MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies

University of Sheffield    School of Architecture

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time Award winner
Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Engineering (12) Environmental Sciences (13)

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The MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies programme at our top-rated UK architecture school offers a comprehensive and innovative approach to sustainable architectural design. With a focus on both the social and technical aspects of sustainable architecture, you will develop advanced skills and knowledge across various architectural disciplines. By critically examining theories of sustainable architecture, you will be equipped to transform the built environment for a more equitable future. The programme's core modules cover topics such as renewable energy, building physics, and sustainable design projects. Optional modules include building information modelling and environment and technology in design. A minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a related subject is required for entry.

About the course

Develop a technical approach underpinned by social responsibility, carbon literacy and climate justice in environmental design. You'll study in a studio and have the opportunity to work on real-life projects with local and regional groups.

Our MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies has been giving students and practitioners the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a real difference in the world for over 30 years. We have a community of students, staff and alumni with the aim to inspire and educate each other, to enable us all to make informed choices in our work and in our lives.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a subject related to design in the built environment, such as architecture, landscape architecture or urban planning.

You should also provide a portfolio which includes a custom assignment.

We will also consider your application if your degree is not design based but you have considerable professional design experience.

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Student Profiles

Vikram Singha

My degree experience at the University of Sheffield, has given me confidence in undertaking and completing successful, high calibre research in architecture and related fields. It has improved my critical thinking ability in general but especially in relation to space design and sustainability. The degree experience has brought about many transferable skills in my career such as independent study, time management and the ability to synthesise a large amount of information.

I believe that the University of Sheffield, is a great place to study and develop your abilities as a future leader in the field of sustainable architecture and design.

María Fernanda Jimenez Rodríguez

Why did you decide to study this course at Sheffield?
The architecture school is ranked as one of the best in the UK and the university as a whole is ranked within the top 100 in the world. Aside from this, the course has a good structure and its staff are fully qualified to share their knowledge and experience.

What have you enjoyed about the course?
The international environment that has been created with the people that come from all over the world. In the end this experience hasn't been only about the practical knowledge but has also been about sharing the differences between cultures, traditions and experiences.

What skills have you gained while studying in Sheffield?
One of the most important skills has been being able to use the English language and getting used to using it in a more natural way on a daily basis as well as improved professional vocabulary. On the other hand, discovering a new culture and being able to be independent in a country that works differently from my home country has encouraged me to think about more projects and have ideas that I could develop in more than one language. Of course, this whole set of skills had given me the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective.

How do you think your degree experience will help you in your career?
I've acquired knowledge of different software that is useful and makes the job easier. Besides the practical skills, I've developed a critical mind that is needed to create useful outcomes for real-world projects. Another important aspect has been to learn to deal with the differences within the working place such as group work. I have had to adapt and use different ideas and ways of working which I was not used to before. As a result, a lot of my social skills were developed.

How has studying at Sheffield informed the way you think about the subject?
In the beginning, I thought that the programme was about adjusting some of the techniques that are normally used within the architecture field to be more environmental-friendly. Now I have a wider overview of how in-depth analysis works to make a building resilient and sustainable.


The Aziz Foundation was established in 2015 by the Aziz family, and is inspired by the values and teaching of Islam to support the most disadvantaged communities in Britain. Since 2019, the foundation has focused on supporting Muslim individuals by offering masters scholarships that allow recipients to progress in their careers and make meaningful contributions to their industry, community and society as a whole.

Successful applicants will receive a full scholarship for their tuition fees and access to a programme of training days and career mentors via Aziz Scholarships Plus and the Aziz Scholars Association.

Scholarships are awarded to UK individuals with career aspirations in media and journalism, technology, sustainability and the environment, law, policy (excluding health policy) and creative content.

The University of Sheffield awards are therefore restricted to those applying to one of the postgraduate taught courses listed below.

Applicants should meet all of the following requirements:

Eligible for Home fees status at the University
Be active within a Muslim community and demonstrate intimate knowledge of issues affecting British Muslim communities
Able to demonstrate long-term commitment to community/societal development within Britain
Demonstrate that they require financial assistance in order to undertake a masters degree

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fee scholarship

Application Procedure

Applications are submitted online, via a portal on the Aziz Foundation website. Applicants will need to demonstrate active engagement in British Muslim communities, a long-term commitment to community/societal development, and a need for financial assistance in order to undertake a masters degree.

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