Architectural Design and Technology MSciStudy level: Undergraduate
Provides a pathway to architectural education enhanced with an understanding of architectural technology and design, rooted in social and natural sciences as well as historical, theoretical and artistic explorations.
Year of entry
Coventry University (Coventry)
4 years full-time
5 years sandwich
6 years part-time
This qualification should enable you to broaden your architectural design education, complementing the knowledge of architectural technology with the potential to follow alternative paths in the professional architectural world, nationally and internationally.
- This course is designed for you to develop deeper skills in the creative aspects of design in addition to technological knowledge and you should develop wider and more in-depth skills that are often sought after by employers.
- The course has been developed with a selection of modules that introduce you to the various disciplines involved within the construction sector as well as the collaborative practices in architecture.
- The course should equip you, upon successful completion, with the knowledge and skills that contribute to you meeting all Part 1 graduate criteria of the Architects Registration Board (ARB)1.
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Why you should study this course
- This is a unique course that opens opportunities in both architecture and architectural technology professional careers.
- You should gain a high level of technical knowledge without compromising on the creative aspects of design and contextual studies.
- You will be involved in multidisciplinary collaboration with various disciplines involved within the construction industry and educational institutions nationally and internationally, with the chance for you to spend part of your studies abroad2 (Collaborative links are subject to change).
- There will be opportunities for you to take part in events where you could meet members of the design and building professional community, as well as architectural society-organised events2.
- You will have a range of learning opportunities that are appropriate to the different areas of study. These may include a combination of studio sessions, lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals and workshops, supported by online learning resources made available on our University Virtual Learning Environment.
What you'll study
The course teaching and learning strategy has a vertically integrated structure embedding four major strands. The underlying concept is to ensure students develop through the years of study with technical, design and contextual skills and as well as practice and management, with an increased integration between all areas and specifically between design, technological and contextual skills.
This course has a common first year.
The common first year enables you to work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn.
If you discover an interest in a specific subject you have studied, upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degrees with another course in your common first year (subject to meeting progression requirements).
Common first year courses:
- Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)
- Architectural Design and Technology MSci
- Building Surveying BSc (Hons)
- Construction Project Management BSc (Hons)
- Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc (Hons)
- Real Estate and Property Management BSc (Hons)
Materials and Building Surveying – 20 credits
This module will introduce concepts to develop an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials including modern construction materials and structural construction materials (concrete, timber, steel, glass and masonry etc.). We will cover the composition, manufacture, properties, durability, performance and behaviour of these materials and the hazards and risks they may pose both during construction and subsequent operation of a structure.
Construction Technology and Environmental Sciences – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to introduce the principal aspects of construction technology and associated materials as applied to low-rise buildings including the role of the construction and housing industry in achieving the UNs 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, specifically 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15 & 17. The module content enables you to understand, apply and critically evaluate the key principals of construction processes, structures and environmental performances of low-rise buildings addressing challenges and solutions.
Spatial Design and Visual Communication – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the design process as a circular activity that includes different aspects and stakeholders. You will practice and develop skills to critically appraise and devise a series of design activities to produce a coherent and creative portfolio of work. The module will require you to engage in collaboration between your peers and disciplines to engage effectively in a simulated professional environment. You should gain an appreciation of the collective goal of a design team to provide a creative and sustainable solution to architectural and engineering design.
Structural Analysis and Mathematics – 20 credits
When tackling real-world problems, Civil Engineers often need to apply mathematical principles and processes or fundamental knowledge in relation to structural mechanics. The aim of this module is to develop your mathematics and problem-solving ability and to introduce you to the fundamental principles of structural mechanics to enable you to solve engineering problems of a non-routine nature.
Civil Engineering Design Project – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to apply core civil engineering theory to a 'real' Civil Engineering project, demonstrating the link between theory and applied practice. This will incorporate theory previously learnt and applied practice taught through the module supported by examples of industry practice.
Sustainable Environments – 20 credits
This module offers you a practical examination of how the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be implemented and furthered within the Built and Natural Environment. The module will introduce you to how individuals, communities and businesses within the Built and Natural Environment could be responding to the UN SDGs and helping to transform the world through their impact. The module identifies how the SDGs impact your course discipline by exploring the 17 SDGs and focusing on the delivery and implementation of a student-led project that encompasses the most applicable SDG or a combination of SDGs to your specific academic discipline.
