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Architectural Technology is the technical side of architecture focusing on the science and performance aspects of building design.

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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • WDR & RT Taggart
  • GM Design Associates
  • Keystone group
  • Hall McKnight Architects
  • Hamilton Architects
  • Marcon Fit-Out
  • Graham Construction

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Architectural Technologist
  • BIM Coordinator
  • Specialist Technical Role


Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

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Architectural Technology is the technical side of architecture focusing on the science and performance aspects of building design.


The BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Management course is based on a modular structure across two semesters and is available as a four year sandwich course (although students with the necessary industrial experience may be exempted from placement). The course is also available in a part-time mode of study which involves students taking the course over five years (there is no placement year), and attending and completing all modules alongside the full-time students. The course leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science with Honors in Architectural Technology and Management. The DPP (Diploma in Professional Practice) is awarded on successful completion of an approved industrial placement year.

There is an Associate Bachelor exit award which is awarded to students who have successfully completed all the level 5 modules but do not wish to complete the full honours degree. Graduates with this award wishing to apply for Chartered Membership with CIAT can map their learning to the CIAT matrix and satisfy most of the knowledge unit requirements. Evidence of alternative experience will be required to complete the missing units.

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The course is designed and structured to provide you with a broad knowledge of issues related to architectural technology and the design of buildings. It is essential to have an understanding of many technical aspects including materials, foundations, heating, lighting, acoustics and statutory requirements. Graduates are also equipped with skill and knowledge of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software as well as an understanding of the theory behind the implementation of BIM working methods.

Modules that students currently take include Architectural Graphics, Introduction to Architecture, IT, Communications and Surveying, Architectural Technology A, Introduction to CAD, Form and Structure of Buildings, Comfort, Architectural CAD, Building Design, CAD Applications, Architectural Technology B, Building Physics, Building Information Modelling, Project Design, Dissertation, Conversion, Adaptation and Maintenance and Environmental Conservation and Energy Studies (note these modules are subject to change as the course develops).

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards


Attendance is compulsory at all timetabled activities, such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical sessions etc.

The attendance pattern for first year is generally 4 days a week reducing to 2 or 3 days a week in final year as students work more independently in their own time.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Technology, Structures and Environment 1

Year: 1

This module will provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of Architectural Technology in relation to the technical design process for low-rise domestic buildings. A particular focus will be placed upon building detailing, building regulations, service integration, material specifications, performance, building structure and the design and construction of building elements.

Introduction to Architecture, Design & Communication

Year: 1

The module will give a general introduction to the history and theory of Architecture through a structured lecture programme and case study exercises. Students will begin to develop their learning and professional skills through structured learning tasks and study of theories of communication (spoken & written).

Design Planning and Project

Year: 1

This module is designed to develop the student understanding of the architectural design process through the production of design drawings for a low-rise domestic building and associated tasks. Students will be given the opportunity to think creatively and develop presentation and planning drawings using AutoCAD, Photoshop and SketchUp. The modules embraces a broad range of factors that will need to be incorporated into the design while accommodating client and end user needs, and regulatory requirements including planning. At the end of the module, students will use digital technologies to record and share a presentation of their design proposals.

BIM Fundamentals

Year: 1

The modern day built environment professional is required to communicate electronically with the rest of the project team. This has been mandated by the UK Cabinet Office Construction Strategy, by European Commission procurement regulations and is being followed across the world. This module develops an understanding of the key drivers and barriers to fully implementing Level 2 BIM and points towards the development of level 3 BIM working in the near future. The module develops the foundational skills for internationally recognised BIM Level 2 for the contemporary and future built environment professionals.

Year two

Technology, Structures and Environment 2

Year: 2

This module will enhance student understanding of the functions, principles and environmental constraints on the design and construction of medium and larger scale buildings. This module also develops the student's understanding of the structural appreciation for such buildings and the integrative nature of technical solutions for larger buildings in order to develop a greater awareness of the role of the Architectural Technologist.

Technology, Structures and Environment 3

Year: 2

Architectural Technologists must develop the capacity to develop technically sound designs for buildings while responding to a variety of performance criteria. This module examines the influences of technical and regulatory requirements in the five areas of heat transfer and thermal comfort, acoustics, lighting, building services, and fire provision and performance. It aims to deepen the student's knowledge in practical aspects of these elements and give them opportunity to apply the associated fundamental principles. It also nurtures their competencies in using industry standard software (Autodesk Revit) through the production of a building information model and associated working drawings, specification and details.

Technical Design Factors

Year: 2

The module will explore different types of structural systems, components and building technology for a medium sized public building, and develop the student's understanding of architectural design concepts associated with these. In addition, students will develop their knowledge of site analysis and the factors influencing the planning, landscaping and servicing of a small to medium sized public building.

Construction Law

Year: 2

This module defines the legal framework within which the operation and administration of building contracts is undertaken. The legal system, the law of contract and the law of tort as they relate to the production of the building project are described and examined. Contract strategy and contractual procedures are analysed and discussed. The rights, duties, liabilities and obligations of the parties to the building contract as dictated by a standard form of building contract are evaluated to enable professional contract management.

Year three

Professional Practice - Architectural Technology

Year: 3

Professional experience is an integral part of an Architectural Technologist's education. This module will provide such experience in an approved professional environment. During the period of professional experience, the student will have increasing responsibility for delivering architectural technology related services, allowing for a better appreciation of the integrated nature of design, technology and associated activities within professional practice.

Year four

Professional Practice and Management Processes

Year: 4

This module develops the professional and practical skills in the management of an Architectural Technology or Architectural firm and provides a critical understanding of the relationships between the respective disciples and their position in the wider construction and procurement context.

