2020 start

Digital Architecture and Design

School of Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences

On this course, you'll use advanced computational methods, tools and processes to develop technologically, socially and environmentally responsive architecture. You'll learn the theoretical knowledge and technical skills needed to produce innovative blueprints for architecture in the digital era.
Digital architecture design students in studio

Course description

We're no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry for this course.

The past decade has shown growing expectations for built spaces with capacity to respond dynamically to future challenges such as climate change and ageing populations. On this course you will use advanced computational methods, tools and processes to develop technologically, socially and environmentally responsive architecture which meets the challenges of sustainable and liveable intelligent cities.

You will undertake a rich array of modules and use a creative blend of techniques to produce innovative digital architecture. The studio and dissertation projects allow you to apply your digital design knowledge and skills creatively, guided by tutors.

We are one of the UK's top architecture schools. Our teaching staff are doing world-class research, helping to make the school a leader in our field across the UK and internationally. Through our teaching and research, we explore the social, spatial and environmental implications of architecture. As a Sheffield student you will engage with real issues affecting the built environment.


Core modules

  • Parametric Architectural Geometry
  • Advanced Simulation for Modelling Adaptive Architecture
  • Critical Applications of Building Information Modelling
  • Digital Architecture and Design Studio Project
  • Elements of Computational Design 1 and 2
  • Thesis Project

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules. These might include: 

  • Building Environmental Simulation and Analysis
  • Reflections of Architectural Education
  • Building Information Modelling, Management and Analysis


Learning is through studio-based design work with individual and group tutorials, block seminars, workshops and traditional lecture modules.


You’ll be assessed on course assignments, design thesis and a dissertation.


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

I enjoy how hands on and experimental the course is structured to be. There is a degree of freedom and flexibility to explore what we want to study with enough relevant tutorials and workshops to ground our studies in the theory and research of architectural issues.

Learning the know-how of trending digital techniques and computationally tackling design issues to obtain best-case scenarios are skills that will definitely add value to my CV and aid in potential career advancement.

Nazneen Chinikamwala
MSc Digital Design and Interactive Built Environments

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification. We welcome applicants with design experience in areas such as architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, interaction design, architectural/environmental engineering, structural/material engineering, robotics.

We’d also like to see your portfolio to get an idea of your design abilities. 

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


We're no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry.


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