In Year Two, you will continue to develop the skills and knowledge you’ve learnt. We do this by embedding the following four principles into the curriculum and developing your:
- Technical skills – digital fluency, backed with the right academic knowledge
- Study skills – to be an adaptive, independent and proactive learner
- Professional skills – to have the behaviour and abilities to succeed in your career
- Global awareness – the beliefs and abilities to be a resilient, confident and motivated global citizen
Construction Technology, Assembly and Environmental Systems – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to develop knowledge of advanced construction technology, which should in turn enable you to understand, apply and critically evaluate the key principles of construction procedures. The emphasis will relate to the role of the construction industry in achieving the UNs 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, specifically focusing on multi-storey and commercial framed structures and include a study of pre-construction activities, substructure and superstructure and the impact of the design process and legislative influences on the layout and planning of buildings.
Moreover, renewable technologies, Modern Methods of Construction, BREEAM and passive design will also be considered together with the impact of energy conservation and climate change. The module will consider the building services which are installed to provide a suitable internal environment including acoustic, thermal, ventilation, air conditioning systems, natural and artificial lighting.
Law for Built Environment Professionals - 20 credits
This module will introduce general principles and concepts of law related to the built environment. In preparation for professional practice, our aim is to develop your ability to understand and apply legal principles to particular legal problems that may arise in the course of built environment activities. The module covers the English legal system, UK legislation and areas of English law relevant to built environment professionals. It includes an introduction to contract law, tort, and the relevant aspects of employment law, dispute resolution, Building Regulations, law of land and property, landlord and tenant law, planning law and construction health and safety legislation. The module is specifically useful to those intending to be involved in the design and/or construction process.
Adaptation Design and Building Pathology - 20 credits
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the problems and challenges associated with adapting and converting buildings from one use to another in a particular context. It will engage students in the critical debate about conversion of existing structures versus building new. You will aim to develop creative and practical skills as a key challenge in improving the sustainability of the built environment and driving change for users, clients and industry. Focus will be on the information required for the planning, designing and administration of a building adaptation project in line with current industry practice. Crucially, you will be encouraged to think beyond that and discuss new approaches in the pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. A particular emphasis will be placed on research enriched learning to foster your critical inquiry skills.
Urban Design for Resilient Communities – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the relationship between the built environment and the dynamics of communities. It will engage you to think critically about place, space and community from a historical, ethical, economical and design perspective. The module will explore the processes of physical developments in settlements of various sizes, with a particular focus on urbanisation and urban development nationally and internationally.
Designing for the 22nd Century – 20 credits
In this module you will be encouraged to critically reflect on current architectural and built environment practices by considering the impact of today’s practice for the next century. You will explore past and current visions; analyse how they have fared and what this means for future visions in the light of already predicted challenges. The focus will be on anticipating future scenarios and conceptualising solutions applied to a design brief in a broad cultural, environmental, and technological context of anticipated change and innovation. Areas which may be considered are low carbon construction, corporate social responsibility, new and proposed legislative changes, changes to contractual arrangements, productivity issues and internationalisation.
Sustainable Environments in Society: Developing Solutions – 20 credits
In this module you will undertake a critical analysis of a specified location and associated project that has been influenced by the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Your analysis of the project will explore the impact, success or failure alongside possible solutions that will be fundamental to the positive future development of the location.
You will research, appraise, critique, develop and then communicate to a wider audience the impact and implementation of the identified SDGs for the location/ project. The focus of the review will be linked to your academic discipline within the Built and Natural Environment and draw upon prior learning from your previous cognate knowledge.
There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement2 can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.
If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee3 of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time, you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement.
UK Work Placement– 0 credits
This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved placement undertaken during your programme. A placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcome.
International Study/Work Placement – 0 credits
This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved international study/work placement undertaken during your programme. A work/study placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.
Interdisciplinary Project – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to demonstrate your skills base through the continued development of critical, transferable study skills that are of practical benefit in the workplace and that promote and enable continued professional development. You will bring skills developed in other areas of the course into a practical project delivered as part of a group. The purpose of the project is to develop key learning skills and personal attributes that are required within the Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Built Environment professions. These should prepare you for professional work, demonstrating teamwork, project planning, critical and research evaluation as well as technical and personal reflection.
