Advanced Architectural Design MA 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

The aim of this course is to address the needs of those looking for a strong foundation of traditional design knowledge and skills, addressing contemporary issues of architectural design and construction. The course focuses on providing students with the competencies necessary for successful architectural design. It encompasses advanced issues of design problem solving including aesthetics, sustainability, urban design, briefing development, design information management, the use of technology to support design development, and support for clients to ensure the successful delivery of benefits. This course is one of number operated within the Master's suite in the School of Art, Design and Architecture which aims to encourage cross-disciplinary working.

This course provides students with the opportunity to get a well-rounded experience in architecture. Architectural teaching in Huddersfield has a history dating back over 90 years; the town is a fine example of buildings from the traditional to the modern; a number of which can be found in and around the University precinct. Huddersfield's position mid-way between the cities of Leeds and Manchester means it is ideally placed to explore diversity in architecture at a range of scales within a regional and global context.

Start date:
25 / 09 / 2017


September start - 28 months part-time
Full-time option also available

Entry requirements

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Huddersfield and the specific requirements of the course in the following ways. The normal entry requirements are:

•  A 2:2 Honours degree or above in an appropriate subject or equivalent.

•  Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience may be accepted, subject to approval.

•  International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English. If below the required level you may be able to take one of our pre-sessional English courses. International students with qualifications in 'creative' or ‘practice' subjects should submit a portfolio of work with their application.

•  All suitably qualified applicants are normally interviewed or considered for admittance under alternative arrangements. Interview will be by portfolio of practice based and/or theoretical work and a statement of intent.


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Course content

Core modules

Advanced and Sustainable Technology

This module is intended to prepare you for the practical application of advanced building technology and issues of sustainability. Buildings are linked to the consumption of large quantities of energy and other resources and the production of large amounts of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. It is necessary to design, construct and operate them in a climate sensitive fashion in order to optimise performance and resource use. This module will examine how sustainable and advanced construction technology can begin to reduce the effects of global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, illness and resource depletion through careful design.

Advanced Architecture: Theory and Practice

This module will enable you to examine contemporary movements in architectural design, analysing principal characteristics, raisons d'etre and major components. This will provide an informed background against which your own theoretical approach to design can develop and mature. The module aims to enable you to explore in depth a design philosophy - both in theory and in practice - that is empathetic to your own ideals and aspirations. You will undertake an integrated Design Project, developing learning gained in other practical and theoretical modules in the course to produce an integrated solution with a high standard of design based on a sound theoretical approach.

Integrated Urban Design and Architecture

This module you will give you the opportunity to carry out a detailed survey and analytical study of an existing urban context and prepare strategic proposals for the further development and/or regeneration of the site in relationship to broader social, economic and environmental issues. You will then develop a design project at an appropriate scale for further exploration and resolution of a group of buildings and/or public spaces.

Research Methods

The research methods module introduces students to a variety of methods, approaches and practical issues involved in conducting academic research. It will give you the chance to become familiar with the key elements involved in designing, carrying out and assessing research relevant to a range of built environment disciplines. The objectives of this module are: to define a topic which is both researchable and manageable within the bounds of a Master’s dissertation/project; to conduct a preliminary literature search and synthesis, providing a background and justification to the research project; to establish clear aims and objectives for the research to specify the detailed plan to be carried out; and to produce a structure for the research which indicates the sources and methods to be employed and a feasible working programme.

Major Project

This module gives you the opportunity to undertake a major, in-depth piece of work along with other This includes a largely self-directed study, of what you have gained from the course and, often, to integrate it with elements from previous studies or professional experiences. It gives the opportunity for you to develop your research skills and abilities, allowing exploration of a particular and complex area covered in the taught elements of your course of study. The major project represents a study of a specified topic based on the gathering and analysis of primary and secondary data, contextualised within existing knowledge in the field and drawing conclusions to a defined research question.

Optional modules You will choose one from a list which may include:

Architectural Practice Management and Law

The aim of this module is to enable you to enhance your understanding and knowledge of: the organisation and administration of architectural practice; the responsibilities and obligations of an architect to clients and other parties involved in the building design and construction process; collaboration, information management and Building Information Modelling (BIM); building control and planning legislation; the legal and contractual procedures involved in building procurement; estimating and cost control of the construction process; the personal and team management skills appropriate to architectural practice; and the responsibility of the architect towards the health and safety of those employed in the construction industry, the well-being of building users and the effect of building development upon society at large.


BIM at the Project Level: Collaborative Approaches

This module aims to address BIM at the project level. The aim is to provide understanding and support the critical evaluation of the key issues in collaborative, integrated BIM based projects. It includes a broad understanding of process change needed to enable the achievement of BIM benefits in practice.


Communities Engagement for Social Innovation

A crucial element of design is its social responsibility to engage meaningfully with communities and the public at large, responding to and protecting the interests of society. Nowadays architectural/urban practices and goals are rapidly changing, especially in regard to the redefinition of public or collective spaces. In a UK context the formal process of urban design, at the scale of neighbourhoods, involves some degree of consultation with stakeholders. However there are compelling arguments for, and examples of, a range of approaches to this type of interaction, demonstrating how decision-making powers might be shared amongst different actors, and how the process can be embedded within the local community. The core aim of this module therefore is to provide an introduction to theories and practices of community participation in building and/or open spaces at different urban scales.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

After studying within the subject area of Architecture, a few of the careers graduates have gone on to be successful within include: Architect at Farrell and Clark LLP; Consultant for WYG Group; Architectural Assistant for GPS, Urban Edge, Insights Architects Ltd, Simpson Haugh and Partners; Project Development Assistance for Renaissance Construction; Senior Architect for Atkins* *Source: LinkedIn

Teaching and assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of written reports, presentations and examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


During your studies you will have access to the facilities in Queen Street Studios, which as well as housing contemporary studio space also offers advanced 3D technologies. This includes dedicated high-performance computer aided design (CAD) and 3D computer visualisation facilities, laser cutters with metal-cutting capabilities, 3D workshops for rapid prototyping, plus high definition and multi material 3D printers for the creation of 3D models. You'll also have access to the Digital Print Centre, our specialist facility capable of printing on a variety of media. All of this is supported by our expert technical staff.

In addition to having full access to the facilities during University opening hours, you'll also be able to access the specialist software licensed to the University from your own computer, whilst away from the campus out of studio opening hours. This means you won't have to invest in expensive software packages during the course.

How much will it cost me?

Tuition fees for postgraduate study in 2017/18 have not yet been set by the University. This is expected to be confirmed in May 2016 and we will update our website as soon as this information becomes available.

For information, in 2016/17, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £4,950 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available. Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.


You will need to supply your own materials during the course. These include sketchbooks, drawing equipment, materials for producing models and printing. The approximate cost of these items is estimated at around £500.00. Costs may vary based on the materials you choose and the approximate costs are given as a guide only.

Additional routes

Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.

Interim Awards

A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.

Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you have the opportunity to benefit and develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.

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