Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University; MSc Environmental Design of Buildings
Course focus: Design studio modules-Technical-Building Performance Modelling || Design studio: YES || Fees: £3,466/£12,950 (EU/Overseas)
Course director: Mike Fedeski
Course founded: 1993
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 or 3 years part-time, 3 years by distance learning
Intake: 20-30 local and 10 distance learning
Student profile: 52 per cent architecture, 64 per cent international
Distinctive feature: Course emphasises principles and practicalities of environmental design through applied project work and a research dissertation. Students develop working skills to adapt to changing role of environmental designers in building teams. Students learn alongside fellows from mixed national and professional backgrounds and receive individual support from staff. They have access to a repository of on-line course material for private study.
Director comment: It has been my pleasure over the past fifteen years to teach students who are enthusiastic about bringing benefit to the environment of our planet, and to help them prepare for the contribution they are so keen to make through building design. This has been a great source of stimulus, which I see reflected in the enthusiasm of other staff who teach on the course.
- Mike Fedeski
Student comment: As a local part-time student, the course has been particularly good at accommodating the demands of my ongoing professional work. The teaching expertise is very well focused on understanding the rationale behind design decisions and considering buildings and their environment from a holistic standpoint.
- Michael Hanson, MSc EDB (2008-10)
Career opportunities: Most students return to their professional base to operate as subject specialists from within. Some have found separate careers in specialist practice, advisory services, university education or research.
- Good first degree
- Supporting personal statement outlining reasons for wanting to study the subject of the course for which they are applying. The statement should make it clear why the subject is important to them, what experience or education they are bringing to the course, what they hope to get from the course, and what ultimate career plans they may have
Admissions contact: Christine Heywood HeywoodC@cardiff.ac.uk
Tuition: £3,466/£12,950 full-time (EU/Overseas); £1,734/£6,475 part-time (EU/Overseas)