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The MSc Technical Architecture provides advanced level study in contemporary technical, environmental and professional issues for architecture. Read more

The MSc Technical Architecture provides advanced level study in contemporary technical, environmental and professional issues for architecture. You work on design-led projects focusing on the creative and technical consideration of architecture, and carry out a range of applied projects to develop professional skills.

Core modules provide key knowledge and skills, which are then applied to design projects. Lectures and projects look at emerging theory and practice in architectural design, technology and construction for new and existing buildings within the UK and global contexts.

All modules address contemporary issues in architecture. There is a focus on environmental and sustainable design and how they are achieved through inventive thinking, creative technical design, scientific understanding and computer aided predictive modelling. You learn to use design software including REVIT, ArchiCad and Ecotect.

The course assessments are flexible so you develop your own areas of interest and expertise. Projects can be located in your home country, either in the UK or internationally, or you can explore alternative locations.

The part-time route enables you to work and study at the same time, and you can link your projects to your practice.

In the final stage of the course you produce an original and significant piece of research-led design in the major project module, supported by a research module. This is usually in a subject relevant to your area of architectural interest, technical specialism or practice. You use these concluding modules to identify and develop critical expertise for your chosen career.

The course has a strong professional focus. A key feature is an international field trip as part of the interdisciplinary practice module, which you study alongside students in associated professions such as planning, regeneration, real estate and surveying. Other professional modules allow you to work as a consultant to a real client or to study new or alternative forms of computer aided design.

The course is versatile in its teaching approaches and provides educational and professional development opportunities for a range of applicant profiles. These include UK and international students with architecture, construction or environment related degree qualifications and mature applicants with a proven track record in practice.

You are taught by an expert team of staff that includes experienced architectural, digital and environmental practitioners and academics. We also have teaching links with leading consulting engineers such as ARUP and Price and Myers.

Professional recognition

This programme has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) as meeting established standards in terms of course content and qualifies the holder for associate membership of the institute (ACIAT).

CIAT recognises Sheffield Hallam University as an accredited Centre of Excellence for learning and teaching in architectural technology.

Course structure

Full time – September start – typically 12 months

Full time – September start – typically 16 months

Part time – September start – typically 36 months

Core modules

  • concepts and design in technical architecture (30 credits)
  • environmental theory and practice for technical architecture (30 credits)
  • fundamentals of building information modelling (15 credits)
  • applied research methods (15 credits)
  • major project (45 credits)

Option modules

  • interdisciplinary practice (15 credits)
  • contemporary digital practice in architecture (15 credits)
  • consultancy project (15 credits)
  • historic environments and design (15 credits)
  • academic and professional portfolio (15 credits). 

Assessment

  • design projects
  • technical and environmental studies
  • digital modelling
  • essays
  • report writing
  • group projects
  • presentations
  • research reports
  • dissertation or major design project

Employability

The course provides knowledge and skills for a range of careers. These can include senior positions in architectural practice, setting up your own company or moving into college or university level teaching.

Specialist careers include • architectural conservation • practice management • digital design • environmental design and consultancy.

You can also use the course to move from your current career into a more architecture-related one. This is particularly relevant if you currently work in areas such as building surveying, construction or some forms of engineering.



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Current standards place considerable value on the sustainability, performance and comfort of new building developments. Read more

Current standards place considerable value on the sustainability, performance and comfort of new building developments. As resource costs continue to rise and client expectations on design, comfort and energy features change; the industry will look to graduates with specialist design skills and a strong working knowledge of building simulation, acoustic performance and energy assessment to help bring new projects to life.

To help you fill this industry need, our master’s course in advanced building simulation places a unique emphasis on the computer simulation of acoustic and thermal performance. You will leave the course with the practical skills required to design a high performance building and confidently consult on all aspects of its technical specifications.

Units cover a range of relevant subjects, with a choice of optional units enabling you to tailor the curriculum to your own unique aspirations and interests. Early units introduce the concept of sustainable building design and explore how the form, fabric, and equipment of a building affect its environmental impact. This learning will be reinforced as you take part in a live design project.

