The MSc is offered by Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment, a new research centre in the Kent School of Architecture and Planning (KSAP) that promotes a cross-disciplinary approach to research in the field of sustainability in the built environment, bridging the traditional boundaries between the arts and the sciences, research and practice.
The course content ranges from the development of the design skills and the technical and scientific understanding required to develop sustainable solutions for new and existing buildings, the analysis of historic buildings and past environment technologies, to a critical exploration of the historical and cultural context of sustainability and environmental design.
The course, which can be studied full-time or part-time, offers an academically rigorous and intellectually challenging learning environment, which aims to enhance career development within the field for professionals and academics. The over-arching aim of the programme is to provide participants with a systematic understanding of core and advanced areas of sustainable design through a combination of taught courses, research assignments and project work. Students will be asked to conduct rigorous technical and historical research and to explore the practical application of their findings in the context of design and technology.
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the complexity of energy performance of buildings and their occupants’ interactions
- impact of the physical environment on the environmental and energy performance of buildings
- fundamental concepts of building science and principles for low energy design, in relation to heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting
- a comprehensive, critical analysis of the environmental behaviour of historic buildings and the associated environmental technologies
- the range of techniques for analysing the environmental and energy performance of buildings
- A holistic approach that enables development of design strategies for low energy buildings, for both new as well as retrofitting developments, that are equally culturally and environmentally sustainable.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- the ability to apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry
- the ability to develop analytical and critical skills in understanding the environmental and energy performance of buildings
- the ability to synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and application in the relevant framework
- the ability to resolve complex problems in developing low energy buildings.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- the ability to develop strategies for low energy design for new and retrofitted building developments
- the ability to produce technical analytical reports for the development of sustainable buildings
- the ability to use appropriate monitoring techniques and software tools for evaluating the environmental and energy performance of buildings
- the ability to use visual, verbal and written communication to present the analysis of design proposals
- the ability to work in multidisciplinary design teams.
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means
- the ability to generate, analyse, interpret and present data
- the ability to prepare critical arguments (written, visual and oral) based on thorough theoretical analysis and empirical research
- the ability to work effectively individually as well as in a team
- the ability to manage time and resources and prioritise workloads
- the ability to take responsibility for your personal and professional learning and development (personal development planning and CPD).
This programme aims to:
- enable students to develop systematic understanding of the effect of the built environment on the environmental performance and energy consumption of buildings, while optimising comfortable conditions for the occupants
- develop your understanding of the sustainability drivers for the built environment
- develop your in-depth knowledge of the theoretical principles of low carbon design
- develop the ability to analyse the environmental behaviour of historic structures and the efficiency of past environmental technologies, using modern scientific methods
- promote creativity in the integration of sustainable solutions in the built environment at different scales
- enable you to develop skills for physical monitoring and digital modelling of the environmental and energy performance of buildings
- provide you with the ability to work in multidisciplinary design teams
- promote and support independent research skills.
- enable you to develop the skills required for both autonomous practice and team-working.
- support you, so that you can fulfil your full potential in the programme.