University of Westminster - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Introduction

ABOUT THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

The University of Westminster is one of the UK's leading centres for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment inspiring more than 2,000 students at its teaching base at Marylebone, in central London. We are one of the few UK universities to teach the majority of subjects that make up our built environment in one campus. This enables students to work across professional boundaries, reflecting the integrated professional world today.

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The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the following subject areas:

  • Architecture and Interiors
  • Planning, Housing and Urban Design
  • Property and Construction
  • Tourism and Events
  • Transport and Logistics

Our courses are informed by industry and by the excellent research of the academics who will teach you. They will help you to develop the skills and knowledge that you will need to work in an increasingly competitive job market.

The University has a strong and historic commitment to promoting equality and embracing diversity. We strive to strengthen our reputation as a welcoming and inclusive organisation.

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LINKS WITH THE PROFESSIONS

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has a strong reputation and connections with industry leaders and the professions. London is the leading international centre for built environment professionals, and we are able to draw on this exceptional expertise to attract visiting lecturers and leading speakers to our courses.

Our courses are directly related to current industry needs and emerging priorities and have developed strong links with future employers, leading to excellent employment prospects for our students.

The Faculty continue to lead in this area by recently teaming up with RIBA for a student mentoring scheme, and have boosted our ability to collaborate on research, global mobility and joint academic projects with the Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture.

Our Courses accredited by relevant professional bodies (including the RIBA, ARB, RICS, CIOB and the RTPI) so you can be reassured your course is respected by your future profession.

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AWARD-WINNING STUDENTS AND ACADEMICS

Our architecture students regularly win prizes in international competitions including an extraordinary run of success in the RIBA President’s Medals. In 2016 one of our Tourism Management students won the inaugural Tourism Management Institute (TMI) Postgraduate Prize for her dissertation.

Our Academics are also recognised internationally. For example, Dr Nasser Golzari, formed part of the winning team who were awarded the Holcim Awards Acknowledgment Prize 2014 for Africa Middle East and won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2013.

EMPLOYABILITY

Our graduates have gone on to work with world class organisations including Zaha Hadid, Wilkinson Eyre, Hopkins Architects, Foster and Partners, MAKE architects, and Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners (Architecture and Interiors) Kier, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd and DTZ (Property and Construction) English Heritage, British Airways, Mauritius Tourism Development Board, Legal and General Investment Management, Eurostar, The Tourism Society and Intercontinental Hotels (Tourism and Events) amongst many others.

RESEARCH

The Faculty is involved in a wide variety of research activities relating to all aspects of architecture and the built environment. Our research is internationally excellent and world leading in applied, theoretical and policy areas.

The Faculty has three leading international research centres in Urban Infrastructures, the Policy Studies Institute and the Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment, run with the Business School. Research groups in Architecture, Tourism and Property and Construction also work on major international research projects in Europe and globally. Our research funding comes from the EU, UK research councils, government agencies, industry and the charitable sector. Findings are regularly published in academic journals and books. The Faculty welcomes research students from many different countries who work closely with leading academics in their specialist subjects.

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FACILITIES

Our facilities include:

  • Marylebone Library (24-hour access)
  • construction laboratories
  • Ambika P3 Gallery
  • large suite of IT laboratories
  • Students' Union
  • café and coffee shop
  • chaplaincy
  • prayer room
  • quiet room
  • Marylebone Books bookshop
  • student health services
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Our architecture studios at Marylebone Campus have undergone a £5.2m refurbishment programme, providing unrivalled facilities for study and collaborative learning. Our dedicated computer lab is supplemented with computers throughout the studio, all equipped with graphics and CAD software.

Our new digital Fabrication Laboratory Westminster is a major extension to our existing architecture workshops and suite of 3D printers and laser cutters. Two purpose-built spaces equipped with flexible computer-controlled tools allow students to explore the exciting field of digital fabrication, including ABS and plaster 3D printing, CNC knife cutting, large-scale CNC routing, CNC metal milling and robot fabrication. All students also have full access to our workshops for wood and metal working.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

The University of Westminster was founded as Britain's first polytechnic in 1838. Since then it has developed into a university that combines both metropolitan and cosmopolitan dimensions, and which is closely involved in business, professional and academic life within London, as well as overseas.

The University has a strong and historic commitment to promoting equality and embracing diversity. We strive to strengthen our reputation as a welcoming and inclusive organisation.

OUR INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION

As a global university located in a world city, we are home to over 5,000 students and 500 staff from overseas.

Westminster has a reputation for excellence in professionally relevant teaching and learning and for high quality research. We place particular emphasis on providing international opportunities for Westminster students in order to ensure that we provide an environment where students can develop skills, competences and knowledge required by the global economy.

We are proud of our long history of global relationships and have partnerships across the world – connections we continually strive to strengthen and deepen.

Our world-leading research, produced in partnership with global industry and educational institutions, has a real impact in the world around us.

THE UNIVERSITY’S HERITAGE

A place for pioneers

The Westminster story began in 1838, when Sir George Cayley opened the Polytechnic Institution at 309 Regent Street in London. In 1881, philanthropist Quintin Hogg, bought the Royal Polytechnic Institution building and moved his Young Men’s Christian Institute into 309 Regent Street, which soon became the publicly funded Regent Street Polytechnic.

Since then, our education institution has secured a reputation as a place for firsts. These include:

  • the first polytechnic in the UK (1838)
  • the opening of the first public photographic portrait studio in Europe (1841)
  • the venue for the first public moving picture show in the UK, organised by the Lumiere brothers (1896)
  • the first modern university to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade
  • the UK’s first Partner University for UN Habitat, the agency which deals with human settlement and development.
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Master

(MArch) Master of Architecture (RIBA pt II)

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom London

The MArch (Part 2) is a long-established and well-respected course that is prescribed by the ARB and validated by the RIBA to give exemption from the second stage of professional education. The emphasis of the course is on innovative design work, and on developing a caring and critical approach to the study and practice of architecture. [+]

The MArch (Part 2) is a long-established and well-respected course that is prescribed by the ARB and validated by the RIBA to give exemption from the second stage of professional education. The emphasis of the course is on innovative design work, and on developing a caring and critical approach to the study and practice of architecture. The course fosters diversity of choice, interpretation and approach, whether in design projects or more academic research. The former focuses on sophisticated design programmes (in formal, technical, professional or urban terms) that demand rigour and self-criticism. The latter focuses on your major dissertation, an extended piece of specialised research into architecture and its historical or theoretical contexts. The course has three main objectives: to develop your design ability through project-based experimentation; to present an evaluation and critique of your coursework within a broad cultural context, and in light of technical, economic and legal constraints; and to promote the articulate explanation and representation of quality and value in design projects. Core modules DESIGN PROJECT 1 (YEAR 1 DESIGN STUDIO) This single design project, or series of linked design projects, is individual to each elective Design Studio, and is run in parallel with the Year 2 Design Studio. You choose your Design Studio following presentations by all the Design Studio tutors at the beginning of the academic year; each Design Studio offers a new project every year. Projects lead from exploratory research to the development of an individual brief, and a design proposal which you develop for assessment at the end of Semester One. DIGITAL REPRESENTATION This module focuses on digital media technology and computer-based strategies, including the principles of 2D and 3D computer drawing, modelling, rendering, animation and digital fabrication techniques. The module aims to extend your practical and theoretical understanding of advanced digital media, as well as to enhance your existing computing knowledge and skills - so assessment is on a 'value-added' basis. PROFESSIONAL STUDIES This module draws on your work experience and introduces statutory, professional and management concepts related to the 'professional' development of your coursework. It asks you to reflect on your prior experience and personal development, and to identify areas for future investigation. The module introduces you to the role of the architect in the construction industry (including development and procurement issues), and to the professional, managerial and legal constraints that influence the work of the architect in practice. DESIGN PROJECT 2 (YEAR 1 DESIGN STUDIO) Commonly, though not exclusively, the theme or context of Design Project 2 involves developing or testing aspects of the Design Project 1 through further research or exploratory projects. This module, however, places greater emphasis on the detailed resolution of the individual design proposal, often at a larger scale, and deals more explicitly with the issues of programme, materiality, technology and environmental impact. The module is run in parallel with the Year 2 Design Studio. HISTORY AND THEORY This module consists of specialist seminar study and a series of wider module-wide lectures, and begins a year-long study of architectural history and theory which culminates with your dissertation submission in Year 2. Following presentations by all the seminar group leaders at the beginning of the semester, you choose a seminar group with its own particular theme and programme of study. Based on this, you select an individual area of research, and develop it through writing and a presentation; you also prepare an abstract for your Dissertation. TECHNICAL STUDIES IN PRACTICE This module requires you, individually or within a group, to carry out research into different approaches to, and kinds of, technology and environmental design. You will need to look at the wider cultural issues involved, but more especially at issues of sustainability in design. This is expected to inform your Design Studio project work. DISSERTATION The Dissertation is the primary focus of Architectural History and Theory teaching, and the main written component of the course. Building on your abstract, you research into primary and secondary sources, define and refine a methodology, produce a draft synopsis, and, finally, complete a 10,000-word dissertation with footnotes, bibliography and illustrations. If you explore another mode of study, such as making a film or designing a website, you will still need to meet a lower word limit of 6,000 words. MAIN DESIGN PROJECT (YEAR 2 DESIGN STUDIO) As with Design Studio 1, this is individual to each elective Design Studio, and you choose your Design Studio following presentations by all the Design Studio tutors at the beginning of the academic year. The module is integrated with the subsequent Design Development module, and these two modules usually create a single overarching project for the final academic year. The modules is run in parallel with the Year 1 Design Studio, however, Year 2 students are expected to pursue, and resolve, a more ambitious and sophisticated thesis. APPLIED TECHNICAL STUDIES In this module you complete an applied technical study concurrent with the progression of your main Design Studio project. This integrated report explains and deepens the environmental, structural and constructional strategies inherent to your design thinking and your project. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT (YEAR 2 DESIGN STUDIO) This module follows on from the Main Design Project, and asks you to elaborate, test, adapt and develop your design project proposal to produce a well-resolved architectural design. This module encourages you to communicate your ideas, research work and design proposals in a range of media at an advanced level. You also integrate your presentation with your work in the Strategic Report and Applied Technical Studies modules. The module is run in parallel with the Year 1 Design Studio. STRATEGIC REPORT This module is a substantial report that is integrated with your main Design Studio project, and the Applied Technical Studies modules. The report focuses on exploring and explaining the critical project decisions made as part of the design process. The module introduces you to various approaches to the report - methodologies, techniques, selected building precedents - through seminars and Design Studio group tutorials. Course-specific entry requirements You are required to have an undergraduate degree in Architecture, or similar, with a high level of achievement, which will normally be validated by the RIBA for Part 1/prescribed by the ARB for Part 1. You will usually have one year's (post-degree) professional experience. At interview, you should present your academic portfolio together with examples of work undertaken during professional training, and any relevant contextual material. If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minumum of 6.5 in all components. Associated careers Most students who complete the Architecture MArch (Part 2) are subsequently employed in architectural offices, and become registered architects after taking the Part 3 exam. Others progress to take further Masters or PhD degrees, and then go into research and/or teaching. [-]

MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part Part II)

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom London

The MArch (Part 2) is a long-established and well-respected course that is prescribed by the ARB and validated by the RIBA to give exemption from the second stage of professional education. The emphasis of the course is on innovative design work, and on developing a caring and critical approach to the study and practice of architecture. [+]

The MArch (Part 2) is a long-established and well-respected course that is prescribed by the ARB and validated by the RIBA to give exemption from the second stage of professional education. The emphasis of the course is on innovative design work, and on developing a caring and critical approach to the study and practice of architecture. The course fosters diversity of choice, interpretation and approach, whether in design projects or more academic research. The former focuses on sophisticated design programmes (in formal, technical, professional or urban terms) that demand rigour and self-criticism. The latter focuses on your major dissertation, an extended piece of specialised research into architecture and its historical or theoretical contexts. The course has three main objectives: to develop your design ability through project-based experimentation; to present an evaluation and critique of your coursework within a broad cultural context, and in light of technical, economic and legal constraints; and to promote the articulate explanation and representation of quality and value in design projects. Core modules DESIGN PROJECT 1 (YEAR 1 DESIGN STUDIO) This single design project, or series of linked design projects, is individual to each elective Design Studio, and is run in parallel with the Year 2 Design Studio. You choose your Design Studio following presentations by all the Design Studio tutors at the beginning of the academic year; each Design Studio offers a new project every year. Projects lead from exploratory research to the development of an individual brief, and a design proposal which you develop for assessment at the end of Semester One. DIGITAL REPRESENTATION This module focuses on digital media technology and computer-based strategies, including the principles of 2D and 3D computer drawing, modelling, rendering, animation and digital fabrication techniques. The module aims to extend your practical and theoretical understanding of advanced digital media, as well as to enhance your existing computing knowledge and skills - so assessment is on a 'value-added' basis. PROFESSIONAL STUDIES This module draws on your work experience and introduces statutory, professional and management concepts related to the 'professional' development of your coursework. It asks you to reflect on your prior experience and personal development, and to identify areas for future investigation. The module introduces you to the role of the architect in the construction industry (including development and procurement issues), and to the professional, managerial and legal constraints that influence the work of the architect in practice. DESIGN PROJECT 2 (YEAR 1 DESIGN STUDIO) Commonly, though not exclusively, the theme or context of Design Project 2 involves developing or testing aspects of the Design Project 1 through further research or exploratory projects. This module, however, places greater emphasis on the detailed resolution of the individual design proposal, often at a larger scale, and deals more explicitly with the issues of programme, materiality, technology and environmental impact. The module is run in parallel with the Year 2 Design Studio. HISTORY AND THEORY This module consists of specialist seminar study and a series of wider module-wide lectures, and begins a year-long study of architectural history and theory which culminates with your dissertation submission in Year 2. Following presentations by all the seminar group leaders at the beginning of the semester, you choose a seminar group with its own particular theme and programme of study. Based on this, you select an individual area of research, and develop it through writing and a presentation; you also prepare an abstract for your Dissertation. TECHNICAL STUDIES IN PRACTICE This module requires you, individually or within a group, to carry out research into different approaches to, and kinds of, technology and environmental design. You will need to look at the wider cultural issues involved, but more especially at issues of sustainability in design. This is expected to inform your Design Studio project work. DISSERTATION The Dissertation is the primary focus of Architectural History and Theory teaching, and the main written component of the course. Building on your abstract, you research into primary and secondary sources, define and refine a methodology, produce a draft synopsis, and, finally, complete a 10,000-word dissertation with footnotes, bibliography and illustrations. If you explore another mode of study, such as making a film or designing a website, you will still need to meet a lower word limit of 6,000 words. MAIN DESIGN PROJECT (YEAR 2 DESIGN STUDIO) As with Design Studio 1, this is individual to each elective Design Studio, and you choose your Design Studio following presentations by all the Design Studio tutors at the beginning of the academic year. The module is integrated with the subsequent Design Development module, and these two modules usually create a single overarching project for the final academic year. The modules is run in parallel with the Year 1 Design Studio, however, Year 2 students are expected to pursue, and resolve, a more ambitious and sophisticated thesis. APPLIED TECHNICAL STUDIES In this module you complete an applied technical study concurrent with the progression of your main Design Studio project. This integrated report explains and deepens the environmental, structural and constructional strategies inherent to your design thinking and your project. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT (YEAR 2 DESIGN STUDIO) This module follows on from the Main Design Project, and asks you to elaborate, test, adapt and develop your design project proposal to produce a well-resolved architectural design. This module encourages you to communicate your ideas, research work and design proposals in a range of media at an advanced level. You also integrate your presentation with your work in the Strategic Report and Applied Technical Studies modules. The module is run in parallel with the Year 1 Design Studio. STRATEGIC REPORT This module is a substantial report that is integrated with your main Design Studio project, and the Applied Technical Studies modules. The report focuses on exploring and explaining the critical project decisions made as part of the design process. The module introduces you to various approaches to the report - methodologies, techniques, selected building precedents - through seminars and Design Studio group tutorials. Course-specific entry requirements You are required to have an undergraduate degree in Architecture, or similar, with a high level of achievement, which will normally be validated by the RIBA for Part 1/prescribed by the ARB for Part 1. You will usually have one year's (post-degree) professional experience. At interview, you should present your academic portfolio together with examples of work undertaken during professional training, and any relevant contextual material. If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minumum of 6.5 in all components. Associated careers Most students who complete the Architecture MArch (Part 2) are subsequently employed in architectural offices, and become registered architects after taking the Part 3 exam. 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MSc Air Transport Planning and Management

Campus Full time January 2017 United Kingdom London

Modules on this course are taught in blocks of five days at a time to enable international participants to travel efficiently to London several times a year. Students take six taught modules in total (over one year on the full-time course, or two to three years on the block release part-time course) and complete a research dissertation. Email contact and tutorial support is provided between the module... [+]

Modules on this course are taught in blocks of five days at a time to enable international participants to travel efficiently to London several times a year. Students take six taught modules in total (over one year on the full-time course, or two to three years on the block release part-time course) and complete a research dissertation. Email contact and tutorial support is provided between the module blocks along with guest lectures and workshop sessions for full-time students. The block attendance mode for this course is not compatible with visa restrictions for international students. Therefore, this mode of attendance is not available for international students requiring a visa. The block mode of attendance is still available to UK and EU students. International students can still apply for our full-time course. This course has been developed to meet the needs of graduates worldwide seeking to gain greater knowledge and experience of the air transport industry, and looking to progress into senior roles in management, operations and commercial planning of airlines, airports, government departments and aviation-related businesses such as aircraft manufacturing, finance and consultancy. It is designed to provide a strong theoretical and analytical basis, coupled with the application of many practical techniques and strategies. The course builds on the successful series of aviation short courses that have attracted participants from around the globe to the University each year. The Department has a long-established interest in air transport research, consultancy and teaching, having been set up by the renowned aviation academic Professor Rigas Doganis some 40 years ago. The University's association with aviation goes back much further, however, as it was here in the 19th century that Sir George Cayley first demonstrated the principles of flight. Modules on this course can also be taken as short courses which are not formally assessed. Students who have followed the relevant short course(s) within the last five years may be able to register at a reduced fee to complete the module on an 'assessment only' basis as part of the Master's degree. For more information on these short courses, visit our air transport short courses. *Students starting the full-time course in January will complete the course over 15 months including a three month vacation period from July-September. Core modules AIR TRANSPORT ECONOMICS In this module you will examine the structure of the airline industry and the international regulatory regime within which it operates. You will analyse airline costs and revenues, relating them to financial performance, and examine airport economics along with key concepts in airport operations and planning. AIR TRANSPORT FORECASTING AND MARKET RESEARCH Through this module you will consider methods for analysing air traffic, forecasting the demand for air services and modelling the pattern of future airline operations. Market research techniques are explained, including questionnaire design and interpretation of survey data. You will discuss key sources of secondary data, and assess elasticities of demand. You will also examine the management of capacity in the context of both airport and airline planning, and develop models of passenger choice and airport attractiveness. AIR TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS In this module you will develop techniques for optimising the airline and airport product. These are based upon strategic management thinking and an understanding of the nature of demand for air travel. This then leads to the detail of scheduling airline operations, choosing the right aircraft, designing appropriate product features and assessing quality of service. Air cargo has differing requirements to passenger traffic and forms a special analysis. An introduction to air traffic management and the use of airspace is included, as well as some insights to human resources management and industrial relations. RESEARCH DISSERTATION This module gives you an opportunity to undertake in-depth research on an air transport topic of your choice, and present analysis, conclusions and recommendations in a written report. It allows you to develop an understanding of all stages of the research process. Course-specific entry requirements You should normally have a good undergraduate Honours degree or its equivalent (First or Second Class) or, alternatively, evidence of further education and appropriate professional experience. If English is not your first language you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Applicants without these formal academic qualifications but with professional qualifications or substantial (normally at least three years) relevant work experience in the air transport industry may be considered for the course. Their enrolment will be at the discretion of the Course Leader. Associated careers If you are a full-time student without a prior background in the air transport industry you should be well placed on completion of the course to take up a junior position in a planning, management and operational role with airlines and airports. You will also be well equipped for employment as an analyst with consultancies, government bodies and aircraft manufacturers. If you have a prior industry background you should be able to return to your position with new skills and understanding, plus a greater maturity of approach. You will be well placed to move into senior managerial, policy or research functions. The competitive nature of the industry will also provide many new opportunities for suitably qualified personnel. A strong performance on the MSc provides the opportunity to study further by registering for a research degree in the Department of Planning and Transport. Graduates will also be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to participate in the activities of professional bodies such as the Air Transport Research Society, the German Aviation Research Society and AirNeth. [-]

MSc Architecture and Environmental Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This interdisciplinary and international course will provide you with skills that can be applied to diverse building typologies and global climatic, environmental and contextual issues. On completion of this course you will have a thorough understanding of the principles and methodology of environmental design and will develop critical thinking skills to challenge established practices. [+]

