Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our design-led Architectural Technology BSc will give you the skills you need to launch your career in design and development. 

From architectural composition and technical analysis to the business and management skills you'll need for contract procurement, we'll teach you how to apply technical decision-making to real-life design challenges.

Learning in our dedicated Architectural Technology studio and working on real design briefs, you’ll develop a sound understanding of the processes of design and construction and the management tools, particularly CAD, for communicating design information.

You'll gain an understanding of the multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of the modern construction industry, and will have the chance to work alongside students from all construction courses in Year 1.

Studying the Architectural Technology BSc will give you the framework to practise privately, or — on successful MCIAT chartership — run a business in the architectural and construction industries. 

All of our courses are delivered using an enquiry-based blended learning approach involving workshops, lectures, tutorials and independent study. We assess your learning through a variety of methods including project work, essays and exams.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Industry-experienced tutors – Our tutors have extensive track records of project design and delivery
  • Outstanding facilities – We have a unique Fabrication Lab and studio facilities in the heart of central London
  • Work placements with leading architectural practices – You'll gain work experience through taking a two-week placement in architectural practice during the final year of the course
  • Prepare for your career – You'll learn on industry software including CAD, Revit, Rhino, SketchUp
  • Student success – Our Architectural Technology BSc students have won a wide range of awards including the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists' Student Award for Excellence

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Design – Digital Literacy 
  • Design – Design Principles 
  • Management – Introduction to the Built Environment
  • Management – Project, Commercial and Organisational Environment
  • Technology – Building Science 
  • Technology – Construction Technology and Services

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Design – Digital Practice
  • Design – Design Project 
  • Management – Project Procurement, Management and Law
  • Technology – Fabric and Performance 
  • Technology – Structural Principles

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Design – Design Project 
  • Management – Professional Practice
  • Technology – Building Pathology
  • Technology – Construction Technology and Innovation
  • Dissertation

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, the Chartered Institute of Building, and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

"CABE is proud to accredit the degree programmes within the built environment at the University of Westminster. This brings us closer to talented students who will build their global future as Chartered Building Engineers and as other professionals within the industry."  – Chartered Association of Building Engineers

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

Graduate architectural technologists have a wide range of career opportunities. Employment can range from architectural practice, working for contractors, engineering practices and construction management practices. As a design-based science degree, students can also move to product design, furniture design, and other design disciplines.

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Gain industry experience

You'll have the opportunity to do a two-week placement in architectural practice during the final year of the course.

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Start your professional journey while you study

Our course is fully accredited by the CIAT, the CIOB, and the CABE, giving you an industry-recognised qualification.  

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Industry links

We have strong links with industry, which in the past has included partnerships with TRADA and Erasmus+.

You'll be taught by lecturers and practitioners with years of experience gained across the world.

Alumni and other industry professionals regularly appear as guest speakers, with past speakers coming from:

  • Foster + Partners
  • Stefan Shaw Studio
  • ROK Architecture
  • Pozzoni Architecture
  • HTA 

The success of our architecture and interiors students has been recognised by a wide range of external awards, including an outstanding run of success in the RIBA President's Medals. Read more about our student successes.

Work experience

We encourage students to participate in paid internships during the summer period of their second year, and all students take part in a two-week placement in architectural practice during the final year of their course.

Job roles

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  • Architectural assistant
  • Architectural designer
  • Architectural design manager
  • Architectural technician
  • Architectural technologist

Graduates should aim for chartered architectural technologist status. After graduation and work experience, a chartered architectural technologist can set up their own practice, provide a full architectural design service and lead projects of all shapes and sizes from start to finish, from new homes and hotels to shopping centres and football stadiums. 

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Foster + Partners
  • Foggo
  • BLA Architects
  • PTAL (Peter Taylor Associates)
  • Pozzoni Architecture

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Why study this course?

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Learn from our industry-experienced tutors

Our tutors have designed and overseen developments from conception to completion and bring their industry experience into the course.

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Benefit from outstanding facilities

Our architecture studios provide unrivalled facilities in central London, including our Fabrication Lab which allows you to explore the exciting field of digital fabrication.

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Study in London

Based at our Marylebone Campus, you'll be perfectly placed to access work experience and networking opportunities in the heart of central London.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – BBC to ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma - D*D*
  • Access – 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

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What our students say

Architectural Technology student Fergus Chalmers

Fergus Chalmers

Architectural Technology BSc Honours, graduated 2014

Great industry experience and knowledge from all of the university lecturers gave a real insight in to the construction industry. This gave me a really good grounding when starting out on my construction career.

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Ali Muktar

Architectural Technology BSc Honours

It was so stimulating, it was just the perfect course. It gave me everything in terms of what I wanted to learn, the information I wanted to get from the lectures and tutorials. It was spot on for me.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Location

In the heart of London, our Marylebone Campus is home to the Westminster Business School and our Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. Specialist workshops, dedicated digital and architecture studios, and our extensive Marylebone Library offer students everything they need for academic success.

Marylebone Campus is opposite Baker Street tube station and within easy walking distance of Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street.

For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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