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Sustainable Practices in the Built Environment

Course Description

This programme in Sustainable Practices in the Built Environment is a unique opportunity to learn and develop skills in a cross-disciplinary environment. it is made up of four parallel specialisms in:
1. Contested Space;
2. Critical Spatial Processes
3. Materials, Components and Systems

Its aim in offering specialisms at different scales in sustainability is to facilitate the shared exchange of knowledge and practice and the opportunity of inter-disciplinary and collaborative learning and working. We encourage and facilitate students to develop a critical approach to the interaction between sustainability research, theory and practice, and in particular their own praxis, and can provide students with opportunities to up-skill in the context of sustainability.

Our students will have the opportunity to build appropriate professional networks (and extend their existing networks) within the field of sustainability and help position graduates as key participants and protagonists and leaders in the global green economy and wider society. Students will be able to engage, through live projects, with the latest thinking and processes in sustainable practices.

The overall programme aims are to ensure that each graduating student has:
•an understanding of how the concept of sustainability impacts on Built Environment practices in general and their practice in particular.

•an understanding of a range of research and design methodologies and an ability to select, develop and trial methods appropriate to a specific practice context.

•an ability to identify, draw on and contribute to appropriate networks both directly and remotely in order to build a sustainable bank of knowledge, interconnections and approaches. (only MSc and PG Dip)

•experience of a multi-disciplinary/ multi-stakeholder approach, and how it impacts on the sustainable design, specification and management of those aspects of the built environment relevant to their specialism.

•a contemporary range of verbal and visual representation skills in order to facilitate communication and exchange across a range of stakeholders.

•an ability to undertake a substantial, specialist and independent research project that is built off a sustainability strategy, possibly in collaboration with a client (MSc only).

Materials, Components and Systems

Examining sustainability through in-depth understanding of building materials and systems and appropriate means of prototyping, testing and simulating.

Critical Spatial Processes

Investigating alternative and critical forms of spatial practice within an ethical and economic dimension.

Contested Space

Drawing on one of the School’s specialist international research areas: working within contested and post-conflict contexts.

Visit the Sustainable Practices in the Built Environment page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

We will award £2,000 to those who achieve a 1st class honours degree and £1,000 to those with a 2(i) honours degree. If you are successful in achieving either of these and decide to study with us, you will receive the scholarship. There is no application process for these scholarships - students who meet the criteria will be identified automatically.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 or £1,000


This scholarship is available to anyone living outside the EU, who achieves either a first class honours, or upper, second class honours degree in the relevant subject.

Application Procedure

There is no application procedure - you will be automatically selected once we receive information on your qualifications.

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent recognised qualification in Architecture, Planning, Construction or another relevant area. All applicants will be invited for interview and asked to submit a portfolio of their own work. We wish to encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds so applicants with non-standard academic qualifications or other educational/career backgrounds (such as other areas of creative practice and those involved in community development, regeneration, and certain fields in public service provision, local government and the voluntary sector) will be considered on an individual basis.

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