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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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Be Future Made in Architectural Engineering

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

Our programmes 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. Our industry advisory panel helps ensure our curriculum delivers exactly what the industry needs and that our graduates are work ready.

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

Through our Go Global programme, you can study at our Dubai campus or apply to study at a partner institution in North America or Europe.

In year 2, students can participate in Constructionarium, where they work alongside professional engineers to construct scaled down versions of civil engineering projects from around the world.

The Built Environment

At Heriot-Watt, we strive to improve infrastructure globally within our Architectural Engineering, Civil & Structural Engineering, Construction Project & Quantity Surveying and Urban Studies areas. Our hands-on, cross-disciplinary approach to teaching makes us the perfect choice for those who choose to create a sustainable, resource and energy efficient world.

Undergraduate Architectural Engineering programmes


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Why Heriot-Watt?

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At Heriot-Watt University, we offer a wide range of services to help you deal with all aspects of your life with us, whether these be academic, personal, technical, financial or just plain fun!

Living in Edinburgh

Historic and beautiful, a cultural capital that fuels the senses whether you love the arts or nature, nightlife or study life, Edinburgh is stimulating and inspirational and never, ever boring.

Your career

Employers around the world actively seek out our graduates because they are work-ready. All our degrees are career-focused and relevant to the needs of industry. Around 95% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Go Global

Go Global - a unique opportunity to carry your studies to new places and experience new cultures, expanding your horizons on the way. You'll discover what it means to be a truly global citizen and emerge prepared for wherever your career journey takes you.

Heriot-Watt Student Union

There's more to university life than simply getting your degree, and Heriot-Watt University Student Union is all about helping you to have the best possible experience while you study here.

Edinburgh campus accommodation

Living on our beautiful Edinburgh campus is a great way to meet others from all over the world. Our student accommodation is within easy reach of the teaching buildings, sports facilities, catering venues and the Student Union

We are accredited by the following organisations

At Heriot-Watt University we develop degrees that are relevant for the world of work. We work with Professional bodies and Institutes to gain appropriate Accreditations and Professional Memberships for your industry. Find out below how this degree aligns to industry.

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Energy Institute (EI)

MSc Renewable Energy Engineering is accredited by the Energy Institute as 'Further Learning' for a Chartered Engineer.

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