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The course

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5 years
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The MEng Architectural Engineering with International Studies course further develops the objectives of the BEng course and in addition aims to:

  • provide a greater in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key engineering topics within architectural engineering;
  • broaden students' understanding of management issues;
  • expose students to the issues involved in problem solving within industry.

The international dimension of the course aims to encourage awareness of the global engineering industry and allows students to foster international links by spending their fourth year at an institution abroad.

Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design

Our Architectural Engineering courses are 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. The Centre also ensures graduates of Architectural Engineering will be used to working within an inter-disciplinary environment involving architecture, engineering and construction.


Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Course content

Year 1

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

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

In year 4 you have the opportunity to apply to study at a host institution abroad in North America as part of an exchange course. The content of study will include design and technical components.

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


Work and study

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

  • 83% 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: £26000


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

  • Engineering professionals

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.


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.