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MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies

University of Sheffield    School of Architecture

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

Develop a portfolio of advanced skills and knowledge across several architectural disciplines, with a focus on sustainable architectural design.

Course description

Our MSc combines the social and technical aspects of sustainable architecture. You’ll be encouraged to develop a critical stance in relation to theories of sustainable architecture.

The course will inspire and enable you to pursue innovative research and design strategies for the built environment, with the aim of transforming the built environment for a more equitable future.

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Entry Requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent qualification related to architecture, building science, engineering, construction, planning, building management or related built environment disciplines. You will also need to submit your design portfolio.

If your degree isn’t design-based but you have a lot of professional experience we’ll consider your application.

What to include with your application

Entry requirements for international students


Home (2022 annual fee) : £9,300
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £23,250

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Student Profile(s)

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.

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