University of Derby: Sustainable Architecture and Healthy Buildings (MSc)

InstitutionUniversity of Derby
Department Department of Engineering
Telephone 01332 591167
Study type Taught


The programme has been designed as a contemporary sustainable architectural course with an innovative blend of established scientific theories and design principles in relation to the healthy buildings and environments, aiming to raise awareness and practicing principles. Students will build on their knowledge and skills, consider the environmental impact of design decisions and research how to undertake holistic sustainable design analysis integrated within the building information modelling environment. Students will critically analyse current sustainable architecture and low energy design principles and technologies, government legislation, codes for sustainable design and other professional, industrial and commerce drivers. Students also research issues that could adversely affect the health of the building users, in a people centred, proactive and preventive way. Sustainability is not just about the environment so students will research its relationship with aspects of a broader contextual framework, such as socio-cultural, economic, good governance and advancements in the scientific and technological research. This course is professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. The programme has been written in collaboration with industry and underpinned by staff research

4 course options

Qualification MSc
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (at least 2nd Class) in an architectural or built environment subject, or an equivalent professional qualification. Applications from candidates with significant professional experience will also be considered.


A variety of assessment methods are used, including a combination of coursework and live project work, assignments, exhibitions, degree show, peer group reviews, graphic and oral presentations and portfolios.


Modules include: research methods: application and evaluation; health in buildings: comparative approaches; sustainable architecture and low energy design; cpd and strategic management; sustainable design simulation and analysis; sustainable construction methods and materials; environmental performance management for sustainable development; designing environments; negotiated module; independent scholarship.

Location Markeaton Street Campus
Markeaton Street
DE22 3AW


EU 600 GBP for Module
England 600 GBP for Module
Northern Ireland 600 GBP for Module
Scotland 600 GBP for Module
Wales 600 GBP for Module
International 13500 GBP for Whole course

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