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Architecture

We are pleased to offer a selection of postgraduate taught modules from the MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings, a programme which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

The modules offered are suitable for professional architects, engineers, building technologists, or those working in environmental design who are wanting to upskill or further their career, and who are happy to study alongside full-programme MSc students.

Please note that these three modules are all delivered entirely via distance learning, giving you the flexibility to study with us wherever you are in the world!

The distance learning programme with the Welsh School of Architecture is well-tailored to suit the needs of those learning away from Cardiff. I particularly like the fact that all lectures are recorded, including questions and discussions with the local students. This means that I don't miss out on course content, but allows me to cover all of the material in my own time, at my own pace. The staff are very supportive and offer support through online tutorials and Skype calls. I have also been able to engage with other distance learners and also local students through group work, using Skype and also through the online tutorials.

Kate Paxton, MSc Environmental Design of Buildings (distance learning)

Modules

The following modules have typically been offered as standalone options:

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These courses are recognised by The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI).

Earth and Society

Credits

10 credit module at Level 7 (Postgraduate level) (reference ART122)

Dates

Autumn Semester. Please contact us for the latest timetable information.

Cost

Fees for taking the module in Autumn 2021 are as follows:

  • Students from the UK: £540
  • Student from the rest of the world (international): £970
  • If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Outline description

This module introduces the principal concepts of sustainability. It considers the historic development of the 'green' movement and Climate Change as an important context for sustainable development.

It identifies different sustainability positions adopted today, both at a theoretical and practical level and encourages students to question these as well as their own views. The module demands students to develop their own sustainability position in relation to a specific development scale (from individual buildings through communities to urban scale); while including social and environmental considerations that underpin sustainability in the built environment (ie. health and wellbeing, social justice, professional responsibility and ethics).

The module provides a structure for students to develop, discuss and formulate their personal sustainability standpoint and reflect on the role of their chosen future profession in delivering holistic sustainability.

Objectives

On completion of the module a student should be able to:

  • summarise the concept and the context of sustainability
  • identify the complexities and interdependencies of sustainable development and the constraints involved in applying sustainability principles into practice at a variety of development scales
  • formulate a justified position to illustrate what their chosen professional role can do to enhance holistic sustainability with relation to the built environment.

Low Carbon Buildings

Credits

10 credit module at Level 7 (Postgraduate level) (reference ART135)

Dates

Spring Semester. Please contact us for the latest timetable information.

Cost

Fees for taking the module in Spring 2022 are as follows:

  • Students from the UK = £540
  • Student from the rest of the world (international) = £970
  • If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Outline description

Low carbon design requires a holistic approach to the energy use of a building. The designer needs to understand in principle how buildings use energy and to supplement this understanding with evidence of energy use from the field. He or she needs to be able to work with goals for building design, such as zero carbon standards, and with ways of off-setting energy consumption with renewable technologies.

The aims of the module are therefore:

  • to introduce the ways in which buildings use energy
  • to introduce methods of meeting building energy demands through renewables and low energy systems
  • to introduce techniques for assessing the energy footprint and sustainable performance of the building using benchmarking.

Objectives

On completion of the module a student should be able to:

  • explain how buildings use energy, the demands and loads with buildings and the impact of occupancy on energy use
  • explain the use of renewable technologies and low energy cooling technologies within buildings
  • show a basic knowledge of the concept of embodied energy
  • show an understanding of assessment tools for sustainable design
  • evaluate how well a building attains low carbon design
  • assess the impact of the various building services options on a building design problem.

Investigation of the Built Environment

Credits

10 credit module at Level 7 (Postgraduate level) (reference ART142)

Dates

Spring Semester. Please contact us for the latest timetable information.

Cost

Fees for taking the module in Spring 2022 are as follows:

  • Students from the UK = £540
  • Student from the rest of the world (international) = £970
  • If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Outline description

This module focuses on the introduction of methods and techniques by which building designers, owners and operators can determine whether their building performs as anticipated. It introduces measurement and post occupancy evaluation.

Sustainable development of the built environment requires that buildings perform as expected. Experience has shown us that buildings that are uncomfortable, badly operated, or poorly maintained, will use far more resources than they were designed

The module is based on the belief that evaluation, feedback and critique are vital components to the progress of design. Progress can only be achieved when this assessment is completed using credible and appropriate methods. The module aims to reinforce this message and introduce the student to a number of investigative and analytical methods and techniques, including simulation, measurement and survey. It will consider both physical and human perspectives of the built environment and draw on methods appropriate to both academic and practice-based investigations.

Objectives

On completion of the module a student should be able to:

  • identify factors that contribute positively towards sustainable performance of buildings in use
  • identify appropriate monitoring and research techniques to evaluate building and development performance in use
  • explain how monitoring and investigations can be undertaken to help improve building performance.

Delivery

All three modules will be taught primarily through the University’s virtual learning environment, Learning Central. Through this portal students will have access to all distance-learning teaching materials, which include set reading materials.

Audio-visual support, animated demonstrations, and interactive exercises will be used to aid learning and implementation of subject-specific skills. You will be given access to and are expected to view/ listen to recordings of lectures or demonstrations given as part of these modules. Short tasks are set to give students opportunities for individual study and formative feedback.

Will I need any specific equipment?

You will need access to a computer/laptop with word processing software and good access to the internet, and which is capable of running Design Builder software.   Appropriate software should be available via Cardiff University’s intranet and will be signposted when required.

A USB or hard drive to store your work, general stationary and some basic drawing equipment would also be useful

Where appropriate, we provide students with student licenses or access to the specialist simulation software we use for teaching, however we can currently only guarantee that these work on computers with a Windows operating system.

You will have access to the specialist Architecture Library, and other University libraries.

You may also wish to purchase some key texts. Although the texts required for study are available in the School’s library, there are benefits to owning your personal copy of key works so that you may access them whenever you wish.

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed in a variety of different ways. 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. You may also be asked to complete tests through online invigilation.

Entry requirements

Typically, applicants will need to have either:

  • a 2:1 honours degree in architecture, building services engineering, building technology, or environmental studies
  • a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification
  • or relevant professional experience evidenced by a reference.

English Language requirements

IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.

Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Applicants should complete the module application and equal opportunities forms and return these to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Unit.

Please contact the CPD Unit for further guidance on the application process.

Standalone module application form

We aim to process your application as quickly as possible.

Equal opportunities monitoring form

To monitor the effectiveness of our equal opportunities policy, we require applicants to provide the information outlined in this form.

Contact us

Continuing Professional Development Unit