Architectural Design and Technology MSci

Study level: Undergraduate
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Provides a pathway to architectural education enhanced with an understanding of architectural technology and design, rooted in social and natural sciences as well as historical, theoretical and artistic explorations.

Year of entry


Coventry University (Coventry)

Study mode



4 years full-time
5 years sandwich

Course code


Start date

September 2024

Course overview

This qualification should enable you to broaden your architectural design education, complementing the knowledge of architectural technology with the potential to follow alternative paths in the professional architectural world, nationally and internationally.

  • This course is designed for you to develop deeper skills in the creative aspects of design in addition to technological knowledge and you should develop wider and more in-depth skills that are often sought after by employers.
  • The course has been developed with a selection of modules that introduce you to the various disciplines involved within the construction sector as well as the collaborative practices in architecture.
  • The course should equip you, upon successful completion, with the knowledge and skills that contribute to you meeting all Part 1 graduate criteria of the Architects Registration Board (ARB)1
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Why you should study this course

  • This is a unique course that opens opportunities in both architecture and architectural technology professional careers.
  • You should gain a high level of technical knowledge without compromising on the creative aspects of design and contextual studies.
  • You will be involved in multidisciplinary collaboration with various disciplines involved within the construction industry and educational institutions nationally and internationally, with the chance for you to spend part of your studies abroad2 (Collaborative links are subject to change).
  • There will be opportunities for you to take part in events where you could meet members of the design and building professional community, as well as architectural society-organised events2.
  • You will have a range of learning opportunities that are appropriate to the different areas of study. These may include a combination of studio sessions, lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals and workshops, supported by online learning resources made available on our University Virtual Learning Environment.

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What you'll study

The course teaching and learning strategy has a vertically integrated structure embedding four major strands. The underlying concept is to ensure students develop through the years of study with technical, design and contextual skills and as well as practice and management, with an increased integration between all areas and specifically between design, technological and contextual skills.

This course has a common first year.

The common first year enables you to work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn. 
If you discover an interest in a specific subject you have studied, upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degrees with another course in your common first year (subject to meeting progression requirements).

Common first year courses:


  • This module will introduce concepts to develop an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials including modern construction materials and structural construction materials (concrete, timber, steel, glass and masonry etc.).  We will cover the composition, manufacture, properties, durability, performance and behaviour of these materials and the hazards and risks they may pose both during construction and subsequent operation of a structure.  


  • The aim of this module is to introduce the principal aspects of construction technology and associated materials as applied to low-rise buildings including the role of the construction and housing industry in achieving the UNs 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, specifically 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15 & 17. The module content enables you to understand, apply and critically evaluate the key principals of construction processes, structures and environmental performances of low-rise buildings addressing challenges and solutions. 


  • The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the design process as a circular activity that includes different aspects and stakeholders. You will practice and develop skills to critically appraise and devise a series of design activities to produce a coherent and creative portfolio of work. The module will require you to engage in collaboration between your peers and disciplines to engage effectively in a simulated professional environment. You should gain an appreciation of the collective goal of a design team to provide a creative and sustainable solution to architectural and engineering design.  


  • This module is an introduction to the core knowledge and skills that define the role of different construction professionals within the building process in the UK and in the global context. The module will focus on your understanding and appreciation of both the specifics as well as the team aspects of different professions. In this context you will discuss project design, design economics, project management, site management, quantification, cost management, building services engineering, building surveying, as well as real estate management relevant to your specific profession but also in the overarching context of a building project. You will be practising aspects such as, but not limited to design development, computer aided design (CAD), measurement, condition surveys, site management and cost development with a particular application of key skills in your chosen professional path.


  • The aim of the module is to provide you with an insight into and an understanding of the concept of project management and cost management. This will include an introduction to project structure and stakeholders, managing different kind of projects, project cost appraisal and innovation in projects. The knowledge in these topics will help you to develop an understanding of the process used in your respective fields and industries and how your actions can impact on the overall cost of a project and to promote inclusivity, sustainability and foster innovation.


  • This module offers you a practical examination of how the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be implemented and furthered within the Built and Natural Environment. The module will introduce you to how individuals, communities and businesses within the Built and Natural Environment could be responding to the UN SDGs and helping to transform the world through their impact. The module identifies how the SDGs impact your course discipline by exploring the 17 SDGs and focusing on the delivery and implementation of a student-led project that encompasses the most applicable SDG or a combination of SDGs to your specific academic discipline.  


