Research course

Building Design and Management for Sustainability

University of Strathclyde · Department of Architecture

Entry requirements

Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant architecture, engineering, technology, or science discipline. Entry may be possible with other qualifications provided there is evidence of relevant experience and of the capacity of postgraduate study.

Months of entry


Course content

This research degree is aimed at recent graduates who may be interested in pursuing research in this area (perhaps moving on to doctoral studies), as well as early to mid-career building and urban design-related professionals who are seeking a competitive edge in the workplace and the opportunity to bring strategic sustainable design and management thinking into their own modes of practice. The course involves advanced knowledge of social, environmental and economic sustainability relating to the built environment, construction and project management, and discusses current design, management and practice methods.

The research programme covers theoretical and practical aspects of:
- Sustainability and the Built Environment
- Construction and the Built Environment - Research Protocols in Science and Engineering.

Course Duration: 12 months full-time; 36 months part-time

The Centre for Research in Sustainability and Design
Research focuses on the application of technology to help deliver a more sustainable built environment in response to government, industry and society needs. Research is closely linked with international and national targets for reducing social and environmental impacts (including carbon reduction, waste minimisation and reducing pollution), and promoting energy and resource efficiencies in an attempt to improve quality of life for all. Within the context of an architecture department and through teaching and research, Cultural Studies aims to embrace differing definitions of culture, at the core of which lies the history and theory of buildings and cities. Staff within the Centre also explore how and why buildings and cities are produced and used, how they are represented and the meanings we attach to them and the relationships between architecture and fields as diverse as music, painting, literature, politics, economics, critical theory, media and visual culture.

Department specialisms

Sustainability: Efficiency in Energy, Resources & Infrastructure, Creating & Managing Sustainable Environments Technology: Innovation in Structure & Materials, Management, Communication & Information Technology. Design: Increasing Accessibility, Health in Buildings and Cities

Information for international students

The department attracts a wide range of international students from all over the world. An excellent level of English is needed at the minimum level of IELTS at 6.5 is required before admission.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr David Grierson
+44 (0)141 548 3069