Taught course

Computational Architecture

UWE Bristol · Department of Architecture and the Built Environment

Entry requirements

Please see our listing for this course on the UWE Bristol website for more information

Months of entry


Course content

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.

For an up to date list of modules and course delivery information, see our listing for this course on the UWE Bristol website.

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Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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