In Year Two, you will continue to develop the skills and knowledge you’ve learnt. We do this by embedding the following four principles into the curriculum and developing your: 

  • Technical skills – digital fluency, backed with the right academic knowledge
  • Study skills – to be an adaptive, independent and proactive learner
  • Professional skills – to have the behaviour and abilities to succeed in your career
  • Global awareness – the beliefs and abilities to be a resilient, confident and motivated global citizen 


  • The aim of this module is to develop knowledge of advanced construction technology, which should in turn enable you to understand, apply and critically evaluate the key principles of construction procedures. The emphasis will relate to the role of the construction industry in achieving the UNs 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, specifically focusing on multi-storey and commercial framed structures and include a study of pre-construction activities, substructure and superstructure and the impact of the design process and legislative influences on the layout and planning of buildings. 

    Moreover, renewable technologies, Modern Methods of Construction, BREEAM and passive design will also be considered together with the impact of energy conservation and climate change. The module will consider the building services which are installed to provide a suitable internal environment including acoustic, thermal, ventilation, air conditioning systems, natural and artificial lighting. 


  • This module will introduce general principles and concepts of law related to the built environment. In preparation for professional practice, our aim is to develop your ability to understand and apply legal principles to particular legal problems that may arise in the course of built environment activities. The module covers the English legal system, UK legislation and areas of English law relevant to built environment professionals. It includes an introduction to contract law, tort, and the relevant aspects of employment law, dispute resolution, Building Regulations, law of land and property, landlord and tenant law, planning law and construction health and safety legislation. The module is specifically useful to those intending to be involved in the design and/or construction process. 


  • The aim of this module is to introduce you to the problems and challenges associated with adapting and converting buildings from one use to another in a particular context. It will engage students in the critical debate about conversion of existing structures versus building new. You will aim to develop creative and practical skills as a key challenge in improving the sustainability of the built environment and driving change for users, clients and industry. Focus will be on the information required for the planning, designing and administration of a building adaptation project in line with current industry practice. Crucially, you will be encouraged to think beyond that and discuss new approaches in the pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. A particular emphasis will be placed on research enriched learning to foster your critical inquiry skills. 


  • The aim of this module is to introduce you to the relationship between the built environment and the dynamics of communities. It will engage you to think critically about place, space and community from a historical, ethical, economical and design perspective. The module will explore the processes of physical developments in settlements of various sizes, with a particular focus on urbanisation and urban development nationally and internationally. 


  • In this module you will be encouraged to critically reflect on current architectural and built environment practices by considering the impact of today’s practice for the next century. You will explore past and current visions; analyse how they have fared and what this means for future visions in the light of already predicted challenges. The focus will be on anticipating future scenarios and conceptualising solutions applied to a design brief in a broad cultural, environmental, and technological context of anticipated change and innovation. Areas which may be considered are low carbon construction, corporate social responsibility, new and proposed legislative changes, changes to contractual arrangements, productivity issues and internationalisation. 


  • In this module you will undertake a critical analysis of a specified location and associated project that has been influenced by the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Your analysis of the project will explore the impact, success or failure alongside possible solutions that will be fundamental to the positive future development of the location.   

    You will research, appraise, critique, develop and then communicate to a wider audience the impact and implementation of the identified SDGs for the location/ project. The focus of the review will be linked to your academic discipline within the Built and Natural Environment and draw upon prior learning from your previous cognate knowledge. 


There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement2 can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.

If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee3 of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time, you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement. 


  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved placement undertaken during your programme. A placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcome. 


  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved international study/work placement undertaken during your programme. A work/study placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes. 



  • The aim of this module is to demonstrate your skills base through the continued development of critical, transferable study skills that are of practical benefit in the workplace and that promote and enable continued professional development. You will bring skills developed in other areas of the course into a practical project delivered as part of a group. The purpose of the project is to develop key learning skills and personal attributes that are required within the Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Built Environment professions. These should prepare you for professional work, demonstrating teamwork, project planning, critical and research evaluation as well as technical and personal reflection.  


