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Course description

Digital technologies are rapidly changing the way buildings and urban spaces are designed, constructed and inhabited. On this course you'll learn the theoretical knowledge and technical skills required to produce innovative blueprints for architecture in the digital era.

The past decade has shown rapidly growing expectations for built spaces with capacity to respond dynamically to changes such as shifts in demographics, new and emerging technology, climate change and ageing populations. These are global challenges and opportunities which demand architects and designers with the ability to creatively shape the way that buildings, landscapes and cities age and adapt over time.

This course uses theoretical and practical study to examine how digital tools and processes can be developed and applied to design built environments with capacity for change. At Sheffield, we produce postgraduates well equipped to become future leaders in this field.


Graduates go on to careers leading future practice in the digital creative industries, architecture and urban design, digital technology development and environmental design consultancy. The course also fully prepares graduates who are interested in pursuing doctoral studies towards a PhD.

Core modules

  • Parametric Architectural Geometry
  • Building Information Modelling, Management and Analysis
  • Advanced Simulation for Modelling Adaptive Architecture
  • Elements of Computational Design
  • Digital Architecture Design Studio Projects
  • MSc Digital Architecture and Design Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

  • Building Environmental Simulation and Analysis
  • Renewable Energy
  • Principles of Building Physics for Sustainable Design
  • Critical Applications of Building Information Modelling

Teaching and assessment

Learning is through studio-based design work with individual and group tutorials, block seminars, workshops and traditional lecture modules. You’ll be assessed on course assignments and examinations, design thesis and a dissertation.

Visit the MSc Digital Architecture and Design page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!






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