Welsh School of Architecture

MSc Degree Programmes

Low Carbon and Sustainable Design @ wsa

Here at the wsa we offer 4 MSc programmes in advanced built environment practices.

All of these courses are designed to be appropriate for professionals from across the range of built environment professions, including, architects, surveyors, engineers and planners; as well as those prospective students whose academic and work experience has been in allied fields who have some involvement in the production or management of the built environment: such as environmental science, facilities management, policy and environmental assessment.

These courses benefit directly from the widely recognised research strengths of the School in low carbon, sustainable design and practice.

About the courses

On all of these courses you will learn about the impact that the built environment has on the sustainability of our planet and its inhabitants and importantly how you as practitioners, can overcome barriers and help to ensure that your buildings become a part of a sustainable, environmentally conscious future.

The courses respond directly to the ongoing trend in both practice and legislation in environmental, or low carbon approaches to design, and this trend is encouraged by legislation which demands a higher level of regard for sustainability.

The four MSc programmes (of which one is also delivered by distance learning) have been designed to offer practitioners a range of valuable perspectives to choose from:

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This course prepares professionals to work in an interdisciplinary manner to initiate and facilitate sustainable change in the built environment. It provides practical tools and guides students in applying their knowledge in a live project to deliver environmental, social and economically sustainable design.

This programme provides the skills and knowledge required by building design teams to create comfortable, healthy, sustainable and energy conscious physical environments in and around buildings.

This programme is closed for intake for the session 2015-16

Using the school's expertise in developing computer software, this course focuses on its use for studying such diverse aspects of building and urban design as lighting, thermal simulation, air flow, carbon dioxide emission and life-cycle analysis.

The course aims to prepare students for professional autonomy and excellence in environmental design and planning of large-scale buildings. It also aims to train students for adopting the role of environmental designers of large-scale buildings in the building team, and adapting to shifting demands on this role.

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