  • The aim of the module is to develop your understanding and knowledge on the role of professional practitioners in the construction industry and the process of contract administration used in the construction industry. The module will explore detailed understanding of contractual provisions and administration mechanisms related to common forms of contract used in UK. Furthermore, it also discusses professionals’ role and responsibilities, risk and application of financial management, legal and insurance issues, and law related to running a business in the construction industry.  


  • This module aims to advance architectural knowledge and design of buildings in historic contexts, examining advancements in construction and technology within construction and appropriate conservation and adaptation techniques. The module examines the history of architecture and movements to preserve historic buildings, together with an emphasis on re-use, re-generation and appreciation of context, this module provides you with an understanding on how the built environment can be sustainable, delivering a positive effect on society.   


  • The aim of this module is to enable you to develop your research skills by conducting primary or secondary research focused on a specific problem of relevance to your discipline. You would use different methods and research skills, gained over previous years of study, to effectively communicate research novelties and ideas to the academic and non-academic communities. It will enable you to understand the importance of correct and critical analysis of all the factors involved in a problem and develop your initiative as you pursue and execute the investigation, demonstrating originality and creativity.  


  • This module will seek to develop your understanding and ability to research and develop a conceptual design with associated design detailing, specification, and associated drawings. The module will focus on a specific technical area which is relevant to a design brief and demonstrate the early-stage application of the researched dissertation technology. As a final design project, you will seek to apply and advance your design skills, culminating in a comprehensive conceptual drawing package.  


  • The aim of this module is to develop your ability to produce and professionally present a comprehensive design with technical excellence. The project will be the culmination of applied design work that applies both architectural and construction technologies to the resolution of a design problem. It is intended that this will be a comprehensive demonstration of your ability to synthesise complex problems and work independently to produce a final design package.   


The final year is completely conducted within the studio4. It has a holistic approach incorporating various content from previous modules, further emphasising the relevance of the wider contexts of design modules.

The final year of the course is ideally suited for students that want to develop deeper skills in the creative aspects of design in addition to their technological knowledge. 


  • You will be working in the design studio and undertake a series of design exercises as the vehicle to examine the relationship of place, space, scale and experience. Through your concept designs, you will explore architectural and art theories, design principles and pattern languages. Widely defined brief parameters enable you to demonstrate your ability to engage with abstract concepts and ideas. Whilst this module predominantly involves working with abstract and conceptual ideas, you will be expected to consider in your proposals sustainable development goals such as good health and wellbeing and sustainable cities and communities. 


  • The module provides theoretical underpinning to the course through a historical overview and further exploration of art, as well as combined influences of art and architecture on the design of buildings. The aim is to initiate the historical and theoretical exploration of architecture through research, analysis and discussion. It will also introduce you to the tools with which to carry out critical enquiry and will prepare you to undertake advanced research. 


  • Through individual research, this module will explore the selection of key architectural theory texts that have defined architectural thinking. Themes and issues will be explored with reference to the work and writings of significant theorists and practitioners from a broad philosophical spectrum. 

    The focus of the module will be on critical analysis and strengthening knowledge and writing skills, as well as providing theoretical underpinning to design thinking. You will explore your particular historical and theoretical interest through an extended essay. 


  • This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the architectural practitioner’s role in the construction industry, and aspects of professional operation, as an independent architect or as an individual in a large architectural practice. The module covers ethics and codes of behaviour as well as skills relating to setting up and management of private practice in the built environment sector. Legal and regulatory aspects of professional practice and relevant knowledge of appropriate law will also be developed and applied in the context of architectural practice.  


  • This module draws upon your previous experience to produce an architectural design proposal that resolves spatial organisation to satisfy defined user requirements, as well as being responsive and appropriate to the cultural and environmental context of the location. You will create a comprehensive architectural proposal that satisfies multiple aesthetic, technical and legal requirements. You will also continuously evaluate the potential impact of the proposal on existing and future communities. Through a series of iterative design explorations and investigations, you will seek to gain a deeper understanding of the wider impact of environmental, cultural, social, economic, political and religious factors influencing architectural design and wider society and of your own identity and emerging philosophy as creative and professional architectural designers. 


We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated. 

How you'll learn

You will have a range of learning opportunities that are appropriate to the different areas of study. This equates to a combination of studio sessions, lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals and workshops, supported by online learning resources. 
Studio culture fosters a constant formative structure that enables peer learning and interaction with staff on a continuous basis. It emulates industry practices and promotes engagement and professional development in a supportive environment where you can learn from their peers, share ideas and enhance your analytical, creative and communication skills.

