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MSc Digital Architecture and Design

Course Description

Digital technologies are rapidly changing the way buildings and urban spaces are designed, constructed and inhabited. On this course you’ll learn the theoretical knowledge and technical skills required to produce innovative blueprints for architecture in the digital era.

The past decade has shown rapidly growing expectations for built spaces with capacity to respond dynamically to changes such as shifts in demographics, new and emerging technology, climate change and ageing populations. These are global challenges and opportunities which demand architects and designers with the ability to creatively shape the way that buildings, landscapes and cities age and adapt over time.


Graduates go on to careers leading future practice in the digital creative industries, architecture and urban design, digital technology development and environmental design consultancy. The course also fully prepares graduates who are interested in pursuing doctoral studies towards a PhD.

Core modules

Parametric Architectural Geometry; Building Information Modelling Management and Analysis; Challenges of Digital Architecture; Studio Project; Elements of Computational Design 1 and 2; Dissertation Project.

Examples of Optional Modules

Advanced Computational Design; Interactive Urban Visualisation Modelling; Renewable Energy; Conservation and Regeneration Principles and Approaches; Building Information Modelling, Management and Analysis.

Visit the MSc Digital Architecture and Design page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Reema Kadri

What I enjoy most about the course is the learning of a wide variety of digital tools and programs, which are highly beneficial and relevant to architectural practice in the present and future. This skill-set I am acquiring should greatly improve job opportunities, quality of work, and will be an asset in any architectural firm I may work in.


Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - No. of awards TBC

The University of Sheffield is offering a number of Postgraduate Taught Scholarships to self funded full and part time students who are liable to pay fees at the home rate and starting their studies in 2014. You do not need to wait for your undergraduate degree classification to apply for a scholarship.This is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative aimed at removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups such as those from low income backgrounds and who wouldn’t ordinarily consider going onto postgraduate study for reasons such as access to finance, have caring responsibilities or who come from areas where it is not usual to go to university at all. The University welcomes applications from recent graduates and students who graduated several years ago. Each applicant will be considered for all awards that are applicable but will only be eligible to receive one.The Faulty of Social Science has a number of Scholarships available for UK and EU students starting their postgraduate course in 2014. If you’re eligible, you could take your PG course at Sheffield for FREE.The deadline for applications is 6th June 2014.Benefactors Scholarships20 awards each worth £7,500 available to University of Sheffield graduatesIf you’re a current Sheffield student or a graduate of the University, and you received a maintenance grant for your undergraduate degree, you can apply. These scholarships aren’t course-specific. All taught postgraduate courses are eligible. The money can be used towards tuition fees and living costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must meet one or more of the following widening participation criteria: - Entered University from a Care background.
- Carer for an ill or disabled family member.
- Have been in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance.
- Were in receipt of a Maintenance Grant whilst an undergraduate.
- Come from one of the most deprived areas of the country as defined by the government's IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database. For more information about your postcode IMD NB. this information only covers England and the postcode we will use is that of your home address in your last year of school or college.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details on the application process - http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/finance/pss_ss

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification. We welcome applicants with design experience in areas such as architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, interaction design, architectural/environmental engineering, structural/material engineering, robotics. We’d also like to see your portfolio to get an idea of your design abilities. You should be prepared to come to an interview. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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