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Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)


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Architectural technology fuses the creative art of architecture with the scientific and technological aspects needed to make it a reality. On this BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology degree course you'll have the opportunity to learn and work with students from other disciplines, and to develop team working skills as well as those required to work as a practitioner.

If you would like to find out more about the differences between BA (Hons) Architecture, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering, please download our comparison guide (PDF File 480 KB).

6 reasons to study here

No. 1 university in London: For overall student satisfaction in Architecture, National Student Survey 2016 (includes Architectural Technology).
Professional accreditation: Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
Blends creativity with science: Fuses the creative art of architecture with the scientific and technological aspects needed to make it a reality.
Inspiring studios: You'll work in inspiring 7th floor studios with incredible views of London's changing skyline.
Work experience: Option to complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.
Apprenticeships: This course is available as part of an apprenticeship programme. Find out more about apprenticeships.

This course covers...

This course prepares you with design, technical and management skills, and teaches you to apply scientific principles and practical knowledge in constructing buildings to meeting building performance criteria. This course covers:

  • Architectural sustainable building design and technology
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • 3D Computer Aided Design and visualisation
  • Project and contract management
  • Construction technology, structures and materials
  • Architecture theory and conservation
  • Architectural practice management
  • Building inspection and maintenance.

Advanced entry

For those holding a relevant HNC/D it is possible to enter the course in the third year and 'top up' your existing qualification to a full degree. To apply, use UCAS (full-time) or apply direct to LSBU (part-time) and simply indicate which year of the course you wish to join.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
5 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
3 years
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Southwark Campus
4 years
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Southwark Campus

Case studies


Methods of assessment for course overall: 65% coursework

Year 1

  • Architectural design and technology 1
    This module focuses on three areas of work: design principles, basic CAD, and technology. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Building services and environmental science
    This module focuses on building services and the environmental performance, and develops an understanding of how buildings perform in the areas of acoustics, heat and moisture transfer, lighting, ventilation and air conditioning design. The underlying principles of each topic will be covered, together with more advanced applications, enabling you to demonstrate an understanding of building performance to other professionals within the industry. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Construction technology and materials
    This unit will introduce you to the study of building materials and how buildings are pieced together (i.e. building technology). Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Construction technology and structures
    This module will introduce you to the study of building technology associated with larger, more complex buildings, as well as to the fundamentals of structural analysis. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Legal and economic context
    The legal content of this module will introduce the sources and basic rules of UK law, including common law and statute law, as it affects construction and property professionals. It will provide an introduction to construction contract law, and tort and restitution law as they affect professionals. It will explain the differences between common law and equity and criminal law, and their relevance to construction and property professionals. It will establish the legal and ethical framework of Health and Safety regulation. The economics content of the module will introduce you to micro and macro economics, and will examine the theoretical and empirical framework of economics, including price formation, the theory of the firm, degrees of competition, Government economic objectives, monetary policy, behavioural economics, contract theory, inflation and unemployment. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Construction practice
    This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of the interrelationships between industry, professional bodies and education, and an understanding of key professional and research requirements. It will provide you with a roadmap for your professional career, and will enable you to prepare for employment in the construction discipline. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Year 2

