This course is designed to extend the existing capabilities of architectural graduates (and similar design graduates) to enable them to evaluate and address the performance requirements of buildings and their associated services from a strategic client perspective. It will enable the student to understand how design decisions impact on key operational factors such as flexibility, serviceability, adaptability, sustainability and life-cycle costs. It will also enable them to understand the pressing demands of the client in an environment where the building process is not a 'one-shot' process but a continuously evolving one.
Postgraduate study for graduates in early or mid-career is often difficult, therefore the programme is offered by distance learning, allowing students a considerable degree of flexibility. As there are no formal classes, students can study at a pace to suit their work or personal commitments. It is also possible to take a break in study between modules. The programme can be completed after two years or up to a maximum of five years. It is also possible to take individual components as CPD.
Students receive comprehensive course materials and study packs for each module by post and also available online. Course materials include written guidance on completion of assignments and dissertations. Students are in regular contact with tutors via email, telephone or post.
For the MSc, students undertake eight taught modules plus the research dissertation. Students on the Diploma course take the eight modules, plus the project report. Students can opt to complete a total of six modules and graduate with the Heriot-Watt University Postgraduate Certificate. Each taught module requires 120 hours and the dissertation requires 840 hours.
Students study the following five core modules:
• Design, Values & Architecture
• Architecture and Sustainability
• Architecture, Construction and Industrialisation
• Space Planning and Management
• Business Management for Built Environment Professionals
Students then choose 2 other modules from the following list:
• People and Organisational Management in the Built Environment
• Project Management Theory and Practice
• Service Procurement and Provision
Students choose a topic for their dissertation/project report that aligns with the research interests of staff in the School and/or relates to aspects of their employer; or interests that they wish to develop further.