Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)


January 2019, September 2018


Chartered architectural technologists lead on technological design. Our Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) accredited course explores the science of architecture: learn to turn design concept into reality where passive design, innovation and performance are key drivers. You can choose to take a placement year in industry.

For more information about Sandwich Placement opportunities, please contact the Placements Team.

Full description


As an expert in the technical side of architectural design, you’ll be ready to work in traditional architecture and construction roles. This might involve managing building projects, making sure that budgets and deadlines are met, the correct materials are used, and regulations are satisfied.

Alternatively, you might take up opportunities in manufacturing and processing, management, health, or government institutions.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies, we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Conservation of Buildings and MSc Town Planning.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • History and Theory of Architecture (Introduction)
    You'll consider key historical and recent examples of architecture and related writings to help you form your own views on contemporary design, including your design work, in a range of appropriate cultural and artistic contexts. The module focuses on a different topic each week, and you’ll gain knowledge about architectural history that’ll open your eyes to the built environment and make you appreciate architecture more fully.
  • Architecture and Planning Design Studio A
    This module introduces you to the creative process and skills required within the architecture and architectural technology professions. You'll develop a range of graphic communication techniques, including freehand and technical drawing skills. We'll refine your ability to understand and produce simple professional technical drawing, as well as developing your appreciation of the extent of information required in the process of planning, designing and constructing a building. You'll have the opportunity to investigate; space and form, materials, structure, construction and technology. Throughout this module you'll develop your drawing skills relating to scale, proportion and the human body.
  • Architecture and Planning Design Studio B
    This module complements your learning from Architecture & Planning Design Studio A. You'll develop a range of graphic communication techniques, including freehand and technical drawing skills. We'll refine your ability to understand and produce simple professional technical drawing, building on your appreciation of the extent of information required in the process of planning, designing and constructing a building. You'll have the opportunity to investigate; space and form, materials, structure, construction and technology. Throughout this module you'll develop your drawing skills and explore the issues relating to scale, proportion and the human body.
  • IT and Communications
    Students entering Higher Education will need specific study skills to enable them to maximise their learning potential and take advantage of opportunities available both in the academic setting and workplace. This module is intended to be both preparatory and supportive, building a strong foundation for learning and later development. You will gain Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for information management and presentation purposes and will be encouraged to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for university coursework requirements and the commercial environment.
  • Elements of Construction Design
    You’ll develop analytical skills to enable you to carry out basic structural calculations, and be introduced to basic 2D drafting techniques using industry standard software. These skills will allow you to effectively interpret technical drawings and apply this to other modules on your course. To keep you up to date with the latest developments in the industry, BIM will be introduced to you and you’ll also gain an appreciation of technology and the role of the designer in the construction process.
  • Construction Technology
    This module introduces Architectural Technology students to general construction knowledge and practical skills required to evaluate and technically draw UK domestic scale buildings of average complexity. It explores the theory and practice of appraising the design and production of buildings their elements and constituent components in an integrated way through research and detailed technical drawing. The module will also introduce knowledge and skills required within the designing of components, their performance specification, life-cycle, quality control, regulatory standards together with an appreciation of their on-site buildability and environmental impact.
  • Building Technology
    This module is designed for students of construction, surveying and architecture with little and/or no prior knowledge of building construction, services and material properties. Students will learn the common materials and methods of construction of both new and traditional housing, by considering in turn each of the main elements of the buildings' structure. They will also study the requirements of the internal environment, so as to understand how services installations contribute to user comfort. Other basic aspects such as the personnel involved, health and safety requirements and specialised terminology will be illustrated as appropriate to support this.
  • Elementary Surveying Skills
    This module is intended to develop the necessary site related survey skills for students entering the construction industry. Students will gain both a theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practice in the use of both traditional and contemporary instruments in order to set-up and control the most common elements of construction.