Units on the computer simulation of thermal and acoustic performance will see you working with industry-standard software packages and algorithms. This also links into the building assessment unit, where you will learn how globally recognised assessment methods like BREEAM and LEED help to inform the sustainable design process and benchmark success. Graduates will leave the course with BREEAM accreditation.

Although the BREEAM Accredited Graduate course is free to study, students are required to pay for the course certificate if they are successful in achieving the qualification. As of 2016, the cost of the certificate is £30.

You’ll also benefit from the teaching team’s extensive industry links. These links have been built over many years of delivering courses accredited by professional organisations (e.g. CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures, mentoring sessions and site visits.

What does this course lead to?

Building standards are constantly under review and the industry is always striving to create buildings with higher efficiency specifications. Graduates of this course will be in an excellent position to help drive this progress.

Suitable roles for graduates include: sustainability consultant, thermal and sound specialist, BIM developer, energy consultant, acoustics consultant and architectural engineering.

Graduates will also be well placed to carry out academic research that contributes to a PhD.

Who is this course for?

This innovative course is designed to appeal to candidates from a wide range of built-environment related disciplines. The curriculum is designed to be creative and inclusive, and provides the opportunity to undertake either a dissertation of a technical nature or a design-based final major project.

Facilities

Solent can offer building simulation students access to a range of professional resources and facilities. These include high-spec computers; industry standard modelling and simulation software; built-environment workshops and modern teaching spaces. Shared resources include the 24-hour library, bookable independent study space and numerous leisure facilities.

Industry Links

Students benefit from the teaching team’s extensive industry links, built over many years of delivering courses accredited by professional organisations (e.g. CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures and site visits; as well as working with students in small mentoring groups. Students will also benefit from our collaboration with BRE Academy and our delivery of the BREEAM Accredited Graduate Programme.



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Solent’s MSc Sustainable Building Design course is the ideal way for students from a wide range of academic backgrounds to pursue a career in this exciting and important sector. Read more

Solent’s MSc Sustainable Building Design course is the ideal way for students from a wide range of academic backgrounds to pursue a career in this exciting and important sector. By providing you with a thorough understanding of both theory based and practical skills, you’ll graduate from this course as a specialist designer with the education and vision required to help create a sustainable future for the construction industry.

Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to develop a holistic approach to reducing the carbon footprint created by buildings. Learning is centred around social, economic, and environmental aspects of design, otherwise known as the three pillars of sustainability. The curriculum introduces the essential academic theory that underpins each of these areas and explores the technical tools required to successfully plan performance-based building projects.

You’ll also be introduced to Building Information Modelling (BIM)– working with an expert course team on a range of practical projects that simulate real workplace practises. These projects will help you to build a portfolio of practical work and introduce you to the essential tools and software packages used by the industry. You’ll also develop an understanding of globally renowned energy assessment methods such as BREEAM, LEED and Passivhaus.

The BRE Academy recognises the high level of real-world teaching at Solent. This means students on this course will be eligible to be fast-tracked to take the BREEAM AP qualification, and at a reduced fee. The qualifying period of three years’ work experience will also be waived. 

The course benefits from extensive links with industry, formed over many years of delivering accredited courses with professional organisations (e.g. CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry contribute regularly to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures, site visits and informal mentoring sessions.

What does this course lead to?

Sustainable building design is a fast growing area, offering potential for employment in small, medium, and large companies. Graduates from this course will be able to take up roles as sustainable building designers, sustainability champions, strategic advisors, BIM managers/coordinators, or project managers for environmentally led collaborative projects. The course could also open the door for further research opportunities at PhD level.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s postgraduate sustainable building design programme is ideally suited to candidates from a wide range of related disciplines.

The curriculum is designed to be creative and inclusive, providing students with the opportunity to undertake a dissertation of a technical nature, or a design-based piece of final major project work.

