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

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The course has a very distinct ethos based around the theme of environmentally sensitive building design. The aim is to provide you with skills and understanding that would enable you to take a leading professional and specialist role. Read more
The course has a very distinct ethos based around the theme of environmentally sensitive building design. The aim is to provide you with skills and understanding that would enable you to take a leading professional and specialist role. It is also driven by the following key underlying themes that apply across all our architecture courses:

• Critical regionalism;

• Sustainability;

• User Centred Design; and

• Professional Development

Environmental issues rank at the very highest levels in the concerns of the general public and are particularly affected by the impact of the design and construction industry. The scale of influence ranges from building to urban dimensions. These are global problems requiring global and interconnected solutions and the course is designed to address issues from a world perspective. Issues are considered for different climate types and locations, giving a strong international dimension as well as providing opportunities to develop solutions that address local circumstances. The course is designed to give you the chance to acquire a mixture of skills and knowledge that would support roles as integrated and important members of design and construction teams. The course also provides opportunities to understand the specific needs of progression onto research degrees in the subject area.

Buildings consume vast amounts of natural resources during their construction and subsequent operation, accounting for around a third of the total energy used globally, and demand exploitation of 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 You will have the opportunity to understand human comfort and energy use and to examine critically the links between energy consumption and emissions of carbon dioxide. This includes an exploration of energy assessment methods for both domestic and non-domestic buildings in a variety of cultural and climatic contexts.

• Materials and resources You will have the opportunity to be able to examine the relationships between resource use and the design of building fabric, and both passive and active mechanisms for human control of the environment and environmental services.

• Global environment The course is suitable for students from a variety of cultural backgrounds and from different climatic regions. You will have the opportunity to consider the differences and similarities of built environments around the globe and to seek innovative approaches to the development of appropriate architecture in widely different contexts.

• Health and well being Central to the course ethos is the notion of user-centred design. All design aims to improve life. But in complex scenarios of construction the user, as the primary beneficiary of architecture, can become overlooked. The course aims to ask you to question the needs of the user and examine human comfort in relation to the quality of the built environment.

In all of these aspects you are asked to develop your own perspective and attitude, as part of your own continuing professional development. A key aspect of the course is that we ask you to become pro-active researchers in a complex field, making connections between a huge range of information and responding innovatively and with enterprise. At the heart of the student experience lie the shared experience of personal growth and development and the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding pertinent to the individual in developing their own careers in the field.

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Successful completion of this RIBA validated course provides exemption from Part 2 of the ARB prescribed Examination in Architecture. Read more
Successful completion of this RIBA validated course provides exemption from Part 2 of the ARB prescribed Examination in Architecture.

As part of the process of becoming a professionally-qualified Architect in the UK, graduates are required to complete a period of supervised ‘practical training', 12 months of which (commonly referred-to as the ‘Year Out') is normally undertaken before commencing full-time academic study at Master's level. This period of practical training constitutes Year 1 of the University of Huddersfield M.Arch course.

Therefore, students who have not previously completed a satisfactory period of practical training should join the course in Year 1. Students who have already completed a satisfactory period of practical training should join the course in Year 2.

Years 2 and Year 3 of the course are design-centred and intended to enable you to explore issues of critical regionalism and tectonic expression in relation to establishing your own theoretical position, through which you will be expected to develop a high degree of sensitivity to the context within which design work is undertaken in geographical, cultural, social and technical terms.

All design projects explore applications of sustainability and encourage a wide and plural outlook appropriate for both developed and developing countries. In this global worldview, understanding of progressive theories of design and the application of advanced construction methods co-exist with concern for the implementation of sustainable technologies, awareness of regional development issues and respect for craft-based building practices.

The rationale and definition of ‘International' both builds upon the studies undertaken as part of the Architecture (International) BA(Hons) degree awarded by the University of Huddersfield and acknowledges the reality of rapidly changing architectural practice in a fast moving, global context. Our course will aim to prepare you for new and emerging forms of practice through the development of your personal learning skills and a deep understanding of the need for flexibility, adaptability, innovation and enterprise in your career.

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The aim of this course is to address the needs of those looking for a strong foundation of traditional design knowledge and skills, addressing contemporary issues of architectural design and construction. Read more
The aim of this course is to address the needs of those looking for a strong foundation of traditional design knowledge and skills, addressing contemporary issues of architectural design and construction. The course focuses on providing students with the competencies necessary for successful architectural design. It encompasses advanced issues of design problem solving including aesthetics, sustainability, urban design, briefing development, design information management, the use of technology to support design development, and support for clients to ensure the successful delivery of benefits. This course is one of number operated within the Master's suite in the School of Art, Design and Architecture which aims to encourage cross-disciplinary working.

