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Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology

Three-year degree in Architectural Technology in GMIT Galway campus, accredited by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)

Discipline: Building & Civil Engineering

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Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: Three years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 36*

CAO Round 1 Points: 225 (2020)

Why Study?

The Architectural Technologist is a highly skilled technical professional within the construction industry.

As a student of Architectural Technology you will be encouraged to appreciate the concepts of architectural design and apply technical design principles in the development of a building to meet the project brief, the regulatory requirements for the building and the performance requirements for environmental and energy efficiency. The course has a strong work ethic which encourages students to interact closely and, in so doing, make life-long friends and colleagues.

In recognition of the practical nature of the course, GMIT provides students of Architectural Technology with dedicated studio spaces for each course year equipped with manual and PC drawing facilities, the latest IT software and plotting facilities.


Students and Graduates in the News

Two Architectural Technology students shortlisted in International Compeition Finals, July 26, 2018

GMIT Architectural Technology Student Exhibition 2018, May 24 - June 13, 2018

Six GMIT Student Exhibitions to take place in Galway and Mayo in May and June, May 16, 2016

Job prospects promising for GMIT Architectural Technology graduates, July 23, 2015

Architectural Technology students showcase their work to the public, May 2014

Architectural Technology students showcase their work In GMIT, June 8, 2012

Programme Modules

The core modules of Detail and Design Studies, Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD), Architectural Technologies and Building Information Modelling (BIM) are delivered throughout the three years of the programme.

Modules on the History of Architecture, Conservation, Environmental Studies, Professional Practice and Legal Studies are delivered in years two and three.

Project work and other assignments form a substantial part of the coursework.

Learners are expected to deliver completed projects from the given briefs throughout the programme.


Career Opportunities

GMIT fosters strong industry and practice links within the construction sector.

Graduates in Architectural Technology will have gained skills to allow them to pursue a professional technical career within an architectural or engineering consultancy or the public sector.


Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates can proceed through an internal progression route to year 4 of the Level 8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Architectural Technology at GMIT.

Direct applicants external to GMIT will also be considered for entry subject to places being available.

A variety of options is also available for successful graduates to proceed to professional level studies in institutes of technology or universities in Ireland and elsewhere.


Essential Information: 

Professional Accreditation

The BSc in Architectural Technology Level 7 is fully accredited by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).

This degree is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)*

Graduates can also gain full CIOB exemption (eligible for ICIOB) by completing a further 60 ECTS credits.


*The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is a dynamic, forward-thinking and inclusive global membership qualifying body for Architectural Technology.

It represents those practising and studying within the discipline and profession. It is a membership organisation representing 10,000 members within the discipline who wish to be professionally recognised.

CIAT Accreditation implies that the programme has been assessed in terms of content, structure, resources and has met the Institute's requirements. The benefit of studying on a CIAT Accredited Programme is that it will support individuals wishing to become Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT'.


Number of Places
*This figure represents the combined number of places for Level 7 and 8 students.


Materials Fee
Students will be liable for an additional materials fee of €100 per year for certain full time programmes. This fee is not covered by Granting Authorities. Material Fees are not applicable to either Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students.


Studying Architectural Technology at GMIT in Galway, West of Ireland

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