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The MSc Technical Architecture provides advanced level study in contemporary technical, environmental and professional issues for architecture. Read more

The MSc Technical Architecture provides advanced level study in contemporary technical, environmental and professional issues for architecture. You work on design-led projects focusing on the creative and technical consideration of architecture, and carry out a range of applied projects to develop professional skills.

Core modules provide key knowledge and skills, which are then applied to design projects. Lectures and projects look at emerging theory and practice in architectural design, technology and construction for new and existing buildings within the UK and global contexts.

All modules address contemporary issues in architecture. There is a focus on environmental and sustainable design and how they are achieved through inventive thinking, creative technical design, scientific understanding and computer aided predictive modelling. You learn to use design software including REVIT, ArchiCad and Ecotect.

The course assessments are flexible so you develop your own areas of interest and expertise. Projects can be located in your home country, either in the UK or internationally, or you can explore alternative locations.

The part-time route enables you to work and study at the same time, and you can link your projects to your practice.

In the final stage of the course you produce an original and significant piece of research-led design in the major project module, supported by a research module. This is usually in a subject relevant to your area of architectural interest, technical specialism or practice. You use these concluding modules to identify and develop critical expertise for your chosen career.

The course has a strong professional focus. A key feature is an international field trip as part of the interdisciplinary practice module, which you study alongside students in associated professions such as planning, regeneration, real estate and surveying. Other professional modules allow you to work as a consultant to a real client or to study new or alternative forms of computer aided design.

The course is versatile in its teaching approaches and provides educational and professional development opportunities for a range of applicant profiles. These include UK and international students with architecture, construction or environment related degree qualifications and mature applicants with a proven track record in practice.

You are taught by an expert team of staff that includes experienced architectural, digital and environmental practitioners and academics. We also have teaching links with leading consulting engineers such as ARUP and Price and Myers.

Professional recognition

This programme has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) as meeting established standards in terms of course content and qualifies the holder for associate membership of the institute (ACIAT).

CIAT recognises Sheffield Hallam University as an accredited Centre of Excellence for learning and teaching in architectural technology.

Course structure

Full time – September start – typically 12 months

Full time – September start – typically 16 months

Part time – September start – typically 36 months

Core modules

  • concepts and design in technical architecture (30 credits)
  • environmental theory and practice for technical architecture (30 credits)
  • fundamentals of building information modelling (15 credits)
  • applied research methods (15 credits)
  • major project (45 credits)

Option modules

  • interdisciplinary practice (15 credits)
  • contemporary digital practice in architecture (15 credits)
  • consultancy project (15 credits)
  • historic environments and design (15 credits)
  • academic and professional portfolio (15 credits). 

Assessment

  • design projects
  • technical and environmental studies
  • digital modelling
  • essays
  • report writing
  • group projects
  • presentations
  • research reports
  • dissertation or major design project

Employability

The course provides knowledge and skills for a range of careers. These can include senior positions in architectural practice, setting up your own company or moving into college or university level teaching.

Specialist careers include • architectural conservation • practice management • digital design • environmental design and consultancy.

You can also use the course to move from your current career into a more architecture-related one. This is particularly relevant if you currently work in areas such as building surveying, construction or some forms of engineering.



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Discover how you can shape the environment around you by studying a combination of the technology and the design of the buildings we live and work in. Read more
Discover how you can shape the environment around you by studying a combination of the technology and the design of the buildings we live and work in. This course gives you the flexibility to do just that, at a time and pace convenient to you.

You will have the opportunity to tailor your study to your career ambitions and personal interests as you focus on several projects throughout your course. You could choose to explore commercial or residential buildings or any structures of interest to you. We will help you engage with the creative and technical aspects of the building industry using specialist software including AutoCAD, Revit, Photoshop and Google Sketch Up.

The requirements of buildings for different purposes and in different parts of the world vary hugely - you will study construction technology, construction law and building regulations, enabling you to create comprehensive specifications for the design projects you propose. Your projects will allow your individual design flair to emerge and you will produce a portfolio of work that highlights your skills and knowledge as an architectural technologist.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/architecturaltechnology_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You will graduate with the industry recognised skills and knowledge expected by The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). This and your portfolio of work will demonstrate your abilities to prospective employers. You could go on to start your own practice or progress in your current architecture or building surveying role, leading projects of all sizes from start to finish by offering a full architectural design service.

