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Architectural Technology & Building Performance (MSc)

Course Description

Developed to meet the demands of the modern construction industry, this course incorporates current construction techniques and explores the latest regulatory and commercial issues.

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 Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists confirms that this is a recognised Masters programme and graduates will meet the Institute’s requirements for Associate Membership, for progression to Chartered Membership.

Distance Learning: Identical in duration and content to a part-time course, this option replaces campus attendance with specially developed printed and online learning materials. You can study at your own pace, in your own time.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Architectural-Technology--Building-Performance-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

The course offers a well-balanced blend of theory and practice which prepares you for the workplace. You'll gain a broad understanding of the construction industry and learn how to apply this to create design solutions.

This course is built around the knowledge and current applied research of three of the University’s key research units:
- Building Performance Centre
- Scottish Energy Centre
- Centre for Timber Engineering

You will gain the knowledge and experience required to complete a major design project that should enhance your career prospects.

This full-time course is studied over four years and can be studied on a flexible part-time basis. You'll learn through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, and through independent study.

Subjects include:
- Concrete form and construction
- Sustainable building design
- Timber form and construction
- Building performance - acoustics
- Building performance - energy & microrenewables
- Advanced digital media
- Design project and technical report

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


This course can improve your employment opportunities in the field of architectural design and technology. It also provides you with many of the skills required to enter the house construction sector.

Visit the Architectural Technology & Building Performance (MSc) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

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 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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