The course

UCAS code
5 years
Delivery type

We are ranked 1st in the UK for Others in Engineering (which includes our Architectural Engineering courses) in the National Student Survey 2020, with 100% of respondents being satisfied overall with their experience at Heriot-Watt University.



Our MEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering covers a broad range of engineering-related disciplines including: mechanics, construction, energy, thermal performance, water and wastewater, acoustics, and human behaviour. The degree is designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed by industry to design buildings of the future that not only provide sustainable and low-energy built environments that have a positive influence on the health and wellbeing of the people who use them, but buildings that are also resilient and adaptable to future climate change. The later years of the degree focus on practical inter-disciplinary design and management skills, with an emphasis on your personal development as an Architectural Engineer within the professional environment. 

The MEng (Hons) degree provides the opportunity for greater specialism in your preferred subject areas, plus enhanced practical experience of design management and problem solving with a 12-week industrial placement.

Our architectural engineering degrees are supported by the Architectural Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, which includes representatives from major multi-national employers, ensuring our degrees are exactly what industry needs.

Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design

Heriot-Watt is recognised as a Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design by the Royal Academy of Engineering. The centre develops and promotes multi-disciplinary education and research for a sustainable built environment and is recognised internationally for its excellence in architectural and building systems engineering.

360 Virtual Tours

Take a virtual look at our Drainage Lab, Anechoic and Reverberent Chambers.


In year 1 you have the opportunity to visit a range of construction sites and experience guest lectures from professional engineers.

In year 2 you have the opportunity to participate in Constructionarium, which provides hands-on construction working alongside professional engineers and tradesmen to construct scaled down versions of bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects from all around the world.

There are field trip opportunities in year 3 to a European city to view incredible architecture. 

In year 4, students undertake a week long collaborative design project working with students from across the built environment disciplines or can apply to study at a partner institution in Europe or North America as part of an Erasmus+ or Exchange programme.

Year 5 offers a 12-week industry placement working with local employers. 

Students on this programme also have the opportunity to apply for an Inter-Campus transfer to Dubai.


Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI).

Student profile

Margrethe Gjerull

I would recommend Heriot-Watt to anyone wanting to pursue a degree in higher education. The campus is great, the members of staff are very nice and the services available to students all contribute to a wonderful university experience.

Course content

The below course structure is subject to developmental change. 

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Mechanics A
  • Construction Technology 1
  • 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

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Design Project
  • Construction Technology 2
  • Optional course
  • Optional course

Semester 2

  • Acoustics and Architectural Design
  • Environment and Behaviour
  • Statistics for Science
  • eConstruction

Students also have the opportunity to participate in Constructionarium. 

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Laboratory Project
  • Critical Building Analysis
  • Electrical and Lighting Services for Buildings
  • Design Software Applications

Semester 2

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

Year 4

A major feature of Year 4 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 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)
  • Contracts and Procurement

Semester 2

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

Year 5

Semester 1

  • Industrial Project
  • Optional course
  • Optional course

Semester 2

  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Design of Low Carbon Buildings
  • Thermofluids
  • Optional course


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: £26000


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

  • Engineering professionals

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements
  • Highers ABBB (including Mathematics)
  • A-Levels BCC (including Mathematics)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points (including 5 in HL Mathematics)
  • BTEC MMM (in relevant engineering course)
  • HNC B in graded unit (in relevant HNC and Mathematics at SCQF Level 7)

Minimum entry requirements*

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

* 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 BC (including Mathematics plus Highers ABBB)
  • A-Levels BBB to include Mathematics
  • Int. Baccalaureate 33 points (including 6 in HL Mathematics)
  • HNC A in graded unit (in relevant HNC, Level 7 Maths)
  • HND BB in graded units (in relevant HND and Mathematics at SCQF Level 7)
  • BTEC DMM in relevant engineering course

Year 3

  • HND AB in graded units (in relevant HND and Mathematics at SCQF Level 7).

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.


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).

4 years for the price of 3

If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, study with us and save £9,250 over your 4-year degree.

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.