  • 3D computer aided design and building information modelling
    This module introduces the concepts of Building Information Modelling (BIM) through the development of architectural 3D models on industry standard parametric CAD systems. The module covers the practical competence of architectural modelling and provides exposure on co-ordinating building information models. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Architectural design procedures
    This is an individual architectural design project embracing design studio and technology studio against a defined brief. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Construction contract law
    This module examines the various types of construction contracts, including families of standard construction contracts, and the common law and legislation and administrative procedures which govern them. It provides a working knowledge and understanding of construction contract legal problems, and related applicable law, such as non-contractual liabilities. It examines when a dispute arises in legal terms, and how dispute resolution methods may be employed to resolve problems and disputes. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Measurement, cost planning and tender process for architects and building surveyors
    This module is designed to provide you with an overview of cost control of construction projects. It introduces basic measurement and documentation and sets these skills in the tender and contract formation process. Basic analytical and approximate estimating skills and procedures are also covered. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Property inspection, repair and maintenance
    This module focuses on the range of techniques used by building surveying professionals in the undertaking of different types of surveys on commercial and large residential properties. It also focuses on the development of planned maintenance programmes and reviews financial controls and planned roll-out programmes of work, facility and asset management, building and fire safety legislation, post occupancy legislation incl. the Party Wall etc Act. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Theory of architecture, design and conservation
    This module is an in-depth review of key aspects of architecture theory, modern design and conservation through the study of selected British case studies. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Research project
    This module applies research method skills on a project-based, applied research topic chosen by you, which includes two main phases: an initial research project proposal submitted for approval and the preparation of the full research project at the end of the module. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Contract administration
    This module provides the knowledge necessary for the execution of the contractual duties of architects, building surveyors, property and construction managers in contracting and development companies, consultancy practice, public service and private corporations. It's designed to build on and apply knowledge obtained from a study of construction law. The module is an introduction to the period of professional training necessary to qualify as a professional and covers key areas of practice. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Sustainable construction and the environment
    This module looks at the increasing important role of energy and environmental factors that are increasingly impacting on buildings, their use, and their occupants. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Architectural design project
    This module will require you to develop an architectural design project embracing design studio and technology studio against a defined brief. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Architectural design and technology 2
    This module provides the elements of design and technology research in preparation for the main architectural design project in the second semester. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Architectural practice management
    This module looks at the role of managing an architectural practice, the forms of ownership, managing human resources, sources of finance, budget and accounting, marketing, and leading project work. Assessment method: 100% coursework.


Architectural Technologists are specialists enlisted on architectural projects to translate designers' intentions into feasible development proposals. They are specialists in analysing the requirements and challenges of a construction project and applying the best fit technology, materials and processes. A fully qualified Chartered Architectural Technologist is qualified to manage construction projects from design through to build. The profession requires strong drawing skills, problem-solving abilities and attention to detail. Also, as an array of software can be used on a daily basis, it's important to be IT literate.

This course will prepare you for a career within the design and architectural fields where you use sound technical skills and scientific principles to meeting building performance criteria.

The course will enable you to develop a wide range of employability skills through: the emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching; an (optional) placement; and (optional) summer experience opportunities.

As the subject at LSBU is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, you will receive exemptions against your Professional and Occupational Performance (POP) Record, needed to become a chartered architectural technologist (MCIAT).

Although many graduates go on to be chartered architectural technologists other options are available. Architectural technicians are another popular route, but alternative career paths include working in surveying and town planning.

Graduate success stories 

Recent graduates from this course have gone onto jobs such as Architectural Engineer, Architectural Technician, Architectural Designer, Architectural Technologist, Project Architect and Sustainable Homes Project Manager.

Continuing to postgraduate studies

If you graduate from this course, you'll be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level, including our MSc Construction Project Management, MSc Building Surveying and MSc Quantity Surveying – all of which are fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The academic strength of this course means that you can also consider entering the field of academic research and an academic career.

Recent graduates have taken up positions such as research associate and university lecturer, while others have pursued Doctoral studies after completing a Masters degree.

What to expect from your career

Architectural technicians support architects and architectural technologists in ensuring construction designs are usable and practical. Starting salaries are usually around £18,000. (Job Is Job)

Architectural technologists are focussed on the scientific and technological aspects of buildings. They have the responsibility of taking a construction project from inception through to completion and handover. As a result, role responsibilities can vary incredibly: preparing contracts and bidding documents for future construction work, making sure designs co-operate with legal guidelines and researching the best materials to be used in construction.

Employability skills are enhanced by this course, through the options of placements and summer experience opportunities. These can be invaluable, as employers put a strong emphasis on experience.