Year two, core modules

  • Architectural CAD
    You'll get hands-on training in some of the most up-to-date software used within the industry. You'll use intelligent object-oriented design methods to create virtual models of traditional residential and commercial buildings. You'll gain an appreciation of the substantial benefits such systems can offer in terms of client, design flexibility and Building Information Modelling (BIM). The skills you'll gain in this module are vital to your professional development and industry expectations. We'll keep you up-to-date with current software packages so you'll be at the cutting edge of the sector.
  • Site Studies and Planning
    Gain an understanding of the inseparable nature of place and context, and how this affects the design of new buildings and a sense of place. You’ll investigate the influences of physical environment in its historic, present and future context, and study the legal and planning constraints that affect the built environment. Exploring a site, you’ll learn how to analyse and evaluate elements of townscape. In particular, you’ll consider the design elements that contribute to urban form and place shaping. As part of this process, you’ll develop your drawing and sketching skills, providing an enhanced understanding of the place, spaces between buildings and the urban environment. You’ll examine design procedures and processes and develop a proposal for a new building and place within the context of an existing townscape.
  • Site Studies and Design
    Gain an understanding of the design of buildings, spaces and structures within their existing context, and how this affects the design for new buildings within their setting. You’ll carry out a survey of an existing building, taking into account its history and detailing. Developing the terminology of buildings, you’ll learn how to develop the ability to analyse and evaluate the elements of design and built form, and how design affects setting. You’ll advance your drawing and sketching skills to assist in design analysis and widen your understanding of the effect of design on the built and historic environment. You’ll develop your ability to form a critical point of view and justify your own ideas, both verbally and with the support of drawings and other graphic skills. Our project-based module will see you encompass studio work and engagement with site visits and tutorial reviews.
  • Design Technology 1
    You’ll explore technology strategically, as well as using it to deliver detailed solutions, and the importance of economics in technical design. You’ll gain an appreciation of materiality, and develop your technical drawing techniques. You’ll also explore rationalised building methods alongside methods of specification. You’ll produce detailed technical drawings and technical reports, including the rationale behind the drawings and their technical specification. We'll assess your progress by means of illustration reports and related oral presentations.
  • Design Procedures
    This module is delivered via the latest RIBA Plan of Work, including Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the skills required in managing building procurement from inception to completion. You’ll focus on the collation and presentation of design, technical and contractual information required for the professional planning and management of the design. You’ll also develop communication and creative skills in client briefing, preliminary architectural design and feasibility - in particular by studying the relationship between social processes, buildings and architectural design in various ways, from theoretical studies to site visits. In addition you’ll explore the implications of building in the city from the perception of the client, the builder and the public. You’ll enhance your management, presentation and problem solving skills to give definition to creative thinking of a more theoretical nature. Alternative design option appraisals will be developed in groups. Individually, the full process of professional design procedures is explored. You’ll also develop your oral, as well as two- and three- dimensional presentation techniques related to the design options appraised.
  • Modelling Sustainable Architecture
    You'll gain an insight into some of the issues and design processes associated with the design of sustainable architecture. You'll have the opportunity to work as a member of a design team working on a number of modelling tools to simulate the environmental performance of buildings. Learning is based on the Building Research Establishment's BREEAM approach to the design of responsible architecture; considering the effects a building has on local resources and global warming. Aspects of heating and electrical energy use, pollution, occupancy comfort, transport, and embodies energy are investigated and combined to produce a building design that will have the minimum impact on the natural world. The work focuses on low energy low impact passive design solutions to environmental problems. Both the passive and active design features are explored and exploited to produce an environmentally responsive building design. Teaching is delivered by blended learning through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), so good access to the internet is essential.
  • Advanced Construction Technology
    You’ll develop a broad understanding of the way we build our commercial and industrial buildings. Leading on from the study of domestic construction, you’ll consider the functional requirements of single-storey industrial sheds and multi-storey framed structures in concrete and steel. In addition, you will examine the affects on the construction process of the latest legislation in relation to fire and health and safety. You’ll receive a great deal of guidance to help develop your skills.
  • Environmental Building Performance
    The main approach for this module is a scientific one, focusing on the analysis of a problem or set of problems, followed by the synthesis of a solution. Considerable emphasis is placed on the use of environmental criteria to assess a building’s thermal, visual and aural performance. You’ll explore a number of scientific methods, with a limited amount of practical experiment-based work; technical solutions for lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning a building; and the passive design features of a building.

