Taught course

Sustainable Architecture, Evaluation and Design

Oxford Brookes University · School of Architecture

Entry requirements

Candidates are required to fulfil one of the following: hold an approved undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) at first or upper second class in a relevant discipline i.e. architecture, engineering or physics and other related subjects. Possess an appropriate professional background and experience in architecture, building or building servicing design. Applications are also considered from potential candidates who wish to seek accreditation for their prior experiential learning or earlier qualifications, particularly those who have worked on projects in related fields. A number of our applicants use the programme as a means of facilitating a career change or progression.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique multi-disciplinary course at Oxford Brookes is taught by architects, engineers and physicists involved in practice and research.This successful course has been running for over 20 years in different formats, keeping up to date with changes in sustainability, policies and advancement in the construction industry. It focuses on the theory and practice of developing low carbon and sustainable buildings.

The SAED course benefits from direct links to two of the best research groups in the university, recognised nationally and internationally. The research directly informs the teaching with the latest and the most up to date knowledge and innovation in the area of sustainability.

§ Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development

§ Architectural Engineering group

§ Low Carbon Building booklet

§ Low Carbon Building Research and Consultancy

The course also benefits from a strong link with the industry allowing students to learn from the latest challenges in the industry and provides them with the opportunity to participate in competitions and win prizes. We also have a strong link to Passivhaus Trust UK providing our students with an option to learn more about the standard and PHPP.

Our link to the industry offers students possible future employment opportunities and currently a few of our alumni are working in practices involved in teaching on the course, as directors and employees.

Some of the practices contributing to the course include Method Consulting LLP, Qoda Consulting Ltd., Hoare Lea, Schock, Eco Design Consultants Ltd, Max Fordham, Passivhaus Trust UK.

Information for international students

Please see the university's standard English language requirements.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 483230