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Cardiff University: Welsh School of Architecture

Cardiff University
Welsh School of Architecture


Our environment
The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University, which was originally established in 1920, is now one of the top-ranked schools of architecture in the UK. We attract postgraduate students from around the world who benefit from the unique experience of studying and living in the friendly and welcoming capital city of Wales.

Through our research and teaching we seek to create a built environment that enhances people’s lives without destroying the planet for future generations. We collaborate with universities, industry and architectural practices across the world to maximise our student learning experience and the impact of our research. We also work closely with local communities to share our expertise and achieve common goals.  As a result, for the past three years, we have been listed among the top 50 schools specialising in Architecture and the Built Environment in the QS World Rankings.

Our postgraduate taught programmes
We currently offer nine master's degree programmes and one postgraduate diploma, aimed at students who would like to specialise in a particular subject or enhance their career options. Our portfolio of postgraduate courses demonstrates our expertise in architectural studies, sustainable environments and urban design and many of them are accredited by relevant professional institutions.

All of our postgraduate courses offer opportunities to embed your knowledge into practice through project work and course-essential fieldtrips (with most travel and accommodation paid for by the School). We also offer part-time and distance learning options on some of our courses.

MA Architectural Design
MA Urban Design
Master of Design Administration
MSc Advanced Building Performance Evaluation
MSc Computational Methods in Architecture
MSc Environmental Design of Buildings
MSc Sustainable Building Conservation
MSc Sustainable Mega-Buildings
PGDip in Architecture: Professional Practice (RIBA Part 3)

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Our postgraduate research programmes
Our postgraduate research programmes offer students the opportunity to work and study alongside internationally recognised academics in their fields.

We have an established reputation in all aspects of sustainability, architectural history and design-led approaches to research. The MPhil and PhD research degrees available all relate to these areas:

Architectural Science
Architectural History and Theory
Design and Practice Research

We are now also offering a new PhD in Creative Practice in Architecture available to practising architects.

Our facilities
Our teaching is currently based across three sites close to the city centre of Cardiff – the Bute Building, Friary House, and North Road.

The Bute Building is home to our bespoke Architecture Libraryrobotics laboratoryenvironmental laboratory (with its artificial sky, which is one of the best equipped in the UK), media lab, digital fabrication lab and workshop, as well as various studio, exhibition and teaching spaces.

Friary House is our new home for postgraduate taught teaching and is fully equipped with flexible and modern teaching spaces. Our MSc Sustainable Building Conservation programme is currently based on North Road.

Student life
Cardiff is a thriving, beautiful city widely recognised as an outstanding place to live and study. It combines the advantages of a compact, friendly and inexpensive location with the cultural and recreational facilities of a modern capital city.

Cardiff University offers a range of accommodation to suit individual preferences and budgets, with overseas and EU postgraduates (arriving in September) guaranteed a place for their first year.

There are also a wide range of facilities and support services available, such as student supportsports facilities, and specialised postgraduate facilities, to help you to ease into university life.

Watch our videos to find out more about the courses we offer:

MSc Building Diagnostics for Energy and Environmental Performance



MSc Environmental Design of Buildings


MSc Environmental Design of Buildings (Distance learning version)


MSc Sustainable Mega Buildings



MSc Sustainable Building Conservation



MA Architectural Design


MA Urban Design



MSc Computational Methods in Architecture

Contact details

Contact: Carys Meredith (Postgraduate Officer)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 9693

Katrina Lewis (Research Officer)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6251

Welsh School of Architecture
Cardiff University
Bute Building
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NB


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