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University of Brighton, Full Time Masters Degrees in Architecture, Building & Planning

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Designed for students with a wide range of professional backgrounds, this course will help you to understand the complexities of modern construction and provide you with the skills you need to successfully manage construction projects. Read more
Designed for students with a wide range of professional backgrounds, this course will help you to understand the complexities of modern construction and provide you with the skills you need to successfully manage construction projects.

You will learn about the managerial, financial and legal issues that surround construction. All of your teaching will be informed by cutting-edge research and you will benefit from high levels of personal support, including individual tuition to meet your particular needs, which is reflected in our exceptional postgraduate employment rates.

You will learn about how people, private and public sector organisations interact in construction as you consider the unique needs and characteristics of the project life cycle in an environmentally sustainable fashion.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

At Brighton you will have the opportunity to learn Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM is widely used in the UK construction industry to manage and deliver building construction projects from concept to completion. Gaining skills and experience in BIM levels 1 and 2 will add to your employability, giving you an advantage when you graduate.

Course structure

On the taught section of the course, you will develop the knowledge required for you to practice as a professional project manager in the property and construction industries.

The masters project will hone your ability to identify, formulate, execute and report on an individual programme. It will also provide you with the opportunity to develop a specialist understanding of a project management topic.

The Project Management for Construction MSc forms part of our end-to-end suite of built environment masters courses. While this course looks at all stages of a building's lifecycle (ideation, design, construction, operations management and decommission), the Construction Management MSc focuses on the design and construction parts of the lifecycle.

You are free to move between these two courses up to the end of the first semester should your learning interests change.

Syllabus

You will study five core modules and choose two option modules, which allow you to specialise in the subjects that interest you most and that fit with your career ambitions.

Core modules:

Project Management for Construction
Project Risk and Financial Analysis
Construction Law and Procurement
Project Planning and Analysis
Masters project

Option modules:

Environmental Impact Assessment
Sustainable Construction
Environmental Policy and Law
Case studies in Environmental Assessment and Management
Policy and Implementation in Planning
Water Resource Management
Wastewater Treatment Technology
Geographical Information Systems

Employability

The course serves as a training and proving ground for the next generation of construction project managers and researchers in the construction industry.

It may lead to immediate employment in the property and construction industries as a professional project manager or to further study at doctorate level.

Graduates have gone to successful careers in organisations such as BuroFour, Mace, Kier and the London Underground.

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The Construction Management programme offers a challenging academic route to becoming a qualified construction management professional. Read more
The Construction Management programme offers a challenging academic route to becoming a qualified construction management professional. It provides an exciting and dynamic learning experience, building on your existing experiences and background.

Our cutting edge expertise in engineering, construction and sustainable development enables students to develop their research and analytical capabilities at masters level. The course provides the requisite knowledge for understanding construction management as a profession. You will refer to how people, resources, organisations, built environment and the natural environment interact and take account of the unique needs and characteristics of construction projects in an environmentally sustainable fashion.

Emphasis is given to the knowledge and skills required to manage the operations on site and to report both to the client's representative and the employing organisation. You will explore site management proposals that can be used to efficiently and effectively deliver construction projects in the shortest possible time. You will also develop effective methods of conducting and controlling the execution of work to an agreed quality and accepted safety standards.

At Brighton you will have the opportunity to learn Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM is widely used in the UK construction industry to manage and deliver building construction projects from concept to completion. Gaining skills and experience in BIM levels 1 and 2 will add to your employability, giving you an advantage when you graduate.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Course structure

Course delivery is divided into two main parts:

1. Taught portion at the university for lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory classes, individual supervision sessions and team working.
2. The masters project - an individual research programme enabling you to broaden your learning and develop research skills directed at critical appraisal, examine innovative solutions to the problem at hand, and to produce and defend a written thesis on a selected construction engineering, technology or management topic.

A typical 20-credit module normally requires a total of 200 hours of study time. The timetabled contact time for these modules is normally a minimum of four hours per week for 13 teaching weeks. A minimum of eight hours per week per module is used for directed self-study, structured assignments, open-ended assignments and team working. Taught modules are assessed based on their learning objectives using coursework, presentations, oral and/or written examination at the end of the semester.

Areas of study

Core modules:

Construction Management
Project Planning and Analysis
Construction Law and Procurement
Management of People and Organisations
Project Risk and Financial Analysis
Sustainable Construction
Masters project

Options:

Environmental Impact Assessment
Systems of Environmental Management
Environmental Policy and Law
Case studies in Environmental Assessment and Management
Bridge Loads and Analysis
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
Water Resources Management
Water Treatment Technology
Wastewater Treatment Technology

Employability

The course serves as a training and proving ground for the next generation of construction managers and researchers, equipping graduates to act as leaders in the construction management profession, or for further study at doctorate level.

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The Masters in Architectural and Urban Design (formerly Urban Studies) at University of Brighton brings critical debate together with creative practice, helping to develop you as one of those designers who will plan the urban environments of the future. Read more
The Masters in Architectural and Urban Design (formerly Urban Studies) at University of Brighton brings critical debate together with creative practice, helping to develop you as one of those designers who will plan the urban environments of the future. You will engage with critical thinking and research based on the analysis of cities and will develop your own projects, speculating as to how cities will evolve and be used in the future.

