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Mega-Adeiladau Cynaliadwy (MSc)

Mae’r rhaglen yn hoelio sylw ar egwyddorion cynllunio, dyluniad a chyflawniad a pherfformiad graddfa uchel ac adeiladau graddfa uchel a thyrrau o fflatiau, bydd yn rhoi cyfleoedd gyrfaol rhagorol.

The design of low and medium-rise buildings has, for some time, taken climatic variations and sustainability into account. However, despite the increase in the number of large-scale buildings worldwide during the last few decades, high-rise buildings are still seen as mega-scale energy consumers with little regard for sustainable design and performance. The current environmental agenda and interest in sustainability across the globe raises the significance of mega-buildings.

On this interdisciplinary course, we focus on the principles of sustainable planning and design of mega-buildings and prepare students to specialise professionally in this field.

Nodweddion unigryw

  • Accredited by the by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), meeting the academic requirements for CEng professional registration and recognised by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
  • Available on a one-year full-time or two-year part-time basis.
  • Offers the opportunity to see sustainable mega-building design in practice on a variety of national and international field trips.
  • Study in one of the top schools of architecture in the UK, and benefit from exceptional facilities.
Vivek Warrier, MSc Sustainable Mega Buildings

The course was truly a vast new exposure into the field of sustainable mega building design and we all are happy to study the course. Many external professionals were directly involved in teaching us. We, being mostly architects, did find most aspects of the teaching useful to be used in practice. It also provides us with a lot more scope for further research.

Vivek Warrier, MSc Sustainable Mega Buildings

Ffeithiau allweddol

Nifer Myfyrwyr newydd nesafMedi 2019
Hyd1 blwyddyn
FfurfAmser llawn
Ffyrdd eraill i astudio cwrs hwn
AchrediadauChartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

Meini prawf derbyn

The course is suitable for graduates or experienced practitioners in disciplines related to the built environment, such as architecture, urban design, engineering, building services engineering and building technology.

Applicants should normally hold a first- or second-class Honours degree or have appropriate professional experience. Applicants should hold a first degree in a relevant subject area, such as Architectural Engineering, Architecture or related subjects, including Sustainable Design, Urban Planning, Environment and Sustainability, Environmental Design.

Applicants whose first language is not English or Welsh must satisfy the English Language requirements for entry to the University by attainment of a minimum IELTS overall score of 6.5 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any individual component).

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Applications can be made for this course via our Online Application Service.

Decisions will be made on a continuous basis throughout the year on the basis of your written application and the references received.


Rhagor o wybodaeth am ofynion Iaith Saesneg.

Mae'n rhaid i ymgeiswyr sydd angen fisa Haen 4 i astudio yn y DU gyflwyno cymhwyster iaith Saesneg derbyniol er mwyn bodloni gofynion UKVI (Fisâu a Mewnfudo y DU).

You can study this course on a one year full-time or two-year part-time basis.

There are two stages to the course; stage one comprises taught and specialist modules totalling 120 credits, stage two will be your dissertation (60 credits).

The taught modules on this course will provide a grounding in architectural science within the context of sustainable mega-buildings. On several of these modules, you will be taught alongside students on our other architectural science master’s courses, which is a good opportunity to exchange ideas from different perspectives and broaden your group of friends and contacts.

Our taught modules will help you to explore the interdependence and relationship between social, technological and environmental issues. You will also learn how to relate these issues to the economic, political and legal contexts of planning and designing mega-buildings. We will introduce and review the latest design methods for sustainable mega-buildings in architectural, engineering and building contractor fields.

On the course, we encourage you to articulate your perspectives on sustainable design, which should enable you to become well-versed and experienced in promoting the benefits of sustainable mega-buildings.

Mae'r modiwlau a ddangosir yn esiampl o'r cwricwlwm arferol. Byddant yn cael eu hadolygu cyn blwyddyn academaidd 2019/20. Bydd y modiwlau terfynol yn cael eu cyhoeddi erbyn mis Medi 2019.

