MArch Environmental Design

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering

Program Description

MArch Environmental Design

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering

The 12 month MArch Environmental Design course is a design project-based programme which aims to provide advanced training in integrated environmental design in architecture. It is intended primarily for practitioners in the architecture and building industry who wish to broaden their knowledge in sustainable building design and apply the environmental design knowledge and skills in architectural projects. The course is also designed for individuals who wish to pursue research careers in the environmental design-related areas.

By using the design project as a vehicle, students will be introduced to the integrated design approach where the knowledge of environmental design theories and principles will be applied in the design process. The design proposals will then be tested and refined using a range of physical and computer-based simulation tools. In this way, students can rapidly develop their understanding and skills of environmental design and apply the knowledge in practice. The case study module and dissertation help students to further develop their knowledge in integrated environmental design.

By the end of the course, you will have the knowledge and understanding of the opportunities and benefits which arise from the application of environmental design principles in architecture and urban design, and the role of an integrated approach in the design process.

Key facts

  • as part of its remit, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment aims to develop your vocational skills and the environmentally responsible attitude necessary in today’s rapidly changing world.
  • the department enjoys strong collaborative links with overseas institutions. You may have the opportunity to attended conferences, seminars and training courses both in the UK and abroad.
  • the personal benefits of this course include a broadening career horizon; cross disciplinary interaction and debate; working with professionals from other industrial sectors and sharing experience; as well as enhancing your professional network of contacts and support.
  • this course does not currently convey professional accreditation in the UK.

Presessional English for Academic Purposes

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs a 5-week Built Environment English language and study skills course. This course is designed in collaboration with the Department of Architecture and Built Environment to prepare students going onto Architecture and Built Environment programmes.

If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to your MSc course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take a 10 or 5-week English Language and Academic Skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
  • you have a guaranteed place on the MSc course
  • your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework

Course details

Based within the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, this course emphasises a problem-solving approach where technical and theoretical knowledge is well integrated and it also builds on a project-based approach, which is unique in environmental design education.

The theoretical and technological aspects of environmental design are treated in equal measures during the studio design projects.

As part of the course content, you will undertake an environmental design module which is a studio-based exercise where practical skills and imagination are challenged and examined through an architectural project. The key design projects include:

  • Environmental Design in Architecture
  • Sustainable Housing Design
  • Advanced Tall Building Design

Additional lectures and seminar modules provide a parallel knowledge base and intellectual support for the design project. Other core modules include Architectural Research Methods and Case Study Project.

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

You will spend the summer semester producing a supervised dissertation. This will be an in-depth study of an individually determined topic and is an opportunity to conduct a major piece of independent research that reflects individual interests and aspirations.

The MArch Environmental Design is offered on a full-time basis over one year (September to September).

In the autumn and spring semesters, you will complete 120 credits worth of modules including a number of design projects which provide the platform for the application of integrated design approach in practice. These design projects are supported by lectures, seminars and tutorials to provide you with a parallel knowledge base and intellectual support for the design projects.

Finally, you will complete a supervised 60-credit written research thesis or dissertation during the summer period towards the end of the course.

Core modules

  • Masters Studio I – Environmental Design Project I (30 credits)
  • Advanced Environmental Design (15 credits)
  • Masters Studio II – Environmental Design Project II (30 credits)
  • Case Study Project (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)


This MArch programme is project oriented - it explicitly calls for design proposals rather than purely theoretical work. The course stresses the importance of connecting design projects to the broader decision-making context of real and complex projects.

This programme has been specifically designed with the profession's needs in mind and most of the graduates from the MArch courses return to work as professionals within both the private and public sector in their own countries. Many do however continue to PhD programmes either at Nottingham or other leading universities.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: 2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
  • Other requirements: Architectural design work portfolio must be submitted
  • IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Last updated July 31, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
1 year
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6,930 GBP
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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HEU Fees: £6,930 / International Fees: £15,885