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.
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.
- Based on research strengths within the School.
- Designed for the needs of students from overseas.
- Available for full-time and part-time study and for study by distance learning.
- Provides a practical grounding in the subject for professionals.
- Of growing relevance to careers in the built environment.
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 given conditions facing environmental designers, including future conditions implied by climate change.
- The environmental standards to be achieved, and their prediction, measurement, and legislation.
- Ways of achieving high standards of environmental performance that make appropriate use of the building fabric and of mechanical services.
- Broader issues that environmental designers should be aware of in order to practice in a sustainable way.
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.
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.
Please see the Welsh School of Architecture's website for more detailed course information.
The principal aims of the programme are:
- to develop in students the knowledge and ability needed to design healthy, comfortable and secure environments in and around buildings that place a minimal strain on global resources;
- to prepare students for adopting the role of an environmental designer in the building team, and adapting to changing demands on this role as sustainable policies are increasingly supported by the public and by governments;
- to encourage in students an understanding of both the principles and application of the subject, using project work to emphasise practicalities and develop necessary working skills and a research dissertation to emphasise the ongoing development of knowledge.
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.
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.
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.
UK & EU Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
UK & EU Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
International Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
International Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
Next intake: September each year
Name: Ms Christine Heywood
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 9332
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4623