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Environmental Design of Buildings (MSc)

1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / 3 years (Distance / E-Learning)

Please note: This MSc programme is also available for study by distance learning over one, two or three years.


Course Aims

To offer knowledge and expertise for specialising in the design of comfortable and healthy environments in and around buildings, regardless of climate, and with due regard to sustainable issues. This is an area of expertise often tending to fall between the normal professional interests of architects and engineers.

Special Features

Course Description

There are eight taught and two project modules in the first stage of the course. The modules approach the subject from a variety of angles that are intended to cut across the integrating threads of heating, lighting, acoustics and sustainability, including:

The course syllabus and its project work address good practice in climates around the world. In the second stage, students prepare a research dissertation, in which they are able to pursue in greater depth an aspect of the subject that interests them.

Assessment Methods for this course include written examination, project work and a dissertation.


Course Structure

The course shares 60 credits of core taught modules with a suite of architectural science masters. These modules provide a grounding in architectural science, while placing this in the context of sustainable development and environmental performance of buildings. Please see core modules for full details.

Alongside this core set of modules, 60 credits of modules reinforce this teaching with a focus on the climatic environment, the internal building environment and the passive design strategies as well as by providing the opportunity to apply the ideas taught in class to problems which, whilst not real, exercise a similar range of skills to a real problem. Please see specialist modules for full details.

Modules

Please see the Welsh School of Architecture's website for more detailed course information.

Skills Acquired

The principal aims of the programme are:

Career Prospects

The course is suitable for graduates or experienced practitioners in disciplines related to the built environment, such as architecture, building services engineering, building technology or environmental studies who would like to strengthen their expertise in environmental design. The knowledge and skills that students gain are those needed to become specialists in environmental design. In most cases, they are likely to continue their careers in their original disciplines, but with the advantages the new specialism will bring.

Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for graduates or experienced practitioners in disciplines related to the built environment, such as architecture, building services engineering, building technology or environmental studies who would like to strengthen their expertise in environmental design. The distance learning version of this course will be of particular interest to professionals who do not want to interrupt their careers, wherever they live.

Applicants should possess a good first degree (typically a 2:1 or equivalent), or equivalent work experience in a relevant discipline.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Funding

50% fee scholarships are currently available to UK and EU residents applying to study on PGT programmes. The 21st Anniversary Scholarship Fund is designed to attract and reward the brightest students from across the UK and the European Union to study at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.

Our PGT programmes are open to candidates from architectural and built environment backgrounds and draw on established and widely recognised research strengths within the School. If you are a UK or EU resident with a good academic and /or work experience record we would like to hear from you.

We expect a high level of competition for scholarships and ask for expressions of interest for the course of your choice by 21st June 2014.

For further information, please see the Financial Support pages of the School website.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £7,440.00
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £3,720.00
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £17,000.00
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £8,500.00

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Ms Christine Heywood  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 9332 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4623 

Email: HeywoodC@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/archi/

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