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Architecture and Sustainability MSc

Architecture and Sustainability MSc

Architecture and Sustainability MSc explores a wide range of approaches related to sustainable architectural design, with a particular emphasis on building physics and design strategies that promote and encourage sustainability.

Overview

Reasons to study Architecture and Sustainability MSc at DMU:

  • Leicester School of Architecture (LSA)
    was established in 1897 making it one of the oldest schools of architecture in the UK
  • Develop sustainable outcomes
    through a wide range of tools and simulation software that will allowing you to develop and test your proposals at various design stages
  • Skills and research themes
    will develop your academic acuity and cultivate your independent position on sustainable architecture 
  • Equip, train and inspire
    you to become responsible global citizens in the face of the new global and environmental challenges ahead
  • 96.6% of DMU postgraduates
    are in full-time employment or further education within six months of completing their course*

* Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2013/14 (Employability Performance Indicator)

The course appreciates the interface between the environmental, economical and socio-cultural dimensions of sustainability in terms of building design and carbon neutrality. 

Energy usage in buildings is responsible for approximately 45% of the total carbon dioxide emissions. There is an international imperative to reduce energy consumption and its associated gas emissions, which contribute to global climate change and pollution. The Climate Change Act set the UK government targets for 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 based on 1990 levels. The course develops your knowledge and skills required to produce thermally comfortable, healthy, and habitable building designs whilst minimising the energy consumptions.

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time.

Start date: September 2017


Fees and funding: UK/EU: £4,750 (full-time), £2,375 (part-time) per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

You can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2017


Fees and funding: International: £12,200 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent of a 2:2 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree in a relevant subject (architecture, architectural engineering, architectural technology, civil engineering, building engineering/sciences, environmental sciences/studies, construction management, etc.). 

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

Modules

Term one

Research Methods
Enhances your knowledge and understanding of the nature and scope of research focusing on systematic techniques required for critical analysis.

Principles and Methods 
Provides you with a holistic perspective of environmental sustainability and development. You will explore the interface between the three pillars of sustainability and investigate how they inform architectural design.

Design Research Lab 1
Allows you to explore and critically evaluate complex issues within your research unit and to test them within design studies.

Term two

Building Performance Modelling 
Enables you to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings by exploring opportunities and methods used to test the building project delivered in the concurrent module.

Design Research Lab 2 
Further develops the knowledge, skills and research themes from Design Research Lab 1. It helps you explore in more detail and depth, the boundaries of your strategic proposal.

Term three

Major Project: Dissertation 
Gives you the opportunity to apply your research skills in order to present a detailed independent study on a topic of your choice.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current

Overview

The mode of delivery considered appropriate in individual modules will vary, as will the assessment regime, so that both are carefully matched to the learning outcomes.  The course provides a learning environment that enables students to develop an integrative approach to their learning as the course develops.

The programme engages a multi-disciplinary and an integrated staff team of architects and built environment professionals. The teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, field visits, case studies, and directed reading. The academic team is committed to a rich range of teaching, learning and student support which is mainly project based giving you the opportunity to work as individuals and in groups.

Assessment and feedback is ongoing and is usually carried out during workshops and reviews. Assessment of the main projects takes place at the end of the term or the academic year and looks at your ability to analyse and implement your knowledge of sustainability in the projects and will be measured against the learning outcomes of each module. 

Contact hours
In your first two terms you will normally attend around 8 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 27 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week 

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.

 

 

Facilities and features

Studios

The university offers suitable facilities that support a range of sustainability and design disciplines. These include a range of tools and simulation software, including design studios

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

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If you are thinking of starting your own business or working for yourself, the Enterprise Team can help provide you with the right advice and guidance to get your business off the ground.

 

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

 

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Graduate careers

This course will prepare and equip you with appropriate skills and capacity to address challenges of sustainable architecture and development. Such skills are in high demand by businesses, governments, multilateral and unilateral organisations contending with issues of environmental sustainability. You could also continue with your postgraduate studies and progress onto a PhD

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