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The close relationship between people and society, buildings and the city is central to understanding their dynamic, evolving and inter-dependent relationship and their impact on the wider environment. The Masters of Architectural Science in Sustainable Building Design and Performance (SBDP) considers the many interfaces and exchanges that inform energy and environmental design and direct its performance. The programme will employ critical analysis of built precedents, measurement and simulation, application & testing, environmental potential and architectural expression to inform design and test performance.
The programme is a 12 month taught masters and part of an integrated programme of masters education in the UCD School of Architecture. It is rooted in the proven research strengths of the School, namely Sustainable Building Design & Performance, Conservation & Heritage and Urban Design not to mention Architecture. It provides the student with expert and specialised training as part of an interdisciplinary environment.
The programme is delivered by the UCD School of Architecture and supported by the UCD Energy Research Group and the UCD Earth Institute Built Environment Laboratory.

Who is the MArchSc Sustainable Building Design and Performance for?
The programme is aimed at both recent graduates and professionals alike and from disciplines such as architecture and architectural technology, landscape architecture, engineering, building physics, geography, planning, environmental studies and other cognate disciplines.

What will I learn?
In this programme you will learn to:
* Work creatively in an interdisciplinary environment.
* Demonstrate advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge of sustainable building design & performance within the wider context of the taught masters programme.
* Understand and participate in current debates within the area of sustainability as applied to building design & performance.
* Demonstrate an advanced ability to apply concepts and theoretical knowledge to related challenges both locally and globally.

Students are strongly encouraged to formulate their own dissertation topics and will be supported through a combination of lectures, design studies, workshops & seminars, field-work, modelling and lab work.

What is the programme about?
The programme aims to inform those who will design and make the built environments of the future in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way. It is designed to inform, enable and support students in pursuing ideas through theory and application based on established fundamentals and considered possibilities.

Programme Highlights
* All disciplines are involved in designing, planning, making and protecting the designed environment. The programme believes that the best postgraduate education takes place in such an interdisciplinary environment.
* Students are encouraged to work across disciplines to question what has happened to make the environment the way it is and how this could be improved in the future.
* Students in Sustainable Building Design & Performance will have access to expertise, facilities and resources unique to Ireland such as the Built Environment Laboratory.
* Students will also participate in the creative context of the UCD School of Architecture, where many changing exhibitions, guest lectures and research seminars enhance the postgraduate experience.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of the programme will be well positioned and will have a distinct advantage in securing roles in defining the sustainable future of the built environment. Students who have completed graduate and postgraduate programmes with the UCD School of Architecture and the UCD Energy Research Group have gone on to work in world-renowned consultancies, practices, research agencies and universities. The programme is also an introductory vehicle for those wishing to pursue further research at research masters or PhD level both at UCD and internationally.

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