MSc Architectural Technology & Building Performance

Edinburgh Napier University    School of Computing Engineering & the Built Environment

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year | 2 years

About the course

This course was developed around the core strengths of the Institute for Sustainable Construction and to meet the demands of the industry

Build on your existing qualifications or experience in this area to develop a good knowledge of architectural technology, building performance and the legislative framework that governs the industry.

The course offers a well-balanced blend of theory and practice informed by our links with industry that prepares you for the workplace. 

Through the taught modules you will gain a broad understanding of the architectural technology and learn how to apply this knowledge through the Masters Design Project to create and evaluate design solutions.

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Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in architecture, architectural engineering or architectural technology (RIBA Part 1 accredited) in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. There may also be a portfolio requirement if you apply with less than an Honours degree, this would be confirmed on submission of the application to the Admissions Team.

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Student Profile


The range of modules offered at Edinburgh Napier is what attracted me to study this course. I knew it would allow me to further develop as an architect and build on my knowledge in key areas such as building energy performance and sustainable building design, building acoustic performance and timber architectural design and technology.

I have particularly enjoyed modules such as sustainable building design, timber architectural design and technology, building energy performance and the final project which involved designing a new visitor centre and retrofitting an existing officer’s quarters at the Blackness Castle site.

In addition, a visit to the Engine shed located in Stirling was one of my favourite trips of this course as I got to experience a Cross Laminated Timber constructed building which was cladded with zinc. I was fascinated with the building and how it came together, and this inspired the construction methodology for my final project.

Studying at Edinburgh Napier University has enabled me to grow as an academic writer because of the workshops which were organised to help me sharpen my academic writing skills. I have learnt how to effectively carry out research, and I have been given the required resources to get relevant information. I have also had the opportunity to visit different sites related to the modules I studied which grounds the practical aspects of the course.

Being an international student, one of the challenges for me was adapting to a new climate and way of living. Also, designing with timber and the construction methodology in the UK is quite different compared to that in Africa. These challenges were opportunities for me to experience a new culture as well as learn a new way of design and construction.

I would recommend the course to anyone willing to learn more about sustainability, energy performance, timber design and building acoustics. The course adds to your knowledge as an architect or whatever field you are coming from and gives you an added advantage.

Be open-minded and ready to learn because a closed mind will certainly not appreciate new information. In addition, you must be committed to researching, be inquisitive and have a passion for the course.

For my next step, I plan on taking up a job as an Architectural Technologist in a firm or I hope to do a PhD in architecture in the nearest future.

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