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BA (Hons) Architecture

Heriot-Watt University Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • Tuition Fee AED 76,091
  • Country Rank-
  • Duration48 Months
  • Score IELTS: 6

Program Overview

The B.A(Hons) Architecture programme at the Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus was launched in 2015. Since then, the programme has rapidly grown to a community of more than 100 students, creating a unique niche within the vibrant design community of Dubai and the UAE. Strategically placed within the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS), the programme draws expertise from multiple disciplines associated with the built environment. 

The programme aims to educate students in addressing current challenges faced worldwide, including climate change, resource depletion, sustainability and energy efficiency. Students will work on authoring projects to create a positive impact through diverse design practices and innovative solutions that resonate with the industry during their undergraduate studies.

Graduates from the B.A Architecture(Hons) programme will be:

  • Creative Critical Thinkers with a research-informed, process-driven design enabling adaptability and innovative architecture.

  • Advocates of Contextually Driven Architecture, contributing towards building a regionally and culturally sustainable future.

  • Adept with Contemporary Challenges and Advanced Technologies, keeping them current and design forward.

  • Confident in the subject area and embrace a Collaborative and Multi-disciplinary Design Approach.

  • Industry linked, including national and international practitioners and relevant professional bodies.



The B.A(Hons) Architecture course curriculum aligns with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) graduate criteria, providing students with a well-rounded and internationally recognized curriculum. The core spine of the curriculum is the architectural design courses taught across the four years of undergraduate studies. In the larger context of UAE and Dubai, each independent studio led by year leads undertakes the design of various building typologies at varying scales and levels of complexity. The synergy of courses with supporting dedicated studio facilities offers architecture students a rich architectural education experience at our state of art Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus at Knowledge Park. The core design studios are supported by additional streams of courses in Histories and Theories, Environment and Technology, Professional Practice and Design Representation.



We have a research-active faculty leading the programme. Ongoing research themes include the phenomenological experience of space, redefining public spaces and social infrastructure,  intelligent facades and net-zero buildings, and smart and sustainable cities. The research themes are integrated into the curriculum through core design studios and architecture dissertations. Some of the key programme research initiatives are:

  • Architectural Dissertation:  The dissertation module introduced in the fourth year of the undergraduate programme encourages students to develop and position their research interest in architecture through research and academic writing. More information about the student dissertation, including topics undertaken for the past two years,
  • ORA House: In 2018, a multi-disciplinary team of staff and students from Heriot-Watt University participated in the first-ever Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) competition organized by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in partnership with the US Department of Energy. The house received commendations for innovation in 'Architecture' and 'Engineering and Construction' and did well in the 'Sustainability' contest. Upon the success of the ORA house, Heriot Watt's Team ESTEEM recently participated in the second SDME contest held in 2021.
  • Center of Excellence in Smart Construction: Our architecture programme is part of the Heriot-Watt University's Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction (CESC). CESC is a global hub for innovation, industry-led research and solutions development. Students have a great opportunity to connect with current research and industry partners through CESC's frequent conferences and panel discussions.

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