Research course

Architectural Science

Cardiff University · Welsh School of Architecture

Entry requirements

Suitable for graduates in architecture, planning, engineering, social sciences, computer science and environmental sciences with an upper second class honours degree.

We welcome enquiries and applications from suitably qualified people wishing to conduct research in a relevant field.

Months of entry

October, April

Course content

For over 25 years, the Architectural Science Group (ASG) has undertaken interdisciplinary research on sustainability and the sustainable management of the built environment, from individual components, through whole buildings, to community urban and city scales.

The Architectural Science Group addresses the development, evaluation and application of principles for sustainable, low-energy, low-Carbon design and management of the built environment, on scales from the individual component, through whole buildings, to communities.

The following areas are of particular strength:

  • Sustainable housing design
  • Human interaction with the built environment
  • Urban planning for sustainability
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Health and comfort in buildings and settlements
  • Responsive facades
  • Naturally ventilated buildings
  • Efficient building services
  • Alternative and renewable energy supplies
  • Low energy and passive heating and cooling
  • Waste minimisation in construction
  • Development of modelling and simulation methods in architectural science
  • Development of design tools and guidance
  • Energy and environmental assessment
  • Building construction processes
  • Research in the design process
  • Integrating combined heat and power use with buildings
  • Energy performance studies of buildings in use
  • Socio-technical transitions to sustainability
  • Low-carbon innovation.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60-84 months


part time
36 months
full time
12-24 months

Course contact details

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