Master Architecture and Environmental Design MSc Full Time - Máster en Arquitectura y Diseño Sostenible
The programme has been designed as a contemporary sustainable architectural course with an innovative blend of established scientific theories and design principles in relation to the healthy buildings and environments, aiming to raise your awareness and practicing principles.
You´ll build on your knowledge and skills, consider the environmental impact of design decisions and research how to undertake holistic sustainable design analysis integrated within the building information modelling environment.
You´ll critically analyse current sustainable architecture and low energy design principles and technologies, government legislation, codes for sustainable design and other professional, industrial and commerce drivers. You´ll also research issues that could adversely affect the health of the building users, in a people centered, proactive and preventive way.
You´ll normally be expected to have an architectural or other built environment first degree, a professional qualification of equal standing, or significant practical or professional experience that would support your application.
This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc.
You will study these modules:
Research Methods: Application and Evaluation
This module will advise, guide, and develop you in the various elements that constitute the skills required for identifying and applying appropriate research methods and developing an overall research plan. Your learning will include how to identify, evaluate, and apply different research philosophies, research approaches, research strategies, research methods, and methods of data collection and analysis.
Health in Buildings: Comparative Approaches
This module will raise your awareness of the different stages in the implementation of health and safety aspects in the design of a new build, and the application of remedies in the case of dealing with existing environments.
Sustainable Architecture and Low Energy Design
During this module you will critically evaluate the design principles, methodologies, and techniques involved in the low-energy design of sustainable architecture, whether new build or retrofit. You will look at significant
issues relating to climate change and the use of energy in the built environment.
You will study these modules:
CPD and Strategic Management
During this module you will develop your managerial skills in preparation for work in a global industry environment. You will study strategic concepts and learn how to transfer them into your own industry or specialism using a structured approach. You will focus on managing the global future by analysis rather than by instinct and become adept at forecasting and financial analysis, while considering business ethics.
Sustainable Design Simulation and Analysis
This module will provide you with a theoretical and practical study of sustainable building analysis in relation to a design proposal, linked with its climate and location. You will look at significant issues relating to climate change and the use of energy in the built environment.
You will choose one of these modules:
Sustainable Construction Methods and Materials
One of the important remits of sustainable construction is to reduce the use of fossil-fuel based energy consumption. This module will see you critically evaluating the principles, methodologies, and techniques involved in
the selection and specification of sustainable construction methods and materials.
Environmental Performance Management for Sustainable Development
This module develops your understanding of how, in the context of local and global legislation and pressures, organisations and communities manage their environmental performance with respect to energy and materials consumption, industrial planning, and development to maintain competitiveness or social structure. These factors have a significant effect on strategic planning and management for those aspiring to manage in private or public organisations in the UK or internationally. You will consider the responsibility towards legal obligations under provisions such as Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) and Environmental Protection Act (EPA ) together with the imperatives of cost-cutting, benefiting the environment and company competitiveness, or public accountability. You will explore the tools for use when considering issues such as health and safety and the environmental effects of new and existing products and services.
This module is an option for students with a background in architectural technology. You will explore issues related to sustainability associated with key players and systems in regeneration and new research and developments in the design of the built environment.
This module is usually studied by part time students who are in employment as it allows participants to take practical, work based experience and develop it within an academic context.
You will study this module:
This module will provide you with an opportunity to use and enhance the knowledge and intellectual skills you’ve gained during the course by means of an extensive investigation of a proposed postgraduate study related to the course material. This can take the form of a dissertation, research based technical design and development project, or the exhibition of creative design artwork.