- Architectural Technologist

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

View the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course benefits

A great opportunity to explore your capabilities as an architectural technologist, this course allows you to balance the demands of studying with your everyday commitments so you can continue working while you learn. As a Leeds Beckett student you will be able to register for some software for free and other packages will be available at a discount.

You will be able to complete your projects independently using this specialist software, taking part in regular design review sessions where you can discuss your work as it progresses and seek early feedback and advice from your tutors. All the teaching materials you need will be available on our MyBeckett system to support you as a distance learning student.

Your learning will be mapped against the requirements of The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and what they expect from architectural technology graduates, meaning you will graduate with the high level of skills and knowledge expected in the industry.

Dr Anna Pepe

Senior Lecturer

"If you have a passion for architecture and design, as well as construction and technical drawing, our course is a great option for you. We will help you develop your creativity and communication skills, enhance your problem solving abilities and explore your interests."

Anna joined our University in 2007, having previously studied and worked in Venice and Milan, and has a background in both architecture and architectural technology. Her teaching expertise includes history and theory of architecture, and the design, construction and communication of building projects. Anna’s research activities and interests are related to design and sustainability, the impact of new media on the technical information for construction industry professionals and the way architecture is envisioned and communicated.

Facilities

- Online Library
Global access to Leeds Beckett's extensive online library, plus free eBooks to supercharge your study.

- Dedicated Support Team
Just because you aren't learning on campus doesn't mean you'll have to cope on your own - you'll have the support of a personal tutor along with the University's Student Hub and Wellbeing Centre. They are on hand to offer you advice about everything from academic issues to stress and anxiety.

- Virtual Learning Environment
The VLE gives you access to course materials such as videos, e-books and other documents. You also use it to submit your assignments and to receive feedback.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Current standards place considerable value on the sustainability, performance and comfort of new building developments. Read more

Current standards place considerable value on the sustainability, performance and comfort of new building developments. As resource costs continue to rise and client expectations on design, comfort and energy features change; the industry will look to graduates with specialist design skills and a strong working knowledge of building simulation, acoustic performance and energy assessment to help bring new projects to life.

To help you fill this industry need, our master’s course in advanced building simulation places a unique emphasis on the computer simulation of acoustic and thermal performance. You will leave the course with the practical skills required to design a high performance building and confidently consult on all aspects of its technical specifications.

Units cover a range of relevant subjects, with a choice of optional units enabling you to tailor the curriculum to your own unique aspirations and interests. Early units introduce the concept of sustainable building design and explore how the form, fabric, and equipment of a building affect its environmental impact. This learning will be reinforced as you take part in a live design project.

Units on the computer simulation of thermal and acoustic performance will see you working with industry-standard software packages and algorithms. This also links into the building assessment unit, where you will learn how globally recognised assessment methods like BREEAM and LEED help to inform the sustainable design process and benchmark success. Graduates will leave the course with BREEAM accreditation.

Although the BREEAM Accredited Graduate course is free to study, students are required to pay for the course certificate if they are successful in achieving the qualification. As of 2016, the cost of the certificate is £30.

You’ll also benefit from the teaching team’s extensive industry links. These links have been built over many years of delivering courses accredited by professional organisations (e.g. CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures, mentoring sessions and site visits.

What does this course lead to?

Building standards are constantly under review and the industry is always striving to create buildings with higher efficiency specifications. Graduates of this course will be in an excellent position to help drive this progress.

Suitable roles for graduates include: sustainability consultant, thermal and sound specialist, BIM developer, energy consultant, acoustics consultant and architectural engineering.

Graduates will also be well placed to carry out academic research that contributes to a PhD.

Who is this course for?

This innovative course is designed to appeal to candidates from a wide range of built-environment related disciplines. The curriculum is designed to be creative and inclusive, and provides the opportunity to undertake either a dissertation of a technical nature or a design-based final major project.

Facilities

Solent can offer building simulation students access to a range of professional resources and facilities. These include high-spec computers; industry standard modelling and simulation software; built-environment workshops and modern teaching spaces. Shared resources include the 24-hour library, bookable independent study space and numerous leisure facilities.

Industry Links

Students benefit from the teaching team’s extensive industry links, built over many years of delivering courses accredited by professional organisations (e.g. CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures and site visits; as well as working with students in small mentoring groups. Students will also benefit from our collaboration with BRE Academy and our delivery of the BREEAM Accredited Graduate Programme.



