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 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.

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

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Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as Full-time)


2 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

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.

Subjects include

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise.


Trimester 1
  • Integrated Building Retrofit (BSV11155)
  • Building Acoustic Performance (BSV11151)
Trimester 2
  • Architectural Design & Technology (BSV11158)
  • Building Energy Performance (BSV11153)



Trimester 1
  • Sustainable Building Design (BSV11114)
Trimester 2
  • Health and Safety (BSV11142)
Trimester 3
  • Masters' dissertation (BSV11120) (60 credits)
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    How you’ll be taught

    *To be supplied - text about time tables. Example text pulled from Dundee Uni website* Your learning experience will be supported by: lectures, tutorials, workshops, visits to design agencies.
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    *Text to be supplied* Taking the opportunity to study abroad within a network of partner institutions provides you with a range of benefits and transferrable skills.
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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.
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    Study abroad

    *To be supplied* Taking the opportunity to study abroad within a network of partner institutions provides you with a range of benefits and transferrable skills.
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    *To be supplied* Taking the opportunity to study abroad within a network of partner institutions provides you with a range of benefits and transferrable skills.


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. 


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
Stage 1 £3,315 £tba
Stage 2 £3,965 £tba
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Total - Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £7,280 £tba
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Stage 1 £8,450 £tba
Stage 2 £10,350 £tba
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Overseas and EU-Total Fee £18,800 £tba
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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
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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