Professional Practice and Contract Administration – 20 credits
The aim of the module is to develop your understanding and knowledge on the role of professional practitioners in the construction industry and the process of contract administration used in the construction industry. The module will explore detailed understanding of contractual provisions and administration mechanisms related to common forms of contract used in UK. Furthermore, it also discusses professionals’ role and responsibilities, risk and application of financial management, legal and insurance issues, and law related to running a business in the construction industry.
Advanced Architectural Design in Historic Contexts – 20 credits
This module aims to advance architectural knowledge and design of buildings in historic contexts, examining advancements in construction and technology within construction and appropriate conservation and adaptation techniques. The module examines the history of architecture and movements to preserve historic buildings, together with an emphasis on re-use, re-generation and appreciation of context, this module provides you with an understanding on how the built environment can be sustainable, delivering a positive effect on society.
Research Dissertation – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop your research skills by conducting primary or secondary research focused on a specific problem of relevance to your discipline. You would use different methods and research skills, gained over previous years of study, to effectively communicate research novelties and ideas to the academic and non-academic communities. It will enable you to understand the importance of correct and critical analysis of all the factors involved in a problem and develop your initiative as you pursue and execute the investigation, demonstrating originality and creativity.
Comprehensive Architectural Project: Design Development – 20 credits
This module will seek to develop your understanding and ability to research and develop a conceptual design with associated design detailing, specification, and associated drawings. The module will focus on a specific technical area which is relevant to a design brief and demonstrate the early-stage application of the researched dissertation technology. As a final design project, you will seek to apply and advance your design skills, culminating in a comprehensive conceptual drawing package.
Comprehensive Architectural Project: Design Resolution – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to develop your ability to produce and professionally present a comprehensive design with technical excellence. The project will be the culmination of applied design work that applies both architectural and construction technologies to the resolution of a design problem. It is intended that this will be a comprehensive demonstration of your ability to synthesise complex problems and work independently to produce a final design package.
The final year is completely conducted within the studio4. It has a holistic approach incorporating various content from previous modules, further emphasising the relevance of the wider contexts of design modules.
The final year of the course is ideally suited for students that want to develop deeper skills in the creative aspects of design in addition to their technological knowledge.
Exploration in Space, Scale and Experience - 20 credits
You will be working in the design studio and undertake a series of design exercises as the vehicle to examine the relationship of place, space, scale and experience. Through your concept designs, you will explore architectural and art theories, design principles and pattern languages. Widely defined brief parameters enable you to demonstrate your ability to engage with abstract concepts and ideas. Whilst this module predominantly involves working with abstract and conceptual ideas, you will be expected to consider in your proposals sustainable development goals such as good health and wellbeing and sustainable cities and communities.
History of Art and Architecture - 20 credits
The module provides theoretical underpinning to the course through a historical overview and further exploration of art, as well as combined influences of art and architecture on the design of buildings. The aim is to initiate the historical and theoretical exploration of architecture through research, analysis and discussion. It will also introduce you to the tools with which to carry out critical enquiry and will prepare you to undertake advanced research.
Theoretical and Research Contexts of Architecture - 20 credits
Through individual research, this module will explore the selection of key architectural theory texts that have defined architectural thinking. Themes and issues will be explored with reference to the work and writings of significant theorists and practitioners from a broad philosophical spectrum.
The focus of the module will be on critical analysis and strengthening knowledge and writing skills, as well as providing theoretical underpinning to design thinking. You will explore your particular historical and theoretical interest through an extended essay.
Architecture Practice and Ethics - 20 credits
This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the architectural practitioner’s role in the construction industry, and aspects of professional operation, as an independent architect or as an individual in a large architectural practice. The module covers ethics and codes of behaviour as well as skills relating to setting up and management of private practice in the built environment sector. Legal and regulatory aspects of professional practice and relevant knowledge of appropriate law will also be developed and applied in the context of architectural practice.
Advanced Design Architectural Project - 40 credits
This module draws upon your previous experience to produce an architectural design proposal that resolves spatial organisation to satisfy defined user requirements, as well as being responsive and appropriate to the cultural and environmental context of the location. You will create a comprehensive architectural proposal that satisfies multiple aesthetic, technical and legal requirements. You will also continuously evaluate the potential impact of the proposal on existing and future communities. Through a series of iterative design explorations and investigations, you will seek to gain a deeper understanding of the wider impact of environmental, cultural, social, economic, political and religious factors influencing architectural design and wider society and of your own identity and emerging philosophy as creative and professional architectural designers.
