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Architectural Technology BSc(Hons)

2024-25 (also available for 2025-26)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.
Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

16 September 2024


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.  
  2. During your studies, you’ll have the chance to undertake a work placement in the UK or abroad, helping to prepare you for your future career.
  3. You’ll learn in our state-of-the-art £30-million Barbara Hepworth Building, which provides access to 3D printers, virtual reality and motion tracking sensors, studio space, and more. 

Our Architectural Technology BSc(Hons) course is your first step to becoming a qualified architectural technologist.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers and it has been developed to work alongside our Architecture BA(Hons) and courses in Construction Project Management and Quantity Surveying. This helps you develop a strong understanding of professionalism and multidisciplinary within the construction industry. Our practice-led course introduces you to aspects of building technology and digital detailing, as well as design and construction process improvement.

This Architectural Technology course takes a rigorous approach to conventional building technologies and architectural detailing.

You’ll be encouraged to develop skills aligned to the state-of-the-art in industry, with an emphasis on enterprise and continuing professional development. You could have the opportunity to work in a range of architectural and construction-related areas, while becoming prepared for further study and research. Following this course, you could go on to become a practitioner, through a thorough understanding of how context, climate, culture, materials and building systems influence architectural technology.

You’ll acquire expertise in the latest construction digitalisation strategies, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), and on strategies to improve value and reduce waste through Lean Construction.

Once you’ve enrolled on the Architectural Technology course, you have the possibility to switch to Quantity Surveying or Construction Project Management at the end of the first year (with the agreement of your tutors) if your interests change.

Why study Architectural Technology BSc(Hons)

On this course, you’ll develop the skills to become a creative architectural technologist, capable of managing the progress of a construction project, whilst understanding the materials, components, structural systems, and environments behind the world’s best buildings.

You’ll also have the chance to undertake a work placement in the UK or abroad, helping to prepare you for your future career. On campus, you’ll learn in our state-of-the-art £30-million Barbara Hepworth Building, which provides access to 3D printers, virtual reality and motion tracking sensors, studio space, and more.

Thanks to successful completion of architectural courses like this one, you may wish to explore roles within surveying, construction, and architecture. Alternatively, you may pursue further education, focusing on your specific skills and interests within architectural technology.

Course detail

Core modules:

Construction Business and Law

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.

Design and Construction Practice

This module aims at introducing students to practices in the design and construction of facilities in the Built Environment. It focuses on the practical application of materials, components and systems to small-scale structures and buildings. It also provides you with an opportunity to apply technology to the design process along with developing understanding of the importance of architectural detailing in conjunction with appropriate construction methods. 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. You will be encouraged to integrate practical, technical and theoretical skills from adjacent modules.

Building Technology and Digital Communication

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the principles and practices of building technology, digital technologies, communication and representation in the context of architecture and construction. This module consists of four parallel strands: Structures; Buildings Fabric Design; Environmental Design and Digital Communication.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2024 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2025, please view the 2025-26 course information.


The course offers an optional one-year (36 weeks minimum) 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 have links with industry and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

You can find out more information on placements here.

In my placement at Michael Dyson Associates Ltd, I've gained real-world experience with the theories we are taught in the classroom. Technical aspects and strategies that may seem abstract in the classroom, are made real as I’m able to see how they are applied. 

Porfile image of placement student Tariq Nazir

Tariq Nazir, Architectural Technology BSc(Hons), current student

Student Work

A gallery of work by our Architectural Technology BSc(Hons) students and graduates. Click on each image to find out more.

Your career

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). Transferable skills enable Architectural Technology graduates to consider a whole range of careers within the construction industry including facilities management, building control, and architectural conservation. Previous student have gone on to work in companies such as BAE Systems, ARC, Fox Architecture and Malcolm Hollis LLP.**

*Percentage of our undergraduate students from this subject area go on to work and/or further study within fifteen months of graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20, UK domiciled, other activities excluded).

Source: ** GEMS

85% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by our terms and conditions, Handbook of Regulations and associated policies. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan.

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

Changes to a course you have applied for but are not yet enrolled on

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment. We may occasionally have to withdraw a course you have applied for or combine your programme with another programme if we consider this reasonably necessary to ensure a good student experience, for example if there are not enough applicants. Where this is the case we will notify you as soon as reasonably possible and we will discuss with you other suitable courses we can transfer your application to. If you do not wish to transfer to another course with us, you may cancel your application and we will refund you any deposits or fees you have paid to us.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

Changes to option modules:

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have an equivalent range of options to that advertised for the course. We will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes:

We will only make major changes to non-optional modules on a course if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change is a change that substantially changes the outcomes, or a significant part of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum. For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators or a commissioning or accrediting body. We may also make changes to improve the course in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback or to ensure you are being taught current best practice. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment, or pandemics.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but may happen sooner in an emergency. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed in accordance with the student protection plan.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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