Environmental Design MArch


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Qualification name:Environmental Design
Duration:1 year full-time
Entry requirements:2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Including:Architecture or equivalent. Must include modules in architectural design amounting to a minimum of 25 %-50% of the total credits.
Other requirements:Architectural design work portfolio must be submitted
IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:University Park Campus

Course Overview

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.

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. 


The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpages.


UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the department.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.


The Department of Architecture and Built Environment has an international reputation for its teaching and research, and collaborates with leading institutions worldwide in the fields of architecture, urban design and sustainable energy technology.

It is renowned for its commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, and therefore our postgraduates are internationally recognised as having the skills needed to meet the contemporary challenges facing the built environment professions.

This course will give students the practical environmental design knowledge and skills that are highly sought after by employers.  Our graduates often benefit from accelerated promotion in the building industry and enjoy the recognition of their professional abilities by employers and clients worldwide.

If students have some prior experience within the building industry, the MArch Environmental Design may enable them to find mid-career opportunities to change direction or sector.

Average starting salary and career progression

Availability for employment and salary data for this department is not attainable due to a small sample size.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

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