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Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)

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3 years full-time or 4 years sandwich

Engineering and Environment
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

In recent years, changes to building materials and processes have affected the whole of the building industry. The Architectural Technologist functions at the interface between design and construction to ensure optimum building performance and efficiency. 

Architectural Technologists translate conceptual building designs into detailed technical solutions. The practice of Architectural Technology includes the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate building design factors in order to produce efficient and effective technical design solutions which satisfy performance, production and procurement criteria. Key competences for Architectural Technologists include building design procedures and practice, environmental design, technical specification and presentation.

The programme is structured around these key areas and aims to develop students from a range of professional and industrial backgrounds to develop careers in a management role.

As professional Architectural Technologists, students will be able to apply technological solutions to the design and building process. They will have the ability to support both the designers and the contractor in the implementation of novel concepts driven by client demands for energy efficient, durable, low maintenance, and cost- effective buildings.

The learning and teaching programme will enable students to develop an understanding of the design process, contractual issues, and professional obligations. It will teach them the skills to translate design into construction, maximising efficiency and satisfaction and to demonstrate a high level of CAD and associated ICT skills.

The third year will be spent on a placement, working most usually for a design consultant, contractor, government department or local authority. In addition, the final year includes a study tour in a major European city.


You will be taught through traditional methods such as lectures and seminars and will be expected to study independently. 

At later levels of the programme, you will be given specific career advice, support and guidance. A Professional Practice Project module extends your study into a range of current projects operated by regional contractors and developers to provide valuable insight into how the industry operates. 

Sandwich degree students have the added advantage of a year-long work placement to enhance their employability, build confidence in their abilities and knowledge and establish networking relationships.


A central ethos of learning by doing is in operation to reflect the vocational and professional orientation of the programme. There is an extensive use of project-based work to develop your knowledge and skills. 

Assessment is developed level-by-level with work at the early stage of the programme concentrating on knowledge development and the beginnings of linking theory to practice. 

As you progress the emphasis moves through application to a more analytical approach. The context of assessment is generally the workplace with simulation and links to real projects. 

At the final stage, most assessment – with the exception of the dissertation – is specifically linked to your own professional practice project work. 


Chartered Institute of Building / Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists 

Professional Institute connections: The curriculum is designed to meet the academic requirements of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Students are encouraged to become members and regional events are publicised within the School. Links are further developed with a programme of regular presentations to students by CIAT or CIOB members. 


Opportunities exist in areas such as multidisciplinary consultancies; design and build companies; construction companies; housing associations; corporate organisations in commerce; retailing, transport and other service industries, health authorities; government agencies; local authorities; and property development agencies.


If you don’t have the entry requirements to join this programme then why not take a look at the Built Environment Extended Degree?  The Extended Degree provides an introductory year for you to learn about areas of the built environment and once you’ve successfully completed the course you can progress to the first year of a number of specialist degrees.  See here for more information.


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