Architectural Technology and Management - BSc (Hons)
Architectural Technology is the technical side of architecture focusing on the science and performance aspects of building design.Take a look
- WDR & RT Taggart
- GM Design Associates
- Keystone group
- Hall McKnight Architects
- Hamilton Architects
- Marcon Fit-Out
- Graham Construction
- Architectural Technologist
- BIM Coordinator
- Specialist Technical Role
Important notice – campus change Students will complete the next two years on the Jordanstown campus (academic year 2019/20 and 2020/21). Thereafter, from 2021, they may transition campuses. Precise timings will be communicated as we progress through the final stages of the build of the enhanced Belfast campus. 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).
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.
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Teaching, Learning and 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 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.
The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.
Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:
- the relevant generic national Qualification Descriptor
- the applicable Subject Benchmark Statement
- the requirements of any professional, regulatory, statutory and accrediting bodies.
Attendance and Independent Study
As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.
Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.
The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.
Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.
Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.
Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.
Calculation of the Final Award
The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).
Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.
All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.
The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.
Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).
We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.
The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.
Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.
Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.
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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Introduction to the Built Environment
The module presents a wide-ranging overview of the impact of public & private development, statutory legislation, procurement, building design and construction on UK industry and society. It presents the background to the development of professional and industry norms and also challenges a number of orthodoxies.
Module study includes a review of the roles and responsibilities of property and construction professionals in a complex sector, as well as the nature of professionalism in an era of climate emergency.
This module is designed to develop the student understanding of the planning process and architectural design through the creation of a domestic development project. Students will be given the opportunity to think creatively and develop presentation and planning drawings using AutoCAD, Photoshop and SketchUp (TBC). The module embraces a broad range of factors that will need to be incorporated into the design while accommodating client and end user needs, and planning policy and context. At the end of the module, students will use digital technologies to record and share a presentation of their design proposals and then produce a final package of the design drawings and supporting planning report.
Technology & Services 1
This module provides a general introduction to construction technology with specific emphasis on the sustainable construction of small-scale, low-rise buildings.
The module also introduces the factors that affect and systems that control the internal environment of domestic buildings.
Project and Communication
The modern day built environment professional is required to communicate effectively utilising electronic tools 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.
Materials and structures
This module will provide students with a basic understanding of fundamental material science and a comprehensive understanding of the composition, microstructure, and engineering behaviour of materials used in construction applications. The module will also allow students to identify and describe the form and function of various structural elements, to understand the requirements for strength, stability and performance of structures and structural materials and gives an introduction to the design of structural elements.
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 site layout planning, building detailing, building regulations, material specifications, performance, building structure and the design and construction of building elements.
Technology, Structures and Environment 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
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
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.
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. Statutory and regulatory legislations, 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.
Professional Practice - Architectural Technology
This module provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain structured and professional work experience, in a work-based learning environment, as part of their planned programme of study. This experience allows students to develop, refine and reflect on their key personal and professional skills. The placement should significantly support the development of the student's employability skills, preparation for final year and enhance their employability journey.
Professional Practice and Management Processes
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.
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
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
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
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.
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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The A Level requirement for this course is BBC to include one from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Life and Health Sciences (single or double award) or Technology including Environmental Technology/Technology & Design/Design & Technology).
See GCSE requirements.
Providing the subject requirement is met, 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
The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment accept a range of alternative combinations of qualifications such as:
BTEC Extended Awards
BTEC Level 3 QCF Extended Diploma in Construction or Engineering with overall award profile DDD.
BTEC Level 3 RQF National Extended Diploma in Construction or Engineering with overall award profile DMM.
A levels with
BTEC Level 3 QCF Subsidiary Diploma;
BTEC RQF National Extended Certificate;
BTEC Level 3 QCF 90-credit Diploma
BTEC Level 3 RQF National Foundation Diploma;
BTEC Level 3 QCF Diploma or BTEC Level 3 RQF National Diploma.
The A level(s) and/or the BTEC qualification(s) must be in the specified subject(s).
OCR Nationals and Cambridge Technical Combinations do not satisfy the subject entry requirement for this course and will be accepted as grade only when presented with A levels in the relevant subject(s).
For further information on the requirements for this course please contact the administrator as listed in the Contact details section below.
Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile to include grades H3,H3,H3,H3,H4 to include one subject from: Mathematics, Science, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, or a Technology or Engineering subject. English and Mathematics at grade H6 (HL or Grade O4 (OL) is required. If no Physics at higher level, grade O4 or above at Irish Ordinary is required in this subject.required in this subject.
The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is Grades BBCCC to include one subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geography, ICT, Physics or a Technology or Engineering subject. Plus a GCSE Science subject at grade C or 4.
Scottish Advanced Highers
The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is Grades CCD to include one subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geography, ICT, Physics or a Technology or Engineering subject. Plus a GCSE Science subject at grade C or 4.
Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of 25 points (12 at higher level). English, Maths and one Science subject (Science, Physics, Chemistry) at grade 4 ordinary level is also required.
Access to Higher Education (HE)
Science, Mathematics, Physics or Engineering Access with an overall mark of 63% for year 1 entry.
GCSE Mathematics, English and a Science at grade C or 4 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
HNC requirement in a Architectural Technology or Construction subject area is overall Distinction to include 75 level 4 credits at Distinction for year one entry.
HND requirement in Construction or Architectural Technology subject area is overall Merit to include 45 level 5 credits at Distinction for year 2 entry.
Ulster Foundation Degree
Pass in Foundation Degree in Architectural Technology with an overall mark of average of 50% and 50% in all taught level 5 modules for year 2 entry.
For further information on the requirements for this course please contact
the administrator as listed in the Contact details section below.
Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence
The General Entry Requirements must also be met including English Language minimum GCSE grade C or 4 (or equivalent). Please check the following link http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements#ger
Careers & opportunities
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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
Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:
- Architectural Technologist
- BIM Coordinator
- Specialist Technical Role
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.
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.
Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
Important notice - fees information
Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 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
and the Islands:
£9,250.00 Discounts available
- £14,060.00 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.
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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