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The course appreciates the interface between the environmental, economical and socio-cultural dimensions of sustainability in terms of building design and carbon neutrality. 

Energy usage in buildings is responsible for approximately 45% of the total carbon dioxide emissions. There is an international imperative to reduce energy consumption and its associated gas emissions, which contribute to global climate change and pollution. The Climate Change Act set the UK government targets for 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 based on 1990 levels. The course develops your knowledge and skills required to produce thermally comfortable, healthy, and habitable building designs whilst minimising the energy consumptions.

Reasons to study Architecture and Sustainability MSc at DMU:

Leicester School of Architecture (LSA)

was established in 1897 making it one of the oldest schools of architecture in the UK

Develop sustainable outcomes

through a wide range of tools and simulation software that will allowing you to develop and test your proposals at various design stages

Skills and research themes

will develop your academic acuity and cultivate your independent position on sustainable architecture 

Equip, train and inspire

you to become responsible global citizens in the face of the new global and environmental challenges ahead

Industry placement opportunity 

meaning you can choose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience to enhance your practical and professional skills further.

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Term one

Research Methods

Enhances your knowledge and understanding of the nature and scope of research focusing on systematic techniques required for critical analysis.

Principles and Methods 

Provides you with a holistic perspective of environmental sustainability and development. You will explore the interface between the three pillars of sustainability and investigate how they inform architectural design.

Design Research Lab 1

Allows you to explore and critically evaluate complex issues within your research unit and to test them within design studies.

Term two

Building Performance Modelling 

Enables you to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings by exploring opportunities and methods used to test the building project delivered in the concurrent module.

Design Research Lab 2 

Further develops the knowledge, skills and research themes from Design Research Lab 1. It helps you explore in more detail and depth, the boundaries of your strategic proposal.

Term three

Major Project: Dissertation 

Gives you the opportunity to apply your research skills in order to present a detailed independent study on a topic of your choice.


The mode of delivery considered appropriate in individual modules will vary, as will the assessment regime, so that both are carefully matched to the learning outcomes. The course provides a learning environment that enables students to develop an integrative approach to their learning as the course develops.

The programme engages a multi-disciplinary and an integrated staff team of architects and built environment professionals. The teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, field visits, case studies, and directed reading. The academic team is committed to a rich range of teaching, learning and student support which is mainly project based giving you the opportunity to work as individuals and in groups.

Assessment and feedback is ongoing and is usually carried out during workshops and reviews. Assessment of the main projects takes place at the end of the term or the academic year and looks at your ability to analyse and implement your knowledge of sustainability in the projects and will be measured against the learning outcomes of each module. 

In your first two terms you will normally attend around 8 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 27 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week 

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.

Graduate careers

This course will prepare and equip you with appropriate skills and capacity to address challenges of sustainable architecture and development. Such skills are in high demand by businesses, governments, multilateral and unilateral organisations contending with issues of environmental sustainability. You could also continue with your postgraduate studies and progress onto a PhD

Visit the Architecture and Sustainability MSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!




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