AAR4993 - M.Sc. Thesis in Sustainable Architecture


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master's thesis
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

A Master thesis has to be, to a large extent, an independent work where the candidate demonstrates the ability to develop an in-depth analysis over a specific problem. When convenient, students need to demonstrate the ability of relating the treated argument with other environmental problematics studied throughout the whole program.
The thesis represents also the opportunity for the acquisition of new specific competences and knowledge related to sustainability of the built environment.
Formally, two different kinds of thesis can be delivered as final work for the acquisition of a Master of Science diploma in Sustainable Architecture:
- A research based work or anthology _ consisting in an in-depth analysis of a specific problem and the development of solution through research methodologies such as the use of simulation software, post occupancy evaluation, literature review, etc. Such theses are generally connected to on-going research projects (at the faculty of Architecture or at the ZEB/ZEN research center) and are generally delivered in form of reports of manuscripts.
- Research by design thesis _ where, after an in-depth analysis of the treated problem, the student works in the development of an architectural design project as alternative scenario for a more sustainable development of the built environment. In such works drawings and physical models are often combined with the use of simulation software of other research methodologies informing the whole design process.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: bioclimatic design, zero emission refurbishment, life cycle assessment, Zero emission buildings, Integrated energy design processes.

Skills: ability to develop an integrated design process where scientific know-how acquired during the three semesters is assumed as the basis for the architectural design of low-impact forms; structure and develop a scientific research work relating to state of the art knowledge and ongoing research activities.

General competence: independently and critically use the knowledge acquired throughout the program in research or design projects.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Sustainable Architecture (MSSUSARC)

Required previous knowledge

Completed three years basic courses in architecture, engineering or urban planning; bachelor in architecture, engineering or urban planning; or equivalent. Students taking the project course AAR4546 Design of Zero Emission Buildings also need to take this theory course. The theory course is part of the third semester of the MSc in Sustainable Architecture. It is open for students of all programmes, provided they have the recommended prior knowledge.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Master's thesis

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn UTS Assignment 100/100
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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