BEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering

The course

Delivery type
Full-time: 4 years
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The programme is for those who wish to understand the energy, CO2 and functional performance-related engineering strategies and systems used in buildings to ensure high performance, and also how these relate to basic aspects of architectural design such as spatial design and human response to the physical features of the built environment. Fundamental and integral to the programme is a grounding in mathematics and building science as well as an understanding of the management and professional practices that form the knowledge base and skills of the modern architectural engineering professional.

The programme is structured around three main themes:

  • Energy and sustainability of buildings
  • Systems and whole building design
  • Human behaviour and interaction with buildings.

With a focus on designing the buildings and cities for the future:

  • Buildings that use less energy
  • Zero emission
  • Climate change
  • Renewable energy

Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design

Our Architectural Engineering programme is delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. This is one of four such centres established at UK universities that jointly form a national network to demonstrate and exchange best practice in teaching and research for the sustainable built environment.

Meet the faculty

Why study Architectural Engineering at Heriot-Watt University's Dubai Campus?

  • The first and only programme in the Gulf region to offer a UK architectural engineering degree that combines engineering with a sustainable building focus.
  • The programme provides you with the fundamental engineering knowledge alongside design skills of building systems, that can help create future, climate resilient buildings.
  • Our programme is designed to help shape the built environment for the 21st century, in terms of providing a sustainable, energy efficient, low carbon and green society.
  • Throughout the courses of study, you are provided with the opportunity to develop an awareness of the fundamental interaction between environmental, technological, design and human factors.


The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai.  All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

Our BEng programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI)

Student profile

Ayesha Nabeela

The programme structure is extremely engaging covering all aspects of design, mechanics, energy and sustainability.

Ayesha Nabeela, Architectural Engineering, BEng (Hons)

Course content

Note that the programme structure below is to illustrate the distribution of teaching and is subject to developmental change.

First year

Semester 1

  • Construction Technology 1
  • Mechanics (A)
  • Shaping Tomorrow Together (A)
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 1  

Semester 2

  • Building Services Technology
  • Mechanics (B)
  • Shaping Tomorrow Together (B)
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 2

Second year

Semester 1

  • Design Project
  • Acoustics and Architectural Design or Electrical and Lighting Services for Buildings (biennial)
  • Construction Technology 2
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology

Semester 2

  • eConstruction
  • Environment and Behaviour
  • Statistics for Science
  • History and Theories of Architecture

Third year

Semester 1

  • Critical Architectural Studies
  • Electrical and Lighting Services for Buildings or Acoustic and Architectural Design (biennial)
  • Design Software Applications
  • Laboratory Project

Semester 2

  • Energy and Buildings
  • Thermal Performance Studies
  • Design Issues
  • Environmental Engineering

Fourth year

A major feature of the fourth year starts with a collaborative design project across all built environment disciplines. Students produce a building design to address a specific client brief, giving information on building form, design, services, sustainability, cost and planning.

This is a highlight of Year 4 as students progress into individual project work which is specific to the AE discipline. Students will also complete an individual research dissertation on a topic of their choice.

Semester 1

  • Design Project (S1)
  • Dissertation (S1)
  • Procurement and Contracts

Semester 2

  • Design Project (S2)
  • Dissertation (S2)
  • Sustainable and Intelligent Buildings
  • Innovation in Construction Practice


Graduates from the Architectural Engineering programme can expect to find jobs in:

  • Sustainability Engineering Companies
  • Building Design Consultancies
  • Multinational architectural / construction companies
  • Building services and engineering companies
  • Government organisations

Some of our current graduates work with Emirates Green Building Council, Johnson Controls, Buro Happold, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Engineering Services

Entry requirements

The normal entry criteria are listed below. However, the final decision remains at the discretion of the course director after evaluating scores of individual relevant subjects.
Students who are eligible to be admitted directly into second year can choose to join the first year, where available.


First year entry

  • GCE A-Level CCC (or AABB at AS-Level)
  • CBSE 65%.
  • American High School Diploma + SAT 1s - 1000
  • Tawjihiyya 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 24 points (including Maths HL)
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma MMM
  • Foundation year Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Engineering) with a BBBB.
  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent – 70%
  • Curriculum Russian/Kazakhstan (Attestat) with minimum grade of 5 + IELTS 6.0
  • EmSAT minimum 1400 English, 1300 Maths, 1100 Physics, 1100 Chemistry
  • Compulsory subjects to include Mathematics, Physics and English.


Second year entry

  • GCE A-Levels BBC
  • International Baccalaureate 27 points (including Maths HL)
  • CBSE Overall 85%
  • American High School 70% + 3 AP at grade 4 OR Minimum 3 SAT 2’s 500 each
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) PPP
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma DDD
  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent 85%
  • Compulsory subjects include Mathematics, Physics and English
  • Transfer students from other universities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Academic (with no element below 5.5).

Fees and funding

  • AED 65100 per year*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

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