Teaching contact hours

The number of full-time contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 15 contact hours per week in the first and second year, dropping to around 12 contact hours per week in the third and final year as you become a more independent learner.

Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study of approximately 15 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Since COVID-19, we have delivered our courses in a variety of forms, in line with public authority guidance, decisions or orders, and we will continue to adapt our delivery as appropriate. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include:

  • Phase tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework
  • Individual Assignments

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.  

International experience opportunities

We endeavour to provide you with the opportunity to attend a study trip in the third year, as well as a USA-based trip in the final year. Both trips should enable you to experience first-hand built environments you have previously studied as well as broaden your understanding of the cultural context2

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2024/25 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A Level ABB
BTEC DDM in Design or Construction subject.
IB Diploma 30 points
GCSE Requirement Minimum five graded 9-4 including English and Maths
Access to HE Considered on an individual basis

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Unconditional offers can be made based on performance during interview stage of application for exceptional candidates. 

Contextual offers and Fair Access Scheme

If you meet the criteria for our Fair Access Scheme, you could automatically receive a contextual offer that may be up to 24 UCAS points lower than our standard entry requirements. View the criteria for our Fair Access Scheme.

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you. 

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Fees and funding

2024/25 tuition fees.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £9,250 per year Not available
EU £9,250 per year with EU support bursary**
£19,850 per year without EU support bursary**
Not available
International £19,850 per year Not available

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:

  • Optional international field trips: £400+ per trip.
  • Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad).

*Irish student fees

The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.

**EU Support Bursary

Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we are offering financial support to all eligible EU students who wish to study an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree with us full-time. This bursary will be used to offset the cost of your tuition fees to bring them in line with that of UK students. Students studying a degree with a foundation year with us are not eligible for the bursary.


The faculty’s £50m Engineering and Computing Building and £25m Beatrice Shilling Building are designed to support hands-on learning4. Our Sir John Laing Building also houses a CAD Studio and Architectural Technology Studio as well as various structural, soils and hydraulics labs.

  • Workshops 
    For all your model making needs, there are fully equipped workshops with woodworking, 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC facilities in the Beatrice Shilling building.
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Simulation Centre

You will have access to our Simulation Centre, which incorporates best practice building information modelling (BIM). Using a 3D model, the centre is designed so that you can view and walk through your project to add value, realise efficiencies and ensure every member of the construction team understands what is required of them and when.

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Informal study areas

Our open access spaces provide students with informal computer access to all the specialist software required for their studies at any time. There are bookable spaces where students can meet with academics or work in small groups.




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Architectural Studio

The multi-functional Architectural Studio acts both as a teaching and tutorial room, and is located in the Delia Derbyshire building, our home for the School of Art and Design. The Delia Derbyshire building is a purpose built creative facility playing host to Mac labs, PC labs, immersive studios, the hyperstudio, workshops and collaboration spaces and so much more.

Careers and opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be equipped with the skills sought after by many employers. In addition to being a fully qualified architectural technologist with a sound knowledge of building technologies, you should have also developed skills in the creative aspects of design and contextual studies.  

Upon successful completion of this course, you could find yourself working in architectural practice or decide to proceed to further qualifications on Part 2 and 3 of architecture. 

Where our graduates work

  • Harrison Design Company Birmingham
  • Kendrick Homes Stourbridge
  • HLP UK Ltd Cannock
  • Spatial Future Architects Stratford upon Avon
  • JNP Architects Belfast
  • St Modwen Homes Birmingham

Applying for jobs after finishing my MSci Architectural Design and Technology, I realised how much more a desirable candidate I was than if I just had a BSc. The architectural practice that offered me a job is going to support my progression to Part 2 of architecture and any other accreditation needs to become an architect. The support, knowledge and confidence I gained whilst studying my MSci made me feel more secure in my choice to develop my career within architecture.

Iona Hamilton, MSci Architectural Design and Technology, quoted 2022
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How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London, Coventry University Wrocław, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough, and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the University) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University. 


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or international opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be unpaid and/or subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel, public authority guidance, decisions or orders and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand any visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For international students, we may increase fees each year, but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Access to some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and/or may have reduced availability or restrictions where the university is following public authority guidance, decisions or orders.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the current 2024/2025 contract is available on the website. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

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