University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Architectural Design

This studio-based course will help you develop your own distinctive design practice. You�ll explore design processes and methodologies. There are opportunities to work on real-life projects with local and regional groups. You can take the course as a stand-alone MA or as preparation for a PhD via our PhD by Design programme. Our media unit has a range of audio-visual and environmental equipment including artificial sky for daylight simulation, a thermal imaging camera and a mixed reality imaging suite. We have our own photography studio, reprographics unit and 3D printers. There are design studios, research rooms and computer labs. Our student-led design projects help you learn by doing; working with real clients on real projects, you�ll discover the benefits of socially engaged design and collaborative working.

Entry requirements

You�ll need a 2.1 Honours degree or an equivalent qualification related to design in the built environment, such as architecture, landscape architecture or town planning. Your degree doesn�t have to be design- based. If you have a lot of professional design experience we�ll consider your application. We�d like to see your portfolio to get an idea of your design abilities; and we may ask you to come to an interview. Students whose 1st language is not English require an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Code modules include: Special design 1 �live project�; design project 1 and 2; reflections on architectural design; thesis design project; route a � research by design (theory) critical spatial theory; route b � research by design (practice) theory and research in design, environment and technology in design. Option modules may include: Reflections on architectural education; conservation and regeneration principles and approaches; conservation and regeneration traditional materials and techniques; conservation and regeneration policy and law; participation in urban design and architecture; history and theory of urban design; reflection on urban design practice; principles of building physics for sustainable design; building environmental simulation and analysis; renewable energy; parametric architectural geometry; critical application of building information modelling.

Assessment methods

You�ll be assessed on course assignments and examinations, design thesis and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,750 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
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0114 222 0306/0309