Architectural Technology BSc(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

This course is designed to give you a thorough understanding of construction techniques and architectural detailing. The aim is for you to be able to apply your expertise in architectural technologies to the design of cost-efficient and sustainable buildings. So you'll have the opportunity to develop your creativity while understanding the materials, components, structural systems and environments behind the world's best buildings.

We'll look at every stage of a construction project, from the development of the client brief through to design, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance of build assets. You'll be able to build your leadership skills too, as well as skills in Lean Construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM) from world-leading industry practitioners and academics.

The course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). It is part of our Architecture and the Built Environment courses, which have some great links with the sector in the region. We focus on making the course as relevant to industry as possible, so you'll have the chance to equip yourself with the skills you need. You'll have the chance to work on multidisciplinary projects with peers from other disciplines like Architecture, Construction Project Management, Building Surveying and Quantity Surveying, all with the aim of enabling you to gain the skills you need to work in collaborative multidisciplinary teams across the globe.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Course type:

Full Time inc. placement year


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Construction Business

This module will introduce the overall construction business to you. The content is structured into three distinctive, but interrelated areas, namely, business at industry level, business at project level and business at individual level.

Environmental Science and Services

Services in buildings facilitate interactions between the building and its internal and external environments. As such, buildings should be equipped with appropriate services to make those habitable. The current global drive for sustainable environments demands that the modern services in buildings should focus on providing comfortable living environments to building occupants through the most sustainable means.

This module provides an opportunity to explore the concepts and relevant technologies in building services and their links with environmental sciences within the context of current sustainability agenda.

Introduction to Digital Technology in Construction

The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to the digital technologies in construction, with a focus on the applications of Building Information Modelling (BIM). The module will start from the traditional Computer Aided Design (CAD) applications, such as 2D and 3D CAD, and continue to the latest development of BIM, including 4D and 5D BIM. The concept of nD modelling will also be introduced together with other emerging technologies including robotics, laser scanning and 3D printing, which are used in the construction industry worldwide.

Digital Design 1

This module focuses on the practical application of materials, components and systems to small-scale structures and buildings. It also aims to provide you with an opportunity to apply technology to the design process along with a developing understanding of the importance of architectural detailing in conjunction with appropriate construction methods. This module aims to support the exploration and communication of ideas in a variety of forms appropriate to architectural technology as well as enabling you to develop your communication skills. The module will facilitate the development of presentation skills in all forms from spoken presentations at tutorials to the preparation of suitable drawings and models of carefully detailed components.

Technology 1: An Introduction to Architectural Technology

This module introduces three parallel strands of Architectural Technology:

Structures Through an exploration of structural equilibrium and the assessment of stress and deformation in simple elements, the module will discuss the properties of building materials and the implications for element design.

Buildings Fabric Design Common materials, assemblies and construction techniques used to achieve safe, environmentally sound and aesthetic constructions will be explained and exemplified. Common failures in materials and assemblies will be highlighted.

Environmental Design A building’s fabric and services combine to create an internal environment that the occupants find comfortable and pleasurable. This extends to physiological (and psychological), thermal, visual and acoustic comfort, and the health and wellbeing of the occupants. You will consider how responsive design (both passive and interactive) can be utilised to provide the internal conditions necessary for comfort.

All of the above topics will be considered in relation to sustainable design necessary for protecting internal, local and global environments for both current and future generations. On-line multi choice test of one hour duration 50% / Reflective journal 50%

Year 2

Core modules:

Collaborative Project

The aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams and enable you to perform your role/discipline in the context of a team based project. It offers you the experience of team working and the multi-disciplinary nature of built environment projects. The project will allow you to practice and further develop both discipline based and generic key skills required by a built environment professional and encourage self-reflection and enable you to further develop a personal development plan, that aligns your learning needs and career aspirations and the requirements of your professional institutions

Technology 2: Integrated Technology

The module develops your understanding of technological innovation in architecture in relation to the three parallel strands of Structures, Building Fabric Design and Environmental Design.

Structures You will explore the use of a variety of materials and assemblies and consider their behaviour under gravity and lateral loading. Different foundations and earth-retaining structures will be introduced and methods for the assessment of stability will be developed. You will be introduced to the principles of designing structural members subject to bending and axial loading and the principles of elastic behaviour in structural members of any cross-section.

Building Fabric Design You will consider more advanced construction techniques and building systems and you will extend and develop your technical vocabulary, your appreciation of natural and synthetic material elements, and the principles and techniques of their transformation into objects and components used in the assembly of buildings and building components.

Environmental Design You will develop further the consideration of psychological and physiological, thermal, visual and acoustic comfort, and the affects on building occupants. Because of the close relationship between environmental systems, energy consumption and the health and wellbeing of a building’s occupants, issues of sustainability will be considered at all stages. In particular you will focus on the range of environmental control systems found in buildings and how these affect our interaction with the spaces we inhabit and the artefacts and services we use. General services used to provide safety and facility in buildings will be considered such as mechanical movement, electrical and drainage systems.