The global environmental and energy challenge facing current and future generations of architects and building professionals calls for a deeper understanding of the principles of environmental design, and their effective application into architectural practice worldwide. Over the last decades Environmental Design as a subject area has developed, responding to new research and experimentation, both in academia and in practice. However, buildings claiming to be environmentally conscious do not perform to the expected standards, still heavily contributing to global CO2 emissions and often providing unsatisfactory comfort conditions to occupants. The same can be said for the existing built environment which is largely outdated and underperforming, requiring urgent implementation of effective retrofit strategies. This is due to a lack of comprehensive performance prediction and feedback protocols, which are still not common practice in architectural design. Course content Students on this course will take a fresh critical look at this subject. Here you will gain the knowledge and tools to make informed design decisions based on post-occupancy feedback and performance analysis, towards a new paradigm of environmental architecture, which is environmentally and energy conscious, yet sensitive to the contextual and socio-cultural landscape we live in. You will learn environmental design methods which relate to the various stages of architectural design. You will be able to evaluate existing buildings and design new ones following a combined bioclimatic and building occupant focused approach. In the core design modules you will follow an evidence based design approach where the acquisition of specialised software and analytical tools will be directly applied to an evaluation or design project. Architecture and Environment Design MScThis interdisciplinary and international course will provide you with skills that can be applied to diverse building typologies and global climatic, environmental and contextual issues. On completion of this course you will have a thorough understanding of the principles and methodology of environmental design and will develop critical thinking skills to challenge established practices. You will hold the knowledge and the practical tools to better understand existing buildings for retrofit and to design new ones – positively driving change in this field and moving towards a truly environmentally conscious architecture. The course covers both the wider contextual and sustainable approach to environmental design, and the more technical aspects of environmentally and energy conscious building design and performance. As well as taught modules, you will take design-based modules where you will apply quantitative and qualitative analysis to the study of existing built environments and to new design projects. Core modules Evaluation of Built Environments You will be involved in practical workshops on the use of tools and on the development of analytical methods, which will be directly applied to a design studio project on the evaluation of case studies. In this module you will learn about climate and microclimate analysis and fieldwork methods for the measurement of environmental and energy parameters, thermal comfort surveys and post-occupancy evaluations. Principles of Environmental Design You will look at the principles of passive solar design and strategies for bioclimatic architecture (eg enhanced thermal performance of building envelope, solar control, natural ventilation, day-lighting, passive solar heating and cooling etc). The module will provide, through practical experimentation and laboratory exercises, fundamentals of building physics, energy and environmental foundations, including heat exchange and energy balance of buildings, and thermal and visual comfort. Theory and History of Environmental Design You will look at ethical and environmental drivers of environmental design; climate change, energy conservation and economy; standards and regulations; history of environmental design; and its various past and present definitions. Environmental and Energy Modelling You will undertake software workshops and design application of dynamic thermal modelling, Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modelling and day-lighting. The software used will be tailored to the various stages of the design process and will range from climate data analysis to daylighting and thermal modelling. These will be directly applied to a design studio project running in parallel to the workshops. Amongst the software used are Rhino, Grasshopper, Ladybug, Radiance, Daysim, TAS and Autodesk CFD. It is recommended that students familiarise themselves with Excel, Rhino and Grasshopper prior to the commencement of the course. Thesis Project You will explore advanced topics and contexts of research applicability. The topic chosen can depend on your individual interests and aspirations, ranging from analytical projects to design proposals. The module will provide you with the background on research methods and advanced technical skills appropriate to your topic of choice. Dissertations can be formulated as a written thesis or as a hybrid written and design-project thesis. Course-specific entry requirements Generally, a good undergraduate degree (i.e. First or Upper-Second Class Honours) in Architecture or a related subject within the context of the construction industry and built environment disciplines. Applicants with qualifications in other subject areas which may be relevant to the award are encouraged to apply, each case being considered on merit. You will need a portfolio of work, or comprehensive, and a personal statement which clearly articulates why you wish to study for the award. You will need fluent written and spoken English to study at postgraduate level. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent). The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course. Associated careers This course will give you skills which can be used both in architectural practice and in environmental design consultancy. The research issues explored in your final thesis project could also lead to further research and an academic career through the path of a PhD degree in a number of related fields. [-]

MSc Building Information Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The unique nature of Westminster's Building Information Management MSc is the focus on 'Management', which will create professionals who are able to manage the whole construction process and the information associated with this. The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). [+]

The philosophy of the Building Information Management course reflects the increasingly digital, multi-disciplinary and integrated nature of project delivery, influenced by the demand from governments and clients for greater efficiencies on construction projects. These efficiencies can be gained from more accurate prototyping, simulation, costing, planning, design, production and operation, and will be an output of sound information management and data input to Building Information Modelling (BIM) software. The unique nature of Westminster's Building Information Management MSc is the focus on 'Management', which will create professionals who are able to manage the whole construction process and the information associated with this. The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The future construction professional requires knowledge and understanding of building information management, as well as how an integrated project team will take a project from inception to completion. Collaborative working and co-ordinated information exchange will increase the efficiency of project delivery and asset performance, leading to better sustainability over the building lifecycle and a satisfied client. This building information management approach is a strategic view of integrated project delivery that encompasses both the demand side (client) and supply side (consultants, contractors and suppliers). Course content The Building Information Management MSc is mainly aimed at graduates who are already in construction-related employment and who aspire to senior positions in their field. The course aims to provide a challenging, stimulating and professionally relevant course of study which is directly related to the effective management of construction projects. The course aims to offer learners flexible access to the core content, whilst still providing the discipline and structure of regular attendance at the University. This is achieved through the use of a 'blended learning' approach. The design of the part-time course recognises the significant challenges of combining postgraduate-level study with full-time professional employment. Core modules BUILDING INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND INTEGRATED PRACTICE This double module covers the implementation of Building Information Management and Integrated Practice, throughout the project life cycle from inception to project delivery, asset performance and efficient disposal/adaptation/recycling of the building/project. The principles of client requirements, critical success factors and sustainability are addressed and developed within the project prototype, aiding the analysis of project options to improve the delivery and asset performance. Evaluations of software tools, in the context of multi-dimensional modelling, are analysed for both new build and retrofit projects. The module introduces the principles of integration and collaboration across the entire supply chain to increase improved project delivery in line with the Government Construction Strategy. Analysis is made of the socio-technological skills that are required by BIM professionals to implement these changes in project delivery. Assessments are made of the structured methodologies, monitoring and control systems employed in the systematic delivery of a BIM construction project. The module introduces the concepts of whole life costing, sustainability, information creation, management, distribution, utilisation, benchmarking, operating and lifetime benchmarking throughout the project life cycle. CORPORATE MANAGEMENT In this module you will investigate strategic management issues in relation to organisations that commission and deliver construction projects. DISSERTATION In this module you will identify a topic directly related to construction management which will provide a basis for a research study. You will develop explicit research goals and devise an appropriate research methodology, undertake the research study and produce a dissertation. ECONOMICS OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY In this module you will look at the economics of the construction sector, the economic environment in which construction firms operate, and the economic role of the construction industry both nationally and internationally. PROCUREMENT In this module you will look at the key stages in the process of procuring consultants and contractors for construction projects, the critical success factors, client requirements, the statutory and legal framework, the concept of best value, shortlisting and pre-qualification. RISK MANAGEMENT FOR PROJECTS In this module you will investigate the management of uncertainty and risk in a construction project environment, examining qualitative, but mainly quantitative, techniques. Course-specific entry requirements Applicants to the full-time course should typically have a minimum Upper Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area such as construction, architecture or civil engineering or a minimum Lower Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area, and be in, or have been in, relevant employment in a professional or managerial capacity. Applicants to the part-time course should have a minimum Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area and be in, or have been in, relevant employment in a professional or managerial capacity in a construction related post. Alternatively, you may hold membership of a recognised construction-related professional body achieved through examinations and/ or professional interview, and have professional or managerial experience in a construction-related post. Exceptionally, consideration will be given to applicants who lack standard qualifications but have significant relevant professional or managerial experience. If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 6.5. Associated careers This course is aimed at graduates who are, or have been, in construction-related employment who aspire to senior positions in the construction industry. Enhancing students' employability and industry connections is a key aim of the course. In 2013 Westminster ran Project Intermission, in partnership with industry mentors DMA Architects, Studio Klaschka and Gardiner & Theobald. Students from various built environment disciplines worked collaboratively on a 'real' project for a 'real' client, with input from industry practitioners, using cutting-edge Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies. From this project, construction student Kevin Hernandez secured a work placement with AECOM. Project Intermission was also shortlisted for a CIOB International Innovation and Research Award 2013. [-]

MSc Construction Commercial Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This innovative postgraduate construction course is aimed at graduates who are already in, or have been in, construction-related employment, and who aspire to senior positions in the field of commercial management. The course aims to develop your awareness of the importance of construction projects to clients, and the context and constraints within which projects are procured and undertaken. [+]

This innovative postgraduate construction course is aimed at graduates who are already in, or have been in, construction-related employment, and who aspire to senior positions in the field of commercial management. The course aims to develop your awareness of the importance of construction projects to clients, and the context and constraints within which projects are procured and undertaken. You will gain greater knowledge and understanding of the theories, concepts, principles, techniques, and intellectual and practical skills needed for the commercial management of construction projects. You will have the opportunity to plan and implement a personal research project related to commercial management. The course utilises web based technologies in the delivery and extensive use is made of enquiry based learning to enhance lifelong learning skills. The blended learning approach offers flexible access to the core content, while still providing the discipline and structure of regular attendance at the University. The design of the part-time course recognises the significant challenges of combining postgraduate-level study with full-time professional employment. Core modules COMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT You will investigate the commercial considerations for the optimisation of financial performance of organisations, the role of owners, partners and stakeholders, and the successful management of major construction projects. CONSTRUCTION DISSERTATION OR WORK-RELATED PROJECT In this module you will identify a topic or project directly related to construction management which will provide a basis for a research study. You will develop explicit goals and devise an appropriate methodology, undertake the research study and produce a dissertation/project. CONSTRUCTION LAW FOR CONTRACT MANAGEMENT Through this module you will examine the legal context within which construction projects are procured, managed and delivered. The module investigates the key areas of the law that affect contract management including Tort, Contract, Statutory Legislation and Dispute Resolution. CORPORATE MANAGEMENT In this module you will investigate strategic management issues in relation to organisations that commission and deliver construction projects. ECONOMICS OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY In this module you will look at the economics of the construction sector, the economic environment in which construction firms operate, and the economic role of the construction industry both nationally and internationally. PROCUREMENT In this module you will look at the key stages in the process of procuring consultants and contractors for construction projects, the critical success factors, client requirements, the statutory and legal framework, the concept of best value, shortlisting and pre-qualification. RISK MANAGEMENT FOR PROJECTS In this module you will investigate the management of uncertainty and risk in a construction project environment, examining qualitative, but mainly quantitative, techniques. Course-specific entry requirements Applicants to the full-time course should typically have a minimum Upper Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area such as construction, architecture or civil engineering or a minimum Lower Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area, and be in, or have been in, relevant employment in a professional or managerial capacity. Applicants to the part-time course should have a minimum second class honours degree in a related subject area and be in, or have been in, relevant employment in a professional or managerial capacity in a construction related post. Alternatively, applicants may hold membership of a recognised construction-related professional body achieved through examinations and/ or professional interview, and have professional or managerial experience in a construction-related post. Exceptionally, consideration will be given to applicants who lack standard qualifications but have significant relevant professional or managerial experience. If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 Professional accreditation This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Associated careers This course is aimed at graduates who are already in, or have been in, construction-related employment who aspire to senior positions in the field of commercial management. [-]

