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MSc in Environmental Architecture

MSc in Environmental Architecture

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental Design (Architecture)

Course type


Course Summary

This course is at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, The Glasgow School of Art, provides students with specialist knowledge and insight into the relationships between low energy architectural design, energy and indoor environmental performance, and building occupants. The programme is based on the research strengths of the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU) and benefits from informed teaching through engagement with live projects. The programme offers balanced academic and practical content. Students explore the latest developments in environmental design theory and practice; and there are also opportunities to participate in on-going MEARU research projects. Students will work within an architectural school with a well-established design culture, and within a specialist research unit providing key research skills. The core content is structured to provide students with an intellectually intense experience in the contemporary issues of theory integrated with the practice of design of sustainable and healthy built environments. Project-based learning and case study models enable students to develop real world learning skills and experience. The dissertation/design thesis at stage 3 provides a vehicle through which candidates will be supported to become masters of their selected subjects of interest. Assessment methods vary by course, and include written reports, essays, presentations, project work and a dissertation/design thesis at stage 3. Students can exit at PG Certificate in Environmental Architecture and the duration is 15 weeks 2 and PG Diploma in Environmental Architecture and the duration duration 30 weeks 3.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Theory of Environmental Architecture (15 Credits) - Core
Building Performance Evaluation (15 Credits) - Core
Environmental Design and Analysis in Architecture (15 Credits) - Core
Dissertation Proposal / Design Thesis Proposal (15 Credits) - Core
Technical Research Paper (15 Credits) - Core
Energy, Comfort and Health (15 Credits) - Core
Dissertation / Design Thesis (60 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an honours (1st or 2.1) Bachelor Degree in Architecture, Building Services Engineering, Building Physics or related discipline or equivalent professional practice.