MSc Architectural Technology & Building Performance

Postgraduate, Part-time

Architectural Technology & Building Performance MSc



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

Overview

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.

The Masters Programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and will count towards Membership of CIAT.
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Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as Full-time)

Duration:

2 years

Start date:

Sep


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Course details

This course is built around the knowledge and current applied research of four of the University’s key research centres that sit within the Institute for Sustainable Construction:

  • Building Performance Centre
  • Scottish Energy Centre
  • Centre for Off-site Construction and Innovative Structures
  • Centre for Timber Engineering

You will gain the knowledge and experience required in the 6 taught modules that can then be applied to complete a major design project that should enhance your career prospects.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught The programme is taught using lectures, seminars and tutorials. Teaching material and resources for further learning are uploaded on Moodle (the Virtual Learning Environment).

    Duration : 24 months.

    This is a part-time course and is split up into three trimesters each year.

  • note and pen Assessments The taught modules are primarily assessed by coursework with only one module having an examination. The coursework ranges from technical reports to short design projects.
  • briefcase Work placement

    There is an opportunity for students to seek an internship through the Built Environment Exchange (beX) programme. BeX provides employability projects, internships and MSc scholarships. Find out more on the Built Environment Exchange.

  • library Facilities The programme delivery is at the Merchiston Campus in Edinburgh.

    Students have access to the on campus Library and the Jack Kilby computer centre (open 24/7). They also have exclusive access to the architectural technology design studio throughout trimester 3 while working on their master’s design project.

Modules

Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Building Acoustic Performance ( BSV11151 )

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 Energy Performance ( BSV11153 )

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

Integrated Building Retrofit ( BSV11155 )

Historical UK building context:
Archetype, age and period of existing building stock in the UK
Building features typical of existing buildings – floor, wall, roof type
Traditional materials and methods of construction:
Traditional building materials properties, limitations and behaviour in existing buildings
Traditional building methods of construction in existing buildings
Sustainable building retrofit methods and standards:
UK Building standards and its context towards building retrofit
Addressing fuel poverty in domestic buildings and economically/ environmentally unviable non-domestic buildings
Sustainable evaluation of building retrofit
Methods of best practice retrofit of buildings
Examples of different building retrofit methods, case studies, trials and new materials
Social considerations in building retrofit
Traditional building services, ventilation, heating and cooling

Further information

Timber Architectural Design and Technology ( BSV11156 )

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.

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Entry requirements

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 considered for the programme.

As the degree is very specific, the Admissions team will request a copy of your degree transcript to check for evidence of the following modules to enable us to consider your application: 

Architectural Technology
Construction Technology
Architectural Design Ability
Architectural Engineering
Building Services. 

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2020/21 2021/22
Home/EU-Taught modules *£960 *tba
Home/EU-Dissertation module £570 tba
Overseas Taught Modules *£2,110 *
Overseas Dissertation £1,402 tba

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.
The University offers a 10% discount on MSc Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.


Careers

  • Architectural Practice
  • Design Construct Companies
  • Product Manufacturers
  • House Builders
  • Housing Associations