The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
Delivery type



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.


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
Unistats course data


Work and study

This is what our MEng Architectural Engineering students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 81% are working
  • 11% are studying
  • 2% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 90% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £26000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £25000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Engineering professionals
  • Sales occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB or BBBBC to include Mathematics at B
  • A-Levels ABC or BBB to include Mathematics at B
  • Int. Baccalaureate 31 points to include 5 in Higher Level Mathematics
  • Scottish Baccalaureate pass with Advanced Higher Mathematics

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BB including Mathematics, plus BBC at Higher in other subjects
  • A-Levels ABB to include Mathematics
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with Advanced Higher Mathematics
  • Int. Baccalaureate 35 points to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
  • HNC A in graded unit including pass in appropriate level Mathematics
  • HND BB in graded units including pass in appropriate level Mathematics

Year 3

  • HND AB in graded units with A in final graded unit including pass in appropriate level Mathematics.

Additional information

  • For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of non-school qualificationsmature candidates and overseas students.
  • All EU and overseas candidates will require an IELTS overall grade 6.0 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 5.5 or equivalent.


Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £14,640

* 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).

Scholarships and bursaries

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Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance 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.