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BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology

Course Points
363 Points
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date
September 2024

Four great reasons to consider this course

  • The technology of architecture & buildings is becoming increasingly important environmentally.
  • Architectural Technologists specialise in the application and integration of science and technology in buildings.
  • Architectural Technology involves the combination of theory and practice.
  • The practice of architectural technology impacts positively on sustainability and energy efficiency.

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

  • Building Technology 1 (Year 1)
  • Design & Creativity in the Built Environment
  • Measured Surveys 1
  • Materials Technology
  • Report Writing and Communications
  • AutoCAD 1

Semester 2

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

Year 2

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

  • Construction Technology 2 (year-long)
  • Building Regulations
  • Graphics and Visualisation
  • Integrated Group Project
  • Architectural Technical Design 2
  • Materials Performance

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Work Placement (year long)

Semester 2

  • Construction Technology 3
  • Procedures and Documentation
  • Planning & Development Control
  • Health, Safety & Environmental
  • Building Control
  • BIM 3

Year 4

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

  • Dissertation (year-long)
  • Architectural Design Project
  • BIM Management
  • Professional Practice & Entrepreneurship


* All module titles are subject to change and are for indicative purposes only.

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 in the relevant professional bodies including CIAT and CABE. 

Please find information on fees and funding here:

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

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

Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include:

→ Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
→ English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
→ Two subjects at either:

    • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
    • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)

→ The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:

    • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
    • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
    • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

The course offers a one semester placement, in the third year of the course. 

  • Students interested in problem solving would be interested in architectural technology
  • Students who can use theoretical knowledge in a creative manner can become architectural technology professionals

Eamon Cushnahan

Programme Director

Phone: +353(0)42 9370200

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
CAO Round 1 Entry Points (2023) 363 Points
Course Type Undergraduate
Study Mode Full-Time
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Starting Date September 2024
School School of Engineering
Department Built Environment
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method On Campus

How To Apply

Apply on CAO

All standard entry first-year applicants must apply for entry through the CAO. See Important application dates for CAO and information for specific applicant types below:

CAO Code: DK831
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Advanced Entry & Transfer Applications

Advanced Entry is for applicants who have previous educational achievements and/or work experience and want to be considered for direct entry into year  2, 3, or 4 of a course. This includes students looking to transfer to DkIT from another Higher Education provider.

Closing Date: 6th June
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International Application (non-EU)

International Applicants (not from or living in the EU) can apply through an agent or directly to DkIT to study this course.