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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Normally an honours degree in architecture at 2.2 or above. You must also have one of the following • part one in architecture from a RIBA accredited and ARB prescribed programme • RIBA office-based part one diploma • equivalent European qualifications, satisfying the EU Architects Directive • overseas architecture qualifications with RIBA part one validation or equivalent We will invite you for interview, when we ask you to present a design portfolio of academic work and/or practice-based work. International students need high level English language skills. If your first degree was not taught in English then you need an IELTS score of 6.5.
  • Academic Title
    MSc/PgDip Architecture
  • Course description
    We designed this course to provide the part two qualification of your professional architecture education, while working in architectural practice. Your study is typically three years but our flexible delivery allows you to extend this to six years to suit your professional and personal circumstances.

    If you have a job in architectural practice you may move directly onto the course after completing part one, with no need for a year’s professional experience. You can take your year’s experience alongside your study provided you work in practice for three or more days per week.

    You can achieve your postgraduate diploma and part two in your third year. You may then choose to study for a masters by taking the research methods and dissertation modules.

    You follow a personal curriculum and negotiate a learning plan with your tutor at the start of each year. We also encourage work-based learning to allow your studies to focus on your practice and professional development needs.

    Where appropriate, we base your learning and assessment on the projects and initiatives you are working on in practice.

    Your study is flexible with a choice of optional modules. In the autumn semester you concentrate on lectures, seminars, study and research. The spring semester is for design studio projects.

    In your second year you take an overseas design project. This currently takes place in Hong Kong.

    In your final year, you prepare a design thesis where you devise your own project to address topical themes and explore the issues faced by real towns and cities.

    The course provides a weekly forum for group interaction where you share and challenge ideas and proposals. The group sessions are student-led with tutor support and directed reading on theories in ? culture ? ethics ? urban design ? conservation ? technology ? the environment ? professional practice. Group interaction continues beyond the classroom in web-based discussion forums.

    The course provides a continuation and extension of the environmental focus of the existing part one architecture course at Sheffield Hallam. You are supported in seminars and in the studio by expert academics and practitioners in this field.

    Associated careers

    This course improves your present working practices and prospects for promotion in your organisation through a deeper understanding, knowledge and focused professional skills.

    You gain expertise in sustainable design – a subject of increasing urgency globally.
    Although the focus is on gaining professional qualifications in architecture, the postgraduate diploma also gives you access to related careers in ? design ? development ? construction ? environmental design ? consultancy.

    Course content

    Year one modules
    • cultural theory • advanced environment strategies • project research and analysis 1 • design studio 4 – a visual language

    Year two core modules
    • place and context • project research and analysis 2 • design studio 5 – place and context

    Year two options
    One from • conservation and design • advanced technical design

    Year three modules
    • practice management • project research and analysis 3 • design studio 6 – comprehensive design project

    Year three options
    One from • advanced digital media • an available optional module from the faculty

    Throughout the course you produce a personal development portfolio which is a critical reflection of your experience in years one and two. This forms a professional development portfolio in your final year.

    To gain an MSc you also complete • research methods module • dissertation

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