If you are looking to change or develop your career, or wish to extend your knowledge in both architecture and design, the MA Architectural and Urban Design gives you a deep understanding of the issues involved in contemporary practice and allows you to evolve your own specialist work. Our former students have gone on to be professional architects, academics and urban designers.

You will benefit from a supportive studio environment, two field trips and a variety of workshops and seminars. Your lecturers are expert practitioners in architecture and urban design as well as experienced teachers.

Work is of a highly experimental nature that stretches your imagination and critical ability. You will produce innovative portfolios, critical writing and develop awareness of issues in global urban environments, expanding your knowledge beyond the usual architectural boundaries.

Full course details available at http://arts.brighton.ac.uk

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The Sustainable Design MA is a solution-focused course, for a post-awareness-raising era of change, redirection and activism through design. Read more
The Sustainable Design MA is a solution-focused course, for a post-awareness-raising era of change, redirection and activism through design. It engenders within students a confidence, aptitude and dynamism with which to situate their practice at the very forefront of the sustainable design debate. Students come from a broad range of creative contexts, including product design, furniture and lighting, interior and architectural practice, fashion and textiles, media and journalism, conservation and planning, for example. The Sustainable Design MA embraces current practices, whilst stepping forward to pioneer new and provocative means through which sustainability may be more fully achieved.

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We aim to develop a research-led education, where practices of rigorous inquiry permeate every part of what we do. Introduction. The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) RIBA Part II Course is a highly creative, research-led professional two year masters course rooted in Studio Laboratories driven by individual enquiry. Read more
We aim to develop a research-led education, where practices of rigorous inquiry permeate every part of what we do.

Introduction

The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) RIBA Part II Course is a highly creative, research-led professional two year masters course rooted in Studio Laboratories driven by individual enquiry. The M.Arch course is prescribed by the ARB and validated by the RIBA, giving exemption from RIBA Part II.

We are based in the heart of the vibrant Faculty of Arts. Founded in 1859 as the School of Art, it offers an inspirational creative context for nurturing excellence in our work. Our distinct research-led approach filters through all aspects of the course, with rigorous inquiry fusing innovation, regulation and social commentary. This student focussed approach offers the opportunity for you to investigate your personal architectural agenda, developing your own critical position and design language prior to entry into the profession.

The Studio Laboratories are driven by tutors’ personal research agendas and all are actively engaged within this field of enquiry as academics or practitioners. The stimulating mix of practitioners and academics across the course builds conversations, with visiting lecturers and critics further feeding the dialogue. Recent visiting lecturers have included Neil Denari, Perry Kulper, Chris Thurlbourne, Michael Jemtrud, and our close links with practice ensure stimulating review panels. We place critical thought at our core and look forward to you joining the conversation.


Professional accreditation
Successful completion of the MArch carries ARB/RIBA Part 2 exemption. In addition, the University of Brighton offers the Management Law and Practice in Architecture postgraduate diploma (Part 3) as the final stage towards the professional title of architect.
As Part 1 exemption is not a prerequisite for Part 2, we are able to accept applications for the MArch programme from students who have a degree in architecture, or a closely related subject, but who do not have a Part 1 qualification. Students in this position are expected to take the Part 1 examination independently. All applicants ultimately seeking to register with the ARB are still required to have satisfied all Parts 1, 2, and 3.

Course structure
The first year in the MArch comprises the main taught input for technology, via precedent studies, lectures, case studies and seminars, and an in-depth research-based history and theory course. The main design project is undertaken in terms 2 and 3, building on research-based design work in term 1, where technology supports design ambitions to satisfy Part 2 criteria. In the second year students are increasingly expected to lead the studio culture with advanced research initiatives and design agendas. Part 2 criteria related to design, professional studies, technology and history and theory are all covered in this year.

Areas of study
Students work on a common, issue-based brief in different tutor groups for the entire academic year. Technology, professional studies and history and theory courses are delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops from academics, practitioners and specialists that support the development of design projects.

Syllabus
Design Studies (with integrated CAD and communication studies)_
Design Technology
Architectural History and Theory
Professional Studies

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With specialisms in economic development and environmental management, our Town Planning MSc will provide you with the academic and professional core knowledge, understanding, skills and experience to practice professionally as a town and country planner or surveying professional. Read more
With specialisms in economic development and environmental management, our Town Planning MSc will provide you with the academic and professional core knowledge, understanding, skills and experience to practice professionally as a town and country planner or surveying professional.

Accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Areas of study

All students will study three core modules and select from a range of option modules. These will allow you to specialise in the areas of the course that interest you the most.

Core modules

• Planning Theory and Practice
• Policy and Implementation in Town Planning
• Masters Dissertation

Options include

• Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
• Applications in Geographical Information Systems
• Environmental Impact Assessment
• Spatial Data Analysis
• Environmental Policy and Law
• Placement Module

Careers

This course is an accessible and flexible route to working in the future spatial planning environment - in planning policy, research and analysis and strategy formulation in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Graduates have successfully gone on to roles in greenspace infrastructure, environmental agencies, harbour regeneration projects, local councils, planning offices, and the private sector, for example at Sky, Natural England, the Environment Agency, Parker Dann,Boyer Planning, Reigate and Banstead, Mid Sussex, Guilford Borough Council and city planning in Luxembourg.

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