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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 in September 2019.  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.

International Students

If you don't meet our entry requirements for this course you may want to consider our International Foundation Programme (IFP)

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) will prepare you for studying an undergraduate degree at Ulster.

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About this course

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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).

Linked programmes

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 2017
How to apply

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 BCC to include one from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Science, or a Technology or Engineering subject. Plus GCSE Double Award Science at grade CC or above or GCSE Physics 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.


Overall BTEC award profile with DMM with 7 Distinctions to include Merit in Science Module or GCSE Science/Physics at grade C or Double Award Science at grade CC. Acceptable Diplomas include Construction, Land Use and Surveying and Land Administration.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile to include grades H3, H3, H3, H4, 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 CCCCC with one from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or a Technology or Engineering subject. Plus GCSE Double Award Science at grade CC or above or GCSE Physics at grade C.

Scottish Advanced Highers

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of 24 points (12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

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


GCSE Profile to include Grade C in Mathemtics, English and Double Award Science CC or Physics C.

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 completition in Architectural Technology degree, for Year 2 entry with an average of 45% 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.

Academic profile


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

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more

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.


Course Director: Gareth Alexander

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6047


Faculty Office

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6521



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