MSc Digital Architecture and Design

School of Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences

We are one of the UK’s top architecture schools. You’ll enjoy the freedom to express yourself and develop the skills you need for your career.

Our built environment contributes a high percentage of carbon emissions and is one of the causes for global warming. I'm hoping to apply what I learn to influence people in the building industry to consider their impact on the environment.

Chun Yuen, postgraduate student in School of Architecture

About the course

September 2018

Course description

Digital technologies are rapidly changing the way buildings and urban spaces are designed, constructed and inhabited. On this course you'll learn the theoretical knowledge and technical skills required to produce innovative blueprints for architecture in the digital era.

The past decade has shown rapidly growing expectations for built spaces with capacity to respond dynamically to changes such as shifts in demographics, new and emerging technology, climate change and ageing populations. These are global challenges and opportunities which demand architects and designers with the ability to creatively shape the way that buildings, landscapes and cities age and adapt over time.

This course uses theoretical and practical study to examine how digital tools and processes can be developed and applied to design built environments with capacity for change. At Sheffield, we produce postgraduates well equipped to become future leaders in this field.

Postgraduate architecture students

Core modules

  • Parametric Architectural Geometry
  • Building Information Modelling, Management and Analysis
  • Advanced Simulation for Modelling Adaptive Architecture
  • Elements of Computational Design
  • Digital Architecture Design Studio Projects
  • MSc Digital Architecture and Design Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

  • Building Environmental Simulation and Analysis
  • Renewable Energy
  • Principles of Building Physics for Sustainable Design
  • Critical Applications of Building Information Modelling

Teaching and assessment

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 and examinations, design thesis and a dissertation.

Course duration

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

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.

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

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Guidance on your design portfolio and other supporting materials.

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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.