BSc/BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

Undergraduate, Part-time

This industry-focused course provides you with the skills required for employment in this specialist and high-demand industry sector.

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  • Duration:

    6 years for honours degree

  • Award:

    BSc/BSc (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

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

You’ll be responsible for the development and completion of projects, learn to advise on appropriate technology and bring a creative attitude and detail to design, using both graphic and computer-aided drafting techniques.

This part-time course is very creative with plenty of practical experience allowing you to develop your design skills.

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You’ll gain a good level of understanding of the construction industry. We have developed strong industry links, particularly with major house builders through our award-winning research centres, the Centre for Timber Engineering and the Building Performance Centre.

International exchange opportunities may exist, through our excellent international links, for example with Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA)

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and the Chartered Institute of Building.

You will study the same modules, and complete the same course work as a full-time student, but over a longer period of time. You’ll generally come in to university for one day per week, and a four-year Honours degree will take around six years to complete part-time.

What you study

Year 1

  • Building Design and Technology
  • Design Information Technology
  • Building Engineering and Construction Mathematics
  • Property and Construction Business Law
  • Architectural Technology
  • Option

Year 2

  • Building Design and Technology
  • Architectural Technology
  • Building Engineering
  • Design Information Technology
  • Research and Innovation
  • Option

Year 3

  • Building Design and Technology
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Contract Admin and Practice
  • Building Control and Fire Engineering
  • Architectural Technology
  • Construction Management

Year 4

  • Project Evaluation
  • Architectural Technology
  • Architectural Practice and Management
  • Sustainable Development

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

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

This course has been designed with a broad educational base, giving you the greatest possible scope in future careers. These may include positions such as:

  • private practice (architects and surveyors)
  • construction companies to provide design and build services
  • housing associations
  • building component manufacturers
  • commercial organisations

You may also have the opportunity to continue on to further study at Masters and PhD level.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher


National 5 Grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies. 

A Level


GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System: 

B3, B3, B3, B3 at HL 

OL Maths and English at C2

New Grading System: 

H3, H3, H3, H3 at HL 

OL Maths and English at O4

BTEC Extended Diploma

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

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English. 

BTEC Diploma

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 5 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

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. 

Our entry requirements indicate the 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.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £305 £305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,125 *£1,157
Overseas £2,317 tba
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

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