This course provides students with the opportunity to get a well-rounded experience in architecture. Architectural teaching in Huddersfield has a history dating back over 90 years; the town is a fine example of buildings from the traditional to the modern; a number of which can be found in and around the University precinct. Huddersfield's position mid-way between the cities of Leeds and Manchester means it is ideally placed to explore diversity in architecture at a range of scales within a regional and global context.

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This course is aimed at industry professionals seeking to acquire such advanced, strategic level skills as project managers in the global construction industry who are wishing to progress towards managerial positions. Read more

This course is aimed at industry professionals seeking to acquire such advanced, strategic level skills as project managers in the global construction industry who are wishing to progress towards managerial positions. To take up such roles you would need to be able to apply knowledge to optimise and solve complex issues in a very dynamic industry, with a clear understanding of business implications. This course aims to enable the understanding of process and production management issues, including planning and control approaches, the management of resources, and how information technology can be applied to support successful project outcomes. The advanced level nature of the course also aims to prepare you for further research in the field, either within academia or for consultant organisations, providing the skills and competencies necessary for a project manager to successfully deliver global projects.

This Master’s degree also forms part of an integrated suite of built environment postgraduate taught courses within the School of Art, Design and Architecture, which mark an exciting new development in the subject area and draws on the skills of leading researchers and practitioners.



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Strategic design integration and effective Building Information Modelling skills are highly sought after in the construction industry worldwide. Read more
Strategic design integration and effective Building Information Modelling skills are highly sought after in the construction industry worldwide. Building Information Modelling enables integration and efficiency in projects throughout design, construction and operations, supporting the delivery of lifecycle benefits for clients and users. The adoption of BIM technologies coupled with Lean processes has been seen as the way forward for the improvement of the construction industry and the achievement of more sustainable project outcomes. BIM usage is growing worldwide, with many Governments mandating its use on public projects, as it is the case in the UK.

This innovative course focuses on developing skills and competences to enable you to effectively manage and maximise benefits from design integration and the use of BIM technology in projects, building from state of the art research and leading edge practice. If you are an architect, architectural technologist, engineering designer, project manager, surveyor or other construction professional, this course will enable you to develop knowledge on integrated processes, BIM and how it can be best deployed, managed and maintained throughout the whole project lifecycle.

A special feature of this course is the multidisciplinary approach, in which students from diverse construction related backgrounds will study together to understand the project complexity and the information needs of diverse project stakeholders. The course aims to focus on process improvement through lean design and construction, with the use of supporting BIM tools. This course aims to provide students with the necessary skills to lead projects to deliver value through the utilisation of digital information, making better and faster decisions in multidisciplinary, collaborative working environments. Therefore, you will have opportunity to develop the skills needed to support integrated design and delivery solutions with BIM technologies.

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This aim of this course is to provide students with the essential knowledge and skills required to effectively intervene in the urban design process. Read more

This aim of this course is to provide students with the essential knowledge and skills required to effectively intervene in the urban design process.

In an age of globalisation, where cities are rapidly transforming, that give rise to urban sprawl and the re-use of existing infill sites, there is an urgent need to develop expertise in urban design in order to adequately address these fast-changing conditions.

At the same time, there is growing recognition of the challenges facing regional locations, in particular how relationships between urban and rural territories need to become more effectively managed through adequate infrastructure and a clearer vision of measured and sustainable growth that will benefit future generations. Environmental, social and economic changes are imposing significant pressures on the sustainability of urban settlements, with consequential and long-term impacts on the quality of life.

Features include:

• The location of the University within the Yorkshire region gives students an opportunity to engage directly with a changing local and regional context, particularly in the areas of post-industrial transformations, creatively led regeneration processes and urban-rural developments.

• Excellent international networks and joint activities with other institutions/research centres across the globe, including: the University of Seville in Spain, Tongji University of Shanghai in China, the University of Padova and Pavia in Italy)

• Projects with industry and community stakeholders (e.g. Kirklees Council)

• Seminars by leading practitioners, researchers and visiting professors from a number of highly-ranked universities



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A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. Read more
A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme.

Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught Master's course.

You'll be expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Whilst undertaking the research project you will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events.

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

At the end of the project you'll write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined.

On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD).

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