Learning and assessment
How you will learn
Our MArch Architecture and Sustainable Design programme deals with the application of the theoretical and technological aspects of environmental design and sustainable architecture in equal measures in creative studio design projects.
This course emphasises problem solving, where technical and theoretical knowledge are integrated into design projects, and a unique learning method in environmental design education.
Studio project briefs are based as much as possible on real-life projects, and participation in national or international competitions will be supported. Students will also be encouraged to present their work in national or international conferences and events.
Expert staff will offer dissertation topic choices, but you are also able to choose a topic of your interest in the context that is most relevant to you, to develop your knowledge in integrated environmental design and sustainable architecture.
How you will be assessed
Each module has a set of marking criteria aligned with its learning outcomes. This is used to assess your work via studio reviews, portfolio submissions, essays and research papers. The same goes for the dissertation, which is marked by at least two staff who are experts in the chosen subject. None of the core modules require you to seat an exam. You must pass each module with at least 50% to progress. Your final degree classification will be calculated based on the weighting of each module, which reflects their credits.
Contact time and study hours
Teaching for this course usually takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays for the lecture-based modules (circa 6 contact hours per week) and Thursdays for the studio-based modules (circa 6 contact hours per week) during term-time. This is subject to timetabling and depends on which optional modules you choose. As a guide, one credit is equal to approximately 10 hours of work, and therefore you will be expected to do a significant amount of self-study time. For your dissertation, you will receive a minimum of 30 hours of support between meetings and feedback on your progress.
Class sizes vary with the modules. Studios are generally undertaken in small groups, usually between 10 and 20. Other core modules such as Advanced Sustainable Design and Case Study Project have medium size classes (usually 15-25 students), which allow us to run workshops effectively. In Research and Professional Skills, Tools and Methods you will join the whole masters cohort in a large group, which will allow you to meet others outside your course.