Year three, core modules

  • Project Evaluation and Development
    Examine all issues related to the client, the site, planning, financial appraisal, design technology, legal, health and safety and the environment within a theoretical and practical framework. You’ll develop your ability to comprehend the totality and implications of the development process and to make reasoned value judgements as to its potential feasibility. You’ll examine local planning policies for the site, coupled with a financial analysis of the proposed scheme using valuation techniques. You’ll also focus on project appraisal, pre-contraction processes, construction and post-construction processes, marketing, disposal and evaluation.
  • Architectural Technologies Research Project
    This module looks at the nature of the research project and its relationship with the Honours degree and Professional Body recognition. Students will look at a well defined industry problem considering the following: Approaches to research and research methods - Undertaking a literature review, recording, analysing and referencing; An awareness of the technological theories that inform and influence the practice of architectural technology; Formulating a research question and aims and objectives; Data collection & research methods, including case study, action research, archival analysis; Analysis and presentation of data; Drawing appropriate conclusions; Managing the research process and your tutorials.
  • Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings
    You’ll develop an understanding of user needs in relation to economic re-use of existing buildings by extending, adapting, altering and conserving buildings. You’ll need to be aware of the concepts of conservation, restoration and preservation along with the realities of extension, conversion and adaptation options for existing buildings in order to optimise long-term sustainable economic viability. You'll consider appropriate and creative technologies and their impact upon economic appraisals. You’ll complete an in-depth case study either individually or as a group. You will also study the impact of modern design concepts, landscaping, low energy, environmental and sustainability issues to meet enhanced user-needs.
  • Technological Building Analysis
    Gain the skills to evaluate and analyse technological design approaches for historic and contemporary buildings. You’ll explore the theory and practice of appraising, selecting and justifying the design and production of buildings, their elements and constituent components. You’ll explore and research buildings from textbooks, journals and on-site physical analysis to undertake a reverse science approach to learning. Focusing on the strategic framework related to structure, environmental services and sustainability, you’ll examine the relationship between the major elements of construction, such as the road, walls and floors, and critically examine these though sketching, report writing and technical drawing. You’ll also develop the knowledge and skills required for the designing of components, their performance specification, life-cycle and cost analysis, production processes, quality control, and associated trades. You’ll link this with an appreciation of on-site buildability and raw material extraction, molecular characteristics and environmental impact.
  • Construction Technology and Innovation
    This module focuses on current construction issues and trends of a technological nature, including the critical review of methods of special construction. We'll assess your learning through a formal presentation, during which you're encouraged to use a variety of illustrative methods to support your work. This is backed up by written proposals containing elements of both group and individual work.
  • Dissertation/Major Design Project
    This Module recognises Architectural Technology, the technology of architecture, as an essential function routed in design and a major influence on the project process, building performance and building construction. It’s primary aim is to develop Architectural Technology students as future design professionals responsible for ensuring that design solutions result in buildings and structures that are constructed economically and perform efficiently and effectively within the context of user needs and environmental, regulatory and budgetary requirements taking account of the fundamental link between design and the technological, environmental, cultural, economic and social parameters. An elemental approach to architectural technological design will be examined in an integrated way within the context of a student led Major Design Project & Strategic Reports. The module develops knowledge base and practical skills, acquired in previous module learning, to evaluate client requirements, architectural design & synthesise technological solutions for medium complexity buildings. It explores the theory and practice of appraising, selecting and justifying the design and production of buildings and their constituent components.

Year three, optional modules

  • Professionalism, Values and Ethics
    Our built environments affects and concerns everyone in society and can cover areas including ecological, aesthetic, technological, economic and historical values and ethics. You’ll look at both contemporary and traditional building scenarios and debate value-systems, values and ethical analysis. We’ll ask questions such as: who is doing this, why, for whose benefit, to whose disadvantage? You’ll consider scrutiny in terms of ecological, aesthetic, technological, economic, historical and similar factors. Justification of choices made in planning, architecture and design are discussed in terms of goals, actions and outcomes. You’ll explore underlying values/ethics such as: is what is being done 'good' or 'right' in terms of practical results, fundamental principles, or other objective criteria? This leads on to developing your own views on built environment values/ethics, both as a person and as a future professional.
  • Project Management
    Develop your knowledge of basic management theories, and demonstrate your relevance and application in the planning, organisation and control of construction projects. You’ll research appropriate theories, skills and competencies related to the life cycle of a project from the client's conceptual vision, through the project identification and definition stages, applying appropriate project implementation, execution and control processes to effect successful closure of a project. You’ll also research and develop operational techniques used in the planning, scheduling and control of projects. You’ll consider the holistic integrated nature of the project management role on a construction project develop the specialist techniques which question the usual functional and organisational boundaries. This will help you appreciate the strategic relevance of project management, and the unique features of project management which distinguish it from other forms of management.


Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. These reflect the diverse range of skills that a successful architectural technologist needs. Besides exams, they include presentations, reports, portfolios and logbooks.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Additional study information


This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement year between years 2 and 3 of your studies. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.

Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.

To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)


International students, 2018/19 (per year)


Placement year (UK, EU, international students)


Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

Additional costs

Small model making tools, modelling materials and printing - £150
Large format printing and stationary - £150
Contribution to field trip to a European city (subsidised) - £250

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.

Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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