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This course will help you develop a distinctive design practice, underpinned by social dynamics and architectural culture.
This studio-based course will help you develop your own distinctive design practice. You’ll explore design processes and methodologies. There are opportunities to work on real-life projects with local, regional and international groups as part of our Live Projects initiative.
You can take the course as a stand-alone MA or as preparation for a PhD via our PhD by Design programme.
You'll investigate architectural themes in depth, working closely with your studio tutor. The aim is to consider design within the context of rigorous and innovative research.
You'll specialise in the theory and practice of design and develop the skills and knowledge to be
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You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification related to design in the built environment, such as architecture, landscape architecture or urban planning.
Your degree doesn’t have to be design- based. If you have a lot of professional design experience we’ll consider your application.
We’ll ask to see your portfolio to get an idea of your design abilities.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
University of Sheffield has grown in reputation and size to become one of the UK’s leading universities with a global reputation for teaching and research. As part of the UK Russell Group, the University is a premier-league, research-led institution with over 27,000 students including more than 7,000 international students from 143 countries and over 7,000 members of staff.Read more
The programme at SSoA gave me an opportunity to work with people from different countries and backgrounds. This experience really helped me adapt quickly to an international design team at my current job in Shanghai. Although I have to learn new things constantly, the architectural knowledge delivered in the School is fundamental. Also the training in SSoA really improved my critical thinking and analytical skills which are very important for me in dealing with projects in a complicated context.
The unique Live Projects programme and the specific concern given to social issues at SSoA has definitely influenced the way I approach things by showing the possibility that designers can somehow trigger meaningful social changes. In the real projects I have engaged in, although most of them are commercially oriented, within a team of similar values, we are always trying to fit in thoughts about society and public concerns.
The best thing about Sheffield I think is the friendly environment for international students!
Returning to practice after completing the MA in Architectural Design, I was able to join an organisation in a higher position than previously. The knowledge acquired on the course helped me to critically analyse and draw on more rational, design oriented solutions through research. Research as a skillset has been tremendously useful for me and has changed the way I approach and derive solutions.
The University of Sheffield offers a wide spectrum of extra-curricular activities with the Students Union at the epicentre! It’s a place where you can reach out for almost anything as an international student. Apart from that, Sheffield as a city offers a fantastic and a very vibrant life for students. The University Arms, City Centre, Winter Gardens, Moore Market and Peak District have been some of my favourite places, throughout my studies!
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