For the first time in human history, over 50% of people around the world live in cities. The expanding growth of megacities (currently 28) is leading to the creation of megaregions. All urban environments impose pressure upon the environment; however, climate change will test the resilience of our current infrastructure beyond anything experienced so far. Climate change also presents us with challenging opportunities.
This course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge required for the future green economy – enabling increased efficiency of resource use whilst creating more equitable communities. You will study how sustainable solutions can be incorporated into the infrastructure of our built environments, such as integrated transport systems, energy efficient buildings, urban villages, brownfield development, and green technology, including green roofs and sustainable urban drainage systems.
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." (Albert Einstein)
“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” (Charles Darwin)
What happens on the course?
The course is composed of modules from Architecture, Construction, Environmental Health, Engineering as well as Geography. Notable key modules include Climate Change, Sustainability and Smart Cities, consecutive geo-spatial modules Geography of the Urban Landscape (level 4), The Digital Environment (level 5) culminating in Geo-BIM (level 6) and the final-year site-specific research module, Brownfield Regeneration. In addition, there is a bespoke module by the Centre for International Development and Training.
The course draws upon a diverse array of learning activities and assessment methods. Your teaching and learning will comprise of lectures, site visits, field trips, guest lectures from practising key professionals, as well as use of analytical and computer laboratories. There may also be the possibility of a placement in a partner institution in North America.
We are currently developing the Springfield Campus which will be Europe’s largest construction centre of excellence. Join us as the exciting development takes shape and from 2019/20 students in the School of Architecture and the Built environment will be taught from the new campus.
Find out more about Springfield Campus.
Graduates possessing knowledge of green skills, plus awareness of the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change, are in demand in a variety of sectors. Examples include: the construction, planning and energy sectors, water and waste management companies, the Environment Agency, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, local authorities, and private sector industries, including environmental consultancies.
What skills will you gain?
Develop strategies to undertake self-motivated study and research (including independent and/or project work).
Recognise the interaction of different systems (either natural and/or built environments) and the need for multidisciplinary approaches in order to promote both understanding of problems and strategies for their resolution, such as sustainability.
Identify attributes (both challenges and opportunities) associated with the development and current management of the multifaceted infrastructure of the built environment.
Understand the collection, use and analysis of appropriate data from a variety of technologies (especially geospatial) in order to solve problems, including the development of teaching and learning.
Demonstrate critical insights into concepts, theories and principles which enable evaluation and promotion of different management strategies and policy-making.
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course
The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed
# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.
The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.
Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.
Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.