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MSc Digital Architecture and Construction

MSc Digital Architecture and Construction

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Architecture (General) Construction

Course type


Course Summary

Digital technologies have altered the field of architecture significantly in recent years, resulting in an increasing demand for digital specialists in the profession.

This course will enable students to challenge current and prevailing digital orthodoxy in the built environment and determine strategies to future-proof design and construction processes. You'll acquire the digital theoretical, multi-disciplinary, technology and design management skills to become leaders in the field of digital architecture and construction.

The course focuses on the knowledge, methodologies and reasoning behind software, preparing you to adapt to any existing or emerging software and technology in the architecture and construction industries. This includes our key specialisms including computational design, parametric modelling, mixed-reality, building information modelling (BIM), building performance analysis, historical building information modelling (HBIM), rapid prototyping, and sustainability.

Who is this course designed for?

This course is aimed at graduates or professionals pursuing a career in architectural technology. It's suitable for those from a range of built environment disciplines, including, but not limited to, architecture, architectural technology, interior design, construction, surveying and civil engineering, who are looking to study a technical programme on route to industry or MPhil/PhD study.

What you'll study

The course will cover:

  • Sophisticated digital approaches to design analysis, underpinned by the systematic integration of architectural intentions, construction management and materials technology.
  • Relationships between digital theory and practice, focused on design project management for profitable business administration.
  • The critical evaluation of issues related to design, technical research, construction and professional management in social and cultural contexts.
  • Architectural technology - and relevant specialisms within it - applied to the identification of new professional, digital and technical opportunities and constraints in the built environment.
  • Advanced and effective digital communication techniques applied to a range of built environment projects and scenarios.

How will I learn?

  • Through the use of regular formative feedback, reflection and review, your learning will be developed and refined in the area of specialism that you wish to follow.
  • Teaching and learning methods include lectures and seminars, tutorials, critiques, case studies, workshops, visiting industry speakers and directed and independent learning.
  • Non-contact hours include direct out-of-classroom reading and activities, and independent learning and reading is deemed necessary to achieve the learning outcomes for the course.
  • The course enables collaborative working across disciplines, including presentations involving students studying other (related) courses at NTU.

Careers and employability

NTU has an outstanding reputation for producing highly employable architecture graduates from all disciplines.

All of our courses has been designed to maximise the employability prospects of our graduates, equipping you with professional skills as well as enhancing and developing your design skills, technical knowledge and ability to communicate your ideas.


This module provides you with a critical insight into the potential legal issues of data sharing between parties including consultants, manufacturers, facility managers and contractors in a digital environment (including BIM platforms). You'll be exposed to real-life case studies which utilise different methods of dispute resolution, including examples of BIM-supportive contract framework, copyright and intellectual property, liabilities, risk management, process, data and interoperability.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have 2:2 honours degree in a relevant architecture or construction-related subject including, but not limited to, architecture, architectural technology, interior design, construction management, surveying and civil engineering.

University information

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK offering a number of benefits for postgraduate students. The University offers a variety of taught postgraduate courses and a wide range of research degree options across their eight academic schools. There are many types of postgraduate study on offer including taught postgraduate courses, professional courses and research degrees. Whether you...more