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Postgraduate Programs in Architecture, Construction and TransportFind postgraduate programs in ARCHITECTURE
Masters degree programs in architecture will look at the ways to plan, design and construct buildings and other structures. They will approach the design and creation of a building or structure from both an art and a science perspective, exploring various different elements.
These will include the design process – both free drawing and computer-based drawing; urban development; ecological and environmental issues that are potentially affected by architecture and can help to shape it both visually and developmentally; sustainable development; and maintaining historic buildings and architecture successfully. In most countries you will need to study architecture at undergraduate and postgraduate level to gain a professional qualification in architecture, for example the traditional Architecture RIBA in the UK which takes seven years to complete.
There is a wide variety of architecture postgraduate programs available throughout the world, and obviously depending on where you choose to study could influence the content of your course – as the surroundings of your chosen university could have a big impact on the study modules and the lecturers’ inspirations, from the Renaissance architecture of Italy, to the post-war architecture of some parts of Eastern Europe, to the ultra-modern architecture of New York City, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Different types of architecture course
In the UK, there are around 70 universities offering postgraduate degrees in an architecture specialism and more than 700 courses to choose from. Many of the architecture postgraduate degrees available are taught degrees and they specialise in different aspects of architecture.
Cardiff University currently offers seven masters degree programs and one postgraduate diploma, aimed at students who would like to specialise in a particular subject or enhance their career options in the field of architecture – these include: MA Architectural Design; MA Urban Design; Master of Design Administration (MDA); MSc Computational Methods in Architecture; MSc Environmental Design of Buildings; MSc Sustainable Building Conservation; MSc Sustainable Mega-Buildings; and PgDip in Architecture: Professional Practice (RIBA Part 3).
Kingston University London offers a standard Architecture MArch that offers postgraduates the opportunity to learn more about theoretical issues and the chance to focus on the study of architecture in line with common UK practice. Oxford Brookes University also offers a typical MArch in Architecture, but within this course they specialise in experimentation with using air, water, light and sound as materials alongside the usual wood and metal.
UCL allows students to specialise in architectural history and design – its Architectural History MA offers the chance to explore important structures and cities, particularly in relation to the social, political and technological situation of the time. Meanwhile, its MA Architecture and Historic Urban Environments course focuses on the challenges that have come with creating effective urban environments throughout history.
The University of Kent offers an MA in Architecture and Urban Design which enables students to examine ways in which cities of the future can be sustainable yet accommodating of heritage sites and increasing populations.
Student case study
Find out how Margarita Grigorova from Bulgaria – a student on of the MSc City Planning & Real Estate Development course at the University of Glasgow – is enjoying her postgraduate program.Find postgraduate programs in CONSTRUCTION
Construction is closely related to the fields of architecture and civil engineering, and degree and doctorate programs in construction could include building studies, property, quantity surveying, land management and valuation as well as some more unusual subjects such as specific modelling programs.
The construction industry is always going to be a growth industry as people will always need new places to live, work and study – not to mention new roads, tunnels and bridges to travel on. Therefore, studying construction at a higher education institution is a great idea in terms of opening up some great career options.
Construction also involves aspects of planning and management as building projects need to be coordinated properly. Logistical know-how also plays an important part in construction.Find postgraduate programs in TRANSPORT
The aim of a degree program in transport is to develop the students' ability to analyse and research transport issues. They will also give the students a skill base in transport planning as well as management issues that can arise in the successful implementation of new transport policies.
Postgraduate programs in transport can either give students a rather broad overview of the issues concerning transport – primarily management and planning – or they can give students the chance to specialise more into a particular field.
The location of your institution could play a part in determining your course content, for example many European cities have underground train networks – like London’s Underground (UK) or Paris’s Metro (France) – other cities have great tramway networks like Lisbon in Portugal – or even canal networks like in Venice or Amsterdam!Find your PERFECT POSTGRAD PROGRAM