MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies

Course description

The interdisciplinary MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies programme provides research-led learning and teaching. It will inspire and enable you to pursue innovative research and design strategies for the built environment.
Driven by the ethos of global stewardship and positive regeneration; you will be involved in promoting sustainable architecture, with the aim of transforming the built environment for a more equitable future.

Collaborations with local, national and global partners enrich the learning experience. Lecturers and supervisors have research expertise in lighting, acoustics, modelling, building performance, parametric design and materials with low embodied carbon.

Combining social and technical aspects of sustainable architecture this programme focuses on exploring sustainability through design with dedicated studio modules. Studio projects include both refurbishment and new build, often working with real clients.

Many of our students have already worked in professional practice after completing four or five years of architectural training and recognise the benefits of advancing their knowledge and skills at a School which has an excellent reputation for both teaching and research.

By the end of the programme graduates will possess skills to produce complex design proposals which adopt a holistic approach to design and address the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainable architecture.

The MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies provides a foundation for those wishing to go on to further research which may influence national and international agendas and for those wanting to pursue leadership roles in the design of a sustainable built environment.


The MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies is organised on a modular credit system. The MSc is awarded upon successful completion of five core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and the research module (60 credits).

The total 180 credits may be completed in twelve months of full-time study (September – September). It is also available on a part-time basis, normally over a period of twenty-four months. The part-time route is designed to enable practitioners to join the programme for one to two days per week during the taught semesters.

The programme is not designed to give exemption from professional examinations (such as those covered by the RIBA/ARB) which are covered by other courses within the School of Architecture.

In addition to the optional modules listed, students taking the MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies may select up to 30 credits of taught course units over the teaching semesters from other postgraduate course units in the School of Architecture with agreement from the Programme Leader.

Entry requirements

  • A first undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) or other equivalent qualification related to design in the built environment.
  • Related subjects include: Architecture, landscape architecture, town planning, chartered surveying and engineering, or another subject area where applicants can demonstrate a clear interest in sustainable architecture.
  • Individuals with substantial professional experience in architecture, interior design, landscape design, town planning, surveying and construction will also be considered.
  •  Design portfolio or written piece

English language requirements

*For applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not gained previous academic qualifications with English as the main language you are normally expected to have a qualification such as IELTS (or an equivalent).

IELTS (or an equivalent) with a score of 6.5 (with no component less than 6.0).

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