This unique multidisciplinary course is taught by a variety of professionals, experts and researchers associated with the built environment and explores sustainable design principles and issues at an advanced level. It provides students with the knowledge, skills and tools to be able to design, plan, evaluate and advise on the creation of low-carbon, sustainable buildings as well as evaluate the environmental impacts of their decisions.
The course is specifically designed to meet the need for buildings to be judged by their actual performance as much as by their appearance and to demonstrate sustainability in terms of:
* their global impact with regard to climate changing emissions and use of rapidly dwindling finite resources
* their impact on local and regional levels of pollution and waste
* their ability to positively contribute towards sustainable development and human well-being.
A key aim is to promote an interdisciplinary and strategic approach to design that will enable professionals to integrate their skills and co-operate in achieving genuinely excellent environmental performance in buildings.
The course is run by the Department of Architecture, which is recognised as one of the country's leading schools of architecture and is consistently ranked by The Architect's Journals one of the five best schools in the UK.
Full-time: MSc: 12 months, PGDip: 9 months
Part-time: MSc: 27 months, PGDip: 18 months
The course is divided into two parts. In Semester 1 students are introduced to various theories which provide a foundation for learning, leading onto practical application in Semester 2. Part-time students follow a similar sequence.
It is organised on a modular credit system, 120 credits for the postgraduate diploma (9 months full-time, 20 months part-time) and 180 credits for the master's degree (12 months full-time, 27 months part-time). Modules combine a ratio of taught to self-led study. For example, a module of 20 credits approximates to 200 hours of student effort, up to 36 hours of which will normally be devoted to lectures, seminars, individual tutorials or other staff contact. The remainder of the time is devoted to student-led study and assessment.
Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown below.
The core modules for the MSc and PGDip are:
Building Physics and Thermal Comfort (20 credits) provides an introduction to the basic physics required to help develop low-carbon buildings which are both energy-efficient and comfortable.
The Sustainable Built Environment: a Bioregional Approach (20 credits) introduces the philosophy, theories and key concepts underpinning the principles of sustainable development and sustainability in relation to the built environment within the natural world. Sustainable design is of critical importance in tackling climate change creatively and providing dynamic environments for all lifeforms.
Post-Occupancy Building Evaluation (20 credits) focuses on the complex task of assessing the actual performance of existing buildings in respect of energy use, environmental impact and occupant satisfaction, known as post-occupancy evaluation (POE).
Low Carbon Building Technologies 1 (10 credits) identifies and evaluates different low-carbon energy strategies to be incorporated whilst designing low-carbon buildings. The module will introduce different standards and benchmarks for low-carbon buildings, and highlight strategies and approaches that could be deployed in heating and cooling buildings.
Low Carbon Building Technologies 2 (10 credits) identifies and evaluates the main low and zero carbon (renewable) technologies (LZT), available for buildings.
Modelling and Passive Strategies (20 credits) provides a theoretical and practical introduction to systematic building modelling as it is related to design with climate and location.
Sustainable Design in Context (20 credits) provides the opportunity to apply in practice the design principles gained in previous modules. It focuses on the challenge of reconciling regional identity and tradition with contemporary needs in building design and performance, relating to technological change and social transformation arising from globalisation, climate change and other factors.
The compulsory modules for the MSc are:
Research Methods and Design (10 credits) aims to advance your knowledge and understanding of research methods available to those wishing to improve buildings in terms of their sustainable design and performance. It presents a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods and provides a forum for debate about research as well as giving the opportunity to gain practical research skills.
MSc Dissertation (50 credits) The synoptic research or design dissertation gives the opportunity for application and expansion of the material presented in the programme through independent research.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.