MSc Construction Project Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This innovative postgraduate construction course is aimed at graduates who are already in, or have been in, construction-related employment, and who aspire to senior positions in the fields of project management. This course aims to develop your awareness of the importance of construction projects to clients, and the context and constraints within which projects are procured and undertaken. [+]

This innovative postgraduate construction course is aimed at graduates who are already in, or have been in, construction-related employment, and who aspire to senior positions in the fields of project management. This course aims to develop your awareness of the importance of construction projects to clients, and the context and constraints within which projects are procured and undertaken. You will gain greater knowledge and understanding of the theories, concepts, principles, techniques, and intellectual and practical skills needed for the project management of construction projects. You will have the opportunity to plan and implement a personal research project related to project management. The course utilises web -based technologies in its delivery and extensive use is made of enquiry-based learning to enhance lifelong learning skills. The blended learning approach offers flexible access to the core content, while still providing the discipline and structure of regular attendance at the University. The design of the part-time course recognises the significant challenges of combining postgraduate-level study with full-time professional employment. Core modules CONSTRUCTION DISSERTATION OR WORK-RELATED PROJECT In this module you will identify a topic or project directly related to construction management which will provide a basis for a research study. You will develop explicit goals and devise an appropriate methodology, undertake the research study and produce a dissertation/project. CORPORATE MANAGEMENT In this module you will investigate strategic management issues in relation to organisations that commission and deliver construction projects. ECONOMICS OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY In this module you will look at the economics of the construction sector, the economic environment in which construction firms operate, and the economic role of the construction industry both nationally and internationally. PROCUREMENT You will look at the key stages in the process of procuring consultants and contractors for construction projects, the critical success factors, client requirements, the statutory and legal framework, and the concept of best value, short-listing and pre-qualification. PROJECT MANAGEMENT DELIVERY In this double module you will examine the key stages in the lifecycle of a construction project from inception to disposal. Topics you will cover include the principles of client requirements, critical success factors, sustainability, evaluation of project options, structured methodologies, and the concept of whole-life costing. RISK MANAGEMENT FOR PROJECTS You will investigate the management of uncertainty and risk in a construction project environment, examining qualitative, but mainly quantitative, techniques. Course-specific entry requirements Applicants to the full-time course should typically have a minimum Upper Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area such as construction, architecture or civil engineering or a minimum Lower Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area, and be in, or have been in, relevant employment in a professional or managerial capacity. Applicants to the part-time course should have a minimum second class honours degree in a related subject area and be in, or have been in, relevant employment in a professional or managerial capacity in a construction related post. Alternatively, you may hold membership of a recognised construction-related professional body achieved through examinations and/ or professional interview, and have professional or managerial experience in a construction-related post. Exceptionally, consideration will be given to applicants who lack standard qualifications but have significant relevant professional or managerial experience. If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 6.5. Professional accreditation This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Associated careers This course is aimed at graduates who are, or have been, in construction-related employment who aspire to senior positions in the field of project management. [-]

MSc Facilities and Property Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This course is aimed at graduates who are (ideally although not essentially) already in property-related employment, and who aspire to professional and/or senior positions in the field of facilities and property management. It is a challenging, stimulating and professionally relevant course which is directly related to the management of real estate. [+]

This course is aimed at graduates who are (ideally although not essentially) already in property-related employment, and who aspire to professional and/or senior positions in the field of facilities and property management. It is a challenging, stimulating and professionally relevant course which is directly related to the management of real estate. You will develop your skills and ability to appraise options and independently evaluate alternative courses of action. The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Core modules DISSERTATION The work for this module involves the completion of a structured research programme resulting in a dissertation or major research project. You can opt for a traditional academic dissertation which identifies a hypothesis and research questions, involves some original research, draws conclusions and, if appropriate, makes recommendations. Alternatively you can complete a defined project involving the preparation of a strategy or action plan for an issue relevant to your studies, and include a 20,000-word reflection on, and evaluation of, the strengths and weaknesses of the approach and the constraints which are likely to impact on the proposals. FABRIC AND SERVICES MANAGEMENT This module aims to devise and develop a strategic approach to the understanding of the role of building fabric and building services management in meeting corporate objectives. You will examine the fabric and services of building structures, their life cycle and the maintenance, refurbishment and rebuild relationship; maintenance strategy and effectiveness; organisation and management of the maintenance function; planning and co-ordination techniques; managing cost effectiveness; and the more detailed aspects of energy management. FACILITIES MANAGEMENT: STRATEGY AND PRACTICE In this module you will address the strategic role of facilities management in supporting the core activities of organisations. You will focus on the operational aspects of the built assets and examine the influence of facilities management practices on corporate strategy, procurement, human resource management and financial decision making. You will aim to achieve an integrated understanding of the basic knowledge and operational skills required for the good management of buildings, their environments, facilities and support services, and personnel. FINANCE AND ASSET MANAGEMENT The aim of this module is to set corporate decision making in the context of the business environment, corporate goals and the practice of company finance, estate and portfolio management. You will gain a grounding in property as an asset class, and a practical and theoretical appreciation of the techniques and practices currently being used in the management and valuation of commercial property. In the financial element of this module, you will explore issues relating to accounting principles and financial management accounts, and the implications of tax. Equally important is an appreciation of ratio analysis and strategy. LANDLORD AND TENANT In this module you will cover the concepts and law surrounding commercial lease practice and rent reviews/lease negotiation, from both a landlord's and tenant's perspective. You will develop an understanding of, and familiarity with, the legal background to the landlord and tenant relationship, and its application in practice. This will include the study of statutory security of tenure, rent review, and other usual lease clauses including 'break' clauses, repair, user, alterations and alienation. You will also consider and discuss points of practical difficulty and complexity involved in negotiating lease terms and their subsequent implementation. LAW FOR PROPERTY PROFESSIONALS This module fosters reflection on where the law comes from and how it develops (including the influence of European Law), and encourages your understanding of the relationship between the legal process and social change. You will develop mastery of the key principles (and their operation in practice) of English Law relating to business, including contract, tort, real estate law and regulatory regimes which particularly affect the property industry. You will also gain a greater understanding of legal theory, including statute and judicial precedent; the role of Europe; tort, contract and business law; administrative law and regulatory regimes; real estate law; and landlord and tenant law. SPACE STRATEGIES AND LEGISLATION The aim of this module is to develop your cultural and analytical understanding of how buildings and the space configuration within them support the strategic objectives of the organisation. You will address sustainability, corporate social responsibility and the underpinning legislation. You will also review the principles and application of the legislation affecting the workplace. You will explore the concepts of strategic business space usage, and gain a critical understanding of the use and management of space resources in the role of informed client. You will also develop your ability to analyse and adopt an informed tactical methodology toward solutions for space planning and utilisation, and be able to apply a range of decision-making tools for strategic space planning and management. Course-specific entry requirements You will typically have a minimum Second Class Honours degree in a cognate subject area such as construction, surveying, architecture or civil engineering, and be in relevant employment in a professional or managerial capacity in a construction-related post. However, applicants from all backgrounds and level of experience are encouraged to apply. Alternatively, applicants may hold membership of a recognised construction-related professional body achieved through examinations and/or professional interview, together with experience in a professional or managerial capacity in a construction-related post. Consideration will be given to mature applicants who lack standard qualifications but have significant professional or managerial experience in a construction-related post. Such applicants will be interviewed prior to admission and will be expected to demonstrate the commitment and intellectual capacity to study at postgraduate level. You will need to be able to speak, write and comprehend English fluently. If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5. Professional accreditation This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Associated careers The RICS accreditation will enable you to take the Professional Assessment of Competence after a period of suitable employment. There are employment opportunities in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Some part-time students are employed by both large and small surveying firms to receive accredited training while working. [-]

MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom London

Developed in partnership with Arnhem Business School (HAN University, Netherlands), this international MSc course will develop your ability to initiate and carry out advanced analysis, research and problem solving in the field of logistics and supply chain management. [+]

