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Architectural Design and Technology (Accelerated Degree)

BSc (Hons)

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Architecture

UCAS Code: Full-time accelerated: K191 Day-release accelerated: K192

Start Date(s): January; June; September


2 years full-time; 3 years full-time with placement
3 years day-release; 4 years day-release with placement

Full-time start: September
Day-release starts: September, January and June


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £18,450 per year

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)
  • Studying at an accelerated rate enables faster progression into a career or postgraduate opportunities
  • Prepares you for a host of rewarding professional careers both nationally and internationally with excellent opportunities
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • Accelerated two-year degree option available
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Architectural technologists are specialists in the science and art of architecture. They form the link between concept and construction, providing high-level design skills in projects of all types and scales.

This course combines academic study with the application of professional skills and competencies. You will develop a strong sense of design awareness, a comprehensive understanding of traditional and emerging technologies employed in the construction process, and become skilled in the use of sophisticated  and  powerful    information    tools  and techniques. There is also the option to complete a placement year in industry between years two and three of this course, which you arrange with our support.  

You will study a range of modules which will develop your professional and technical aptitudes, as well as your presentation and communication skills. Along with learning the scientific and technological aspects of construction and facilities, you will gain knowledge about the practicalities and legalities  involved  in    constructing    and  managing. The use of digital tools and technologies form an important part of your learning experience.  

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). You will be educated to the highest industry standards. You will develop a strong sense of design awareness, and a comprehensive understanding of traditional and contemporary technologies employed in the construction  process.  Furthermore,    for  some modules you will be taught in purpose built design studios located in our brand new New Adelphi building. These carefully designed spaces house the specialist equipment and tools you’ll need to inspire your creativity and execute your ideas.

New way to study

The School of the Built Environment now offers a new mode of study for many of its undergraduate courses; the Accelerated Degree. Whilst covering the same content as a traditional three year undergraduate degree, the accelerated degree is taught over three trimesters rather than two semesters. This more intense mode of study means that you can complete your degree in a shorter period of time, therefore allowing you to progress more quickly into work or further study.

If you choose to study Architectural Design and Technology full-time as an accelerated degree, you will complete it in two years rather than three. If you choose the day-release option, you will complete your degree in three years rather than five. You still have the option to complete a placement with these modes of study, with the full-time accelerated degree with placement taking  three  years  to  complete,  and  the day-release accelerated degree taking four years to complete. The traditional three year full-time and five year part-time options for this course are still available.

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Course Details

Depending on whether you choose the full-time accelerated degree pathway, or the day-release accelerated degree option, the structure of this course will vary as follows:

Full-time accelerated 

Year 1                

You will be introduced to English Law and relevant statutory requirements for studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module also introduces you to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework        affecting        the        use,        management        and        development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.                        
You will learn to identify and use appropriate learning-how-to-learn strategies that are applicable for your course. You will learn to recognise and apply discipline specific knowledge and practice to solve discipline related project tasks on an individual and team basis. The module will enable you        to        experience        relevant applicable ICT technologies.                  
You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will learn about the principles involved in building heat transfer, occupant thermal comfort, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for mechanical        and        electrical        engineering services in the building envelope and develop an understanding of typical building services systems technology.                  
You will develop an understanding of basic economic concepts and principles and of the economic environment, in which the construction and property sectors operate. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the construction environment within which you will operate        as        well        as        management        and        organisational theories in the construction and property context.                        
You will explore BIM for Passive Analysis, and gain an understanding of fabric, modern methods of construction and an understanding of 3-D conceptions.                  
This module aims at providing a fundamental understanding of the design principles and behaviours of structural forms, elements and systems in buildings. You will be introduced to Nature as a generator of structure. You'll explore the relationship between shape, material, structural performance, loads,        assembly        methods        and construction technology through modelling, analysis, and case studies. You will be able to understand the mutual dependencies between architectural design, structural performance and manufacturing technologies in the past and present through the knowledge of historical and contemporary        structural        forms        and materials. The module also enables you to investigate the implications of nature, people and technology in the design of architectural structures.                  
This project is an opportunity to experience collaborative working in multi-disciplinary team. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop key skills required by a built environment professional. You will        also        develop        written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.                  
You will explore and differentiate the principal types of procurement systems and associated contracts used in the UK. You will also gain an understanding of the fundamental procedures related to contract administration.                        
You will gain the skills to prepare prescriptive and performance specifications as well as BIM information. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding to implement technical design solutions through the selection and specification of materials, health and Safety regulations, methods of production,        client        and        user requirements, and performance in use.                  