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
How you'll learn
You will have a range of learning opportunities that are appropriate to the different areas of study. This equates to a combination of studio sessions, lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals and workshops, supported by online learning resources.
Studio culture fosters a constant formative structure that enables peer learning and interaction with staff on a continuous basis. It emulates industry practices and promotes engagement and professional development in a supportive environment where you can learn from their peers, share ideas and enhance your analytical, creative and communication skills.
This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Request further information about part-time study.
Teaching contact hours
The number of full-time contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 15 contact hours per week in the first and second year, dropping to around 12 contact hours per week in the third and final year as you become a more independent learner.
Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study of approximately 15 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.
The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2023/2024 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.
Assessment methods include:
- Phase tests
- Group work
- Individual Assignments
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
International experience opportunities
We endeavour to provide you with the opportunity to attend a study trip in the third year, as well as a USA-based trip in the final year. Both trips should enable you to experience first-hand built environments you have previously studied as well as broaden your understanding of the cultural context2.
Typical offer for 2023/24 entry.
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|BTEC||DDM in Design or Construction subject.|
|IB Diploma||30 points|
|GCSE Requirement||Minimum five graded 9-4 including English and Maths|
|Access to HE||Considered on an individual basis|
We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.
Unconditional offers can be made based on performance during interview stage of application for exceptional candidates.
Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?
We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background. Find out more about our Fair Access Scheme.
Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:
You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.
Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)
If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.
We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.
Fees and funding
2023/24 tuition fees.
|UK||£9,250 per year||Request fee information|
|International||£19,850 per year||Not available|
If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.
For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.
The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:
- Optional international ﬁeld trips: £400+ per trip.
- Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad)
How do you know if you need to pay UK or international tuition fees?
We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Your fee status determines your tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available to you. The rules about who pays UK (home) or international (overseas) fees for higher education courses in England are set by the government's Department for Education. The regulations identify all the different categories of student who can insist on paying the home rate. The regulations can be difficult to understand, so the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has provided fee status guidance to help you identify whether you are eligible to pay the home or overseas rate.
If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the home rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into.
The faculty’s £50m Engineering and Computing Building and £25m Beatrice Shilling Building are designed to support hands-on learning4. Our Sir John Laing Building also houses a CAD Studio and Architectural Technology Studio as well as various structural, soils and hydraulics labs.
For all your model making needs, there are fully equipped workshops with woodworking, 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC facilities in the Beatrice Shilling building.
You will have access to our Simulation Centre, which incorporates best practice building information modelling (BIM). Using a 3D model, the centre is designed so that you can view and walk through your project to add value, realise efficiencies and ensure every member of the construction team understands what is required of them and when.
Informal study areas
Our open access spaces provide students with informal computer access to all the specialist software required for their studies at any time. There are bookable spaces where students can meet with academics or work in small groups.
The multi-functional Architectural Technology Studio space acts both as a teaching and tutorial room. It houses 40 high spec computers which include Revit, Sketchup and AutoCAD. An informal area is available for group discussions, tutorials and making models.
Careers and opportunities
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be equipped with the skills sought after by many employers. In addition to being a fully qualified architectural technologist with a sound knowledge of building technologies, you should have also developed skills in the creative aspects of design and contextual studies.
Upon successful completion of this course, you could find yourself working in architectural practice or decide to proceed to further qualifications on Part 2 and 3 of architecture.
Where our graduates work
- Harrison Design Company Birmingham
- Kendrick Homes Stourbridge
- HLP UK Ltd Cannock
- Spatial Future Architects Stratford upon Avon
- JNP Architects Belfast
- St Modwen Homes Birmingham
Applying for jobs after finishing my MSci Architectural Design and Technology, I realised how much more a desirable candidate I was than if I just had a BSc. The architectural practice that offered me a job is going to support my progression to Part 2 of architecture and any other accreditation needs to become an architect. The support, knowledge and confidence I gained whilst studying my MSci made me feel more secure in my choice to develop my career within architecture.
How to apply
Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 can apply for this course through UCAS from 6 September 2022. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.
Part-time students should apply directly to the university.
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Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 should apply directly to the university.How to apply
For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.
You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.
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Coventry University together with Coventry University London Campus, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the “University”) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University.
The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.
2UK and international opportunities
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.
The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.
For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.
Due to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2023/24 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.