Private construction firms tend to be the main employers of architectural technologists, although many choose to be self-employed. Salaries for architectural technologists tend to start at £15,000-£23,000, although after three years this can increase up to £28,000. (Prospects)

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page


You are encouraged to break your academic studies and take an industrial placement in your third year (sandwich course). During this placement you can start to put your newly acquired skills into practice. This is an opportunity to understand the way industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities of the commercial environment and improve your CV, as well as network with professionals and build links for your future career.

You'll be responsible for finding your own placement, but supported in this by the course team and our employability service. You'll maintain contact with our academic staff, who will visit you on location. You'll be expected to complete a work log detailing your experience over the nine month (minimum) placement.


Kate Ellis

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Kate Ellis teaches Construction Law and Property Law to construction and property professionals.

Jennifer Hardi

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering

Jennifer Hardi's research interests are in Building Information Modelling, Life Cycle Assessment and sustainable buildings. She is a chartered member of CIAT (MCIAT) and involved in peer reviewing international journals specialising in sustainability.

Darren James

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Construction Technology

Darren's specialisms include construction, surveying, environmental issues in construction and surveying, and educational paths into the built environment sector.

Ronald Yee

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Architecture
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Architecture

Ronald Yee is a Senior Lecturer for the Architecture PgDip Course at LSBU and Principle of Yee Associates: Architects & Designers. He has over 30 years' experience as an architect, designing and delivering high profile projects worldwide.


Teaching and learning

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities    
Lectures, seminars and workshops Self-directed study      
Year 1 35% 65%
Year 2 24% 76%
Year 3 20% 80%

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level CCC or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 45 merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
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5 years
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3 years
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4 years
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All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 2309Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750
UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750
International (excluding any optional years) £37500
International (including any optional years) £37500
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £5550International fee: £7500
AOS/LSBU code: 2308Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £37500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

Preparatory reading list

  • Temple, M.(2004) Studying the built environment. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Parker, D. (1994) Tackling coursework: assignments, projects, reports and presentations. London: Letts Educational
  • Domone, P. & Illston, J., 2010: Construction Materials. Their Nature and Behaviour (4th Ed), Taylor & Francis
  • Using Light Steel Framing:  Design of Residential Buildings
  • Seward, D., 2009: Understanding Structures (4th Ed), Palgrave Macmillan
  • Taylor, G.D., 2000: Materials of Construction (3rd Ed), Longman
  • Bradney, A., Cownie F., Masson J., Neal A.C., Newell D., (2010) How to Study Law (6th edn.) Thompson, Sweet & Maxwell, London.
  • Coyle, D., (2004) Sex, Drugs and Economics, an Unconventional
  • Introduction to Economics, Thomson, Australia, New York.
  • Mankiw, N.G., and Taylor, M. P., (2010), Economics, Thomson, London.
  • Turner C., and Hodge S., (2010) Unlocking Torts (2nd edn.) Hodder, Turner, London.
  • Turner C., (2010) Unlocking Contract Law (3rd edn.) Hodder, Turner, London.
  • McMullan R, Environmental Science in Building, Macmillan, 6th Edn, 2007
  • Hall F and Greeno R, Building Services Handbook, Butterworth Heinemann, 5th Edition, 2009
  • Randall Thomas, (2006), Environmental Design, An introduction for Architects and Engineers. , (3rd edition), London ; New York : Taylor & Francis.
  • Moffett M, Fazio M, Wodehouse L, (2008) A World History of Architecture (2nd Edition), Laurence King Publishing.
  • Brookes, A.J. & Meijs, M., Cladding of Buildings, 2007
  • Eisele, J. & Klaft, E. (Eds.), High Rise Manual:  Typology and Design, Construction and Technology, 2003
  • Reichel, A., Ackermann, P., Hentschel, A. & Hachberg, A., Building with Steel: Details, Principles, Examples, 2007
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