The course

UCAS code
K132
Duration
5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

The Architectural Engineering degree offers broad learning across the main engineering disciplines. It will give you the technical knowledge and an understanding of the key engineering topics within Architectural Engineering. You’ll also gain an understanding of the managerial issues faced by architectural engineers who work in the industry. The MEng course provides a broader understanding of management issues and problem solving within the industry. And, you’ll complete a 12 week industrial placement in semester one of year five.

The courses are delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. This jointly forms a national network of centres to demonstrate best practice in teaching and research for the sustainable built environment.

Accreditation

Both the BEng (Hons) and the MEng courses are accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI).

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

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

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Energy Principles and Applications
  • Design Project A
  • Construction Technology 2
  • Optional course

Semester 2

  • Acoustics and Architectural Design
  • Environment and Behaviour
  • Statistics for Science
  • Optional course

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Constructionarium course.

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Critical Architectural Studies
  • Electrical and Lighting Services for Buildings
  • Design Software Applications
  • Optional course

Semester 2

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

Year 4

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. BEng (Hons) students will also complete an individual research dissertation on a topic of their choice. MEng students will complete a laboratory project, rather than a dissertation.

Semester 1

  • Design Project (S1)
  • Dissertation (S1)
  • Laboratory Practice
  • Inclusive and Safe Environments

Semester 2

  • Design Project (S2)
  • Dissertation (S2)
  • Sustainable and Intelligent Buildings
  • Urban Drainage and Water Supply

Year 5

Semester 1

  • 12-week Industrial Placement
  • Low Carbon Buildings

Semester 2

  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Thermofluids
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in the Built Environment

Choice from a wide range of optional courses, including:

  • Communications and Construction IT
  • Building Energy Management
  • Space Planning and Management
  • Value and Risk Management

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements
  • Highers AABB/BBBBC (including Mathematics at B)
  • A-Levels BBC (including Mathematics at B)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 31 points (with Higher Level Mathematics at 5)
  • BTEC DMM (in relevant engineering course)
  • HNC B in graded unit (in relevant HNC, Level 6 Mathematics)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including Mathematics at B)
  • A-Levels BCC (including Mathematics at B)

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BB (including Mathematics plus Highers AABB/BBBBC)
  • A-Levels ABB to include Mathematics
  • Int. Baccalaureate 35 points to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
  • HNC A in graded unit (in relevant HNC, Level 6 Maths)
  • HND BB in graded units (in relevant HND, at least Level 6 Mathematics)
  • BTEC DDM in relevant engineering course

Year 3

  • HND AB in graded units (in relevant HND, Maths SCQF Level 7/NQF Level 4).

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to demonstrate that your English language ability is strong enough to succeed on your course. Please refer to our English language requirements.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £15,080

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.