Architectural Engineering

Architectural Engineering is about sustainable building design. From reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to smart, connected, resilient homes, architectural engineers design innovative, energy efficient indoor environments of the future. 

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There is a growing need to provide society with modern buildings that are sustainable, energy efficient and green. Architectural engineers focus on the interaction between engineering services, building design and human behaviour to design appropriate low-energy, indoor environments for buildings.

Our Architectural Engineering discipline aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for the specification, design and management of engineering services required in the built environment, with an emphasis on sustainable solutions.

The courses are supported by an Industry advisory panel involving representatives from major multi-national employers. The panel supports our courses ensuring our curriculum delivers exactly what the industry needs and that our graduates are work ready.

Employment prospects for architectural engineering graduates are excellent. There are many exciting opportunities for people who want to play a professional role in helping to shape the built environment of the future.


Our courses are accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI).

Courses delievered by the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design

Our courses are delivered by the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, a leading body recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering. 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.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will include a combination of lectures, seminars, small group tutorials, field trips and project-based learning, including cross-disciplinary collaborative design project work. Assessment is mixed and varies from subject to subject; most are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. In the final year, coursework carried out through projects and research dissertations accounts for 50% of the final assessment. The final year of the MEng degree includes a twelve-week industrial placement.


There is flexibility to move between degrees within Architectural Engineering as you proceed through your studies.

Through Go Global, Heriot-Watt's global student programme there are International opportunities. You could study at our Dubai campus and there are opportunities to apply to study at a partner institution abroad in North America or Europe.

In year 2, all students 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.

360 Virtual Tours

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