BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology

Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date
September 2018

Course Summary

This four-year degree course aims to provide each student with the education and training necessary for entry into the construction and property industry as a professional Architectural Technologist.

Architectural Technology is the application of science and engineering knowledge to the design of buildings. They work together with architects in multidisciplinary teams to achieve efficient and effective technical design solutions which are robust, durable and sustainable. Architectural Technologists are technical designers, skilled in the application and integration of construction technologies in the building design process. This technical design programme integrates theory with practical application to equip students with real life problem solving and communication skills and a broad understanding of construction technology and detailing, building regulations, health and safety legislation and the theory and integration of environmental and sustainable design. In particular the programme aims to develop each student’s knowledge, skill and competence. It incorporates a low energy technical design project and a research project which will equip them as they set off on their career as a professional architectural technologist.

The course includes:

  • The history, context and design of buildings including new buildings, extension and conversion of existing buildings
  • The link between design and the technological, environmental, cultural, economic and social parameters } Technology of architectural forms, functions, concepts and contexts
  • Accessibility and inclusive design reflecting how all people perceive, experience and use all aspects of the built environment
  • The design and construction process and systems efficiency, effectiveness, economic and environmental sustainability, quality, safety, reliability and appearance
  • Legal and regulatory requirements including building regulations, planning and development legislation, building control and health and safety
  • Science and engineering of materials and components related to design
  • Building services engineering, environmental science and structural engineering
  • Project and design management, project procurement and process, construction and contract management
  • Computer-aided design, 3D modelling, ICT and BIM.

YEAR 1 - Semester 1:

  • Construction Technology (year-long)
  • Design & Creativity in the Built Environment
  • Measured Surveys 1
  • Materials Technology
  • Report Writing and Communications
  • AutoCAD 1

YEAR 1 - Semester 2:

  • Construction Technology (year-long)
  • BIM 1
  • Measured Surveys 2
  • Building Services 1
  • Building Quantification

YEAR 2 - Semester 1:

  • Construction Technology 2 (year-long)
  • Building Regulations
  • Structures
  • Building Services 2
  • Architectural Technical Design 1
  • BIM 2

YEAR 2 - Semester 2:

  • Construction Technology 2 (year-long)
  • Building Regulations
  • Graphics and Visualisation
  • Health & Safety
  • Architectural Technical Design 2
  • Materials Performcance

YEAR 3 - Semester 1:

  • Work Preparation & Placement (yearlong)
  • Building Adaptation Project
  • Research Studies
  • Construction Technology 3
  • Procedures and Documentation
  • BIM 3

YEAR 3 - Semester 2:

  • Work Preparation & Placement (year-long)
  • Building Adaptation Project
  • Planning & Development Control
  • Construction Technology 4
  • Building Control
  • BIM 4

YEAR 4 - Semester 1:

  • Dissertation (year-long)
  • Architectural Technical Design 3
  • Project Management
  • Architectural Conservation#

YEAR 4 - Semester 2:

  • Dissertation (year-long)
  • ArchitecturalTechnical Design 4
  • BIM Management
  • Professional Practice & Entrepreneurship


Career opportunities for Architectural Technology graduates are excellent. Typically employers include architectural firms, public and private bodies, planning departments and local authorities, private construction firms and material manufacturers. The architectural technologist is a key member of the design team and collaborates closely with the architect to provide objective technical advice. Demand from local, national and international companies is exceeding current supply of suitably qualified graduates.

Upon completion it is anticipated graduates will be eligible to apply for Architectural Technologist membership of the relevant professional bodies including CIAT, RIAI and CABE. Graduates are also eligible to teach ‘Construction Studies’ at secondary level (Postgraduate Diploma in Education required, plus Teaching Council registration).

Please find information on fees and funding here:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

INCLUDING at least two H5 Grades

AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7

AND English Grade O6 or H7

OR Irish Grade O6 or H7

PLUS Minimum Points Score of 300.

Noel McKenna (Head of Department of the Built Environment)
Phone: +353 429370200

The first year of this course will be delivered to a combined group of Architectural Technology and Construction Management students. At the end of first year students can request to transfer to the Construction Management programme.

Course ID DK831
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Places 20
School School of Engineering
Department Built Environment
Recognition Information

The Institute of Engineers of Ireland (EI) accredits this programme as satisfying the academic requirements for Associate grade of membership of the IEI.

Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Starting Date September 2018
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