Facilities

Students will have access to specialist studio spaces, high-spec computers and a range of essential industry software packages. University-wide services include excellent learning resources, campus-wide wireless networking, extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces.

Industry links

The course benefits from extensive links with industry, formed over many years of delivering accredited courses with professional organisations (e.g. CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry contribute regularly to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures, site visits and informal mentoring sessions.

Students will also have the opportunity to study towards becoming a BREEAM Accredited Graduate, a qualification offered in collaboration with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Academy. The BREEAM AG scheme, which is taught alongside the main course at no extra cost to students, is a first step to becoming BREEAM Assessor.



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Subject to validation from January 2016 entry. Throughout this course, you will study the theory and practice of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as the emerging industry standard approach to the design, analysis and management of building life cycle. Read more

About this course

Subject to validation from January 2016 entry.

Throughout this course, you will study the theory and practice of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as the emerging industry standard approach to the design, analysis and management of building life cycle. This course incorporates an innovative blend of design management, sustainable design analysis and advanced modelling, customisation and visualisation, at the cutting edge of technology. You’ll research novel approaches and technologies for an efficient design integration and project collaboration, understanding BIM impact on the design process and workflow requirements.

In February 2015 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills unveiled Digital Built Britain, the government’s strategic plan for Level 3 BIM. This new programme is of direct relevance to anyone guided by the vision of greater efficiency and profitability.

During your study you will be exposed to and get involved in cutting edge BIM enabled integrated design and construction via research projects and consultancy conducted by your lecturers, such as Dr Boris Ceranic’s projects, SmartPoD, Hierons
Wood and Retro-Tek. The University of Derby has been granted Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists CIAT Centre of Excellence status, one of only four in the country.

You’ll study modules such as:

Research Methods, Application and Evaluation
BIM and Integrated Project Collaboration
nD BIM – Costing, Project Planning and Design Management
BIM and Sustainable Design Analysis
Advanced Parametric Design and Specification
Project Planning, Value Engineering and Risk Management
Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution
Sustainable Architecture and Low Energy Design
Negotiated Module
Independent Scholarship (Technology)

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Specialise in the technical aspects of the design, construction and performance of buildings and discover how you can shape the built environment around you. Read more

Specialise in the technical aspects of the design, construction and performance of buildings and discover how you can shape the built environment around you. This course will give you the flexibility to do just that, at a time and pace convenient for you.

You will have the opportunity to tailor your study to your career ambitions and personal interests as you focus on several projects throughout this flexible course. You could choose to explore commercial properties, residential buildings or any structures of particular interest to you. We will help you engage with the creative and technical aspects of the building industry, and you will have access to specialist software, including AutoCAD, Revit, Photoshop and Google SketchUp.

The variety and purpose of buildings vary hugely across the world and you will study the latest international practices in architectural technology to inform your learning. You will explore construction technology, construction law and building regulations, enabling you to create comprehensive specifications for the design projects you propose. Your projects will cultivate your individual design flair and you will produce a portfolio of work that will highlight your skills and knowledge as an architectural technologist.

Course benefits

A great opportunity to explore your capabilities as an architectural technologist, this course allows you to balance the demands of studying with your everyday commitments so you can continue working while you learn. As a Leeds Beckett student you will be able to register for some software for free and other packages will be available at a discount.

You will be able to complete your projects independently using this specialist software, taking part in regular design review sessions where you can discuss your work as it progresses and seek early feedback and advice from your tutors. All the teaching materials you need will be available on our MyBeckett system to support you as a distance learning student.

Your learning will be mapped against the requirements of The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and what they expect from architectural technology graduates, meaning you will graduate with the high level of skills and knowledge expected in the industry.

Core Modules

  • Construction Law Principles
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Research Methods
  • Defects & Repairs
  • Inclusive Master Planning
  • Design & Specification
  • Sustainable Refurbishment
  • Major Design Project

Job prospects

You will graduate with the industry-recognised skills and knowledge expected by The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. Your expertise coupled with your portfolio of work will demonstrate your abilities to prospective employers. You could go on to start your own practice or progress in your current role within the construction industry.

