MSc Timber Architectural Design and Technology

Postgraduate, Full-Time

This course will enable you to develop the technical knowhow and commercial awareness needed to work as a design professional within the timber building industry.

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Course introduction

This programme is designed for graduates in architecture, architectural technology, engineering or related disciplines, who want to become part of the growing international move towards innovative and high-performance timber building. The multi-disciplinary programme will equip students to work as a design professional within the timber sector – one of the fastest growing parts of the building industry in many countries.

Employers in the UK timber-building sector are facing severe skills shortages and similar gaps exist in many countries overseas. These employers are looking for graduates with a combination of technical knowhow and commercial awareness in the design, manufacture and assembly of timber buildings and structural systems. We have designed the programme to address this demand.

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.

Timber Frame Construction
The programme will give you a specialist design and technical qualification in timber architecture and architectural technology. You will be introduced to a wide range of relevant technologies including: timber frame; monolithic systems such as cross-laminated timber; post-and-beam; structural insulated panels; mixed systems such as timber-concrete composites; spatial structures such as trusses and grid-shells; along with associated systems such as timber facades. 

The programme will have a strong focus on practice-based learning such as design projects, laboratory experimentation and case studies. Many modules will include site visits and masterclasses from industry experts. All teaching materials will be available to students through the university’s online virtual learning environment, which promotes regular interaction between students and tutors. 

Subjects you may study

  • Wood as a building material
  • Wood products and processing
  • Offsite construction and design for manufacture
  • Timber architectural design and technology
  • Building acoustics and sound insulation
  • Energy performance of timber buildings
  • Design of domestic buildings
  • Design of non-domestic buildings

The masters module will be chosen from two alternatives: either an architectural design project and technical report (for architects and architectural technologists) or a technical dissertation (for scientists and engineers).

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.

Graduates of the programme will be equipped for employment in timber product suppliers, design-build firms, fabricators, builders and developers; along with professional and technical roles in the associated architectural and engineering consultancies.

Alternatively, you will – depending upon your previous learning and the masters project you take – be eligible to progress to doctoral-level study in architecture, architectural technology or a building engineering discipline at the University or to seek entry to doctoral-level study at another higher education institution. 

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, Architectural Technology or a Building Engineering discipline such as Civil Engineering in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. 

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:

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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 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU £5,850 tba
Overseas £13,000 tba