Sustainable Architecture: Evaluation and Design
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The buildings we inhabit say a lot about our society. With climate emergency being the pressing issue of our time, sustainable architecture is more important than ever to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Here at Oxford Brookes, you will take a broad view of what it takes to design and operate low-carbon energy efficient buildings. You’ll explore everything from heating and ventilation systems to the behaviour of users. You’ll keep up to date with developments in policy and construction techniques. And you’ll examine the industry’s biggest challenges so you can work to solve them and contribute to a sustainable future.
We use our industry links and research connections to give you the latest insights and the greatest opportunities – whether you want to learn more about new technologies or network with the biggest players in the consultancy business. You’ll find plenty of ways to personalise the course to your own interests and career goals too.
With accreditation by the Energy Institute, you can access a huge range of resources and training to boost your career.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Be ahead of the curve
We started the course in 1994 and we’ve gained a lot of experience in that time. Join us and always be up to date with the latest developments.
Flexibility to follow your interests
We’ve designed the course to allow you to personalise your studies based on your skills and interests.
Discuss and debate
Our collaborative environment allows you to explore subjects with your peers and staff, learning from each other’s insights and experiences.
Broaden your skills
The course is equally suitable for architects looking to specialise or others looking to add new skills to their CV.
Experts on hand
The course is taught by leading researchers, academics and sustainability consultants – and you’ll hear from practising professionals in guest lectures and other events.
Your modules cover the key topics you’ll need to know about as a sustainability-focused architect or consultant. From urban microclimates to renewable energy production, we cover a lot of ground. You can choose to focus on the particular topics or approaches that suit your interests and there is built-in flexibility to specialise.
As well as the taught modules, you’ll also complete a dissertation. You can use it to further your knowledge in a particular area and bring together what you’ve learned on the course.
You can join us full time or part time. If you do not complete the full MSc, you have the option to exit early with a postgraduate certificate or diploma.
Learning and teaching
Our teaching reflects the wide variety of topics and techniques associated with sustainability, low-carbon and resource efficient design. Methods include:
- staff-led lectures
- professional and staff-led workshops
- group and one-to-one tutorials
- student-led seminars
- case studies
- practical work that anticipates the design project.
Students come from a diverse range of ages, backgrounds and nationalities. This contributes to interdisciplinary, globally aware teaching and learning. We use international case studies for a variety of cultural perspectives and issues. You can draw on their diverse strengths with peer learning and group work.
You can experience some of the very best of sustainable design projects on the annual field trip. Previous trips have been to Germany, Scotland and Denmark.
Our research informs our teaching so the range of subjects draws on the research strengths of our teaching staff. We encourage you, where possible, to take part in staff research projects.
The course benefits from a variety of formative and summative assessments including presentations, class tests and reports.
The course includes one optional major field trip each year alongside shorter local trips. Field trips give you the opportunity to:
- experience sustainable buildings first hand
- talk to building owners and operators of low energy buildings.
This helps you understand some of the practical difficulties and rewards of achieving sustainable buildings.
This carries an additional cost. Please see the Additional costs section of this page for details.
We are a major player in international research in the fields of architecture and the built environment and town and country planning. You are encouraged where possible to take part in staff research projects.
The course benefits from direct links to two of the best research groups in the university, recognised nationally and internationally:
The course also has direct input from:
- Professor Rajat Gupta, Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change, Director of Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD), Director of OISD: Low Carbon Building Group.
If you have an architectural background, you’ll probably be joining the course to specialise and learn more about how to make your practice more sustainable. You could open up new opportunities and become an expert in this important field.
But the course isn’t just for architects – we welcome engineers, physicists, and more. You could change your career or add specialist knowledge to your current role. Your skills will be valuable in areas like sustainability consultancy or policy making.
You’ll have up-to-date knowledge of everything from building regulations to environmental models. You’ll have practical experience and critical thinking skills that will allow you to adapt to new technologies we can’t yet predict.
- architectural and engineering practices
- research or sustainability consultancies
- development work
- carbon trading
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
If your first language is not English you will require a minimum academic IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all components.
An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.