Sustainable Buildings and Environments MSc

12 months full time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500
International: full time £12,075

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme will enable you to gain proficiency in designing sustainable buildings and built environments. You will be set the challenge of designing to reduce the carbon footprint, without compromising the socio-cultural and economic significance of your architectural designs.

The MSc differs from other programmes in the UK in that it is designed for architects and is fully integrated with the mainstream Masters in Architecture (MArch) design studio within the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

 Leading academics and practitioners in sustainable buildings design will contribute to the programme, demonstrating how sustainability thinking on a national and international level can inform projects. These include experts from ARUPS, Hilson Moran, Fosters and Partners and Grimshaw architects, among others.


A European study tour to Berlin to visit and study sustainable buildings forms part of the programme. A student software licence of IESVE simulation tool is required. Expenses for the trip and the student software licence are in addition to the programme fee and will cost approximately £600-£800. 

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree in an RIBA/ARB accredited Part 1 course, or international equivalent. We will also accept applicants who have a Part 2 or Part 3 RIBA/ARB qualification. All applicants must submit an electronic portfolio of no more than ten pages, preferably in a pdf format.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent. 

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

See our School website for information on funding opportunities.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

As part of the application process you will need to supply an electronic portfolio in pdf format (maximum size 8MB). The portfolio needs to include work relating to environmental design or building science and highlight your understanding of the influence of climate and location on architectural design.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Dr Neveen Hamza
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6033

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.