MSc Architectural Technology & Building Performance

Postgraduate, Part-time

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:

    52744MM

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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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.

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


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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'll 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 and 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 *£890
Home/EU-Dissertation module £350 £530
Overseas Taught Modules *£1,893 *£1,950
Overseas Dissertation £1,262 £1,300
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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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