26 June 2018

Edinburgh Napier University launch a new MSc for Timber Design

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Edinburgh Napier University has introduced an MSc on Timber Architectural Design and Technology - the first programme of its kind in the UK.


The full time course will have two intakes per annum with a possibility of scholarships and industry internships through the beX initiative.


The MSc 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.


The programme is designed for graduates in architecture, architectural technology and other construction professions who want to become part of the growing international move towards innovative and high-performance timber building.


Institute Director Professor Sean Smith said: “Our market research shows that 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 know-how and commercial awareness in the design, manufacture and assembly of timber buildings and structural systems. We have designed the programme to address this demand. Globally we need to build two billion homes over the next 80 years. With global material resources being limited, the sustainability of timber as a renewable construction material is increasingly being recognised by industry and governments.”


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. It will have a strong focus on practice-based learning through design projects, laboratory experimentation and case studies. Many modules will include site visits and masterclasses from industry experts.


Subjects to be studied include:

  • 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).


The programme can be studied either full-time over one year or part-time over two years three months. The first student intakes will be in September 2018 and January 2019.


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