Architectural Technology Degree BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

1. Overview

Architectural Technology is a relatively new profession in the construction industry combining a passion for the built environment with a particular interest in technical design.

The profession brings together a number of key skills and subjects such as sustainability, visualisation, materials and building technology. In today's environment, the use of information technology tools to develop technical solutions is a key component of the architectural technologist's portfolio.

In preparation for a career in practice, you will become proficient in a range of design, technical and management skills. This course provides an array of key transferable skills, allowing the opportunity for a student to apply for a career in a wide range of industries and/or continue their studies in a variety of fields.

You will benefit from visiting professionals from a range of disciplines, giving learning a strong sense of contemporary relevance. Our aim is to equip you with the professional and practical skills required in this industry and the placement is an exciting opportunity to gain practical experience within the architectural industry. You will also have the fantastic opportunity to travel, whether on study trips to look at the very best of international design or on student exchanges.

Direct entry to year 3 of the course may be possible with an HND Architectural Technology from partner FE Colleges.

2. What you will study

Year 1

  • Introduction to Building Technology
  • Introduction to Building Design
  • Built Environment Communication and Scholarship Skills
  • Surveying Methods
  • Building Technology 2
  • Economics for the Built Environment
  • Integrative Studies 1 - Architectural Technology

Year 2

  • Management for the Built Environment 1
  • Building Structure and Technology
  • Design Technology 1 
  • Building Technology 3
  • Environment and Services
  • Integrative Studies 2 - Architectural Technology

Year 3

  • Management for the Built Environment 2
  • Design Technology 2
  • Professional Practice
  • Research Methods
  • One option from:
    • Industrial Placement
    • Exchange Programme
    • Simulated Professional Practice

Year 4

  • Dissertation
  • Design Technology 3
  • Integrative Studies 3 - Architectural Technology
  • Built Heritage Conservation
  • Plus one option from:
    • Architectural History
    • Construction
    • Environmental Design
    • Product Design
    • Performance Evaluation or Ecological Architecture
    • Architectural Criticism, Journalism And Publishing
    • Visualisation in Architecture and the Built Environment

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. Entry requirements

SQA Higher: BBCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: CCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at GCSE grade 5/C or above if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 26 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths is required at Standard Level grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level.

Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3. Find out more about Degree Link.

Advanced Entry: All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

4. Placements and accreditations

Placement 

In the spring semester of year 3 you will undertake a work placement providing you with the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience. You can find out more about Placements in the Architecture, Construction & Surveying placement pages.

Study Abroad

There is an international exchange opportunity in year 3 to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, including those in Denmark, The Netherlands or Spain.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and the Association of Building Engineers (ABE). The School has been awarded Centre of Excellence status by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

5. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Scholarships

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,880 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £1,820 per academic year

Part-time

  • £1,365 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 per academic year

Part-time

  • £5,063 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,940 per academic year

Part-time

  • £8,955 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £1820 per academic year

Part-time

  • £1365 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 per academic year

Part-time

  • £5,063 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,500 per academic year

Part-time

  • £8,625 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £1820 per academic year

Part-time

  • £1365 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 per academic year

Part-time

  • £5,063 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £10,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £8,175 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £1820 per academic year

Part-time

  • £1365 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 per academic year

Part-time

  • £5,063 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £10,100 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,575 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £1,820 per academic year

Part-time

  • £1,365 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 per academic year

Part-time

  • £5,063 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £9,700 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,275 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • Full-time - £1,820 per academic year
  • Part-time - £1,820 per academic year

International Students

  • Full-time - £9,550 per academic year
  • Part-time - £7,163 per academic year

Disclaimer

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

7. How to apply

All full-time undergraduate course applications to Robert Gordon University must be made through UCAS at www.ucas.com/apply.

It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will let you know whether you have been offered a place at the University. It is also where you should receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course and respond to offers, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

8. Prospects

Our graduates have secured employment in a broad range of environments, both nationally and internationally, including architectural practice, built environment consultancies, contracting organisations and the manufacturing industry. Early career development will invariably focus on achieving full membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

Take a look at the CIAT video “Considering a career in Architectural Technology?” for more information about careers and opportunities within this discipline.

BSc Architectural Technology Student workDownload an example of student work.

9. Additional Course Costs

Costs students are required or likely to incur in the Architectural Technology course during their studies for printing and model making.

The figures below are the average costs, with approximate range in brackets.

  • Stage 1 - £120.00 (£100-150)
  • Stage 2 - £127.19 (£75-150) *
  • Stage 3 - £136.15 (£75-175)
  • Stage 4 - £245.26 (£175-300)

* Stage 2 occasionally, has a study trip - typical cost £300-350.

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BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

K236

Start date

September

Course length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic school
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment
Accredited By
Association of Building Engineers
Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists
The Complete University Guide - Building 2017 Guardian Accolade 2017 - First in Scotland for Architecture
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