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.

This is a full-time course with the option of part-time study in years 3 and 4. 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

FULL-TIME

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 - Architectural Technology
  • Building Technology 3
  • Environment and Services
  • Integrative Studies 2 - Architectural Technology

Year 3

  • Management for the Built Environment 2
  • Design Technology 2- Architectural Technology
  • Professional Practice
  • 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
    • Ecological Architecture

PART-TIME

The part-time alternative for years 3 and 4 are:

Stage 1

  • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • Design Technology 2 - Architectural Technology
  • Management for the Built Environment 2

Stage  2

  • Design Technology 3
  • Built Heritage Conservation

Choose one option module from the following group
Choose one elective from the following modules:

  • Elective - Architectural History
  • Elective Construction
  • Environmental Design
  • Product Design
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Ecological Architecture

Dissertation

Stage 3

  • Dissertation
  • Integrative Studies 3 - Architectural Technology

3. Entry requirements

SQA Higher: BBCC preferably to include English (or subject requiring the use of English), Maths or a science subject is required at National 5 level.  

GCE A Level: CCC preferably to include English (or subject requiring the use of English), Maths or a science at a minimum of GCSE Grade C or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: B2B2C1C1 to include English (or subject requiring the use of English), Maths or a science at a minimum of Ordinary Level Grade C1 or above.

IB Diploma: 26, to include Higher Level English (or subject requiring the use of English), Maths at Standard Level grade 4 or above.

Alternative Qualifications: Equivalent overseas qualifications, SQA, BTEC, S/NVQs and some access programmes will be considered.

Degree Link Programme: A relevant HND from one of our partner FE collects may be considered for year 3 entry. Please note that a satisfactory portfolio and attendance at an interview is also required.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

English Language requirementsFor those whose first language is not English.

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 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

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

7. How to apply

FULL-TIME

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.

PART-TIME

Applications for admission to part-time courses can be made online directly to the University's Admissions Office at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline.

If you prefer to apply on paper, please contact the Admissions Office to request that an application be posted out to you.

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office on +44 (0) 1224 262728 or email admissions@rgu.ac.uk.

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.

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BSc (Hons)
UCAS Code
K236
Start date
September 2015
Course length
4 years
Mode of Attendance
Full-time / Part-time options for Years 3 and 4
Academic school
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment
Accredited By
Association of Building Engineers
Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

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