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Full time | Bristol, University West of England, (UWE) | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Architecture (General)

Course type


Course Summary


Study an experimental course that applies computational modelling and digital fabrication. Apply your skills to simulations, solving architectural problems in a design studio environment. Benefit from our industry partnerships, learning from experts in practice through workshops and guest lectures.

When an architectural problem needs solving, architects use biological and mathematical models to simulate the problem. Applying these algorithms to simulations allows architects to experiment with design solutions in a studio environment.

Modelling is crucial for us to create spaces that support the social and biological systems in society. Explore the natural and built environment, designing spaces to enhance these settings while tackling industry challenges, such as sustainability.

An experimental programme

Designed in collaboration with the Centre for Print Research, MSc Computational Architecture blends architectural design with print and manufacturing. To date, we're one of the only universities in the region to deliver a master's degree in computational architecture.

Challenge your curious, creative mind as you change the way you think about the design process. You'll explore contemporary issues in architectural modelling, from design to fabrication. These issues include clean manufacturing, enabling you to experiment with sustainable materials in design and construction.

An applied approach

This one-year course will introduce you to the latest computational design technologies. Gain core knowledge in computational modelling as you learn to simulate datasets and scripts.

You'll test your project proposals through fabrication and prototyping and apply your skills to real-world simulations. With experience in a design studio environment, you'll be prepared for solving architectural problems in practice.

A relevant and flexible master's route

As the manufacturing sector expands, the demand for professionals with modelling knowledge increases too. You'll address the need for digital modelling skills in this growing industry. Develop the architectural computing expertise you need to become a design and construction professional.

We welcome applicants from a broad range of disciplines, including architectural technology, engineering, art, and product, spatial and landscape design. We also encourage industry professionals seeking career progression to apply.

This course has two routes. The principal pathway provides you with a linear progression in their development of skills and understanding of computational architecture, the second pathway is offered to applicants that have already completed research-based project work in computational design. If you are seeking access to this second pathway you are required to present a sample of your research work and discuss this at an interview.

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Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2:2 or above in one of the following areas; Architecture, Product Design, Media Design, Digital Media, Civil and Structural Engineering, Engineering, Computer Science, Pervasive Media or Art and Design. Applicants will study pathway one unless they can present research-based project work in computational design that they have completed previously and that demonstrates their proficiency and understanding of this field. Applicants with this existing project-work may seek access to pathway two of this course and will be required to present a sample of their research work and discuss this at an interview. An applicant that has completed a Masters or MArch degree that included assessed work in computational architecture may be considered for pathway two. Applicants will be required to provide a sample of work. Applicants may also be invited to an interview (via video conferencing for overseas students) on the basis of the formal application and sample of work. We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications.

University information

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