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Solent’s MSc Sustainable Building Design course is the ideal way for students from a wide range of academic backgrounds to pursue a career in this exciting and important sector. Read more

Solent’s MSc Sustainable Building Design course is the ideal way for students from a wide range of academic backgrounds to pursue a career in this exciting and important sector. By providing you with a thorough understanding of both theory based and practical skills, you’ll graduate from this course as a specialist designer with the education and vision required to help create a sustainable future for the construction industry.

Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to develop a holistic approach to reducing the carbon footprint created by buildings. Learning is centred around social, economic, and environmental aspects of design, otherwise known as the three pillars of sustainability. The curriculum introduces the essential academic theory that underpins each of these areas and explores the technical tools required to successfully plan performance-based building projects.

You’ll also be introduced to Building Information Modelling (BIM)– working with an expert course team on a range of practical projects that simulate real workplace practises. These projects will help you to build a portfolio of practical work and introduce you to the essential tools and software packages used by the industry. You’ll also develop an understanding of globally renowned energy assessment methods such as BREEAM, LEED and Passivhaus.

The BRE Academy recognises the high level of real-world teaching at Solent. This means students on this course will be eligible to be fast-tracked to take the BREEAM AP qualification, and at a reduced fee. The qualifying period of three years’ work experience will also be waived. 

The course benefits from extensive links with industry, formed over many years of delivering accredited courses with professional organisations (e.g. CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry contribute regularly to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures, site visits and informal mentoring sessions.

What does this course lead to?

Sustainable building design is a fast growing area, offering potential for employment in small, medium, and large companies. Graduates from this course will be able to take up roles as sustainable building designers, sustainability champions, strategic advisors, BIM managers/coordinators, or project managers for environmentally led collaborative projects. The course could also open the door for further research opportunities at PhD level.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s postgraduate sustainable building design programme is ideally suited to candidates from a wide range of related disciplines.

The curriculum is designed to be creative and inclusive, providing students with the opportunity to undertake a dissertation of a technical nature, or a design-based piece of final major project work.

Facilities

Students will have access to specialist studio spaces, high-spec computers and a range of essential industry software packages. University-wide services include excellent learning resources, campus-wide wireless networking, extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces.

Industry links

The course benefits from extensive links with industry, formed over many years of delivering accredited courses with professional organisations (e.g. CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry contribute regularly to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures, site visits and informal mentoring sessions.

Students will also have the opportunity to study towards becoming a BREEAM Accredited Graduate, a qualification offered in collaboration with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Academy. The BREEAM AG scheme, which is taught alongside the main course at no extra cost to students, is a first step to becoming BREEAM Assessor.



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Subject to validation from January 2016 entry. Throughout this course, you will study the theory and practice of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as the emerging industry standard approach to the design, analysis and management of building life cycle. Read more

About this course

Subject to validation from January 2016 entry.

Throughout this course, you will study the theory and practice of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as the emerging industry standard approach to the design, analysis and management of building life cycle. This course incorporates an innovative blend of design management, sustainable design analysis and advanced modelling, customisation and visualisation, at the cutting edge of technology. You’ll research novel approaches and technologies for an efficient design integration and project collaboration, understanding BIM impact on the design process and workflow requirements.

In February 2015 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills unveiled Digital Built Britain, the government’s strategic plan for Level 3 BIM. This new programme is of direct relevance to anyone guided by the vision of greater efficiency and profitability.

During your study you will be exposed to and get involved in cutting edge BIM enabled integrated design and construction via research projects and consultancy conducted by your lecturers, such as Dr Boris Ceranic’s projects, SmartPoD, Hierons
Wood and Retro-Tek. The University of Derby has been granted Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists CIAT Centre of Excellence status, one of only four in the country.

You’ll study modules such as:

Research Methods, Application and Evaluation
BIM and Integrated Project Collaboration
nD BIM – Costing, Project Planning and Design Management
BIM and Sustainable Design Analysis
Advanced Parametric Design and Specification
Project Planning, Value Engineering and Risk Management
Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution
Sustainable Architecture and Low Energy Design
Negotiated Module
Independent Scholarship (Technology)

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In light of the growing need for specialists in architectural project management to lead the design and construction stage effectively, Solent’s new, forward-thinking… Read more

In light of the growing need for specialists in architectural project management to lead the design and construction stage effectively, Solent’s new, forward-thinking architectural project management master’s degree is designed to produce graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to manage both the design and construction stages of complex buildings, while dealing effectively with the technological challenges in the building industry.