  • Architectural Technologist


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In light of the growing need for specialists in architectural project management to lead the design and construction stage effectively, Solent’s new, forward-thinking… Read more

In light of the growing need for specialists in architectural project management to lead the design and construction stage effectively, Solent’s new, forward-thinking architectural project management master’s degree is designed to produce graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to manage both the design and construction stages of complex buildings, while dealing effectively with the technological challenges in the building industry.

An architectural project manager ensures projects are designed and built on time and to budget while protecting the integrity of the design and ensuring full compliance with regulations and sustainability standards and benchmarks. Using current knowledge in project management theory and practice, this course aims to produce these specialist managers equipped with the vision and skills to shape the future of the construction industry in the UK and internationally.

During your studies you’ll apply the same tools and techniques used by the construction industry and learn the most up-to-date procurement routes to gain the skills to be able to deal with risks arising from liabilities of contracting parties. The programme will help you demonstrate a good understanding of Building Information Management (BIM), and you’ll employ advanced design techniques coupled with knowledge of project management at both a technical and strategic level to produce high-quality designs that meet the industry’s environmental requirements.

Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills to rethink design processes using value management principles. The course also places great emphasis on sustainable design, and you’ll use the internationally recognised environmental and sustainability assessment methods BREEAM and LEED for planning projects, buildings and infrastructure.

The BRE Academy recognises the high level of real-world teaching at Solent. This means students on this course will be eligible to be fast-tracked to take the BREEAM AP qualification, and at a reduced fee. The qualifying period of three years’ work experience will also be waived. 

What does this course lead to?

Architectural project management is a fast growing area, with potential employment in small, medium, and large companies, including contractors, developers, architectural practices, and building owners.

Who is this course for?

This innovative course is designed to appeal to those from a wide range of built-environment related disciplines who wish to learn and apply project management principles in an architecture and construction environment. Candidates must submit a portfolio and should be prepared to attend an interview for enrolment. 

Your future

Graduates from this course will be well placed to pursue roles such as project manager, design manager, sustainability champion, strategic advisor, BIM manager/coordinator in architectural and construction organisations, leading the production of building projects. The course could also lead to further research opportunities at PhD level.

Industry links

Students will benefit from the extensive and established links staff have within industry, based on many years of delivering professionally accredited courses (eg, CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the University’s architecture and construction programmes by providing real-world-based projects, guest lectures, and site visits.



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The impact of buildings and indoor environments on the health and wellbeing of occupants is an important design factor, particularly in the areas of architecture, interior design and product design. Read more

The impact of buildings and indoor environments on the health and wellbeing of occupants is an important design factor, particularly in the areas of architecture, interior design and product design. Solent’s innovative new master’s programme offers a postgraduate learning experience enabling you to expand and develop your intellectual and creative approaches to design for health and wellbeing.

The need for spaces, buildings and interior products to create a positive environment for occupants is increasing. This offers an opportunity for a new generation of designers specialising in design for health and wellbeing. Solent’s MA Design for Health and Wellbeing also offers a platform for progression to employment in the design, healthcare consultancy or related fields.

The curriculum combines theory and practical elements, based on core areas of design, science and functionality to enhance immediate surroundings. The course also considers wellbeing in the broader context. This allows you to focus on designing buildings, solutions and spaces for occupants’ health in many environments. This can not only improve rehabilitation rates, but also improve productivity of workers.

Solent has a long history of delivering professionally-accredited built environment and architectural-related courses. You’ll learn from a team of lecturers with extensive knowledge of architecture, interior design and the built environment.

What does this course lead to?

Designing for health and wellbeing is a fast growing area, with potential employment in small, medium, and large companies. Graduates from this course will be well-placed to pursue roles as building designers; or interior, product and material/fabric designers. Roles such as manager/coordinator in architectural and construction organisations, leading the production of collaborative projects would also be suitable. 

Who is this course for?

