Sustainable Architecture MSc 2014-15
At a Glance
22 / 09 / 2014
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
15 (this number may be subject to change)
Full Time / Part Time
• First degree in built environment discipline (2.2 or above) preferably with relevant practical experience.
• Direct entry without first degree may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Tel: 01484 473986
Environmental concerns have never been higher amongst the public, clients and legislators. Construction is the area of human endeavour that has the largest impact on the environment. Buildings consume vast amounts of natural resources during their construction and subsequent operation. They account for half of the UK's primary energy consumption, and demand quarrying and exploitation of forests and other natural resources to supply the materials. In use, building emissions add to global warming, damage the environment and create waste disposal problems. Buildings can also cause ill health and discomfort for their occupants due to poor air quality and inadequate internal conditions.
This course considers the full range of issues associated with sustainable architecture including energy consumption, use of materials, health, assessment methods and environment concerns. It does this via lectures and tutorials that investigate the issues, and case study reviews that identify how they are integrated into the design of buildings.
+ Sustainable Architecture
This module explores the nature, basis and application of different approaches to sustainable design. It considers the wide range of green design philosophies and their application to different building types, in different urban contexts and in different climates and across disciplines. Practical considerations are balanced by ethical, moral and philosophical appreciations.
+ Low Energy Design
This module forms the advanced study of energy use in buildings for heating, lighting and air conditioning. It will investigate how the energy use varies with the design of building fabric, environmental services and controls. These aspects will be considered during a series of lectures, completion of design or system study and production of a report containing a detailed analysis of energy saving features. Assessment is on the design study presentation, report and completion of an examination.
+ Research Management and Academic Methods
The MSc in Sustainable Architecture pathway will equip successful students with the ability to participate at a high level in academic and professional work in the field. As a consequence a number of skill are required that will enable this participation to be effective. These are use of information classification, search and retrieval systems and the ability to communicate effectively including publications, seminar skills and lecturing. We currently find ourselves in a working environment where 'least cost is best' predominates. This leads to reduced staffing levels, stress and poor quality of work. This module will consider various management techniques to overcome the problems generated by short termism, downsizing and cost-cutting.
+ Contemporary Studies 1
Many new residential buildings have been considered which incorporate individual features which contribute to sustainability. One example is the use of condensing boilers as a source of heat. Other buildings claim to integrate many sustainable features. This module aims to tap this resource with a view to gaining information on good practice and by considering post-occupancy reviews, identifying where some concepts fail. This module will consider domestic-scale solutions only identifying which are appropriate and financially viable at this scale.
+ Buildings and Health
This module forms the masters level study of the relationship between buildings and health. It has been estimated that humans spend over 90% of their lives indoors. It has also been found that the internal environment can act as a container for a range of organic and inorganic pollutants which are known to cause ill health. This module will study the interaction of the human system with building related hazards and suggest methods for reducing adverse effects arising from life in a contained environment.
+ Building and the Global Environment
This module forms the Masters level study of the environmental effects of the construction and operation of buildings. The immediate effects of building construction will be considered including use of land and raw materials. Then the life-cycle environmental costs will be considered highlighting building emissions such as pollutant gases, halons, sewage and effects on the local environment. The intention is to change and improve the design philosophy for these systems to minimise their detrimental effects. Students will be required to prepare an investigative dissertation which demonstrates their ability to research and apply to design issues or systems the current state of knowledge on building services and construction which have relevance to sustainable architecture.
+ Contemporary Studies 2
Many new commercial buildings have been constructed which incorporate individual features which contribute to sustainability.One example is the use of condensing boilers as a source of heat. Others buildings claim to integrate many sustainable features. This module aims to tap this resource with a view to gaining information on good practice and by considering post-occupancy reviews, identifying where some concepts fail. This module will consider commercial/industrial scale solutions only identifying where some concepts fail. This module will consider commercial/industrial scale solutions only identifying which are appropriate and financially viable at this scale.
+ Project Preparation
This module is preliminary to the project and involves the provision of all the background information from which to work. The range of investigative studies includes contextual and social investigation, precedent studies, technological issues, current research and any other topics specific to the project.
This is a project-based module which can take two forms: (i) completion of an in-depth research project related to sustainable architecture, resulting in a written dissertation (ii) completion of a design project, resulting in output appropriate to architectural communication such as design boards.
Construction professionals are increasingly including sustainability in their designs, driven by professional responsibility, client and funding body requirements and additional legislation. This course aims to fill the sustainable architecture skills gap whilst improving the employment prospects of graduates.
Teaching and assessment
Modules are assessed by a combination of written reports, presentations and examinations.
How much will it cost me?
Here at the University of Huddersfield, we continue to work hard to ensure that we set a fee for postgraduate students that is fair and offers you value for money. Your tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance, please see Fees and finance.
Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details. Interim Awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early. Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
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How to apply
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