Timber Technology - MSc

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Why study this course?

Our Timber Technology MSc will allow you to develop your skills as a timber design professional within a rapidly expanding sustainable agenda for the built environment.

You'll be taught at our internationally renowned art, architecture and design school, The Cass, offering you the unique opportunity to study timber technology in central London. Our exceptional location means you'll be close to internationally significant architects, timber engineers, timber building contractors and engineered timber suppliers, many of which have headquarters in the City.

You will graduate with a holistic understanding of wood, from its micro to its macro scale properties, giving you the confidence and skills to design with dimensional and engineered timber across multiple building scales.

More about this course

Graduates of timber technology related degrees are highly sought-after for their combination of specialist design skills, understanding of characteristic properties of timber, and knowledge of industrial processing of timber buildings as key contributors to a net zero-carbon economy.

As well as developing a vast range of expertise in timber technology, you will also learn about adjacent disciplines including sustainable forestry practice and the timber construction industry. This will help you ensure that your own technical architectural designs align with the latest construction practices and efficiencies associated with design for manufacture and assembly.

Our architecture teaching team is comprised of specialists in the field of timber design, with a collective teaching experience in this area of more than 60 years. They have established a broad range of industry links with timber suppliers, forestry specialists, timber scientists, timber manufacturers, timber engineers and the Timber Trade Journey, through which they have published numerous articles.

Our lecturers have also developed a partnership with Mudchute park and farm, which, for the past four years, has provided a venue for the structural assembly and testing of timber structures.


You will be assessed through a sequence of formative and summative submissions of written coursework including a technical report, construction diary, design report, costing report and design thesis/innovation design project including physical prototype(s) at 1:2 or 1:1 scale.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • an honours degree (2:2 or above) in Architecture, Architectural Technology, Civil Engineering or a related field (eg Product Design, Materials and Design).

You will be required to present a physical or digital portfolio of prior design work and a statement of intent demonstrating ambition for your studies and a future career in the field of architectural design and/or contemporary construction practices with timber.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Example modules include:

  • Timber Structures and Structural Joints (40 credits)
  • Research methods for timber construction and wood properties (20 credits)
  • Sustainable Silviculture, Wood Processing and Engineered Timber Techniques (20 credits)
  • Energy Performance of Timber Buildings (20 credits)
  • Elements of Timber Construction: Business Plan, Management and Costing of Timber Buildings (20 credits)
  • Innovative Timber Design Thesis (60 credits)

After the course

The course is intended to foster close links through organisations throughout the timber supply chain including forestry, architecture and construction companies. Job opportunities across these fields include:

  • Architectural designer
  • Timber technologist / architectural technologist
  • Product development engineer / product designer
  • Production manager
  • Construction manager

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

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Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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