Full Time 1yr
This course aims to form professionals capable of responding to the needs of planning and designing sustainable communities and cities. There is a growing need for more urbanised areas, better places for the human existence and a diminished ecological footprint. It is expected that nearly 70% of the world's population will be living in cities by 2050, while cities are now responsible for 80% of our CO2 emissions.
This leads us to an apparent paradox; the need for more urban environments and, on the other hand, the need to reduce our demands on nature. In this context, the role that cities, and those involved in their planning, will play in the future of mankind is absolutely crucial. Building on our university-wide Cluster for Sustainable Cities, the MA Sustainable Cities draws from the expertise of leading experts in a variety of disciplines.
You will explore new systemic and integrated solutions for cities, leading towards greener, healthier, more inclusive and resilient environments.
The course has a strong focus on ensuring that you apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the development of design proposals at a range of scales, from the city to the neighbourhood level. You will develop the skills required to tackle the challenges of designing our contemporary environment. MA Sustainable Cities will offer you a series of opportunities to engage in live projects and to work in interdisciplinary groups. An optional field trip to an international location will be offered to allow you to learn from the most current thinking and practice of sustainable communities.
On this course you will undertake a blend of theory units and studio-based design projects, with opportunities to:
This course provides a firm grounding for employment in a range of jobs. Green jobs is one of the fastest growing industries in the field of construction. Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
I've really enjoyed the excellent sessions by visiting lecturers from different areas of the industry which have brought the real world into the classroom.
Robert Leslie, architecture and property student
This course uses the experience and skills of teaching staff with a proven track record in the research and practice of sustainable cities. You will also benefit from a multi-disciplinary learning environment where more than 100 postgraduate students in architecture, interior design, urban design and historic building conservation can meet and work. Here are the units you will study:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
This course is lecture, seminar and studio-based, culminating in a written or design-led thesis project. It will involve case study investigations, group work, discussion and planning of sustainable environments, as well as independent study to develop design or research-based responses to urban problems.
On top of learning from the experts at the University of Portsmouth, the program may include the participation of international leading figures in the field of Environmental Design such as Thomas Auer (Transsolar), Antonino Di Raimo (Polis University), Marco Poletto (Ecologic Studio), Rahul Girish (BIG Architects), Emanuele Lisci and Liam Stumbles (University of Auckland).
Design assessment is through studio review as work progresses and final report assessment at the end of the academic year. ‘Taught’ courses are assessed through various forms of illustrated written coursework – both individual and group. Various forms of formative feedback are provided at a number of key points for all units.
Dr Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira
Planning and designing sustainable cities has never been so important and yet there are few professionals properly prepared to deal with the changing nature of our urban environment and stand up for sustainable design. We offer an exciting interdisciplinary environment where theory and practice are brought together to support your development as a ‘game-changer’ in the definition of visions for the future of our cities.
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You’ll have access to superb facilities to help prepare you for professional practice. Our dynamic studios house advanced architectural computer facilities, with Macs and PCs offering the latest design software. Other facilities include:
Offering a range of consultancy services to clients, the Project Office gives you access to real clients and live projects. This is a great means to gain real hands-on experience in order to support your design development and professional capacity. In the past we have overseen or managed major building or design works in the city including the Hilsea Lido, the Isle of Wight Zoo, the University’s own 3rd Space and the Bursledon Brickworks.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
There are costs relating to the purchase of drawing equipment, model making, stationery, reprographic requirements and the production of a portfolio. This may be in the region of £100 - £300 each year. We support digital review of some project assessment work to reduce costs.
If you choose to complete a project not supported by existing University resources, you may wish to purchase extra materials or software. These costs will depend on the nature of the project.
For optional study trips you will be expected to pay full costs. Optional study trips to Europe will cost in the region of £300 - £500.
This course enables you to specialise in sustainable architecture and build upon your passion for the design of the twenty-first century urban environment.
On graduating, you will be adept in spatial practice and able to work within design practices, architectural firms and cross-disciplinary environments, engaging in issues from the design of details to the exploration of the urban environment.
The creative skills, professional competencies and expansive learning environment that we provide could also lead to a range of careers in disciplines such as marketing, advertising, journalism, virtual design and modelling, through to people-centred careers such as project management.
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In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
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