recognised Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design for its achievements in educating low-carbon built environment professionals.

Wind tunnelThe course is based in the Department of Civil & Structural Engineering and draws on expertise from the School of Architecture and Department of Mechanical Engineering. You’ll have access to our leading lab and computer facilities and state of the art equipment, including wind tunnels, the Urban Flows Observatory Visualisation Suite, virtual reality equipment and thermal cameras.

Graduates from this course are in demand and are able to access industry work in international markets, research or academia. Career paths include:
• Building Services engineer
• Sustainability consultant
• Façade engineer
• Environmental design

Read more about Giuliano's experience of the course and how it helped him become a graduate engineer in Arup's sustainability team.

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


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

Study Locations

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.


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 (2019-20)

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

CIV6032 Architectural Engineering Design Project

CIV6017 Computational Fluid Dynamics

MEC441  Sustainable Engineering Design

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. The course is also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.
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