If you are thinking about a career in Architecture you may be wondering what the difference is between studying Architecture and Architectural Technology.

To enable you to make the right choice for your future we have included some information below that outlines the main differences and benefits of choosing either one of these degrees.

Architecture Lecturer and Students

What is Architecture?

Architecture is the art of building in which human requirements and construction materials are brought to bear in a practical as well as aesthetic solution. Architecture is a passion as well as a science and a business. It has been described as a social art and also an artful science. Architects look at the big picture and through Architecture they aim to look at our environment and how this impacts the society that we live in. It involves the design of buildings, cities and spaces, whilst taking account of culture, history and innovation to produce new architecture as a mark of our society.  

What is Architectural Technology?

Architectural Technology focuses on the technical and functional elements of design. Architectural Technologists are experts in function and buildability with the intention of providing efficient and effective solutions to the design and construction of buildings. 

To achieve this in an increasingly complex construction industry, the Technologist will develop specialist skills in, for example, project management, sustainable technologies and building information modelling. The course also develops students key attributes, in developing motivation, engagement and transferrable skills so that the graduate is capable and desirable in a wide range of industries.

What are the different things that I will study in each course?

Although the structure of each course is similar, Architectural Technology focuses on the technical aspects and tools involved in the construction of a building whilst Architecture focuses on design and how this fits within the boarder context of society.

How long does each course take?

  • Our Master of Architecture course is 6 years in length.
  • Our BSc Architectural Technology course is 4 years in length.

What are the entry requirements for each course?

The entry requirements for each course can be found on their course page. Our Master of Architecture course has higher entry requirements than the BSc Architecture Technology course. 

Are there different accreditations for each course?

The BSc Architecture/Master of Architecture course is accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and  Royal Institute of British Architects.  In the UK, the professional accreditation of Architecture courses is divided into 3 parts:

  • Part 1 awarded after year 3
  • Part 2 awarded after year 6
  • Part 3 professional examination is taken post-graduation, following a period in practical training within an architectural practice

The course is also accredited by the Architects Registration Board and the Association of Building Engineers.

The BSc Architectural Technology is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and also recognised by CIAT as a Centre of Excellence.

Both courses are also accredited by the Association of Building Engineers (ABE). 

What will I be able to do when I graduate?

  • Master of Architecture
    On completion of the final professional examination (RIBA Part 3) following a period of practical training, this course will enable you to become a Registered Architect. Previous graduates from this course have set up their own architectural practices and others have gone on to hold senior position in distinguished design firms and multidisciplinary organisations.
  • Architectural Technology
    This course offers a varied career route. Graduates from this course can choose to gain Chartered status through a period of professional experience and set up their own practice. Many graduates have also gone on to work as contractors and manufacturers in the Oil and Gas industry, Project Managers, Property Developers, Environmental Designer, and Consultants.

What our students say about each course

  1. MArch Architecture - Katherine Watson

    “The main highlight for me has been the amount of opportunities we get to experience architecture. Visiting architects, the 57’10 lectures and study tours mean we are immersed in the course, and there is an abundance of opportunities to meet and talk with the professionals, and practising architects. The chances to present and exhibit our work to the outside world are many, and I feel we are given as many chances as possible to experience what architecture in the working world is like.”

    Katherine Watson Architecture BSc / MArch

  2. BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology - Scott Stephen

    “One of the best things about my course is the hands-on approach to the work. We are encouraged to make physical models of our designs and produce sketches and drawings to help us understand our designs. The facilities provided for us to work in are excellent.”

    Scott Stephen Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)