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Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)

The Architectural Technology degree course at DMU will develop the skills you need to be a specialist in the science of architecture, building design and construction.


Reasons to study Architectural Technology at DMU:

  • Leicester School of Architecture (LSA) 
    was established in 1897 making it one of the oldest schools of architecture in the UK
  • Develop specialist skills
    on a course that is specifically designed to meet industry requirements related to technology of building, design and construction
  • Acquire architectural management skills
    through learning how to bring together all aspects of the design process, from concept through to completion
  • Focus on appropriate methods of sustainability
    to inform architectural design, including the use of environmental simulation tools to ensure sustainable outcomes
  • Gain valuable work experience
    by doing a year’s industrial placement between years two and three
  • International opportunity
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

This course focuses on the making of detailed decisions about the design and construction of buildings and their immediate surroundings. It is concerned with new and existing buildings and examines how detail relates to design concept.

Architectural Technology is also central to the communication of design decisions to members of the construction team and with ensuring that work is carried out in the correct manner. It poses exciting challenges in, and requires knowledge of, associated legal and management matters and the ability to communicate using state of the art information technology.

The Architectural Technology course at DMU will develop your knowledge and skills required in understanding, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation to differing extents relative to design, technology, management and practice. 


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

More courses like this:

Architecture BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: K130

Duration: Three years full-time mode, four years sandwich mode, and six years part-time mode

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding 2016/17: £11,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 112 points from at least 2 A'levels or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature and Maths or Science at grade C or above.

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English and Maths or Science at grade C or above.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Interview and Portfolio

Not applicable

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Architectural Communication 1
  • Building Performance and Technology 1
  • Building Economics 1
  • Sustainable Building Principles
  • Building Design 1 

Second year

  • Architectural Communication 2
  • Building Performance and Technology 2
  • Building Performance and Technology 3
  • Building Economics 2
  • Project Management
  • Professional Practice for Sustainable Development
  • Building Design 2
  • Building Design 3

Third year

  • Building Information Technology and Modelling
  • Integrated Design Project
  • Practice, Profession and Ethics
  • Technological and Environmental Innovation
  • Dissertation


The multidisciplinary programme team presents a range of projects, lecture programmes, seminars, workshops and design studios that reflects current procedures and practices in Architectural Technology.

Module assessment strategies have a wide range of methods including portfolio presentations, essays, reports, oral and graphical presentations and continuous assessment regimes, particularly in the studio-based aspects of modules.

Our integrated team of architects and built environment professionals teach and research architecture, technology and sustainability. The course draws on the wide range of research expertise in the Leicester School of Architecture, ranging from architectural design, urban design, technology and sustainability to the history and philosophy of architecture. You will also benefit from the input of industrial specialists and visiting guest lecturers. 

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports). Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year. Typically, in your first year, you will normally attend around 16 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 23 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)


The Architectural Technology BSc (Hons) offered by De Montfort University has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) as meeting established standards in terms of resources, programme content, structure, quality assurance and staff. This status qualifies the holder of the award to apply for Associate membership of CIAT and provides the opportunity to progress towards Chartered Membership (MCIAT).

Facilities and features

Art and design facilities

DMU offers some of the finest facilities to support your studies. You will have access to studio spaces with CAD facilities and workshops offering a range of facilities from casting, metal working and woodworking to digital printing and water-jet cutting, printing and photography equipment. You will also benefit from building performance tools and resources in the Architecture Hub, our online learning space.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


Opportunities and careers



Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.

We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your and you interests and aspirations. 



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

There are a wide range of careers open to you from working alongside design professionals in construction companies, architectural, building practices and component or material manufacturers.

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level and progress to the Architecture and Sustainability MSc at DMU.

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