Year 2        

This module aims to equip you with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to explain building construction techniques and materials used. Yout will be able to evaluate the criteria selection in order to apply appropriate building construction techniques. The module will provide you with an understanding        of        various        comptemporary and historic construction techniques. You will also develop an understanding of building construction techniques related to both project delivery and environmental considerations.                  
This module will provide you with a critical awareness and detailed appreciation of architectural design and its influences.You will gain an understanding of the design process and an ability to develop design solutions in new-build situations.                  
This discipline based project will provide an opportunity to study on a range of built environment scenarios. It will develop your detailed knowledge of discipline specific subject matter by applying relevant concepts and techniques to solve problems in project environments. You will also develop your        project        appraisal,        collaborative team working, management, critical analysis and problem solving skills. The module will allow you to develop and apply high level communication and information technology skills to solve problems and present solutions to a competent standard appropriate for a built environment        professional.        You        will also develop an understanding of the place of advanced ICT technologies within the sphere of the construction industry professional.                  
You will develop the capability to evaluate Virtual Reality (VR) technologies and apply appropriate approaches for the presentation of complex 3D data sets. You will learn to critically evaluate current applications of VR and develop solutions for use in the built environment. You will also develop        competencies        in        the management and manipulation of multi-media data sets.                  
You will gain a holistic view of urban regeneration process so you are able to understand and participate in sustainable regeneration initiatives in the future. You will examine a wide range of interconnected physical, economic, social and environmental issues, with a strong emphasis on forming integrated        regeneration        strategies        for better implementation of community based regeneration for long term sustainability. On completion of the module, you will recognise and apply building surveying related skills and knowledge in the context of complex urban regeneration projects.                  
The aims of this module is to introduce you to understanding urban contexts, construction, structural analysis using digital tools (BIM), environment impact and digital presentation.                  
You will develop your knowledge of good research practice through the completion of a written research proposal and a research document. You will also develop data analysis skills through the collection and critical appraisal of different sources of data.                  
You will develop an holistic understanding of tectonics for local and global environmental challenges. You will assess the impacts of building performance on the built environment.  You'll apply the principles of technological engineering systems in sustainable design and construction processes        to        a        design solution. You will also apply technical regulatory factors that impact build, sustainability and environmental performance within broad societal concerns.                  
You will further develop your understanding of, and ability to apply, the principles of architectural design, with specific reference to the re-use and redevelopment of existing buildings.                  

Industrial Placement

You also have the option to take a placement year between years 1 and 2. If you wish to take a placement year you will be responsible for securing your own work placement. The university will help you to develop your employability skills. An academic member of staff is appointed to be your placement  tutor.  Your  progress  within your placement is monitored by the appointed placement tutor with visits to your place of employment, 'telephone visits' and the assessment of a written end of placement report which you prepare.

Day-release accelerated 

Year 1*

  • Introduction into Law and Regulatory Framework        
  • Economics and Management        
  • Discipline Project 1        
  • Environmental Science and Services        
  • BIM Design Studio 1        
  • Principles of Architectural Structure        

Year 2*  

  • Construction Technology in Architecture                        
  • Design Studies 1                        
  • Discipline Project 2                        
  • Design Information Management                        
  • Procurement and Administration                        
  • Multi-disciplinary Project                        

Year 3*                

  • Environmental Architectural Technology                        
  • BIM Design Studio 2                        
  • Virtual Environments                        
  • Introduction to Urban Regeneration                        
  • Design Studies 2                        
  • Discipline Research Project                        

You also have the option to take a placement year between years 2 and 3. If you wish to take a placement year you will be responsible for securing your own work placement. The university will help you to develop your employability skills. An academic member of staff is appointed to be your placement tutor. Your progress within your placement is monitored by the appointed placement tutor with visits to your place of employment, 'telephone visits' and the assessment of a written end of placement report which you prepare.

*Please note students who fail a module are allowed a maximum of 40 credits of concurrent study however the Student Loan Company will not fund the element relating to the repeating modules and therefore if the student wishes to study this concurrently they will have to fund the additional cost themselves.

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Grade C or above in Maths and English Language
UCAS tariff points 96 points
GCE A level 96 points
International Baccalaureate 28 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Applicants will also need to have a minimum grade C pass in English and Mathematics at GCSE, O level (or equivalent). There are no specific A level topics required.

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but is also an essential requirement for a successful career in the built environment.

All our courses are management focused; therefore leadership skills and a hard-working approach are important. The built environment caters for many different skills from creativity and original thinking to efficiency and technical ability, so you should be willing to develop in new areas.

The modern built environment industry relies on a multidisciplinary team-based approach to work. Therefore all our courses combine academic study with group project work, so it is essential that you are a good team player.

Most importantly we want you to have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Andy Fleming the Director of Admissions for further information.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £18,450 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £17,910 per year


  • Studio projects
  • Projects with other students
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • One-to-one tutorials (available by prior appointment or during office hours)
  • Guest lecturers and visits to construction sites, completed buildings etc.


The mix of assessment will be determined by its appropriateness to meet the desired learning outcomes and achieve attainment of the module learning outcomes. The assessment will include:

  • Design projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Precedent studies
  • Design portfolios


If you choose to study an accelerated degree you will benefit from faster progression into a career, giving you a competitive advantage over your peers. Additionally, as a graduate of this mode of study, you will have completed a more intensive training programme, which is better aligned to the realities of the workplace.

Career Prospects

Architectural technologists are much sought after by architectural practices, central government, local authorities, property developers, building contractors, housing associations, financial institutions, major retailers, and manufacturing companies.

Furthermore, the annual Built Environment Recruitment Fair that takes place on campus is an excellent way for  students to meet employers from industry and find out about jobs within the sector. Employers who attend the event promote a variety of opportunities that range from part-time, placement and graduate roles. This event is exclusive to students studying at the University of Salford.

Links with Industry

Students who study on the Multidisciplinary Projects module have worked on some ‘live’ development projects. Our students have helped design a new club-house for Salford City FC, and have worked on the designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and the Salford Woolpack community pub.

Further Study

MSc Project Management in Construction

MSc BIM and Integrated Study


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