If you are enrolling on the full-time version of this course, you will undertake all taught modules and complete your dissertation in the year one.

Mae'r Brifysgol wedi ymrwymo i ddarparu amrywiaeth eang o opsiynau modiwl lle’n bosibl. Ond byddwch yn ymwybodol er y byddwn yn gwneud pob ymdrech i gynnig dewis, gall hyn gael ei gyfyngu mewn rhai amgylchiadau. Y rheswm am hyn yw'r ffaith mai dim ond nifer cyfyngedig o leoedd sydd ar gael ar rai modiwlau, a gaiff eu dyrannu ar sail y cyntaf i'r felin. Mae'n ofynnol i fodiwlau eraill sicrhau isafswm nifer o fyfyrwyr cyn gallu eu cynnal, er mwyn gwneud yn siŵr y gellir cyflwyno addysg o ansawdd priodol. Gall modiwlau gael eu cyfyngu oherwydd gwrthdaro yn yr amserlen hefyd, ac er bod y Brifysgol yn ymdrechu i amharu cyn lleied â phosibl ar eich dewis, byddai'n syniad da i chi ofyn am gyngor gan yr Ysgol berthnasol am y dewisiadau modiwl sydd ar gael.

Sut y caf fy addysgu?

The methods of teaching we employ will vary from module to module, as appropriate depending on the subject matter and the method of assessment. We teach using a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, study visits, project work, and group tutorials.

In lectures and workshops, we aim to make appropriate use of audio-visual support to aid learning and development of subject-specific skills. You will be given access to relevant teaching materials through the University’s virtual learning environment, Learning Central.

The specialist modules on the course include project work, where you will use mega-building case studies to build 3D physical models in the School’s workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab and can test them in the School’s artificial sky dome.

You will also be taught to use various environmental simulation software programmes, some of which have been developed in the Welsh School of Architecture.

Finally, you will research an area of sustainable mega-building design and planning of interest to you and submit a dissertation based on this research. Your dissertation will be conducted independently with supervision by a member of staff.

Sut y caf fy nghefnogi?

All of our students are allocated a personal tutor when they enrol on the course. A personal tutor is there to support you during your studies and can advise you on academic and personal matters that may be affecting you. You should have regular meetings with your personal tutor to ensure that you are fully supported.

You will have access to our bespoke Architecture Library, as well as to materials in the other Cardiff University Libraries.


We offer written and oral feedback, depending on the coursework or assessment you have undertaken. You will usually receive your feedback from the module leader. If you have questions regarding your feedback, module leaders are usually happy to give advice and guidance on your progress.

Sut y caf fy asesu?

Taught and project-based modules are assessed in a variety of different ways depending on the module content and learning outcomes (found in the module descriptions). We use class tests, course work (both written assignments and oral presentations or critical assessments/ reviews), and project work, or a combination of these to assess your progress on the module.

In the dissertation stage, your dissertation is the sole object of assessment. The dissertation is based on a piece of research which you have carried out in an agreed subject area under supervision.

Pa sgiliau y byddaf yn eu hymarfer a’u datblygu?

On completing the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the principles and strategies relevant to designing sustainable mega-buildings.
  • Explain how the philosophy and theory of designing mega-buildings relates to the built environment in a wider regulatory context.
  • Evaluate key theoretical and methodological perspectives in employing building modelling and energy simulation tools, on-site observations and monitoring, comparative performance data and calculate results to tackle specific design problems and explorations.
  • Critically analyse, interpret and evaluate complex information, concepts, theories and tools to develop original applications of knowledge.
  • Identify and apply appropriate analytical and technical tools, techniques and equipment, and computer software in conceptualising and addressing challenging design problems.
  • Demonstrate autonomy and originality in use of appropriate technologies and in determining approaches in response to the demands from government initiatives, legislation and the public for enhanced environmental performance of mega-buildings.
  • Critically evaluate decisions, methods and results when tackling problems and formulating sustainable design guidelines and proposals for new and existing mega-buildings.
Jinyu Li, MSc Sustainable Mega Buildings

It is an intensive one-year course, with the excellent tutors' help, we developed all aspects of our ability, such as creativity, presentation, cooperation and modelling. The Welsh School of Architecture also provides plenty of resources for us to do investigations and researches, based on that, we can accomplish tasks highly efficiently. The atmosphere on the course is quite good; we can not only learn knowledge about mega-buildings but also have a chance to challenge and improve ourselves.