On-line multi choice test of hour duration 50% / Reflective journal 50%.

Digital Design 2

The aim of the module is to provide you the opportunity to develop advanced skills in digital modelling, analysis and simulation and the competence to work in a BIM based digital environment for any construction project. The module will start from conceptual design collaboration, BIM based computational design and continue to the multidisciplinary design coordination and 4D construction simulation. It will cover the key digital design technologies in every stage of a construction project.

Applied Architectural Technology 2

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop your understanding of architectural technology and construction techniques and aims to provide an integrated approach to design with particular emphasis on the relationship between forms, structures, building fabric and environmental science. The project based nature of the module provides you with an opportunity to explore construction law, regulations and procurement options along with the related contractual arrangements. You will appreciate the influence of different client priorities on the construction procurement process and will also observe the roles, responsibilities and contractual obligations of the stakeholders of the construction industry, and related legislative frameworks. The module also introduces you to the relationship between cost and specifications through an examination of industry’s standard method of measurement, and how to specify materials for tender and construction purposes.

Year 3 - optional placement year

School of Art and Design Placement

You will normally spend a total of 48 weeks between the end of year two and the beginning of your final year in a managed work experience. You will be encouraged to obtain a placement activity relevant to your area of specialism, however a wide range of placements will be regarded as suitable. The placement will be monitored and you will be assessed on completion. (100%).

Final Year

Core modules:

Professional Practice

In this module you will consolidate the prior learning in technical, professional and managerial subjects to attain a level of preparedness for professional practice and career development. In part, this is a response to the requirements of built environment professional institutions where the future practitioners are expected to have a fuller understanding and awareness of business and commercial matters and the enterprise characteristics of their chosen profession.

Building Inspection

In this module you will be given an introduction to the legal framework and approaches associated with the conservation of buildings. The module will introduce the causes and nature of building defects likely to occur in a range of contemporary and traditional buildings. Supplemented by a substantial amount of background reading, you will develop the skills needed to understand problematic material-based issues that arise in various types of construction.

Sustainable Design and Construction

Carbon emissions, sustainability and energy efficiency are current key concerns worldwide. The construction industry and the built environment are among the biggest contributors to carbon emissions and consume a significant amount of energy on a daily basis; hence considering environmental impact and driving the sustainability agenda hit high within construction industry agenda. Within this context, one of the contemporary roles of the Building Surveyer is to promote sustainability in new construction designs and improve the existing building stock where possible and appropriate. Accordingly this module will aim to further develop your ability to comprehensively recognise the principles of sustainability in construction and their application in design and construction. With that, you will be able to reinforce and appreciate your understanding of the relationship between sustainable design and construction processes.

Major Project Dissertation

This module provides you with an opportunity to lead investigation into an area of the Built Environment that is of enough interest to you to support a piece of work of this magnitude. You must choose and define the topic, research relevant information (either primary or secondary), set that information in the context of an appropriate intellectual framework, draw relevant conclusions, and write up and submit the dissertation in the approved format. A support lecture programme and an individual dissertation supervisor will be provided.

Digital Design 3

The role of the Architectural Technologist is enhanced by learning advanced digital tools. In this module, you will have the opportunity to further develop your skills and knowledge of the digital technologies used by architectural technologists in the communication of design and construction information. Such technologies include, for example, virtual reality, augmented reality, photogrammetry, unmanned aerial vehicles and 3D scanning technologies.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff links with industry and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

You can find out more information on placements here.

Career opportunities

95% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. This course can help you develop the necessary skills to lead collaborative design and construction teams, effectively manage projects, and adopt innovative approaches such as Lean Construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Construction Project Management (CPM) graduates could consider careers in managing infrastructure and civil engineering projects too. The course aims to help you to develop skills that are transferable to managing these type of projects.

Professional links and accreditations

The course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). The University of Huddersfield was the first University to run an Architectural Technology Honours degree course to be accredited by the CIAT.

The course is also fully accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). The accreditation was awarded on 3 July 2017 and is valid for five years.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of lectures and tutorials and your assessment will include coursework, presentations and exams.

23% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only University where all our permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


The department of Architecture and 3D Design is based in Queen Street Studios; a self-contained building which, as well as housing contemporary studio space, also offers advanced 3D technologies. This includes dedicated high-performance computer aided design (CAD) and 3D computer visualisation facilities, plus high definition and multi material 3D printers for the creation of 3D models. You'll also have access to the Digital Print Centre, our specialist facility capable of printing on a variety of media. All of this is supported by our expert technical staff. In addition to having full access to the facilities during University opening hours, you'll also be able to access the specialist software licensed to the University from your own computer, whilst away from the campus out of studio opening hours.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.


If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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