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Study technical architecture at a university that has been awarded centre of excellence status by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). Read more
Study technical architecture at a university that has been awarded centre of excellence status by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). This course is suitable for architectural technology and architecture graduates, and those from associated built environment, engineering and design disciplines.

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.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-technical-architecture

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 – 1 year, typically two days a week
Part time – typically 2 years, one day a week
Starts September

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
Three optional modules can be selected from:
-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.

Other admission requirements

You need a high level of English language competence to successfully complete the course. If you are a non-native speaker of English, you typically need IELTS 6.0 and no component (listening, reading, writing and speaking) below 5.5. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 or equivalent we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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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.


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.


- 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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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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