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Facade Engineering

Please note there are no vacancies for new applications to this course for September 2019.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Architecture and the Built Environment
12-18 months full-time; 24-36 months part-time, starts September
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Francisco Sierra
Key fact:
Explore the complexities of the building envelope and push the boundaries of design with this unique award, the only UK course to specialise in façade engineering. This industry-led masters works closely with the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT) to bridge the skills gap in the UK.

Page last updated 30 August 2019


Façade engineering is a discipline in its own right. Most large-scale commercial, industrial, educational and even residential buildings are now constructed using a frame and an envelope and many engineering firms have their own façade engineering departments. Our graduates are highly sought-after.

This is a unique course, working closely with CWCT and designed specifically for the industry - overcoming a severe skills shortage and making it easier for companies to find the staff they need.
You will learn why façades are one of the most complex, technically challenging and trans-disciplinary parts of a building, how to design and develop façades that perform technically and develop an architectural expression.

Applying theory to practice, you'll cover key topics including façade materials and components, thermal performance and analysis, weathertightness, fire performance, structural analysis and procurement.



The full Master's course comprises of 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Masters. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.

You will complete the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Facades Systems
  • Facade Materials and Components
  • Glass and Glazing
  • Structural Integrity
  • Weathertightness
  • Procurement
  • Thermal Performance
  • Advanced Facades
  • Dissertation.

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You will be taught by professionals in the field and applying your knowledge to the real world. And you'll work in groups with your fellow students as well as independently, while using the online resources available to complete project work and a number of written assignments. Our programme team will give you all the support and help you need.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

You will attend eight formal 'contact blocks' throughout the year (each one, five days long). Between blocks you will be expected to reinforce your understanding and complete coursework.


You will be asked to complete a number of written assessments, coursework and presentations. Your knowledge will also be tested through real-life scenarios and projects, focusing on the various aspects of façade engineering (including thermal performance, structural integrity, façade construction and weathertightness).

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

The Department of Architecture and the Built Environment has excellent IT facilities and support staff in CAD, IES and BIM, as well as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and computer graphics. It houses an open learning area where staff are on hand to loan out the latest equipment, including interactive whiteboard, scanners, digital cameras, and other equipment.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

This course offers so much potential for architects, engineers, project managers, and construction professionals. Façade engineering expertise is increasingly sought-after in industry, academia, training and consultancy, and this course can lead to a variety of career options. We're creating the next generation of façade engineers ready to work with technical professionals on project teams in façade design, manufacture or installation.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee10500
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)875
International-Full Time-Award Fee16200
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1350
Offshore-Full Time-Award Fee16200
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1350

Further information

The MSc is eligible for the post graduate loan

SLC course code: 814317

Part time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)875
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1350

Further information

The MSc is eligible for the post graduate loan

SLC course code: 814318

Supplementary fee information

For part-time students the total fee each year depends on the total credits taken each year and are payable in full or through instalments each year. The module fee is a pro-rata of the full-time fee and 180 credits are required for full Masters.

For information about funding for postgraduate courses see our funding pages.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

Entry requirements

We normally require one of the following:

  • A honours degree of 2:1 or above in an engineering, built environment or architecture related subject.
  • A honours degree of 2:2 in an engineering, built environment or architecture related subject plus a minimum of two years in professional practice or a related industry.
  • A first degree in an engineering, built environment or architecture related subject from an overseas institution that can be demonstrated to be equivalent to the above.
  • Any other non standard route will need to be assess on individual basis but will require a minimum of 5 years in an appropriate/related industry.

Applicants may be invited for interview on the basis of a formal application.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

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