- Entry requirements: Related 2:1 degree (or equivalent)
- Full-time: 12 months
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Develop practical expertise in the environmental design of buildings and their surroundings in the context of a changing climate. You’ll get hands-on experience using computer environmental modelling software and explore pioneering developments in sustainable architecture.
Bringing together graduates and professionals from a range of backgrounds, this programme will enhance your knowledge of environmentally friendly and sustainable building design.
We’ll immerse you in the climate-sensitive design of buildings and urban landscapes and hone your skills in environmental assessment. You’ll explore the evolution of the environmental design of architecture and discover how to use the latest computer environmental modelling software.
Developing skills in the application of this software, you’ll start to design buildings and their surroundings that are energy-efficient and sustainable. Your learning will be fully informed by the scientific study of climate change and key responses such as net zero carbon design.
A comprehensive grounding in research methods will complement your environmental design skills. You’ll be taught by academic experts with highly rated international research in history and theory, environment and process, urban design, conservation and innovative technologies.
There is the additional opportunity to tailor the course to your own interests and further tap into the research expertise of the programme team. Examine key architectural concepts, hone your urban design skills, enhance your knowledge of low energy/low carbon building design, or learn additional specialised modelling tools and techniques.
This master’s is suitable for graduates from architecture, landscape architecture, design, engineering, and physical sciences disciplines who want to pursue a career in environmental and sustainable building design.
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Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.
The aims of this module are: (i) to develop a good understanding of the climate-related data and techniques that are relevant for the sustainable environmental design of buildings; (ii) to demonstrate how such designs should be carried out in a climate sensitive manner; (iii) to explain the role and importance of the microclimate between buildings; (iv) to enable students to select and use appropriate analytical tools and methodologies that can be integrated to show a holistic approach to climate sensitive design that considers climate, sustainable design,choice of materials, energy use and landscape.
There are both regulatory and environmental pressures on architects and engineers to develop sustainable building design solutions. There are now a range of environmental assessment techniques that allow buildings to be analysed in terms of their overall sustainable performance. These techniques range from spreadsheet analysis, such as SAP, LEED and BREEAM, to very sopisticated computer modelling software, such as and DesignBuilder and Radiance. The aims of this module are (i) to provide knowledge of the type and range of environmental assessment techniques currently available; (ii) to explore how some of these techniques are used; (iii) to examine how some of these techniques can be employed to enhance the sustainable performance of a building design.
Net zero carbon design is a key response to how buildings will reduce their environmental impact and help combat climate change. This module considers developments in the environmental design of buildings, from the vernacular architecture of the past to the 21st Century target of net zero carbon. The module covers key carbon issues, such as embodied carbon, life cycle analysis and the retrofitting of existing buildings. The health of building users is an important factor in sustainable design, and the module reviews indoor conditions and their effects on physical and mental wellbeing. The module will be delivered as lectures (from tutors who are active researchers in net zero carbon design), as workshops, as site visits and as guest talks from practitioners. Assessment will be a detailed case study report (70%) and presentation (30%) of net zero carbon buildings located in two different climate regions.
The module provides an introduction to key architectural concepts, themes and theories that have been influential in the field of architecture globally from 1900 onwards. It also introduces a framework for the understanding of the ongoing discourses in the field. It engages with a wide range of written texts on architectural theory – whether these originate from within architecture or from other disciplines – as well as architectural designs that have been informed by those ideas.
This module is an introduction to parametric modelling tools and digital fabrication techniques, such as 3D printing, CNC milling and laser cutting.
This module aims to help students develop in-depth knowledge on urban design and enhance their design skills to address the complex urban challenges of our age. It intends to prepare students to become creative and problem-solving professionals. To do so, this module will introduce students to a wide range of urban design theories, design principles and processes which underpin the discipline of urban design. Students will have the opportunity to study and debate key issues in urban design, the disciplinary foundations of urban design, various topics about public spaces, the application of urban analytical techniques and methods for practice, as well as urban design governance in relation to the planning system. The module will draw examples or case studies from both the local and international contexts and encourage students to think critically about possible design interventions in different urban environments towards sustainable development and place-making.
This module covers the scientific study of climate change, how building designers can adapt and mitigate against future changes, how future climate data are generated and used in computer simulation programmes.
