Our architectural technology degree combines architecture, civil engineering, services engineering, environmental science and building information modelling to give you the insight, skills and experience to succeed in the most heavily demanded areas of construction.
Gaining first-hand experience of transforming conceptual designs and drawings into practical building projects, you’ll get to grips with the latest technologies, industry software and Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques. Access to on-campus facilities will be dependent on any Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time.
You’ll also learn new methodologies, develop your creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and communication skills, and have the chance to work on real-life projects – in the UK and abroad – to gain a broad understanding of the full project management process. Opportunities will be dependent on access arrangements taking into account any Covid-19 related restrictions at the time.
You’ll graduate with the skills to enter a diverse range of roles in both the private and public sectors of construction. Our graduates have gone on to become BIM managers, lead designers, information managers, project managers and consultants – and some have even set up their own architectural design practices.
You’ll have the opportunity to build your professional portfolio by taking part in some of the industry’s most prestigious events and competitions – both in the UK and internationally (taking into account any Covid-19 related restrictions). You’ll also get to showcase your work to industry professionals in our final year degree show.
You’ll get one-on-one support throughout your studies, and our series of guest lecturers also gives you access to some of the industry’s most influential professionals.
You’ll collaborate with us to put your new skills into practice through real-world construction and infrastructure projects. Our students are currently leading the way on our MDX Pavilion: a major new project to create a sustainably-designed learning, event, community and well-being space on our campus.
We’ll give you the flexibility to study over three years (full-time), four years (with a paid, year-long work placement), or six years (part-time). You’ll also be able to get a bursary worth up to 50% if you decide to continue your studies with our MSc BIMM course.
While you’re learning, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants, who have experience in your subject area.
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We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.
This module introduces concept design, form and function, technical drawing, detailing, data formats, and conflict resolution (software). You will also use CAD, BIM and architectural graphics, architectural sketching and drawing.
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.
This module covers the selecting construction and structural methods, technology, design, physics, form, and behaviour services. You will also explore planning work activities and resources, soil mechanics, building services, MEP, lighting, heating, acoustics design, and energy performance.
This module will help you with identifying personal development needs, working within teams, interdisciplinary collaboration, and operating in a professional manner and conduct. It will also cover planning and building regulations, standards, legislation's, and managing project handover covered by property and environmental law.
This module will cover advanced design for accessibility and special users, investigating, analysing and selecting detailed design solutions, technical detailing, and data exchange, conflict resolution (software) using BIM. It will also explore 3D computer aided design (CAD), visualisation, model making and applications.
This module will allow you to evaluate resources and assess environmental impact as well as environmental science, climatic context, design and services, and environmental performance of buildings. You’ll be able to present project designs, advising on their selection and making recommendations for preparing detailed designs.
This module will give you the skills to specify technical and performance requirements, evaluation metrics, investigative diagnostics, testing, building components, and systems for building typologies. You’ll also be able to select and evaluate survey requirements and development factors, and understand information management techniques.
This module will cover the social, economic, business and commercial and legal context of procuring and evaluating estimates, bids and tenders and agreeing contracts as well as the procurement procedures and forms of contract - using BIM. You’ll gain an understanding in control contract quality, progress and costs.
This module will allow you to develop analytical methods, integrated practice research methodology, and you’ll gain detailed independent study of architectural technology. You’ll be able to assess and advise on regulatory control, consent requirements and legal constraints.
In this module, you will be forming design teams and establishing their workflows, roles and responsibilities as per BIM. You’ll gain business and management skills as well as an understanding in national and international dimension, risk and hazard assessment and management, quality assurance and control, and waste management. You will be also be able to manage health and building control, and fire engineering.
This module will cover ecological footprints, building fabric and materials, embodied energy, low-zero carbon buildings, and construction materials technology. You will explore testing, specification and procurement from manufacturers including assessing, appraising condition of property, conversion, and adaptation of buildings.
In this module, you will be evaluating project feedback, recommending improvements, and specifying maintenance information and guidance. You will explore building and environmental conservation, appreciation, refurbishment, handover, and post occupancy evaluation. You will also be able to integrate, control and evaluate design documentation as well as gain an understanding in project vs. construction management, cost analysis, and time scheduling.
See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:
Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Our students recently took a field trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales to get hands-on experience with renewable energy sources and eco-friendly building materials.
Dr Shayesteh joined Middlesex University in March 2017 and is currently part of the academic team for BIM Management MSc, and Architectural Technology BSc programmes. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Bartlett, UCL where she studied and worked prior to joining Middlesex from 2001 to 2017. She was part of the delivery team of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 3 strategy with the UK Government Department of Business Innovation and Skills, contributing to the Digital Built Britain government strategy document. Her research interest lies in applied data-driven approaches to sustainable architecture, urbanism and from the users' point of view.
Dr Yang joined the academic team for BIM Management MSc, and Architectural Technology BSc programmes in June 2016. As a Chartered Engineer and Committee member for the CIBSE Intelligent Buildings Group, she is engaged in effective communication between academics and practical professionals, and promoting state-of-art building science and technology through international collaboration.
BSc Architectural Technology
Middlesex University is the only place to offer this course in the UK and is unique in incorporating building information modelling (BIM) in all modules, which is a new approach to project management in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry. The department here has a wide range of national and international partnerships which students can make use for their placements. The four-day field trip to Wales has definitely been my highlight so far because it provided us with real life insights.
The university atmosphere is so diverse, and campus is so modern. I am inspired in every way to make the most of my time here. The facilities are also amazing; from 3D printing and laser cutting to prototyping workshops and using the latest software, we are constantly learning by doing. There is a 24-hour library, catering for individual study needs.
I work and study at the same time at an architectural glass company in Hampstead, which compliments the content of the course. After this, I would like to pursue an MSc in Building Information Modelling.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.