The programme is primarily aimed at graduates from an interior, architectural, or product background. However, it will also be of relevance to retail, exhibition, graphics, furniture, textiles or fine art graduates who are interested in developing their practice in the context of existing or new spaces and structures. 

What you will study

Year one

Core units

  • Design for Health and Wellbeing
  • Visual Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Usability
  • Integrated Project

Optional units

Pick two from:

  • Design specifications
  • or
  • Work-Based Project Design

and

  • Research Dissertation
  • or
  • Design Project

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Your future

Graduates from this course will be well-placed to pursue roles as building designers; or interior, product and material/fabric designers. Roles such as manager/coordinator in architectural and construction organisations, leading the production of collaborative projects would also be suitable.

Industry links

Students on this course will benefit from the extensive links staff have established with industry, based on many years of delivering professionally accredited courses (eg, CIAT, SBID). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment regularly contribute to the academic process through providing real-world based projects, guest lectures, and site visits. They also work with students in small informal settings during seminars and mentoring sessions. 



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The construction industry increasingly recognises the importance of resolving disputes efficiently and quickly in order to maintain commercial relationships and keep cash flowing within the industry. Read more

The construction industry increasingly recognises the importance of resolving disputes efficiently and quickly in order to maintain commercial relationships and keep cash flowing within the industry. If you are a professional working in construction, law or a related field, this course will develop your ability to manage disputes efficiently and even to resolve them.

Prominent areas of study will include Principles of Construction Law, Approaches to Dispute Resolution (including arbitration, adjudication and mediation), and Construction Claims.

The structure and content of our teaching meets the examination requirements of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on each of its pathways to membership - Arbitration, International Arbitration and Construction Adjudication - from Associate level through to Fellowship level.

This course offers two routes depending on your professional background and qualifications. The MSc is ideal if you come from a surveying and construction background, while the LLM is specifically aimed at those who already hold an LLB degree (or equivalent qualification).

MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution

You will study all the core modules listed and choose two option modules from the list below.

LLM Construction Law & Dispute Resolution

Your LLB degree will provide you with exemption from Law of Obligations. You will study the first five core modules, plus a Dissertation, and you will also select two option modules from the list below.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Course Benefits

As there is a proliferation of contracts, conflict and disputes in the construction industry many professionals feel the need for advanced study in this specialised field and even to pursue the status of dual qualification. The course is supported by a number of local experienced practitioners, including construction solicitors, barristers, arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators many of whom have key offices in Leeds.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has links with the Society of Construction Law.

The course is delivered via distance learning. This online method of learning is a great way to progress your career. You can balance the demands of your course with your everyday commitments, allowing you to keep working while you learn. You will be able to study at a time and place to suit you, graduating with a qualification of equal value to one obtained by studying on campus. You will also be able to use our Library and access the support of our expert academic staff, Student Hub and Student Wellbeing Team.

MSc

Core modules

  • Law of Obligations & Evidence
  • Adjudication: Law & Practice
  • Construction Law Principles
  • Adjudication Decision Writing
  • Commercial Mediation
  • Professional Research
  • Law & Practice of Claims

Option modules, choose one of:

  • Arbitration: Law & Practice
  • International Arbitration: Law & Practice

Option modules 2, choose one of:

  • Arbitration Award Writing
  • International Arbitration Award Writing

LLM

Core modules

  • Adjudication: Law & Practice
  • Construction Law Principles
  • Commercial Mediation
  • Adjudication Decision Writing
  • Law & Practice of Claims
  • Dissertation

Option modules 1, choose one of:

  • Arbitration: Law & Practice
  • International Arbitration: Law & Practice

Option modules 2, choose one of:

  • Arbitration Award Writing
  • International Arbitration Award Writing

Job prospects

You will acquire the academic training essential to develop your career in adjudication, arbitration and mediation, or as a dispute resolution or claims consultant. Your course is specifically designed for the construction industry, but many of the dispute resolution skills you develop will be transferable across other industries.

  • Construction Solicitor
  • Construction Practitioner
  • Contract Administrator
  • Claims Consultant


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