Master of Science in Architectural Engineering

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Program Description

Overview

The Architectural Engineering Department offers a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Architectural Engineering for students with interests in the design, construction and operation of high performing built environment. The MSc degree prepares students for specialized roles in professional practice as well as for advanced study at the doctoral level. The program includes rigorous architecture engineering course work on topics related to building science, engineering systems, sustainable development, and high-performance design at various scales of the built environment. The program culminates in either a research-based project or a thesis. Applicants are expected to have undergraduate architectural or architectural engineering backgrounds, either with a BSc degree in Architectural Engineering from UAE University or equivalent in a closely related area.

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Program Objectives

  • Develop meaningful research on interactions between buildings and the surrounding environment at the local, national, and regional levels.
  • Provide research and professional training necessary for graduates to advance and move into higher professional or academic functions.
  • Maintain high international academic standards in research and professional students’ learning outcomes.
  • Promote the collaboration between the Architectural Engineering research and graduate studies and the government and industrial sectors nationally and internationally.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply advanced research techniques and methods to the analysis and solution of engineering problems.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge sufficient to analyze complex environmental issues related to building and urban systems.
  • Develop comprehensive engineering systems, highly specialized components, or appropriate processes for the built environment.
  • Apply advanced knowledge in a specialized and emerging area in high performance built environment.
  • Develop communication skills to present, explain and criticize highly complex issues.
  • Evaluate engineering systems in a high performance built environment according to relevant regulations and codes.
  • Evaluate knowledge of contemporary professional practice in a high performance built environment.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours: minimum of 30 hours

Architectural Engineering (15 CH for thesis and 18 for non-thesis)

Required Courses (15 hours) Credit Hours
ARCH600 Building Research & Methods 3
ARCH601 Graduate Research Seminar 1
ARCH602 Sustainable Urbanism 3
ARCH603 High-Performance Buildings 3
ARCH605 Independent Research 2
ARCH608 Design Management for the Built Environment 3
Elective Courses (9 CH for Thesis option and 15CH for Non-Thesis option) (9 hours) Credit Hours
ARCH614 Sustainable Community Develop 3
ARCH616 Impact Assessment for the Built Environment 3
ARCH617 Selected Topics in Architectural Engineering 3
ARCH623 Integrated Construction Tools and Processes 3
ARCH631 Advanced Illumination and Daylighting 3
ARCH632 Climate Research in Build Energy Efficiency 3
ARCH633 Water Efficiency in the Built Environment 3
ARCH634 Building Science Experiment Research Lab 3
ARCH635 Fenestration Analysis & Design 3
ARCH636 Building Ventilation 3

Thesis/Project

6 Credit Hours for Thesis option and 3 Credit Hours for non-thesis option (6 hours) Credit Hours
ARCH698 Research-Based Design Project 1 3
ARCH699 Thesis 2 6
1: Non-Thesis Only
2: Thesis Only

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of higher education and scientific research;
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent in all undergraduate work.
  • A score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application, with the following exceptions:

Conditional Acceptance

An applicant with a Bachelor degree recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research may be granted conditional admission into the Master’s program in one and only one of the following cases:

An applicant with an IELTS score of 5.5, or its equivalent. Such a Student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. Must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
  2. May take a maximum of six (6) credits hours in the first semester, not including intensive English courses;
  3. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA less than 3.0 but equal or higher than 2.5, or its equivalent. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. May take a maximum of nine (9) credits hours in the first semester of study;
  2. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

Merit Fellowship Award

To receive the Merit Award, students are expected to have high academic credentials and maintain their academic success at the UAEU. The Merit Fellowship Award offers a financial assistance in form of partial tuition waiver to qualified students. Students in STEM and strategic areas of the country (renewable energy, transportation, health, water resources, technology, space) will have priority.

Student Eligibility:

  • Have Excellent Academic Standing (GPA ≥ 3.6/4.0).
  • Maintain a GPA ≥3.6/4.0 during study at UAEU.
  • Have no other financial sponsorship or award.

Benefits:

  • 50% discount on tuition fees.

Duration:

  • Valid until graduation as long as the student is abiding with the Student Eligibility conditions.

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Last updated May 2020

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