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University of Edinburgh; MSc Advanced Sustainable Design

Course focus: Theory-Design studio modules || Design studio: YES || Fees: £5,300/£12,200 (EU/Overseas)

Course director: John Brennan
Course founded: 2008
Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; distance learning also available
Intake: 20-30 students
Student profile: 90 per cent architects; 80 per cent international

Distinctive feature: Design-orientated programme where students formulate solutions to the global phenomenon of climate change. Looks beyond purely technical solutions to put design at heart of the solution. Our ‘mixed mode’ option allows for a combination of part-time distance learning coupled with an intensive studio based design semester. The design project and dissertation are tailored to engage with students’ individual interests.

Director comment: Design projects such as masterplanning peripheral and suburban areas, as well as retrofit to existing office buildings were quite challenging but showed limits of relying just on building technology to deliver sustainable solutions. The studio semester allowed full-time and distance learning students to come together for four months and collaborate together. A study trip to the north of Scotland cemented many ideas about the relationship of architecture to the landscape, as well as exposing everyone to the highs and lows of the Highland climate!

Student comment: I particularly liked the practicality and applicability of the lectures; the programme was design focused and gave me a holistic approach to sustainability. Lecturers were really knowledgeable and went the extra mile to explain the implications of the topics we were discussing. Living in Edinburgh definitely added a lot to the experience. It is an incredible city full of history, entertainment and cultural options.
- Audrey Palacios

Career opportunities: Students have used the degree to return to practice with more specialist roles, moving to building services consultancy, setting up their own practice and pursuing careers in education.

Entry requirements: 2.1 undergraduate honours degree and a portfolio submission


Tuition: £5,750/£13,050 full-time (EU/Overseas)



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