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Advanced Sustainable Design (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

This programme gives you skills in creating sustainable strategies through design. The programme is delivered in a series of studio design projects supplemented with workshops and seminars on aspects of sustainable design. There is an opportunity to study environmental simulation techniques and discover how these can influence wider issues in the built environment.

We address the relationship of design in the built environment to contemporary sustainable agendas and engage in cultural and professional debates that increasingly influence the production of architecture.

This programme is affiliated with the University’s Global Environment & Society Academy:

Global Environment & Society Academy

Programme structure

You complete your studies in one year.

The first semester is a combination of seminars and workshops on the theoretical underpinnings of sustainable design. Alongside this are a series of design projects at the scales of both settlement and building systems.

The second semester offers an immersive design project that allows you to form your own building programmes and test them in real contexts. You conclude your studies with a comprehensive dissertation research project based around your own interests.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of this programme will have:

-knowledge of the social, economic and legislative forces that are driving contemporary, sustainable agendas, and understanding of such agendas in relation to architectural cultures
-an ability to critically assess sustainability as a cultural, economic and environmental phenomenon
-the ability to interrogate site, programme and context in relation to the production of sustainable construction, engineering and architectural strategies
-the acquisition of trans-disciplinary skills in articulation of sustainable strategies in related industry sectors

As the call for a more sustainable built environment increases, architects, designers, engineers and planners who can produce solutions are in demand. With this qualification you’ll be best placed to embrace these opportunities and advance your career.

Even if you follow an unrelated path, the experience and skill development in communication, team work and project management that you’ll gain from the programme will be a valuable addition to your resume.

Our graduates work in specialist sustainable design consultancies, and design practice. Many of our students choose to continue their academic development through PhD study.

Fees and costs

Additional programme costs (APCs) are used by programmes in Edinburgh College of Art to cover associated costs such as: basic consumables; equipment purchase, hire and maintenance; computing hardware and software; field trip and excursion expenses; and programme specific events. More detail will be available in programme handbooks.

Visit the Advanced Sustainable Design (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent if outside the UK, in a relevant subject.

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