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The course

Delivery type
Day
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Intake date
September
Location
Dubai

Contact

Overview

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.

Accreditation

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

Meet the lecturers

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 the best of both worlds (engineering and architecture)
  • The programme gives you both engineering skills and an understanding of architecture so that you are able to help transform architectural drawings into reality.
  • 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.

Course content

Detailed course guide

First year

Semester 1

  • Construction Technology 1
  • History of the Built Environment
  • Introduction to Design
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 1  

Semester 2

  • Building Services Technology
  • Mechanics B
  • Introduction to the Environment
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 2

Second year

Semester 1

  • Design Project A
  • Acoustics and Architectural Design
  • Construction Technology 2
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology

Semester 2

  • Energy Principles and Applications
  • Environment and Behaviour
  • Statistics for Science
  • Design Project B

Third year

Semester 1

  • Critical Architectural Studies
  • Electrical and Lighting Services for Buildings
  • Design Software Applications
  • Procurement and Contracts

Semester 2

  • Energy and Buildings
  • Thermal Performance Studies
  • Design Issues
  • Facilities Management Principles

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, and giving information on building form, design, services, sustainability, cost and planning. This is a highlight of Year 4 progressing 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)
  • Laboratory Practice
  • Inclusive and Safe Environments    

Semester 2

  • Design Project (S2)
  • Dissertation (S2)
  • Sustainable and Intelligent Buildings
  • Environmental Engineering A