MSc Architectural Technology & Building Performance

Postgraduate, Distance Learning

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

  • Napier code:

    52751MM

  • Course type:

    Distance Learning

  • Duration:

    3 years

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Distance learning

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Course introduction

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.

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.


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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.

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.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

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.



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.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Home/EU-Taught modules *£570 tba
Home/EU-Dissertation module £350 tba
Overseas-Taught modules *£870 tba
Overseas- Dissertation £580 tba
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Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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Modules that you will study as part of this course*

Building Performance 1 (Acoustics and Sound Insulation) ( BSV11132 )

This module includes the following… Introduction to sound insulation measurements and performance monitoring Sound transmission pathways and mechanisms Designing for School, Hospital buildings and other Civic and commercial buildings Designing and performance of rooms for the control of ambient noise Designing and performance of rooms for the control of reverberation time Assessing the implication of external noise sources on the design, orientation and layout of buildings Designing and performance for timber frame attached houses and apartments Designing and performance for blockwork and masonry attached houses and apartments Designing and performance for steel frame and in-situ concrete attached housing Understanding pre-conversion acoustic testing and refurbishment developments Innovations in acoustics and sound insulation

Further information

Building Performance 2 (Lifetime Homes) ( BSV11133 )

Water: Methods of reducing the consumption of potable water will be explored. Materials: The use of materials with a lower environmental impact will be explored, and in particular the use of the 'green guide'. Daylighting: The use of natural daylight will be explored in order to improve the quality of life in homes and to reduce the need for energy to light the home. Private Space The inclusion of a (partially) private space to improve the quality of life of the occupant will be explored. Lifetime Homes Techniques and standards that improve accessibility and create homes for life will be explored.

Further information

Building Performance 3 ( BSV11134 )

Building Thermal Performance: Building Heatloss Detailing for Energy Efficient Construction Sustainable Design Strategies: Software Tools for designing Energy Efficient Buildings SAP/SBEM compliance and Energy Performance Certification Modelling Sustainable Construction Low and Zero Carbon Technologies (LZCT): Renewable Energy Technologies Integration of LZCT in Buildings Zero Carbon Buildings Testing Building Performance Targets: Airtightness Testing Infra Red Thermography Building Energy Monitoring

Further information

Concrete Form & Construction ( BSV11135 )

This module includes the following… Historical overview of domestic masonry construction Contemporary concrete masonry construction and MMC (thin joint blockwork) Concrete and embodied energy Recycling of concrete Insulated concrete formwork Relationship between structure and form Contemporary non domestic concrete buildings and structures All of the topics above are discussed within a social, cultural and historic context

Further information

Timber Form & Construction ( BSV11118 )

This module includes the following… Historical overview of domestic timber construction – western and eastern traditions Contemporary timber frame construction and MMC SIPS construction Cross Laminated Timber construction Performance of timber dwellings – acoustic, air tightness, thermal, timber cladding Relationship between structure and form Contemporary non domestic timber buildings and structures All of the topics above are discussed within a social, cultural and historic context

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.