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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Technology

The BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology degree is 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: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 36*

CAO Round 1 Points: 250 (2020)

Why Study?

The Architectural Technologist is a highly skilled technical professional within the construction industry. As contemporary building design evolves, the role of the Architectural Technologist has become central to the construction process. Buildings are constructed within a changing technical environment requiring ever increasing specialisation.

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.

The central mechanism to deliver this skill and knowledge is through studio project work to develop the student’s ability to problem-solve. The projects increase in technical complexity as the course progresses through the first three years of the programme, concentrating on newly constructed buildings.

In fourth year the emphasis of the project work shifts to adaptation of existing buildings. This includes research and analysis of the building and proposals for its future adaptation and upgrade. The analysis of the building will be assisted through the use of 2D & 3D modelling and simulation packages to arrive at a sustainable and cost-effective solution.

Students will also be encouraged to apply and test their dissertation research to their project work, creating an integrated and personal approach to the area of sustainable building upgrades.

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, April 23, 2021 

2021 Architectural Technology Virtual Exhibition  

Two Architectural Technology students shortlisted in International Competition 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), and are delivered throughout the four years of the programme.

Modules in Mathematics, Construction Materials, Surveying and Structural Mechanics are also delivered in years one and two.

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

Innovative architectural technologies and a dissertation are taught in year four.

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

BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology is a programme which responds to the rapidly developing technical environment of architecture worldwide.

This course equips students with a strong skill set which is flexible and adaptable to a variety of careers.

BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology is a programme which develops strong analytical and research skills and gives graduates the opportunity to pursue a career in private practice, industry, research or academia.

Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates can proceed to the MSc in Environmental Systems in GMIT or Masters programmes in architectural technology in Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland and elsewhere.


Essential Information: 

BSc in Architectural Technology Level 8 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 Chartered Institute of Building CIOB exemption (eligible for ICIOB).


**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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