Developed in partnership with Arnhem Business School (HAN University, Netherlands), this international MSc course will develop your ability to initiate and carry out advanced analysis, research and problem solving in the field of logistics and supply chain management. If you study this MSc, you will study the first semester at the University of Westminster, and then have the choice either to continue studying in London (Westminster route) or to spend the second semester at our partner institution in the Netherlands (Arnhem route). You will not only benefit from the wider range of module choices, but also from the opportunity to study in two countries. During the third semester you will work on a research-based dissertation. It is expected that you will spend the equivalent of three to four months' full-time work on this research. The MSc course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and graduates are exempt from the Institute's exams. If you are unable to study for a full Masters course, we also offer a Logistics and Supply Chain Management Postgraduate Diploma and a Logistics and Supply Chain Management Postgraduate Certificate. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for information on these courses. Alternatively, you can also study individual modules from this Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc course as stand alone short courses. Core modules Logistics and the External Environment (20 credits) This module is designed to make you aware of the external influences that companies must take into account in the design and operation of their logistics systems. Supply chains do not exist in a vacuum, and there are many issues that companies need to consider to ensure that they operate legally and responsibly in addition to meeting their own internal company objectives. Logistics Management and Planning (20 credits) This module provides you with the foundation for studying logistics, ensuring that you are aware of the components of the logistics system and how they interact with each other to influence the design and operation of supply chains. You will focus on the aspects of logistics operations that tend to be directly within the control of companies. Research Dissertation (40 credits) Your dissertation will draw on techniques and background material introduced during the Masters course, and will incorporate original analysis. This module provides you with an opportunity for an in-depth, extended study of a specific topic within the logistics and/or transport sector. You are encouraged to undertake original research, and write a critical analysis and draw rational conclusions. Statistics and Operational Research for Logistics (20 credits) This module aims to equip you with the statistical and operational research concepts and techniques necessary for logistics, and give you some grounding in the practical application of these methods. You will develop your ability to suggest and apply suitable probability and statistical models to the analysis of logistics and transport data. You will also learn to analyse a time series and produce forecasts for future values, analyse a stock control system, analyse a transport scheduling problem, and analyse a route network. Sustainability and Freight Transport (20 credits) In this module you will focus on the study of sustainability and green logistics, with a particular emphasis on freight transport. The first part of the module provides the context for sustainable supply chains, examining the business and public policy reasons for attempting to address sustainability issues, and examining how sustainability impacts are measured, monitored and reported. In the second part of the module you will focus on the freight transport element of supply chain management, looking at the strategic, operational and public policy perspectives. Core modules (Arnhem route) Commercial Distribution of Fast Moving Goods (20 credits) The distribution of fast moving goods has seen a tremendous change during the last decade. Fashion, electronic devices etc have to be developed, produced and distributed in a very short timeframe. This requires quick and fast response of all concerned with the supply value chain. By studying analytical models and using them in case studies, the student will be provided with knowledge and skills in order to organise supply value chains effectively in an ever-changing, international environment. Distributing for the Future (20 credits) The world of transportation and the world within which transportation takes place are changing rapidly. The course material will be discussed in two parts of three weeks. The first part teaches you the different aspects of the supply chain, such as the set up and management of the logistics network, the management of strategic suppliers and the development of partnerships with logistic service providers. The second part teaches you how to apply scenario planning models to discover how logistic service providers should adapt in future to counter possible situations. The course ends with a summary overview and tips for implementation. Finance and Management (20 credits) With the increase of the volume of goods shipped all over the world, logistics needs more and more to consider the financial implications of these international flows. This module provides a framework necessary for the analysis and solutions of financial and accounting problems which are relevant to firms trading and investing on an international basis. For example, what are the impacts of interest rates and exchange rates risk on stock values and international distribution channels, and how should a logistician evaluate the financial impact on international shipments and commercial distribution? Core modules (Westminster route) Freight Transport and Logistics Services (20 credits) In this module you will examine the changing market for freight transport and logistics services in a European and increasingly global context. You will evaluate economic principles in terms of costs and revenues, and assess the changing demands for new services. Fleet operations and warehouse management are investigated in relation to technology and market requirements, and you will also explore strategic options for service providers. Retail Supply Chain Management (20 credits) You will examine retail markets by country and sector, and investigate developments in control of the supply chain between retailers and manufacturers. You will explore cost structures in the retail supply chain, and new patterns of retailing and their implication for logistics; international comparisons are also made. Course-specific entry requirements You should normally have the equivalent of a good Honours degree and demonstrate strong motivation in the subject area. Alternative qualifications with relevant professional experience will also be considered. The programme has been devised to appeal to graduates who wish to develop their career in an international environment concerned with logistics. Directly relevant degree disciplines include economics, business studies, management, geography and operations research. However, students with qualifications in other disciplines such as languages and the humanities, engineering, and environmental sciences are also encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component. Professional accreditation This MSc course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and graduates are exempt from the Institute's exams. Associated careers Previous graduates have gained employment with third party logistics providers, the airline industry, manufacturing companies, retailers, shipping lines, etc. Examples of companies that have recruited graduates in recent years are Kuehne + Nagel, DHL, TNT, Norbert Dentressangle, Maersk Logistics, GIST, Volvo Logistics, Honda, GlaxoSmithKlein, Procter and Gamble and IKEA. You will also be equipped for further research (eg Doctoral studies) should you wish to continue in an academic environment. [-]

MSc Property Finance

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Property Finance is a well-established area of essential expertise within the real estate industry for the purchase and development of properties which may have varying levels of complexity. The finance specialist utilises modern skills, techniques and systems to successfully source and provide an adequate flow of accessible funds to buy, sell and develop land and buildings. [+]

Property Finance is a well-established area of essential expertise within the real estate industry for the purchase and development of properties which may have varying levels of complexity. The finance specialist utilises modern skills, techniques and systems to successfully source and provide an adequate flow of accessible funds to buy, sell and develop land and buildings. This course is intended to give you a detailed understanding of property finance and the associated property appraisal techniques and processes, encompassing both legal and social aspects. You will analyse investment and development finance situations and respond to particular financial problems with derived solutions. You will also be able to appraise options and independently evaluate alternative courses of action. The design of the course recognises the significant challenges of providing an educational experience that is practical, relevant and challenging and meets the requirements of the relevant professional bodies. The programme, while still providing the discipline and structure of regular attendance at the University, aims to give a practical educational structure through workshops and projects. Core modules DISSERTATION The work for this module comprises the completion of your dissertation or major research project, and incorporates a guided reflective exercise on personal and professional development. You can opt for a traditional academic dissertation which identifies a hypothesis and research questions, involves some original research, draws conclusions and, if appropriate, makes recommendations. Alternatively you can complete a defined project involving the preparation of a strategy or action plan for an issue relevant to your studies, and include a 20,000-word reflection on, and evaluation of, the strengths and weaknesses of the approach and the constraints which are likely to impact on the proposals. FINANCE AND ASSET MANAGEMENT The aim of this module is to set corporate decision making in the context of the business environment, corporate goals and the practice of company finance, estate and portfolio management. You will gain a grounding in property as an asset class, and a practical and theoretical appreciation of the techniques and practices currently being used in the management and valuation of commercial property. In the financial element of this module, you will explore issues relating to accounting principles and financial management accounts, and the implications of tax. Equally important is an appreciation of ratio analysis and strategy. LAW FOR PROPERTY PROFESSIONALS This module fosters reflection on where the law comes from and how it develops (including the influence of European Law), and encourages your understanding of the relationship between the legal process and social change. You will develop mastery of the key principles (and their operation in practice) of English Law relating to business, including contract, tort, real estate law and regulatory regimes which particularly affect the property industry. You will also gain a greater understanding of legal theory, including statute and judicial precedent; the role of Europe; tort, contract and business law; administrative law and regulatory regimes; real estate law; and landlord and tenant law. PROPERTY FINANCE: LENDING AND RISK STRATEGIES In this module you will address the strategic role of lending in the property sector. The sector has become dependent upon lenders for the vast majority of cash inflows, and in this module you will look at the history of the involvement of lenders, and the risk assessment and procedures involved in lending on property. The study of traditional banking will be supplemented with investment banking techniques. PROPERTY AND FINANCE: POLICY AND PRACTICE Property is a major contributor to asset holding and investment in most economies. You will examine the bigger picture around property and money. You will look at differing sources of funds for investment and development of property, both residential and commercial, and investigate the thought processes used to make decisions on whether to proceed with a particular deal. You will also examine bank and fund strategy at the highest level. SITE ASSEMBLY AND DEVELOPMENT In this module you will focus on the financial, physical, legal and social aspects necessary for successful real estate development projects to take place. The emphasis is on the needs of end users of developments, and those other key players in the development process. There will be an emphasis on commercial real estate development, but the module will also serve well those requiring an understanding of mixed use and residential development projects and processes. The legal focus will centre on the system in England and Wales although techniques and examples will be drawn from a range of jurisdictions. Associated careers The course has been designed to be professionally relevant and to produce Masters graduates who are well-rounded and adaptable, with the ability to communicate with people at all levels, and are critical thinkers with inquiring, innovative minds and good research skills. Successful completion of the course should enhance your career prospects and help you to achieve professional and senior positions in property finance and real estate. Accreditation of the course by the RICS will enable you to pursue full professional membership of this body. The attributes detailed above will also provide evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning and continuing professional development. Those wishing to continue their academic studies will have an excellent grounding for Doctoral level research, or a career in academia. Course-specific entry requirements You will normally be expected to hold at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (which need not be in a cognate subject) and should ideally (although not essentially) be in relevant employment in a professional or managerial capacity in a property or construction related organisation. Alternatively, applicants may hold membership of a recognised property or construction-related professional body achieved through examinations and/or professional interview, ideally together with experience in a professional or managerial capacity in a property or construction-related post. Consideration will be given to mature applicants who lack standard qualifications but have significant professional or managerial experience in a property or construction-related post. Such applicants will be interviewed prior to admission and will be expected to demonstrate the commitment and intellectual capacity to study at postgraduate level. You will need to be able to speak, write and comprehend English fluently. If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5. [-]

MSc Real Estate Development

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The aim of the course is to provide you with a detailed understanding of the property development and appraisal process, encompassing the financial, physical, legal and social aspects. You will analyse development situations and respond to particular development problems with derived solutions. [+]

The aim of the course is to provide you with a detailed understanding of the property development and appraisal process, encompassing the financial, physical, legal and social aspects. You will analyse development situations and respond to particular development problems with derived solutions. You will also be able to critically appraise options and independently evaluate alternative courses of action. The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). As part of the Development Finance and Funding module, students undertake a study trip to New York. Core modules DEVELOPMENT FINANCE AND FUNDING This module gives you the opportunity to study and analyse the finance and funding of property development and investment transactions. You will explore the concepts and law surrounding the valuation and feasibility of developing land and buildings to an advanced level. This module includes a study trip to New York. DISSERTATION The work for this module involves the completion of a structured research programme resulting in a dissertation or major research project. You can opt for a traditional academic dissertation which identifies a hypothesis and research questions, involves some original research, draws conclusions and, if appropriate, makes recommendations. Alternatively you can complete a defined project involving the preparation of a strategy or action plan for an issue relevant to your studies, and include a 20,000-word reflection on, and evaluation of, the strengths and weaknesses of the approach and the constraints which are likely to impact on the proposals. FINANCE AND ASSET MANAGEMENT The module aims to set corporate decision making in the context of the business environment, corporate goals and the practice of company finance, estate and portfolio management. You will gain a grounding in property as an asset class, and a practical and theoretical appreciation of the techniques and practices currently being used in the management and valuation of commercial property. In the financial element of this module, you will explore issues relating to accounting principles and financial management accounts, and the implications of tax. Equally important is an appreciation of ratio analysis and strategy. LAW FOR PROPERTY PROFESSIONALS This module fosters reflection on where the law comes from and how it develops (including the influence of European Law), and encourages your understanding of the relationship between the legal process and social change. You will develop mastery of the key principles (and their operation in practice) of English Law relating to business, including contract, tort, real estate law and regulatory regimes which particularly affect the property industry. You will also gain a greater understanding of legal theory, including statute and judicial precedent; the role of Europe; tort, contract and business law; administrative law and regulatory regimes; real estate law; and landlord and tenant law. PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS This module, based on problem-solving scenarios, enables you to develop a strategic approach to the implementation of complex real estate development projects. It provides you with an analytical review of the roles, responsibilities and methods for decision making of a multidisciplinary team, from client's identification of need, through project feasibility, design and construction, to operation and maintenance of a built facility. You will examine the differing objectives of generic procurement types, the identification and critical analysis of planning and development issues, and the impact of legal and regulatory frameworks to environmental and occupational health conditions, contractual matters and dispute avoidance. SITE ASSEMBLY AND DEVELOPMENT In this module you will focus on the financial, physical, legal and social aspects necessary for successful real estate development projects to take place. The emphasis is on the needs of end users of developments, and those other key players in the development process. There will be an emphasis on commercial real estate development, but the module will also serve well those requiring an understanding of mixed use and residential development projects and processes. The legal focus will centre on the system in England and Wales although techniques and examples will be drawn from a range of jurisdictions. SPACE STRATEGIES AND LEGISLATION The aim of this module is to develop your cultural and analytical understanding of how buildings and the space configuration within them support the strategic objectives of the organisation. In this module you will address sustainability, corporate social responsibility and the underpinning legislation. You will also review the principles and application of the legislation affecting the workplace. You will explore the concepts of strategic business space usage, and gain a critical understanding of the use and management of space resources in the role of informed client. You will also develop your ability to analyse and adopt an informed tactical methodology toward solutions for space planning and utilisation, and be able to apply a range of decision-making tools for strategic space planning and management. Professional accreditation This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Associated careers The RICS accreditation will enable you to take the Professional Assessment of Competence after a period of suitable employment. There are employment opportunities in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Some part-time students are employed by surveying firms to receive accredited training while working. [-]