An architectural project manager ensures projects are designed and built on time and to budget while protecting the integrity of the design and ensuring full compliance with regulations and sustainability standards and benchmarks. Using current knowledge in project management theory and practice, this course aims to produce these specialist managers equipped with the vision and skills to shape the future of the construction industry in the UK and internationally.

During your studies you’ll apply the same tools and techniques used by the construction industry and learn the most up-to-date procurement routes to gain the skills to be able to deal with risks arising from liabilities of contracting parties. The programme will help you demonstrate a good understanding of Building Information Management (BIM), and you’ll employ advanced design techniques coupled with knowledge of project management at both a technical and strategic level to produce high-quality designs that meet the industry’s environmental requirements.

Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills to rethink design processes using value management principles. The course also places great emphasis on sustainable design, and you’ll use the internationally recognised environmental and sustainability assessment methods BREEAM and LEED for planning projects, buildings and infrastructure.

The BRE Academy recognises the high level of real-world teaching at Solent. This means students on this course will be eligible to be fast-tracked to take the BREEAM AP qualification, and at a reduced fee. The qualifying period of three years’ work experience will also be waived. 

What does this course lead to?

Architectural project management is a fast growing area, with potential employment in small, medium, and large companies, including contractors, developers, architectural practices, and building owners.

Who is this course for?

This innovative course is designed to appeal to those from a wide range of built-environment related disciplines who wish to learn and apply project management principles in an architecture and construction environment. Candidates must submit a portfolio and should be prepared to attend an interview for enrolment. 

Your future

Graduates from this course will be well placed to pursue roles such as project manager, design manager, sustainability champion, strategic advisor, BIM manager/coordinator in architectural and construction organisations, leading the production of building projects. The course could also lead to further research opportunities at PhD level.

Industry links

Students will benefit from the extensive and established links staff have within industry, based on many years of delivering professionally accredited courses (eg, CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the University’s architecture and construction programmes by providing real-world-based projects, guest lectures, and site visits.



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The impact of buildings and indoor environments on the health and wellbeing of occupants is an important design factor, particularly in the areas of architecture, interior design and product design. Read more

The impact of buildings and indoor environments on the health and wellbeing of occupants is an important design factor, particularly in the areas of architecture, interior design and product design. Solent’s innovative new master’s programme offers a postgraduate learning experience enabling you to expand and develop your intellectual and creative approaches to design for health and wellbeing.

The need for spaces, buildings and interior products to create a positive environment for occupants is increasing. This offers an opportunity for a new generation of designers specialising in design for health and wellbeing. Solent’s MA Design for Health and Wellbeing also offers a platform for progression to employment in the design, healthcare consultancy or related fields.

The curriculum combines theory and practical elements, based on core areas of design, science and functionality to enhance immediate surroundings. The course also considers wellbeing in the broader context. This allows you to focus on designing buildings, solutions and spaces for occupants’ health in many environments. This can not only improve rehabilitation rates, but also improve productivity of workers.

Solent has a long history of delivering professionally-accredited built environment and architectural-related courses. You’ll learn from a team of lecturers with extensive knowledge of architecture, interior design and the built environment.

What does this course lead to?

Designing for health and wellbeing is a fast growing area, with potential employment in small, medium, and large companies. Graduates from this course will be well-placed to pursue roles as building designers; or interior, product and material/fabric designers. Roles such as manager/coordinator in architectural and construction organisations, leading the production of collaborative projects would also be suitable. 

Who is this course for?

The programme is primarily aimed at graduates from an interior, architectural, or product background. However, it will also be of relevance to retail, exhibition, graphics, furniture, textiles or fine art graduates who are interested in developing their practice in the context of existing or new spaces and structures. 

What you will study

Year one

Core units

  • Design for Health and Wellbeing
  • Visual Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Usability
  • Integrated Project

Optional units

Pick two from:

  • Design specifications
  • or
  • Work-Based Project Design

and

  • Research Dissertation
  • or
  • Design Project

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Your future

Graduates from this course will be well-placed to pursue roles as building designers; or interior, product and material/fabric designers. Roles such as manager/coordinator in architectural and construction organisations, leading the production of collaborative projects would also be suitable.

Industry links

Students on this course will benefit from the extensive links staff have established with industry, based on many years of delivering professionally accredited courses (eg, CIAT, SBID). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment regularly contribute to the academic process through providing real-world based projects, guest lectures, and site visits. They also work with students in small informal settings during seminars and mentoring sessions. 



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