The global environmental and energy challenge facing current and future generations of architects and building professionals calls for a deeper understanding of the principles of environmental design, and their effective application into architectural practice worldwide.
Over the last decades Architecture and Environmental Design offered at the University of Westminster as a subject area has developed, responding to new research and experimentation, both in academia and in practice. However, buildings claiming to be environmentally conscious do not perform to the expected standards, still heavily contributing to global CO2 emissions and often providing unsatisfactory comfort conditions to occupants.
The same can be said for the existing built environment which is largely outdated and underperforming, requiring urgent implementation of effective retrofit strategies. This is due to a lack of comprehensive performance prediction and feedback protocols, which are still not common practice in architectural design.
The course covers both the wider contextual and sustainable approach to environmental design, and the more technical aspects of environmentally and energy conscious building design and performance. As well as taught modules, you will take design-based modules where you will apply quantitative and qualitative analysis to the study of existing built environments and to new design projects.
This course will give you skills that can be used both in architectural practice and in environmental design consultancy. The research issues explored in your final thesis project could also lead to further research and an academic career through the path of a PhD degree in a number of related fields.
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
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You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of First Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
From September 2016, Student Finance England (SFE) are introducing a loan of up to £10,000 for students starting a postgraduate master’s course starting in September 2016 or later. They have released the following information about the new loans:
The loan can be used to pay tuition fees or help meet your maintenance or study costs. Your course must be at postgraduate masters level and you must meet the eligibility rules that relate to residence, settled status, previous study and qualifications.
Eligible courses can be taught or research based. At the University of Westminster, eligible courses include MA, MSc, LLM, MBA, MRes and MPhil. RIBA Part 2 architecture and integrated Master’s do not qualify.
The loan is available for full-time and part-time study. Part time study must be at a minimum study intensity of 50% of the full-time equivalent.
The loan will always be paid over one or two years even if the course lasts longer. For one year full-time courses a loan of up to £10,000 is available. For courses of two years or more up to £5,000 is available for year one and up to £5,000 in year two.
The loan is not assessed against household income or any other loans or grants.
SFE also provide a grant called the Disabled Students Allowance to help students with study needs relating to disability. This allowance is available for full and part-time study. You must meet the eligibility rules to qualify and your study needs have to be assessed.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
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