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  • Study a CIAT accredited course at a university which is one of only four CIAT Centres of Excellence in the UK
  • Draw on our extensive industrial links and the expertise of our research and practice active highly experienced staff
  • Add a new dimension to your knowledge of design and technology relating to energy efficiency in buildings
  • Gain vital practical experience through live sustainable design projects
  • Be inspired by specialist guest lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Learn from influential academics who are conducting important research into sustainable design

Our MSc is a contemporary sustainable architecture course offering an innovative blend of the established scientific theories and design principles relating to healthy buildings and environments.

New perspectives on design practice

This course enables you to build on your existing knowledge and skills by raising your awareness of the environmental impact of design decisions. It also looks at how to undertake holistic sustainable design analysis integrated within the building information modelling environment.

You will critically analyse current sustainable architecture and low energy design principles and technologies, government legislation, codes for sustainable design and other important professional, industrial and commerce drivers. You will also research issues that could adversely affect the health of building users, coming up with findings and solutions which are people- centred, proactive and preventive.

Sustainability is not just about the environment so you will also consider it in a broader contextual framework, including socio-cultural, economic and governance factors as well as advances in scientific and technological research.

Engage with influential research

You will be able to draw inspiration from – and take part in – the leading-edge sustainable design research initiatives being undertaken by our lecturers. These include the work pioneered by  on projects such as Retro-Tek and SmartPoD.

How you will learn

This programme explores, at postgraduate level, the theory and practice of sustainable urban and building design and its potential impact on the health of users.

It includes live projects, field trips, site work, physical model experimentation, guest lectures and specialist workshops so that your learning experience is as close to real-world practices as academically possible.

A variety of assessment methods is used, including a combination of coursework and live project work, assignments, exhibitions, degree show, peer group reviews, graphic and oral presentations, and portfolios.


As a graduate of this course, you will discover a wide range of career opportunities including senior sustainable design roles in architectural practice, consultancy or design management.

Alternatively, you could secure positions in environmental design assessment, central and local government, housing associations, retail enterprises and manufacturing companies. You could also consider further study towards a PhD and/or an academic career.

Visit the Sustainable Architecture and Healthy Buildings (MSc) page on the University of Derby website for more details!





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