Architectural Technology & Sustainable 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


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 architectural technology and building performance. This programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and will count towards the Membership of CIAT

The entry point to this course is in September. Please enquire for more information.

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Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as Part-time)


1 years

Start date:


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

Subjects include

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise.

Trimester 1:

  • Integrated Building Retrofit (BSV11155)
  • Building Acoustic Performance (BSV11151)
  • Sustainable Building Design (BSV11114)
Trimester 2:
  • Architectural Design & Technology (BSV11158)
  • Building Energy Performance (BSV11153) 
  • Health and Safety OR (BSV11142)
  • Building Information Modelling, Management and Evaluation (BSV11159)
Trimester 3:
  • Dissertation (BSV11120) (60 credits)
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    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: 12 months

    This full-time course starts in September and is spread over three trimesters lasting 12 months.

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    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.
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    Work placement

    Optional supervised work placement or overseas study module. 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.


Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is a dynamic, forward-thinking and inclusive global membership qualifying body for Architectural Technology.

CIAT represents those practising and studying within the discipline and profession. It is a membership organisation representing 10,000 members and affiliates within the discipline who wish to be professionally recognised.

CIAT Accreditation ensures that the programme has been assessed in terms of content, structure, resources and has met the Institute’s requirements. The benefit of studying on a CIAT Accredited Programme is that it will support individuals wishing to become Chartered Architectural Technologists. 

NORR is one of our industry partners for this programme. NORR is a fully integrated design firm with a professional team of 800 architects, engineers, planners and interior designers who work collaboratively across 12 market sectors from offices located in Canada, the US, UK and UAE. Their mission is to create socially aware, environmentally responsible, and financially viable solutions that contribute to healthier and sustainable spaces and places. They believe in a shared vision of the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals to strengthen common objectives across the globe.

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Carbon Futures is one of our industry partners for this programme. Carbon Futures are a team of energy and sustainability consultants operating throughout the UK tackling the Climate Emergency. They carry out energy modelling and produce detailed analysis on building performance to inform design and support the delivery of projects across the built environment from concept stage masterplanning through to construction and completion.

By working closely with clients and design team partners, Carbon Futures produce sustainable, energy efficient strategies that aim to exceed industry standards and improve the energy performance of buildings throughout the country. They have extensive experience of supporting a wide range of developments across residential, education and commercial sectors and deploy expert knowledge to provide detailed analysis and support throughout the lifecycle of projects.

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

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Architectural Technology and Building Performance?

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above. We are looking for an academic background in Architecture or Architectural Technology (RIBA Part 1 accredited).

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. If you apply with less than an Honours degree, our Admissions Team will review your application and let you know whether a portfolio is also required.

Can I get admission into Architectural Technology and Building Performance based on my working experience in this sector?

This course has academic entry requirements which are assessed alongside relevant work experience. Full details of any relevant work experience, including references should be submitted with your application and may be considered for entry where the minimum academic entry requirements are below those required.

Usually, unrelated work experience is not considered sufficient for entry without meeting the minimum academic entry requirements. Please contact us with your specific circumstances by submitting an enquiry form above and we will be happy to discuss your options.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the postgraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

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.

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

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 2024/25 2025/26
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £7,280 £tba
Overseas and EU £18,800 £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
The University offers a 20% discount on Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. The discount can only be applied to year one of a full-time Postgraduate degree, any additional years are exempt from the discount. For part time Postgraduate degrees the discount will apply to years one, two and three only and any additional years will be exempt from the discount.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


What can you do with a MSc Architectural Technology & Sustainable Building Performance degree?

The MSc Architectural Technology & Sustainable Building Performance course offers in-depth knowledge and expertise in architectural technology and sustainable building practices, which are increasingly important in the construction industry. This specialization can help you to build a career in the following roles:

  • Architectural Technologist
  • Building Performance Consultant
  • Sustainable Design Consultant
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Building Code Consultant
  • Researcher/Academic

You will acquire practical skills and experience that are directly applicable to the field of architecture, architectural technology and building performance. Employers value candidates who possess hands-on skills and are equipped to tackle real-world challenges.
You will acquire an understanding of construction methods, materials, and technologies with a focus on sustainable and innovative practices. You will also gain skills in building simulations to effectively design buildings from inception to completion. So, this course can provide you with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities needed to excel in a rewarding and impactful career in architecture, architectural technology and sustainable construction.

What does a Architectural Technologist do?

As a architectural technologist, you would specialize in designing buildings that minimize environmental impact, optimize energy efficiency, and incorporate sustainable materials and technologies.

You may typically begin the day by reviewing project requirements, and researching sustainable design strategies, materials, and technologies applicable to the project's context.

You may also have to conduct site visits during the construction phase to monitor progress, ensure compliance with sustainable design specifications, and address any issues that arise related to sustainability or environmental performance. You should also keep yourself updated on the latest trends, innovations, and best practices in sustainable design through continuing education, professional development workshops, and industry conferences.

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