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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 13850

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 19600

All study options

About Sustainable Engineering: Architecture and Ecology at Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

This course will provide you with a critical understanding of the relationship between architecture and ecology. You'll look at both from a theoretical perspective. This will be done by instructional modules taken at Strathclyde in Glasgow during the first three months of study. The practical demonstration of this relationship will be through project work at the urban laboratory Arcosanti in Arizona.

The Cosanti Foundation, established by Dr Paolo Soleri in 1964, is an education-based architecture and urban design not-for-profit organisation located in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. The Foundation established the world-renowned Arcosanti project in 1970 as an urban laboratory focused on researching alternatives to urban sprawl, based on Soleri's work on ecological architecture, and his proposals for the design of future cities.

This is a unique opportunity to study your Master's degree while living and working at Arcosanti, helping to research, design and construct an alternative to urban sprawl, joining thousands of people who, since Arcosanti's launch in 1970, have already been part of 'one of the most important urban experiments in our lifetime' (Newsweek).

Work placement

You'll work and study at the urban laboratory of Arcosanti in Arizona for three months, with the option to remain there for a further three months to complete an individual project.

Major projects

This course is delivered in collaboration with The Cosanti Foundation who have over 40 years' experience teaching architecture and ecology. Foundation staff will deliver the Arcology instructional module and oversee the group projects. You can also be involved with Arizona State University and the ECOSA Institute. Both are based in Arizona and have extensive experience in teaching architecture and ecology specific to the Arizona climate.

Facilities

We're a modern university with great support for students including a large campus library and IT facilities. The Department of Architecture also has an on-site library with an extensive collection of architecture and urban design books and journals. You'll also be provided with individual desk space within a postgraduate research hub with access to printing facilities.

When at Arcosanti, you'll have room and board in addition to a dedicated working space equipped with printing and scanning facilities and site-wide Wi-Fi.

Find out more about the full range of facilities we have on offer.

Guest lectures

Throughout Semester 1, you'll have lectures by a number of experts in the fields of architecture and ecology, covering both theory and practice.

Teaching staff

Course Director, Dr David Grierson, has expertise in teaching and research in sustainability. He's Deputy Head of Architecture, Director of Internationalisation, Director of the Sustainable Engineering Programme, and Chair of the Graduate School of Engineering.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 13850International course feesGBP 19600
  • The awardPG DipHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study9 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardPG CertHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study6 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • £12,400

Rest of UK

  • £13,850

International

  • £19,600

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarships (FEES) for International Students

We're offering a number of scholarships for self-funded, international (non-EU) fee-paying students with excellent academic qualifications.

Awards are for course fees and differ for undergraduate, postgraduate and postgraduate research students.

You must have applied for a relevant course of study, and start your degree from September 2017 (or later in the 2017-2018 academic year).

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don't forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don't forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don't forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don't forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Entry requirements

  • an Honours degree in architecture, engineering or related subject
Consideration will also be given to candidates with other relevant professional qualifications in a discipline related to the built environment and/or professional experience.

English language requirements for international students

For candidates whose first language is not English, documentary evidence of an appropriate level of competency of written and spoken English must be provided. The minimum standards are an IELTS minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5). Applicants with slightly lower scores have the opportunity to attend the University's Pre-Sessional English classes to bring them up to the required level.

Open Access

Alternative qualifications or professional experience may be considered by the course leader (home students only), depending on the module chosen.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit International Study Centre and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

English Language Requirements: IELTs 6.5 or equivalent

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