Research methods training for MA/MSc thesis
It is now recognised that buildings, through the materials they consume, the waste they generate and the energy they use, are having a major impact upon the environment. Climate change is one manifestation of this impact, and at national and international levels targets are being set for reducing the CO2 emission associated with the built environment. New regulations to meet these targets will influence the ways in which buildings are designed and engineered both today and in the future. This module aims to address these issues by developing an understanding of the principles underpinning environmentally sustainable design and develop skills for more sustainable design practices in areas such as passive design, sustainable construction and low impact building materials.
This module is a continuation of ARCH729 and will deepen the knowledge gained in parametric modelling tools and fabrication, focusing on interactive/kinetic design, as well as the developement of 1 to 1 prototypes .
For this module, students will evaluate the implications of construction and management in sustainable design. More specifically they will be taught how construction and management now form an essential element of sustainable design for real world scenarios. In this module students will be required to attend a weekly 2-hour lecture. Each lecture will be held in lecture theatres and will be a mixture of formal presentations and group based exercises.
A primary aim of this module is to offer the opportunity to submit a conventional written dissertation on an individual, approved topic related to the students degree topic.
Teaching on the MSc CRESTA in the Liverpool School of Architecture is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, all of which are presented in person and on campus. The MSc CRESTA tutors are all experienced academics with strong track records in teaching and research related to environmental design.
Depending on which module options are taken, class sizes will typically vary between 15 and 30 students, and the small group teaching encourages strong interactions between the students and with the tutors.
Students on the MSc CRESTA are assessed using a variety of formats that include written assignments, posters, presentations, computer simulations, design projects and a research dissertation.
We have a distinctive approach to education, the Liverpool Curriculum Framework, which focuses on research-connected teaching, active learning, and authentic assessment to ensure our students graduate as digitally fluent and confident global citizens.
The Liverpool School of Architecture benefits from comfortable, well-lit studio, work and seminar/review spaces, including a ‘hi-tech’ design studio, to which you will have 24-hour access.
Our facilities include a Print Media Design Suite, computing labs, workshops, a laser suite, a CNC router room, 3D printers, computing labs and research labs. A team of dedicated technicians will help you to get the most of these facilities and to realise your ideas.
From arrival to alumni, we’re with you all the way:
The MSc CRESTA develops both practical skills in environmental assessment and a deeper understanding of climate-sensitive design, planning for climate change, sustainable architecture and computer modelling of sustainable building and urban environments. Computer environmental modelling and the application of that modelling to sustainable environmental design are investigated via coursework assignments. Students also acquire specific analytical skills in the application of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and generic research skills, such as reflective learning, literature reviewing and dissertation writing.
The knowledge and professional skills that students will develop upon completion of the CRESTA programme will prepare them for a wide range of potential career areas, including employment in higher education (teaching and/or research), architectural practices and sustainability design consultancies.
Graduates from CRESTA go on to work both in the UK and internationally. For example, one graduate is now National Head of Sustainability for a UK construction and property consultancy while another is a Sustainability Consultant for a major international architectural practice.
You’ll graduate equipped with the contemporary skills and knowledge to meet the growing demand for sustainable building expertise in:
You may also wish to continue your studies and will find you are well prepared for PhD research.
Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.
|UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)|
|Full-time place, per year||£10,150|
|Full-time place, per year||£21,350|
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.
If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and Postgraduate Loans.
We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.
Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.
The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.
My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.
|Postgraduate entry requirements||
You will normally need a 2:1 honours degree or above, or equivalent, in an appropriate field of study. For example, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, Engineering or Physical Sciences. Please contact us if you wish to check whether your degree subject is suitable, however a wide spectrum of subjects are acceptable.
Candidates who do not meet these requirements will be considered on their individual merits and should discuss their particular circumstances with the Programme Director.
If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, you could be eligible for a Pre-Master’s course. This is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. It’s a specialist preparation course for postgraduate study, and when you pass the Pre-Master’s at the required level with good attendance, you’re guaranteed entry to a University of Liverpool master’s degree.
You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.
|English language qualification||Requirements|
View our IELTS academic requirements key.
Standard Level (Grade 5)
|TOEFL iBT||88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 19, Reading 19, Speaking 20.|
|INDIA Standard XII||70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards|
|Hong Kong use of English AS level||C|
Last updated 23 March 2023 / / Programme terms and conditions /