Research Project

Year: 4

The research module provides an opportunity for personal exploration and in-depth study of an area of particular significance relating to the course of study. Students are responsible for collating the necessary information for the selection and execution of the research. They are required to critically evaluate the practicality, availability of reference material and access to individuals or records. Clear aims and objectives must be formulated leading to appropriate methods to meet these objectives. The module fosters and develops analytical and evaluation skills, logical thought, and the ability to communicate effectively using verbal, visual and written forms.

Technical Design Project

Year: 4

This module provides the student with a series of architectural design projects covering a range of scale and complexity, and with a requirement to research design and technical data. Design development and technical resolution will be as per legislation for town planning and building control, and work stages aligned to RIBA Plan of Work 2013. The student will develop their expertise in information management and BIM processes.

Conversion and Adaptation

Year: 4

This module will provide the student with theoretical and practical knowledge of the processes involved in the conversion and adaptation of the built environment. Building visits and case study analysis will review design strategies in conversion and refurbishment, conservation and adaptation of buildings, integration of services, use of materials and construction detailing.

Green Building Design

Year: 4

This module will allow students to understand and critically appraise the factors affecting energy consumption in buildings enabling them to explore a wide range of low energy options in both domestic and non-domestic buildings. This will enable them to reduce the auxiliary energy load of any renewable energy solutions that may be considered while appreciating the main hazards to health in modern building designs.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBC to include one from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Science, or a Technology or Engineering subject. Plus a GCSE Science at grade C.

Applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

Applied General Qualifications

Overall BTEC award profile with DMM with 8 Distinctions to include Merit in Science Module or GCSE Science at grade C. Acceptable Diplomas include Construction, Engineering, Land Use and Surveying and Land Administration.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile to include grades H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 with one from: Mathematics, Science, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, or a Technology or Engineering subject. If no Physics at higher level, grade O4 or above at Irish Ordinary is required in this subject.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is Grades BBCCC with one from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geography, ICT, Physics or a Technology or Engineering subject. Plus a GCSE Science at grade C.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is Grades CCD with one from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, ICT, Mathematics or a Technology or Engineering subject. Plus a GCSE Science at grade C or above.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of 25 points (12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile Overall average of 65% - Science and Mathematics; Physics and Engineering.


GCSE Mathematics, English and a Science at grade C or above.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Foundation Degree/A B Degree

Successful completion in Architectural Technology degree, for Year 2 entry with an average of 50% OR successful completion in Construction-related degree for Year 1 entry.

Foundation Year - Refer to Course Selector.

Mature Students

Mature students who do not meet the above criteria please refer to Course Selector.

Teaching and learning assessment

Knowledge and understanding of the subjects are acquired mainly through lectures, tutorials and practical work carried out in the laboratory, field and studio, directed reading, case studies, seminars and IT based resources.

Intellectual qualities are developed through exercise classes/tutorials, coursework assignments, individual and group studio design/project work.

Professional and practice skills are gained through coursework assignments including laboratory and field work, technical design, problem solving, assignments and studio work with drawing presentations and a substantial final year project and dissertation. The placement year is also key to this aspect.

Basic IT, CAD and communication skills are taught in Year 1. These and the other skills are developed through coursework assignments including preparation of laboratory reports and fieldwork, individual studio work including hand drawing and model making, (where peer learning in the studio environment and shared experience and social and informal interaction of the students and staff is important) CAD project work and final year project and dissertation. The placement year is a key element to developing these skills. The work placement experience and report is an excellent opportunity for you to reflect upon your learning and brings added value to the final year.

Assessment Methods:

Assessment is through a wide range of methods including closed book examinations, class tests, coursework assignments consisting of reports on laboratory and field work, drawing work and the use of CAD and Building Information Modelling practices, design/technical work, problem solving, oral presentations individual and group projects, a major individual project and dissertation.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • WDR & RT Taggart
  • GM Design Associates
  • Keystone group
  • Hall McKnight Architects
  • Hamilton Architects
  • Marcon Fit-Out
  • Graham Construction

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Architectural Technologist
  • BIM Coordinator
  • Specialist Technical Role

Career options

Due to the broad knowledge base in the area of architectural technology a broad range of employment opportunities exist. Typical employers include architectural technology practices, architectural practices, contractors, education and library boards, health and social trusts, building control and other companies in the construction industries. A highly desirable attribute of our graduates is their knowledge and skill relating to Building Information Modelling. Some graduates have obtained excellent employment internationally. Self-employment is also a popular option after a few years when graduates are sufficiently experienced and they become Chartered Architectural Technologists with CIAT.

Work placement / study abroad

Students receive excellent support in the form of Placement preparation classes during second year of the course. The course team gives a high level of support to students assisting them in finding placement. The course enjoys a good relationship with many practices locally and opportunities further afield are also encouraged.

Students completing an approved placement in the British Isles will receive a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) upon graduation from the course. For students completing an approved placement internationally, they will receive a Diploma in Professional Practice (International) (DPP(I)) upon graduation from the course.

Professional recognition

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) for the purpose of exemptions from parts of the professional qualification when progressing to Chartered status.


How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,250.00  Discounts available
£13,680.00  Scholarships available

Scholarships, awards and prizes

The course attracts a number of prizes relating to academic performance during all years of the course. These are normally presented at the annual End of Year Show.

A recent graduate has also received awards from the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (Commended) and from the Association of Project Safety (winner).

Scholarship opportunities also exist.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


The key point to highlight is that the support from main course tutors excels beyond lectures/tutorials. It was very clear to see that they wanted to keep up to date with students in and out of semester time. This was particularly helpful after graduating as you are pointed into the right direction as to what practices are employing.

T McCurdy, 2015 Graduate