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University of Cambridge; MPhil (A) in Environmental Design in Architecture

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Course focus: Theory-Technical-Planning/Policy/Sustainable development || Design studio: NO || Fees: £6,365/£14,623 (EU/Overseas)

Course director: Koen Steemers
Course founded: 1987
Duration: 1 year full-time
Intake: 15 students
Student profile: Mix of architecture and engineering backgounds; 75 per cent international

Distinctive feature: Research-based course covers global issues such as climate change, urban and regional planning and design, as well as environmental phenomena as they affect building design, cities and infrastructure. Includes 20,000 word dissertation.

Director comment: The course is demanding, combining research writing and analytical skills with exemplary design skills and the ability to drive and structure one’s own research programme. However, the outcomes are truly fascinating with some original contributions to knowledge, eminently publishable.

Student comment: The course traditionally concentrates on the main environmental design concerns including lighting, thermal performance, ventilation and accoustics. The most attractive feature of the university is the vibrant college life. Students are members of both a department and a college, the latter being fully-fledged institutions complete with well-stocked libraries (in addition to Departmental libraries and the main University Library) and numerous avenues for extracurricular activities. The highly international student community both in the colleges and at the department allows for interaction with various cultures.
- Eric Loki David from Kenya

Career opportunities: Students commonly enter practice, research or teaching, often continuing to a three year PhD

Entry requirements: A 1st class or 2.1 honours degree in architecture, engineering, physics or appropriate applied science or technology

Admissions contact: Marion Houston, meh24@cam.ac.uk, 01223 332958

Tuition: £6,365/£14,623 per year full-time (EU/Overseas)


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