MSc Transport Planning and Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This course develops your ability to initiate and implement advanced analysis and research in transport policy, planning and management. You will learn the techniques and methodologies you need to take decisions, or to provide the necessary information for others to take policy decisions. [+]

This course develops your ability to initiate and implement advanced analysis and research in transport policy, planning and management. You will learn the techniques and methodologies you need to take decisions, or to provide the necessary information for others to take policy decisions. The MSc course has been running successfully for many years, and is offered by the Department of Planning and Transport. It will give you full exemption from the examination requirements for Membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (MCILT), and also forms part of the pathway to the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification. If you are unable to study for a full Masters course, we also offer a Transport Planning and Management Postgraduate Diploma and a Transport Planning and Management Postgraduate Certificate. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for information on these courses. Alternatively you can also study some of the individual modules from the Transport Planning and Management MSc course as stand alone short courses. Course content The MSc course balances theoretical and practical applications in the three separate components: core modules, option modules and a research dissertation. Core modules Research Dissertation (60 credits) Your dissertation will draw on techniques and background material introduced on the Masters course, and incorporate original analysis. Lectures are provided on research methods in Semester One, interlinked with the Statistics and Survey Methods for Transport module which provides a background in relevant techniques. Work is undertaken in Semester Two of the full-time course, or in the case of part-time students in Semester Two of Year 2 or Year 3. Final submission is in early September, and part-time MSc students may register to complete the dissertation in Year 3, rather than completing in Year 2. Statistics and Survey Methods for Transport (20 credits) This module is designed to equip transport planners and managers with the basic concepts used in statistics and market research methods, and their application in the transport context, illustrated by suitable examples. You will explore topics including survey design and analysis, statistical modelling (including probability distributions and regressions), sampling methodology and qualitative research design. Students are introduced to specialist software including SPSS, Qualtrics and NVivo. Transport Economics (20 credits) Through this module you will examine the application of relevant economic theory and principles to transport operations, in relation to a range of transport modes. Topics you will explore include transport markets and market structures, deregulated transport markets and contestability, transport operator costs, transport pricing, operator investment, and economic evaluation and appraisal. Transport Policy and Politics (20 credits) This module introduces you to debates within transport policy and politics past, present and future. It draws on material from different disciplines in placing a range of relevant controversies, ideas and issues within their theoretical, policy and political contexts. You will cover specific levels of decision-making for different topics, and learn about non-governmental organisations, including lobby groups, that influence transport policy making. Course-specific entry requirements You should have at least a good Second Class Honours degree in a relevant subject area, and any relevant transport experience would further enhance your application. Part-time students should normally be employed within a relevant sector of transport for the duration of the course. If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 6.5. [-]

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MA Architecture

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Architecture MA incorporates a number of different study options including an extensive range of individual module choices and specialist pathways in Cultural Identity and Globalisation, History and Theory, and Digital Media... [+]

The Architecture MA incorporates a number of different study options including an extensive range of individual module choices and specialist pathways in Cultural Identity and Globalisation, History and Theory, and Digital Media. Situated in the progressive intellectual milieu of London, the Architecture MA programme offers a flexible programme of study and a unique opportunity to pursue advanced postgraduate research combining high-level theoretical investigation with innovative design approaches. The Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster provides first-class facilities such as state-of-the-art digital design/fabrication equipment and a team of lecturers and researchers deeply immersed in the very latest developments in architectural design, theory, historical research, and technology. The Architecture MA is part of a suite of Masters offered by the Department of Architecture aimed at graduates looking to further their education and enhance their employability by acquiring new knowledge and skills. Focused on architectural research, the Architecture MA also offers a firm grounding for those seeking to pursue further research and/or an academic career. Course content The Architecture MA provides a course that is wide-ranging and flexible, facilitating alternative modes of study and a range of options, including the choice of either a written or design-based thesis. The programme also allows for specialism through its three designated pathways: Architecture (Cultural Identity and Globalisation); Architecture (Digital Media) and Architecture (History and Theory), or alternatively, you can also create your own pathway, under the heading Architecture MA, by selecting and combining relevant modules that meet your individual requirements. The range of optional and specialist modules offered allows you to develop your individual learning trajectories through the in-depth study of specific subject areas, involving theoretical components as well as practical applications. A series of theory rich modules will stimulate you to analyse current trends in architecture, design theory and practice on the basis of your research and critical judgement, and use these insights to produce high quality written work in a scholarly manner. In parallel, a set of design-oriented activities encourages you to develop your artistic, aesthetic and intellectual vision through the use of different media, in order to produce individual proposals with a high level of spatial, material and formal resolution. The course is taught within a dynamic learning environment that comprises seminar-based sessions along with studio-based activities, suitably integrated by a wide range of lectures, tutorials, site visits, research training sessions, and independent study periods. Core modules Research and Positioning Thesis Development and Major Thesis Project Pathway/option modules SEMESTER ONE Critical Issues in Architecture Programming and Computational Design Theories of Identity SEMESTER TWO Applied Animation City Cultures: Conceptual Design for Complex Cultural Contexts Ethnographic Ways of Knowing: Critical and Creative Explorations of Site Introduction to Design Computing Picturing London Site and Motion Course-specific entry requirements You are normally required to have a good Honours degree in architecture or a related art, design or built environment discipline. You may be required to attend an interview and to bring a portfolio of work demonstrating prior experience and interests. Overseas candidates may submit a portfolio or samples of their project work in digital format for inspection. You will need fluent written and spoken English to study at postgraduate level. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent). The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course. Associated careers The Department of Architecture is consciously international in its educational thinking and academic links, and its graduates are amongst the most sought after anywhere in the world. The flexibility offered within the course is intended to extend your creative abilities and enhance your employability and performance as design professionals. Typical employment destinations for Architecture MA graduates include architectural practice but also other design disciplines, media and the arts. The course may also form a platform for continuing study with a career in academia or research. [-]

MA Events and Conference Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Events and conferences play an essential role in the business, cultural and sporting life of all countries. In recent years an exciting new profession has emerged with conference/events planners and managers organising a diverse range of events, and marketing the great variety of destinations and venues in which they take place... [+]

Events and conferences play an essential role in the business, cultural and sporting life of all countries. In recent years an exciting new profession has emerged with conference/events planners and managers organising a diverse range of events, and marketing the great variety of destinations and venues in which they take place. This course is specifically designed for people who want to enter, or make further progress in, management-level careers in the fast-expanding field of events and conferences. London is an ideal place in which to study events and conference management. A regular host of world class sports and culture events such as Wimbledon, the London Marathon, Notting Hill carnival and the London Fashion Week, as well as one-off mega events such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics games and the 2015 Rugby world Cup, London is widely recognised as a world events capital. With several hundred conference venues and an abundance of international business and leisure events, London is a world leader in this dynamic industry. Course content This course teaches you how and why events/conferences are planned, and how the venues and destinations in which they are held are marketed. You will also learn how events and conferences contribute to enriching the lives of communities and improve communications in business, politics and professional life. The dissertation will give you further opportunity to research a conference or events topic in depth. The course is taught by experienced academics and industry practitioners, providing valuable insight into this exciting industry sector. Core modules CONFERENCE AND EVENTS PLANNING You will develop critical awareness of the diverse range of skills required to successfully organise conferences and events. You will discuss the problems that can arise in the planning process and examine the ways to address the issues. DISSERTATION You will undertake research on an events or conference management topic of your choice, and present analysis, conclusions and recommendations in a written report. The report should include a justification of the research methodology employed and a critical review of the underpinning theory and literature. EVENTS AND CONFERENCE MARKETING You will develop an understanding of the decision-making process underpinning the development and marketing of individual venues as well as conference and events destinations. The module also considers the factors that influence the selection of event venues. EVENT CONCEPTS You will review the role and impacts of conferences and events in a global context, critically evaluating the influence of stakeholders and examining the wider significance of these expanding sectors on global communication, culture and sport. Course-specific entry requirements The course is aimed at graduates seeking to establish or develop a management career in the conference and events industry in the UK or abroad. As a minimum, you should have a good Honours degree (normally an Upper Second) or equivalent. If your qualifications are not under the UK system please visit the international section of our website for details of equivalent qualifications. Exceptionally, an applicant without these formal qualifications but with considerable work experience in the conference or events industry may be accepted at the discretion of the Course Leader. If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Associated careers Graduates from this course enter a wide range of careers, in both the private and the public sectors, in Britain and internationally. These careers range from conference and events planning, to venue management, to destination marketing. Some choose to work with specialist organisations, such as convention bureaux, while others opt to work as professional conference organisers, event managers and venue promoters. Some students go on to pursue Doctoral studies. [-]

MA Interior Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This course promotes a dynamic and speculative approach to the design of interior spatial environments and values research that seeks to challenge traditional methodologies. It gives you the opportunity to pursue your particular issues of interest in interior design or specialist areas of three dimensional design, through concise and focused study. [+]