Jinyu Li, MSc Sustainable Mega Buildings

There is currently a worldwide shortage of architects and built environment professionals specialising in the field of planning and designing mega-buildings which perform sustainably. Therefore, there is a rising demand for graduates from this type of course.

Typically, graduates from this course will gain employment in large-scale building design or planning companies and practices, environmental design consultancies, research and development centres, or may even set up their own companies/ practices.

Given the current intense public, governmental and professional interest in this area, employment opportunities for graduates who specialise in this field are only likely to grow and become even more attractive both in the UK and globally.

Sabuhi Pasha, MSc Sustainable Mega Buildings

All our modules were fascinating especially our specialist modules. I think the standard of teaching is really high. I am impressed with the quality of professors, their qualifications, backgrounds and what they bring to academic environment based on transferring knowledge to us. They are so helpful and supportive. That is why we learned details of sustainability through the Mega-Buildings. We are provided with lots of opportunities by the school such as study trip, training, contemporary facilities and meeting with famous architects within the course. I am so satisfied by taking this MSc course for my career. It is the best course in architecture that I have ever seen.

Sabuhi Pasha, MSc Sustainable Mega Buildings

Ffioedd dysgu

Myfyrwyr y DU ac UE (2019/20)

Ffioedd DysguBlaendalNodiadau

Rhagor o wybodaeth am ffioedd dysgu a blaendaliadau, gan gynnwys ar gyfer myfyrwyr rhan-amser a pharhaus.

Bydd myfyrwyr yr UE sy'n dechrau yn 2019/20 yn talu'r un ffioedd dysgu â myfyrwyr y DU drwy gydol eu cyrsiau. Gallai ffioedd godi'n flynyddol yn unol â chwyddiant. Nid oes penderfyniadau wedi’u gwneud eto ynglŷn â ffioedd a benthyciadau i fyfyrwyr yr UE sy'n dechrau yn 2020/21. Caiff y rhain eu gwneud yn rhan o drafodaethau'r DU ynglŷn â’' haelodaeth o'r UE, a byddwn yn rhoi rhagor o fanylion i chi cyn gynted ag y bo modd.

Myfyrwyr tu allan i'r UE (2019/20)

Ffioedd DysguBlaendalNodiadau

Rhagor o wybodaeth am ffioedd dysgu a blaendaliadau, gan gynnwys ar gyfer myfyrwyr rhan-amser a pharhaus.

Costau ychwanegol

The University will cover any additional costs that are essential for you to pass the programme. For this reason you will be provided with a small financial allocation as required.  The details of this will be provided by your Programme Lead throughout the academic year.

A fydd angen unrhyw gyfarpar penodol arnaf I astudio’r cwrs hwn?

We will provide any equipment that is essential to the course. However, we recommend that you bring a laptop computer with appropriate software (e.g. word processing), USB or a hard drive, general stationary and some basic drawing equipment.

We provide students with student licenses for most of the specialist simulation software we use on the course, however we can currently only guarantee that these work on computers with a Windows operating system.

During the course, you will have access to the specialist Architecture Library, and other University libraries, and study spaces across campus. Within the School, you may work in our design studios, use our computing suites, and use our facilities which include large-format plotters, a digital laser cutter and a well-equipped workshop.

Postgraduate students on a study tour.

During the course, we go on a range of study trips in the UK, Europe, or further afield. On these trips we will organise guided visits to buildings that demonstrate how principles taught in the programme are applied in revolutionary large-scale eco-buildings. You will also have the opportunity to meet architects and built environment professionals who collaborate with the School.