Taught course

Advanced Sustainable Design

University of Edinburgh · Architecture

Entry requirements

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Because of the design element in this degree we look for evidence of engagement with sustainable issues and design.

We ask you to put together a collection of visual support material of work you have done at University, professionally, or following your own interests. It can include drawings, photographs, journals and notebooks. This should take the form of a PDF portfolio of work and be no more that 10 pages.

If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application on the basis of your portfolio and/or relevant professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Advanced Sustainable Design gives you the knowledge and skills to put theory into practice in the sustainable development of our cities, towns and countryside. We work from the scale of building systems to entire regions.

We welcome applications from graduates of all disciplines. Our field is architecture, design and planning but we welcome graduates in environmental sciences and the humanities.

Our programme is delivered in a series of practical projects supplemented with workshops and seminars on all aspects of sustainable design. You have an opportunity work in building simulation modelling and gain desirable skills for the workplace.

We believe that successful sustainable development is not achieved only through technical solutions. We explore the complex relationship of design to contemporary sustainable agendas. You will engage in cultural and professional debates about the built environment and gain a distinctive and expert voice in this field.

This programme is affiliated with the University’s Global Environment & Society Academy:

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)131 650 4086