This course promotes a dynamic and speculative approach to the design of interior spatial environments and values research that seeks to challenge traditional methodologies. It gives you the opportunity to pursue your particular issues of interest in interior design or specialist areas of three dimensional design, through concise and focused study. You will cover a range of issues, both theoretical and practical. Design modules deal with contemporary issues in a variety of interior design typologies, including retail, exhibition, gallery, performance and speculative efforts broadly described as installation. Careful studies are made in the pursuit of a fresh approach to their design resolution, through analogous and figurative studies, as well as comparison using suitable contemporary exemplars. The thesis can be undertaken as a design project, a dissertation or a piece of research – effectively a hybrid, both a project and a written summary or theoretical proposition. Core modules DECODING THE INTERIOR This module provides a holistic investigation of interior environments, drawing from aspects of various critical theory streams, while at the same time encouraging students to create their own tools for conducting primary research on a range of chosen interiors. You will look at historical and contemporary interior environments, covering psychological, cultural, social and economic codes that underpin their creation. INTERIOR DESIGN CASE STUDY This module is committed to the thorough investigation of a chosen interior environment(s), designed or otherwise, contemporary or historical, and the relationship to/within the architectural setting. It should provide a vehicle for you to examine particular design criteria and articulate your personal philosophical agendas about spatial design, together with the perceived and ambient quality of interior space. Investigation is published both as written work and through a short film media. INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN COMPUTING This module will introduce you to two-dimensional digital graphics, image manipulation and animation. It considers the use of these techniques in relation to the broader context of architectural/art-based representational practices and conventions. MAJOR THESIS PROJECT The module specifically deals with the research, development, exploration, synthesis and conclusion of your chosen area of study for your Major Thesis Project. The aim is to evolve the project developed from the position formulated in the Thesis Development module. The project requires substantially greater commitment than any previous project task, and can be either design based or text based. You will work individually on the project, which will need to embrace the highest standards of critical review – whether in challenging particular theories and their manifestations in design and architecture, or in demonstrating a personal or innovative approach to the design process. RETAIL DESIGN This is a vocationally based, applied design module. You will consider in context how design is utilised as an effective and persuasive tool in the contemporary retail environment. You will investigate issues of product marketing, branding, promotion, evaluation of public perception and the potency of image, through several focused design projects. THESIS DEVELOPMENT This module prepares you for the subsequent Major Thesis Project by introducing research issues and themes, and covers research methods, analysis, agenda, concept and strategy. You will undertake a series of short projects and/or studies throughout the module. It is important to note that the Major Thesis Project can take a form that is design based or text based, depending on your choice. The course of study for the Thesis Development module will as a consequence depend also on the type/format of research methods that you are evolving for your thesis project. Associated careers Former graduates from the Interior Design MA practise in a variety of areas of design. These include interior design, exhibition design, set and lighting design, retail and product design, and interior conservation, as well as multidisciplinary and traditional architectural and design practice. The MA may also form a platform for continuing study with a career in academia or research. For students who take the course and are interested in further study, we offer suitable applicants the opportunity to study for a MPhil/PhD degree, not only through the traditional research mode, but also through a PhD by design route. [-]

MA International Planning and Sustainable Development

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, whether to improve career prospects in their country or enter international practice. [+]

This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, whether to improve career prospects in their country or enter international practice. Through the course you will examine the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities, regions and communities in a rapidly urbanising world, subject to growing climate change and other environmental, economic and social pressures and risks. Based in London, you will have access to internationally recognised experience of spatial planning for sustainable development, and explore contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning in both the developed and developing worlds. The University of Westminster is the UK's first Habitat Partner University. We work with UN-HABITAT and like-minded institutions to promote the socially and environmentally sustainable development of towns, cities and regions, in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals. The course is primarily for full-time international, UK and EU students, but it is also open to part-time UK-based students who want to explore an international pathway for their career development. The MA course is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a "combined planning programme". Those offered a place are eligible for postgraduate scholarships offered by the University. If you are unable to study for a full Master's, we also offer an International Planning and Sustainable Development Postgraduate Diploma and an International Planning and Sustainable Development Postgraduate Certificate. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to find out about these courses. Alternatively, you can study a single module(s) from the International Planning and Sustainable Development MA course as a stand alone short course. Course content This course addresses the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities and communities in a rapidly urbanising world. It explores contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning that spans both developed and developing world contexts, and offers you the opportunity to explore one area of specialism in a related field in some depth. Course pathways There are two RTPI-accredited pathways through the course. The Spatial Planning Pathway has a strong urban design component and an emphasis on the development planning process. The Urban Resilience Pathway provides a sustainable development-focused route with a core emphasis on climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. Both pathways cover all these aspects to some degree. Core modules (Both pathways) Dissertation or Major Project (40 credits) This module offers you the opportunity to research in depth a spatial planning or related topic through primary or desk-based research. The Dissertation is 12-15,000 words in length. You may undertake a Major Project on a similar topic, producing a written report of a similar length, or a report combining planning or design proposals, or data presented in other formats, with a written analytical report of 5-10,000 words. International Spatial Planning Practice (20 credits) Through the exploration of theoretical models of sustainable urban form and practical exercises, you will explore the principles, methods and techniques of land use, transport and infrastructure planning for new and existing towns and cities and their regions. The module examines strategic spatial planning policy and managing development in the context of rapid urbanisation and the challenge of urban governance in the developing world. Planning in a Globalising World (20 credits) This module explores urban issues such as impacts of economic globalisation and sustainability in a range of development contexts (developed and developing worlds, and high, middle and low-income countries) using a comparative planning systems approach. You will analyse key urban policy concerns, debates, dynamics of urban change and planning responses comparatively and internationally, across different regional and historical contexts. Research Methods and the Built Environment (10 credits) This module introduces you to research methods and methodologies specific to urban and spatial research, design and planning. You will explore the theory and practice of developing a research framework, with a particular emphasis upon methods, methodologies and frameworks used within the built environment professions. The module will allow you to begin developing your own research proposal for the Dissertation. Skills for Planning Practice (10 credits) This module introduces you to a range of planning skills not covered elsewhere in core modules. You will cover core planning skills, appraisal techniques and technical skills including project management and communications. The module introduces assessments of need and capacity (for example retail, housing, leisure, transport) and tools and techniques to assist with these assessments, such as impact assessment, GIS, effective project management and engagement techniques. Sustainable Cities and Neighbourhoods (20 credits) In this module you will explore 'next generation' cities, investigating critical issues relating to climate change and other large-scale environmental threats and challenges. The module adopts a cross-disciplinary perspective, at a range of scales from the global to the local. Using a UK-based case study and hands-on sustainability appraisal, planning and urban design exercises, you will develop a critical understanding of the concept of sustainability, encompassing notions of resource conservation, environmental, social and economic impact, and quality of life. Sustainable Neighbourhood Development and Management (20 credits) In this module you will address the range of social sustainability concerns including housing and livelihoods. As well as introducing you to techniques such as participatory planning and community asset management, this module is concerned with local neighbourhood planning and introducing conceptual frameworks for understanding localised social and governance structures. Core module (Spatial Planning Pathway) Urban Design and Planning Skills (20 credits) In this module you will examine place-making in the context of the UK development process. Based on practical design projects supported by lectures and workshops, it enables students to gain an insight into the relationship between urban design theory and practice. The module is built around a site-based design project with a series of specific tasks relating to various stages of project development including area appraisal, strategic framework and design brief. Core modules (Urban Resilience Pathway) Planning for Urban Risk and Resilience (20 credits) You will explore spatial planning for risk management, including reducing vulnerability and building urban resilience as it relates to the built environment, urban governance and long-term climate change and development needs. The module integrates sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation planning concerns with disaster and hazard risk management in an international urban context. Course-specific entry requirements You should have a good first degree (normally Second Class Honours or above) in a relevant built environment or land planning related discipline (such as urban or transport planning, architecture, landscape design, surveying, civil engineering, or land management) from a higher education institute in the UK or EU, or a comparable qualification from another country. Alternatively, you may have a good first degree (normally Second Class Honours or above) in a relevant human geography, social or environmental science subject from a higher education institute in the UK or EU (or a comparable qualification from another country), and relevant practical experience of working in a built environment discipline. If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 6.5. Professional accreditation he MA course is fully accredited by the royal town planning institute (RTPI) as a 'combined planning programme'. Associated careers Students on the course are most likely to be working in a relevant built environment or sustainable development-related profession. Overseas students may be receiving a government bursary. Graduates from the course may secure promotion within their existing or a new related area of work, or move onto more responsible positions within 18 months of completing their studies. This may include management posts or the responsibility for project or policy development. It is expected that graduates will enhance their potential to be considered for development positions outside their home country. Graduates from this course can expect to find employment as planners or urban designers, urban regeneration or environmental management specialists in private consultancy, local and national government, and non-governmental sectors in their own country or internationally, including international development agencies. [-]

MA Tourism Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Tourism is an increasingly important part of our lives, and the tourism industry is one of the few global industries forecast to grow in the long term. Managing this rapidly growing industry to meet visitors' demands in a sustainable way is exciting and challenging. [+]

Tourism is an increasingly important part of our lives, and the tourism industry is one of the few global industries forecast to grow in the long term. Managing this rapidly growing industry to meet visitors' demands in a sustainable way is exciting and challenging. This well-established and recently updated course will give you the knowledge, analytical abilities and skills you need to make a career as a tourism professional. We are proud that the course invariably attracts a cosmopolitan group of students from a wide range of countries and that our graduates have successful careers all round the world. The course has been top rated in academic audit and is developed with the advice of the tourism industry. You will study at the heart of London, one of the world's leading tourism destination. Site visits, integrated in the course modules, will allow you to explore a wide variety of aspects of the dynamic tourism industry. This course is accredited by the tourism management institute (TMI) meaning you can be confident it will give you the knowledge, understanding, skills and experience which will fully prepare you for a career in tourism destination management. Annual student feedback for the course is very positive, with teaching, staff contract and course content receiving particular praise. This reflects the tourism team's efforts to provide a valuable and effective course as well as a supportive, friendly and stimulating environment for your studies. Staff teaching on the course are active researchers, and their teaching is informed by both their own research and by current ideas and debates. Course content You will learn about the nature and characteristics of the tourism industry, and explore how it can be marketed, managed and planned, examining cases from around the world. A range of option modules allows you to focus on your particular interests, and to explore the links between the different aspects of tourism. A dissertation gives you the chance to research a topic of your choice in depth. Core modules DISSERTATION The dissertation is based on your own research interest. This module requires structured research, analysis and application of theoretical principles, culminating in a written presentation of the findings. STRATEGIC TOURISM MARKETING You will examine marketing from the perspective of management and its role in corporate strategy within the tourism industry. The module enables you to consider the relationships between customers' needs and a tourism organisation's services, and the inter-relationship between design, operation and the delivery of tourism services. The significance of quality in tourism operations and methods for monitoring performance are also explored. TOURISM CONCEPTS This module assesses the nature and patterns of demand for tourism, explores the role and interdependence of the industry components, and examines the relationship between public and private sector involvement in tourism. You will have the opportunity to analyse the broader implications of sustainable tourism development by investigating economic, social and environmental impacts. TOURISM POLICY AND DESTINATION MANAGEMENT This module critically analyses the need for tourism planning and management in destinations as well as investigating the effectiveness of different approaches to destination management. Professional recognition This course is recognised by the tourism management institute (TMI) meaning you can be confident it will give you knowledge, understanding, skills and experience which will fully prepare you for a a career in tourism destination management. Associated careers Graduates of this course have gone on to establish careers in a wide variety of fields around the world, including working for national and regional tourism organisations in the UK and overseas, undertaking marketing roles with transport organisations such as airlines and tourism destinations, and working for companies specialising in business tourism. Some of our graduates have launched their own travel agency businesses, while others work in a variety of management roles in hotels, and in consultancy roles for tourism research organisations. Course-specific entry requirements The course is aimed at graduates seeking to establish or develop a management career in the tourism industry in the UK or abroad. As a minimum, you should have a good Honours degree (normally an Upper Second) or equivalent. If your qualifications are not under the UK system please visit the international section of our website for details of equivalent qualifications. Exceptionally an applicant without these formal qualifications but with considerable work experience in the tourism or related industries may be acc [-]

