BSc/BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

Undergraduate, Part-time

Architectural Technology BSc/BSc (Hons)

This Architectural Technology course is creative with plenty of practical experience to develop your design and technical skills


An architectural technologist is a specialist in the technological aspects of building design and construction, bridging the gap between design theory and construction practice.

This course will teach you the skills required for a successful career in industry, including the fundamentals in building design requirements from development through to completion.

You will learn key skills in areas of design and development so that you are proficient in advising on appropriate technology. On completion of this course, you will gain a creative attitude and be skilled in detailing to design, using both graphic and computer-aided drafting techniques.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and host the CIAT Centre of Excellence, and is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

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Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as full-time)


6 years

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“The theory I was taught at Edinburgh Napier is incredibly relevant to the work I’m doing now.”

How to apply

Find out how to apply for our undergraduate courses and what to expect after you have submitted your application. You'll find advice and support on completing your application, including your personal statement.

Course details

In year one you will learn building design and technology, which is construction of small-scale buildings like individual housing units.

Year two expands on this and you'll learn about large-span buildings and multi-storey structures.

In year three you'll learn about modern methods of construction and what the future of construction may look like such as robotics, building information modelling and modern methods of construction.

The knowledge gained in first to third year are all brought together in fourth year for your final year design project.

When you study design you will work on designing spaces for living by focussing the following active verbs: Live; design a living space for a client paying attention to their specific needs. Learn; design a learning environment such as a Kindergarten. Work; design an office where you have to pay attention to detail like access, parking, meeting rooms. Play; this is usually recreational like galleries and museums.

On the technology side, you start off with an introduction Computer Aided Drafting along with property and construction business law. You also cover building engineering, 3D drawing and look at contractual issues, building control, fire engineering and construction management.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught Lectures and tutorials.
  • note and pen Assessments Mixture of practical assessments, development reports, academic essays and exams.
  • study abroad Study abroad International exchange opportunities can be arranged through our excellent international links, for example with Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA).

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Building Design and Technology 1 
  • Building Modelling 1 
  • Property and Const Business Law
  • Architectural Technology 1

Year 2

  • Building Engineering & Construction Mathematics
  • Research and Innovation
  • Construction Management 1
  • Architectural Detailing

Year 3

  • Building Modelling 2
  • Building Design and Technology 2 (AT)
  • Building Engineering 2
  • Architectural Technology 2

Year 4

  • Construction Management 2
  • Architectural Technology 3
  • Building Control & Fire Engineering
  • Architectural Practice and Management

Year 5

  • Building Design and Technology 3
  • Sustainable Development
  • Contract Admin and Practice
  • Building Services Engineering

Year 6

  • Project Evaluation
  • Architectural Technology 4



Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and Minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

The University does not sponsor students to study on part-time programmes in the UK under the Student Visa route. International Applicants must therefore have other valid immigration leave to study on this programme.

Advanced entry

Advanced entry into Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4 is possible for students with suitable qualifications.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement


National 5 Grade C in Maths and English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an Offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. For further information see our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level


GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

H3, H3, H3, H3 at HL

OL Maths and English at O4

BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

BTEC National Diploma Level 3

DD (Distinction, Distinction) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 26 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 5, 5, 5.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher


National 5 Grade C in Maths and English.

A Level


GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

DDM (Distinction, Distinction, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.


Pass in a relevant subject with Grade B in the graded unit.

Minimum Year 3

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 50% or above at first sitting in all final year subjects.


Pass HND in a relevant subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 60% overall, with minimum 50% at first sitting in all final year subjects.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult or Mental Health)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Learn more about Architectural Technology

Architectural technology is a profession that works alongside architecture, to transform innovative design projects into sustainable and functional buildings and structures, making them more robust and durable.

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2021/22 2022/23
Scotland *£305 *tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland *£1,157 *tba
Overseas and EU £2,660 tba

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

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If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here. For EU students who commenced their studies prior to 1 August 2021 or hold pre or settled status in the UK, fees will remain the same as Scottish Students.

Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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Example opportunities include:

  • Private practice (architects and surveyors)
  • Construction companies to provide design and build services
  • Housing associations
  • Building component manufacturers
  • Commercial organisations
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