This course presents architectural technology as a discrete discipline and brings together aspects of architecture, civil engineering, services engineering, environmental science and building information modelling in a practical and industry-focused degree.
Designed to provide a range of skills increasingly in demand in the technical arenas of construction, urban planning and architecture, this Architectural Technology degree provides an alternative route into high-end roles within these industries.
The degree focuses on both creating architectural form/function, and also understanding how modern buildings work - turning conceptual designs and drawings into a practical building project. Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques are used in all aspects of the programme, and you will be introduced to new, efficient and lean methodologies in construction technologies, processes, people, policies and standards.
You will develop sought-after workplace skills in project management – including costing, scheduling, resourcing, quality and risk assessment, legislations and legal issues, facilities maintenance and operations. These skills are enhanced through real-life projects with our partnerships in industry in UK and abroad.
The course teaches skills in creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, communication, and state-of-the-art technologies. Complementary modules cover structural, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering; plumbing, audio systems, heating and lighting, and analysing sustainable energy and environmental solutions.
This is a three or four year degree, depending on an optional industry placement year. It can also be studied part-time over six years.
The work placement year takes place between the second and third years of the degree.
If the course is studied part-time only two modules are studied per year, following the same order of the full-time course.
Click the dropdowns below to see the subject areas covered in each module.
This module covers the history of architecture / ontologies, forms, functions, concepts / exterior and interior design schools / developing client briefs, programmes, testing design solutions / assessing and challenging client and user requirements.
Selecting construction and structural methods, technology, design, physics, form, behaviour services / planning work activities and resources / soil mechanics / building services, MEP, lighting, heating, acoustics design, energy performance.
Identifying personal development needs / working within teams, interdisciplinary collaboration / operating in a professional manner and conduct / planning and building regulations, standards, legislations and managing project handover – property and environmental law.
Advanced design for accessibility and special users / investigating, analysing and selecting detailed design solutions / technical detailing/ data exchange / conflict resolution (software) – using BIM – 3D computer aided design (CAD), visualisation, model making and applications.
Evaluating resources and assessing environmental impact / environmental science, climatic context, design and services / environmental performance of buildings / presenting project designs, advising on their selection and making recommendations for preparing detailed designs.
Analytical methods + dissertation / integrated practice research methodology / detailed independent study of architectural technology / assessing and advising on regulatory control, consent requirements and legal constraints.
Forming design teams and establishing their responsibilities and workflows - roles and responsibilities as per BIM, business and management skills / national and international dimension / manage health and building control and fire engineering / risk and hazard assessment and management / quality assurance and control / waste management.
Ecological footprints, building fabric and materials, embodied energy, low-zero carbon buildings / construction materials technology, testing, specification and procurement from manufacturers / assessing, appraising condition of property / conversion and adaptation of buildings.
Evaluating project feedback, recommending improvements and specifying maintenance information and guidance / building and environmental conservation, appreciation, refurbishment / handover and post occupancy evaluation / integrate, control and evaluate design documentation / project vs. construction management, cost analysis and time scheduling.
The course is taught through a range of seminars, tutorials, workshops, studio sessions and collaboration with other students. The university's virtual learning environment provides online access to assignments, case studies, notes and a suggested reading list.
Assessment is entirely through coursework, models and prototypes. This includes exhibitions of products you have designed, individual and team projects, portfolios, essays, critical analysis reports, presentations, group reviews and your dissertation.
Students will assess each other's work in some modules, while industry practitioners and leaders help develop and assess projects.
You will be exposed to a wealth of over 30 visiting speakers and industry specialists from all fields of the construction industry, as well as organised field trips to current construction and infrastructure projects under development.
The programme team of staff includes several working practitioners in the industry in architecture, engineering disciplines and sustainability.
Dr Noha Saleeb (Programme Leader for MSc BIM Management / Architect)
Steve Race (Former BIM Champion, UK / Architect)
Charles Rich (CEO, Charles Rich Consultancy)
James Salmon (President, Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC)
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at Level 3 , of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
This course prepares students to work in diverse positions in the construction sector, both public and private, as architectural technologists, architectural designers, architectural engineers, BIM modellers, BIM coordinators and site coordinators.
Graduates may go on to become BIM managers, lead designers, information managers, project managers, consultants or set up their own architectural design practices.
Career options also include work within architectural practices, construction organisations, housing associations, local authorities, legislation and building authorities, central and local government, with property developers, processing and manufacturing industries, research and academia, energy sectors, conservation, conversion, maintenance, management, new build, restoration, retrofit or re-use projects.
We will support your career ambitions by helping you develop a professional portfolio, CV and career entry plan through one-on-one supervision. You will also have access to our Employability Service during and after your degree.
The Architectural Technology degree is taught in our Grove building, the cutting edge £80 million home to our Art, Design and Media subjects.
As a student you will have access to a wide range of industry-standard equipment, including:
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