MA Urban and Regional Planning

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to practise professionally as a spatial planner. It is designed to meet the growing employer needs for staff who can investigate changes in the natural and built environments, manage the challenges of climate change through sustainable development, and debate and critically reflect upon the knowledge and... [+]

The MA course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to practise professionally as a spatial planner. It is designed to meet the growing employer needs for staff who can investigate changes in the natural and built environments, manage the challenges of climate change through sustainable development, and debate and critically reflect upon the knowledge and values underpinning current approaches to land use development. Completion of the MA course is the first step to become a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). The course will support your personal and professional development. You will be able to work in the interdisciplinary and cross-sector environment of urban and regional development, in a variety of private, public and community contexts, and apply your knowledge to practise in specialist areas of planning. The course builds on the University's experience of delivering postgraduate courses in town planning for more than 60 years. If you want to gain a greater understanding of spatial planning, but do not want to study for a full Masters course, we also offer an Urban and Regional Planning Postgraduate Diploma and an Urban and Regional Planning Postgraduate Certificate. Scroll to the bottom of this page to find out more about these courses. Alternatively you can study a single module(s) from the Urban and Regional Planning MA course as stand alone short courses. Course content The course explores the current context and content of spatial planning. It does so from a UK and European perspective, and also investigates underlying theoretical debates. For the award of the MA students need to pass modules totalling 180 credits. Part-time Masters students usually take the equivalent of four 20 credit modules (80 credits) plus the field trip in their first year, and the equivalent of five 20 credit modules (100 credits) in their second year. MA students take all core modules and choose one specialist option module. Core modules DISSERTATION/POLICY IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT (40 credits) The module will provide you with the opportunity to explore in depth a spatial planning or related topic through primary or desk-based research. You will investigate and evaluate the process of planning policy making and delivery. This will involve setting research objectives, carrying out a literature review, developing and implementing a research design, incorporating appropriate methodologies, analysing your findings, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations. Your research may take the form of dissertation or a policy implementation project. MAKING AND MANAGING PLACES (40 credits) In this module you will focus on the financial and policy context of urban planning, and the application of urban design principles to urban development. It will provide you with an overview and analysis of the procedures and practices of project briefing and development control, and will introduce urban design issues and techniques. You will develop your understanding of the key actors in the development process, and the basic principles of property development, site appraisal and methods of financial appraisal. The projects will involve area, market and site appraisal, design briefing and site layout through the development of a proposal for a site in the context of local planning guidelines. Group work is an important element of this module. PLANNING FIELD TRIP (non-credit bearing module) This module involves a study tour over four to six days, usually to a single European city, with a range of urban forms from a variety of periods and which is currently growing. The trip will provide you with an opportunity to analyse urban form and its evolution and the impact of planning policies, and to evaluate the qualities of the environment produced. PLANNING THEORY AND PRACTICE ONE (20 credits) This module will equip you with a critical understanding of the environmental, social and economic forces which influence spatial development and the qualities of place. It will introduce you to key historical and contemporary debates in planning, and the concept of sustainable development. PLANNING THEORY AND PRACTICE TWO (20 credits) In this module you will examine the governance of planning and theoretical ideas about planning, and further explores the social and economic dimensions of sustainable development. You will explore debates about social exclusion, diversity and community engagement in planning. You will also examine how planning operates at different geographic scales, and investigate planning for economic development and for the provision of housing and infrastructure. RESEARCH METHODS AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT (10 credits) This module introduces you to research methods and methodologies specific to urban and spatial research, design and planning. You will explore the theory and practice of developing a research framework, with a particular emphasis upon methods, methodologies, and frameworks used within the built environment professions. The module will allow you to begin developing your own research proposal for the Dissertation. SKILLS FOR PLANNING PRACTICE (10 credits) This module will provide you with the skills needed to collect, manage, analyse and present data for evidence-based planning practice. It will develop your understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of needs, capacity and impact assessments. The module will also provide an opportunity for you to reflect on the inter-personal skills needed for planning practice and project management including negotiation and community engagement. SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND NEIGHBOURHOODS (20 credits) This module explores 'next generation' cities, investigating critical issues relating to climate change and other large-scale environmental threats and challenges through a cross-disciplinary perspective, at a range of scales from the global to the local. A critical understanding of the concept of sustainability, encompassing notions of resource conservation, environmental, social and economic impact, quality of life and urban resilience, is essential. Associated careers There is demand from government and the private sector for qualified planners. Recent graduates from the full-time course have gone on to work in local government, urban regeneration agencies and into consultancy. Professional accreditation On successful completion of the MA course students can become licentiates of the RTPI. After two years' experience in practice, they may make a submission for their Assessment of Professional Competence and, if successful, are then entitled to full RTPI membership. [-]

MA Urban Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Our Urban Design programme is one of the largest and longest established in the UK. It enjoys an excellent reputation and our graduates are highly respected in the profession. Our students are from a variety of professions and backgrounds, including architecture, landscape architecture and planning, from the UK, Europe, and across the globe. [+]

In an increasingly urbanised world, there is growing international demand for urban design graduates. These courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to participate in this rapidly expanding profession. Urban design involves shaping the physical setting for life in cities. The pace of urban change, and the challenge of making cities efficient, sustainable and meaningful, demands creative solutions to design and management. The Urban Design courses at Westminster provide a coherent approach to issues that face our cities, combining structured academic study with live design projects, allowing you to develop practical skills, a theoretical understanding and an informed approach to sustainable urban development. Our Urban Design programme is one of the largest and longest established in the UK. It enjoys an excellent reputation and our graduates are highly respected in the profession. Our students are from a variety of professions and backgrounds, including architecture, landscape architecture and planning, from the UK, Europe, and across the globe. They range from recent graduates seeking to expand their skill base before commencing their career or those considering a shift from an allied profession, to established professionals seeking to specialise or develop a more informed critical approach. Our central London location allows you to interact with a huge variety of practitioners and organisations, as well as drawing on the city's huge range of resources; you will be at the heart of the debate over the future of cities. Course content The course places a strong emphasis on design, practical outputs and a multidisciplinary approach. While focusing on UK examples, the lessons from the courses are applicable to a wide range of international and economic contexts. This flexible and student-centred approach is highly valued by former graduates and their employers. The course is delivered by staff with many years' experience in practice, education, training, research, and consultancy in the UK and overseas. Outputs from the course combine into a portfolio demonstrating your ability to deal with the complexities of urban design in a practical and informed manner. Core modules Sustainable Cities In this module you will explore the concept of sustainability in urban development in depth. You will examine the role of urban form and land use planning, energy planning, and social and transport infrastructure in developing sustainable cities. You will be introduced to techniques of and undertake a sustainability appraisal. An important aspect of the module is interdisciplinary working and you will examine how different disciplines can contribute to the sustainable development of cities and neighbourhoods. Urban Design Field Trip The field trip forms an integral part of the taught course as a whole. It involves a residential field trip normally undertaken over five or six days in a European city. The city has urban forms from a variety of periods and is undergoing growth, enabling the analysis of historic form as well as the investigation of new models. Student feedback over many years has demonstrated that it is a highly valued part of the course. Urban Design and Development Planning Skills This is a foundation double module for all postgraduate Urban Design pathways, enabling you to develop the essential skills required in practice. It is built around a site-based exercise with a series of specific tasks relating to various stages of project development. These include area appraisal, strategic framework, design brief, development appraisal and design statement. The module covers urban form, activity and movement, design in the public realm, site planning, development economics and legislative context. Based on practical design projects supported by lectures and workshops, it enables you to gain an insight into the relationship between urban design theory and practice. Urbanism and Design In this module you will address the issue of how and why cities look as they do. You will investigate urban form through history, and the module will encourage you to understand how and why particular patterns of development have come into being and why other visionary insights have not. Particular attention is paid to design traditions, philosophies and intentions, past and present. You will be required to critically engage with the topics and to distinguish between the physical manifestations of different types of urbanism. Dissertation/Major Project This module offers you the opportunity to research in-depth topics or issues related to urban design based on primary or desk-based research. The written dissertation is 12-15,000 words in length. Alternatively, you may undertake a major design project that explores a particular issue and is informed by research, including a written report of 5-6,000 words. Reflective Practice In this module you will draw on both formal and informal learning experiences and relate these to practice and professional development. The module complements the research methods module that examines the production of knowledge by looking at the application of knowledge and the role of the expert. The module involves a combination of taught sessions, individual tutorials and group seminars. Sessions will cover: integrating academic study and workplace experience; professional practice and ethical behaviour in the built environment; the concept of reflective practice; thinking critically in workplace situations; and roles, relationships and responsibilities of interdisciplinary teams. Research Methods and the Built Environment This module introduces you to research methods and methodologies specific to urban and spatial research, design and planning. You will explore the theory and practice of developing a research framework, with a particular emphasis upon methods, methodologies, and frameworks used within the built environment professions. The module will allow you to begin developing your own research proposal for the Dissertation. Course-specific entry requirements Applications are invited from graduates with a good Honours degree in architecture, landscape architecture, town planning or another related discipline, together with practical or professional experience in their own field or in urban design. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5. Associated careers Graduates of this course typically find employment as urban designers in private consultancy or local authorities. Many find the course useful when developing careers in architecture, planning or landscape architecture. [-]

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