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Sustainable Mega-Buildings (MSc/PgDip)

Course Description

This interdisciplinary programme aims to prepare students for professional autonomy and excellence in mega-building design and planning. The programme aims to train students for adopting the role of planners and designers of sustainable mega-buildings, and adapting to shifting demands on this role as sustainable policies are increasingly supported by the public and by governments worldwide. Taught modules, project work and dissertations are aimed at equipping students with cognitive, experiential, analytic and synthetic skills, thus enabling them to engage in interdisciplinary design and practice of sustainable mega-buildings.

The programme offers students valuable discipline-specific skills where they undertake self-directed research that builds on advanced scholarship in the field. In addition, the programme provides learners with new transferable skills. Among those is learning to be analytical and innovative in the formulation of solutions to complex problems and demonstrate greater initiative and personal responsibility when doing so.

The course content is designed to assist students appreciate the interdependence and interrelationship of social, technological, and environmental issues and to be able to relate this to the particular economic, political and legal contexts of planning and designing mega-buildings. The course content introduces and reviews state of the art design methods of sustainable mega-buildings relating to architects, engineers and practitioners in the built environment. The course encourages students to articulate their sustainability perspective in design, so that they may become active and experienced at promoting the benefits of sustainable mega-buildings which are taking a significantly wider scale than in previous decades.

50% fee scholarships are currently available to UK and EU residents applying to study on PGT programmes. The 21st Anniversary Scholarship Fund is designed to attract and reward the brightest students from across the UK and the European Union to study at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.

Our PGT programmes are open to candidates from architectural and built environment backgrounds and draw on established and widely recognised research strengths within the School. If you are a UK or EU resident with a good academic and /or work experience record we would like to hear from you.

We expect a high level of competition for scholarships and ask for expressions of interest for the course of your choice by 21st June 2014.

For information, on Financial Support to study on this course please see: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/archi/pgt-financial-support

Visit the Sustainable Mega-Buildings (MSc/PgDip) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for graduates or experienced practitioners in disciplines related to the built environment, such as architecture, urban design, building services engineering, building technology or a relevant discipline in engineering or the built environment, Applicants should normally hold a first or second class Honours degree or have appropriate professional experience.

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