Timber Architectural Design & Technology

Edinburgh Napier University


Merchiston Campus


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 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.

You will also gain an understanding of how growth in the timber-building sector is being driven by a combination of factors including: sustainability, emerging digital design and fabrication technologies, and an increasing demand for offsite fabrication.

Modules 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.

Entry Requirements

An Honours degree at 2:2 or above in a subject such as architecture, architectural technology or a building engineering discipline such as civil engineering.

Start Date

September, January


Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

2 years


Building and Surveying

SCQF Level


Career Area


Career Sectors


Building Technology and Management

Civil and Structural Engineering

Construction Crafts

Landscape Architecture

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