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Year of Entry 2021/22

Technical Architecture

Full-time Architecture

Study a cutting-edge, research-led and career-focussed architectural course — developing your ability to produce advanced technical, environmental and digital architectural solutions.

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What is the fee? Home: £8,490 for the course
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year / 16 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2021

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Course summary

  • Get an advantage in your architecture career — developing sought-after, specialist expertise.
  • Gain professional accreditation to ACIAT (Associate membership of Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists).
  • Develop your specialisms with personalised learning opportunities and professional projects.
  • Benefit from academically rigorous training, designed for graduates wishing to further their careers.

This course is designed for architecture and architectural technology graduates, but is also suitable if you have studied other built environment or international courses. You'll gain the specialist expertise you need to a rewarding career in architecture. Industry-centred, hands-on learning is combined with research, technical training and professional development — preparing you for a range of architecture positions.

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After studying architecture in her native Malaysia, Adeline was awarded the Transform Together Scholarship to study MSc Technical Architecture at Hallam.

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How you learn

The course provides a friendly, supportive and yet challenging experience. The course builds on your previous experience —  your own input and expertise is therefore essential.

Project-based learning allows you to explore your own processes to a critical and advanced level, while stringent research-led study allows you the opportunity to follow specialist interests.

Throughout, you'll work alongside specialist academic staff that will offer support and guide you through your course.

You learn through

  • regular studio-based tutorials
  • lectures and seminars
  • taught software classes
  • visits to building sites
  • collaboration with external clients
  • visits to architectural practices

Course leaders and tutors

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Andrew Wilson
Principal Lecturer

Andrew became a permanent member of staff at Sheffield Hallam University in 2001. He has acted as Course Leader for the Architecture and Environmental Design Course … Read more

Geoffrey Olner
Geoffrey Olner
Senior Lecturer in Architectural Technology

Geoff Olner is a CAD specialist and sole principal of Architectural Images, an independent Computer Aided Design consultancy service.

Applied learning

Advanced digital practice

This course provides a thorough introduction to the contemporary and future applications of Building Information Modelling (BIM), using the latest software. These skills will be applied throughout the course, allowing you to explore design projects, and create data-rich environments.

Technical and low-energy designs

You will develop skills to equip you in the exploration of design ideas through research, modelling, and experimentation. This will lead to the presentation of formulated solutions.

You will be introduced to critical concepts of low-energy and sustainable construction, with a focus on the retrofitting and adaption of existing buildings — a critical issue in architectural practice. The projects will include the redesign and upgrading of a real building, fully modelled and environmentally tested using industry-standard energy software.

Professional and applied projects

The course provides the opportunity to engage with clients on real projects at a variety of stages. This allows you to better develop and communicate your own design ideas.

The course culminates in the development of academically robust research strategies, leading to the production of a personalised major design project. This could be a live project or for a real client, and can be in any area of architectural study. This will help you to develop personal, specialist expertise.

International Perspectives

Many of the modules on the course provide an opportunity for you to explore current global issues, and undertake projects located internationally.

Professional Development

The course allows you to establish personal goals and action plans for personalised career development and lifelong learning transferable skills and reflective practice.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • architecture practices in the private or public sector
  • engineering and construction companies
  • starting your own company as a chartered architectural technologist
  • international opportunities
  • digital design and management
  • construction project management or design management
  • property development
  • teaching and academia in colleges or universities


This programme has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) as meeting established standards in terms of course content and qualifies graduates for associate membership of the institute (ACIAT). Graduates will also be entitled to exemptions against the Educational Standards of the MCIAT Professional Assessment when progressing to become a Chartered Architectural Technologist.

CIAT recognises Sheffield Hallam University as an accredited Centre of Excellence for learning and teaching in architectural technology.

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Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with and have access to

  • fully equipped design studios with extended access by arrangement
  • the latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) software
  • energy and environmental modelling software
  • modelling workshops with laser cutters, 3D printers and a range of woodworking and metal working tools
  • Adobe Suite software (including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) image and movie editing software
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) software

Entry requirements

All students

Normally you need a good 2:2 degree or above (or international equivalent degree) in architecture or architectural technology. We also welcome applications from graduates from construction, engineering and environmental undergraduate courses. Consideration is also given to those without prior university qualifications who have at least five years of relevant professional experience. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

All applications should ideally be accompanied with a digital portfolio. Please refer to the guidance notes below. Where it is difficult to provide a portfolio we will invite you to an interview to discuss your application.

You need a high level of English language competence to successfully complete the course. If you are a non-native speaker of English, you typically need IELTS 6.0 and no component (listening, reading, writing and speaking) below 5.5.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 or equivalent we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Research Methods Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Concepts And Design In Technical Architecture Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Environmental Theory And Practice For Technical Architecture Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fundamentals Of Building Information Modelling Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Major Research Project Credits: 45 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Project Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Academic And Professional Portfolio Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied International Project Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Contemporary Digital Practice In Architecture Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Historic Environment And Design Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £8,490 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £14,460 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email

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