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Course content

About the course

With the skills to design buildings that meet environmental performance targets you can compete for work in international markets. Your study will include the building services and structural and architectural aspects of the built environment. The course prepares you for a career as a consultant engineer, sustainability consultant or researcher. This programme is only available for full-time study.

About us

With the skills to design buildings that meet environmental performance targets you can compete for work in international markets. Your study will include the building services and structural and architectural aspects of the built environment.

The course prepares you for a career as a consultant engineer, sustainability consultant or researcher. This programme is only available for full-time study.

Your career

Our graduates work for top UK and international consultancies, contractors, regulators, universities and other private and public sector organisations.

Many of them join engineering consultancies, in roles such as Structural Engineer, Building Services Engineer and Sustainability Consultant. Some join architecture practices. Employers include Arup, Buro Happold, Capita Symonds, Roger Preston and Partners, Cundall and Foster and Partners.

Specialist facilities

Our laboratories are equipped to a very 
high standard:

Monitoring equipment for assessing the real-life performance of buildings: energy monitors, indoor environment monitors, heat flux monitors, thermal camera; wind tunnel suitable for assessing the impact of wind on urban forms at 1:200 scale.

Core modules

  • Building Environment Simulation and Analysis
  • Building Technology
  • Thermodynamics for Buildings
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Design for a Sustainable Environment
  • Renewable Energy
  • Urban Microclimate
  • Architectural Engineering Research Study
  • Civil Engineering Research Proposal

Examples of optional modules

  • Materials for Low Impact Buildings Theory
  • Elements of Computational Design I

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, design tutorials, computational tutorials, lab work and industrial seminars.

All courses use lectures by academic staff and industrial partners, laboratory work, site visits, design projects and dissertation. Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation with oral examination.

September–June: taught modules and preparation for your dissertation.

June–August: complete your dissertation.

Your research dissertation gives you the opportunity to work with an academic on a piece of research in a subdiscipline. We’ll give you training in research skills.


Visit the MSc Architectural Engineering Design page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

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