Taught course

Zero Carbon Architecture and Retrofit Design

Birmingham City University · Birmingham School of Architecture and Design

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree or higher in architecture. Suitability of applicants from other related subject areas will be determined on an individual basis. In certain circumstances some candidates may only qualify for the PGCert components of the programme. All applications will be subject to a portfolio review.


Months of entry


Course content


Climate change is creating challenges in construction and design. UK legislation will require all new houses to be zero carbon from 2016, and other new buildings from 2019. The unique Zero Carbon Architecture and Retrofit Design MA is designed to respond to these challenges.

The course responds to the challenges presented in regards to climate change and zero carbon architecture. The course is an extension to a career of an architect, while engaging with other related disciplines. It provides in-depth, research focused learning with professional skills. Students will examine case studies and be supported in the development of their own designs.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.


Trimester 1 PgCert: Zero Carbon Introduction; Building Simulation; Case Studies; Sustainable Economics.

Trimester 2 PgDip: Zero Carbon Design; Zero Carbon Retrofit.

Trimester 3 Master's: Co-lab; Dissertation; Zero Carbon Speculation.


All modules are assessed individually on the basis of coursework submissions. Project and dissertation themes are negotiated with tutors.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0121 331 5595