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Architectural Technology BSc Honours

Gain the knowledge, skills and practical experience to launch a career as a fully-fledged architectural technologist.
September 2023
September 2023: EU/INT induction
3 years full-time
4 years with work placement
6 years part-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£15,100 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
Homeira Shayesteh

Why study architectural technology with us

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.

Build your architectural skills

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.

Get the support you need to succeed

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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What will you study on the BSc Architectural Technology?

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. Placements will be dependent on employer availability taking into account any Covid-19 related restrictions.

If the course is studied part-time only two modules are studied per year, following the same order of the full-time course.


  • Year 1

    • Building Technology and Architecture Design 1 (CAD) (30 credits)

      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.

    • Architectural Theory, History & Communication - (30 credits)

      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.

    • Structural Design, Building Pathology and Services - (30 credits)

      The module aims to provide an opportunity for you to understand basic elements, components, systems and methods of constructing and servicing a conventional building. It enables you to understand the scientific principles underlying the stability of a building and the control of the environment and to undertake basic design calculations. This includes equipping you with basic skills in choosing and designing appropriate structural and building services systems. This is in addition to introducing skills and methods of detailing basic components and categories of the building.

    • Professional Skills, Ethics and Building Regulations - (30 credits)

      This module aims to identify what architectural technology is and provides in relation to practice and employment. It focuses on the evolution of Architectural Technology to illustrate this journey, review of client, designer and constructor roles in context with time and place of previous case study projects. Hence the module aims to understand the role and professional ethics of the Architectural Technologist to deliver a broad spectrum of technically refined services informed by suitable legal frameworks and building regulations, that enable the sustainable delivery of the built environment integrating multi-disciplinary roles and teams.

  • Year 2

    • Building Technology & Architecture Design 2 (BIM) - (30 credits)

      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.

    • Design Analysis & Sustainability - (30 credits)

      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.

    • Technical Specification, Surveying and Buildability - (30 credits)

      The module aims to develop your advanced understanding of elements, components, systems and methods of surveying, constructing and servicing a conventional building, hence developing competence in proposing advanced technical architectural design solutions. This module aims to develop design and detailing skills through the comparative study and application of established working practice, concepts and principles.

    • Business Processes & Procurement Management - (30 credits)

      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.

  • Year 3

    • Research Dissertation - (30 credits)

      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.

    • Collaborative Practices and Project Management - (30 credits)

      This module aims to develop industry skills to enable you to communicate best practice in the leadership of an architectural project and collaboration in different management areas. Through this module, you will acquire collaborative practice skills and justify project management judgments about the validity of ideas within a prescribed scenario, the level of information required to deliver identified goals and to manage the quality of work required to fulfil agreed project specifications.

    • Materials, Building Adaptation and Evaluation - (30 credits)

      The module aims to develop your knowledge of mechanics and properties of materials, to inform efficient selection and usage within construction projects to satisfy proposal specifications. In-depth industry focus into the application of appropriate materials will be acquired in collaboration with materials suppliers and component manufacturers. Furthermore, this module aims to perform appraisal of different building types and propose solutions to perform alterations, adaptations and refurbishments to monitor, enhance or transform an existing condition or conditions.

    • Graduation Project - (30 credits)

      The module aims to provide the opportunity to engage in a major Architectural Technology design and detailing project over the duration of the module and allow you to make a significant personal contribution to all phases of the chosen asset’s development process appropriate to the goals of your programme. The objective is to enhance your skills in devising effective methods of designing, evaluating, problem-solving, organising, managing and elaborating highly-technical architectural technology projects to a professional standard.

More information about this course

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.

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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.

How can the BSc Architectural Technology support your career?

This course prepares you 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. Our course has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology; studying on a CIAT Accredited Programme will support you in becoming a Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT.

As a student you will have access to a wide range of industry-standard equipment, including:

  • State-of-the-art CAD Studio equipped with high-end Apple Mac workstations for all kinds of digital media - from 3D modelling, simulations, video editing to 3D graphics and music composition
  • All equipment and software is industry-standard, including: Autodesk suite, Adobe Creative Suite; virtual reality, energy and environmental simulation tools
  • Surveying equipment, 3D laser scanners, Wacom Cintiqs for digital drafting
  • Spacious design labs, studios and workshops with large mobile workstations for individual and group design work
  • Laser cutting, water jet cutters, 5 Dimensional milling machines, CAM-CAD lathes, welding equipment, large CNC Router and milling, perspex oven, vacuum-formers, 3D printers for rapid prototyping
  • CMM reverse engineering to allow metal, wood, plastics, timber, fabric and glass fabrication and modelling capabilities
  • Hundreds of PCs and Macs on campus, free WiFi, printing, scanning and photocopying free for university work
  • Free 'laptops for loan' service for students.

Dr Homeira Shayesteh
Module leader

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 Tong Yang
Module leader

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.

  • Kinga Krassoy

    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.

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