BArch Architecture

Year of Entry 2024/25
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Course in clearing Full-time Architecture

Prepare for a vital role in shaping the world – combining creativity with environmental and technical knowledge – on a progressive architecture course accredited by RIBA.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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We are unable to accept applications from international students through clearing. Please complete our international application form instead.


Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

Course summary

  • Position yourself at the forefront of environmental building design and creative thinking
  • Hone your design, drawing and modelling skills in in state-of-the-art design studios
  • Work on real-world projects across diverse landscapes and architectural challenges
  • Take on placement opportunities to gain real-world experience with UK-leading architectural practices
  • Join a forward-thinking community of architects who are socially aware, environmentally focused and digitally prepared

With an emphasis on applied learning, this BArch Architecture course will help you develop your potential and achieve your goals, so you can shape the future of architecture.


Accredited by
  • Architects Registration Board (ARB)
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

This course is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Architects Registration Board.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Our academics bring a wealth of professional experience, cutting-edge knowledge and research into our studios. We also have a great team of visiting lecturers from some of the UK’s prestigious architectural practices. 

In our workshop spaces you’ll have support from specialist technicians. Here you’ll have access to a range of design software, modelling equipment and digital fabrication machines.

You learn through:

  • Small group seminars 
  • Studio design tutorials 
  • Lectures 
  • Workshop practicals
  • Coursework
  • Design portfolio assessments
  • Physical model assessments
  • Illustrated reports
  • Essays
  • Placement opportunities
  • Verbal presentations

Assessment briefs throughout the course are designed to support and encourage individual and diverse exploration, set against common learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

Key themes

This course provides a collaborative, practical and applied learning experience at all levels, bridging the gap between your studies and real-world situations. Sustainable design practices are embedded across all years of study, exposing you to current global issues and fostering innovative and experimental approaches to building design. 

To support your transition into higher education, our Introduction to Architecture module is seen as an extended induction to the course. Immerse yourself in the captivating context of architecture's culture, history, and theories – to inspire your own design projects.

You’ll develop practical and technical skills – including proficiency in a range of modelling software, from Computer Aided Design (CAD) to Building Information Modelling (BIM). These tools enable you to explore designs and create data-rich environments, enhancing your capabilities as an architect.

You’ll engage in team-based projects within the design studio environment, with an opportunity to work across disciplines in an innovative collaborative project module. You’ll also work with real clients on design projects, allowing you to hone your practical skills and make tangible contributions to the world. 

Course support

At every level of study, students are given the opportunity to thrive, culturally, personally and professionally. Throughout your learning journey, you’ll experience a range of dedicated support, such as:

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • Free access to office and studio space, expert workshops, freelance opportunities and a vast business network ready for you to tap into

Course leaders and tutors

Oli Cunningham
Oli Cunningham
BSc (Hons) Architecture Course Leader

I am a qualified architect with extensive experience in both practice and education. I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2016 and currently lead the first year o … Read more

Applied learning

Your course has been designed to embrace real-world challenges and provide you with the practical skills and knowledge you need to succeed. 

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

You’ll apply a wide range of practical abilities and knowledge to real-world situations, developing independent and creative decision-making skills. 

Live projects 

You’ll apply your knowledge, skills and research in studio design projects, with increasing challenges from year to year. 

You’ll creatively engage with diverse scenarios, contexts, clients and live project briefs. Communication and collaboration are fundamental to both studio learning and architectural practice. You’ll cultivate ethical approaches to architectural practice through research, history and theory modules – exploring social and political issues across a range of design projects. 

You’ll gain a strong repertoire of skills using industry-standard digital software – from CAD to digital modelling, environmental simulation and graphic presentation. 

Field trips

Connect theory to experiential learning with opportunities for European and UK trips, site and building visits, and studying abroad. 

Previous destinations have included renowned architectural cities such as Rotterdam, Rome, Venice, Barcelona and Berlin. UK visits have included London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester and Bristol. 

Networking opportunities

You’ll gain professional engagement and real-world learning from guest speakers, practising tutors, and a short work placement in your final year.

We’ll encourage you to take on extra-curricular activities to raise your profile and gain confidence, including design competitions, exhibitions and networking events. 

There’s also a chance to attend and exhibit at Future Now. This is Sheffield’s festival of creativity – where we ask emerging creatives to show us the future through exhibitions, events, performances and screenings.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Architecture
  • Other design focused professions
  • Construction 
  • Digital design and management 
  • Environmental consultancy 
  • Project or design management
  • Property development 
  • Teaching in colleges or universities 
  • Third-sector and charitable organisations 

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for: 

  • Foster + Partners
  • Glen Howells Architects
  • Hawkins\Brown
  • Mae Architects
  • Fielden Clegg Bradley
  • Simpson Haugh
  • Cullinan Studio
  • BDP
  • Purcell Architects

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. 

On this course you will have access to:

  • Dedicated design studio spaces, open seven days a week
  • State-of-the-art design spaces with drawing boards, model storage and desktop computers
  • Architecture labs which include digital fabrication tools, 3D printer laser cutters, analogue tools, environmental simulation software, BIM and CAD software
  • the Adsetts Learning Centre, a 24/7 library with additional resources for academic support
  • IT support and access to all necessary software
  • technical equipment loans, analogue and digital workshop facilities and specialist advice from technicians

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Entry requirements

All students

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

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.

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


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Environmental Architecture Design Project 1: People, Space And Place
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Environmental Architecture Design Project 2: Dwelling And Climate
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Histories And Theories Of Architecture 1
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To Architecture
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Collaborative Project
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Environmental Architecture Design Project 3: Community And Place
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Environmental Architecture Design Project 4: City
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Histories And Theories Of Architecture 2
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Environmental Architecture Design Project 5: Landscape
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Environmental Architecture Design Project 6: Civic
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Histories And Theories Of Architecture 3
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Professional Practice With Short Placement
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Financial support for home/EU students

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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.

Additional costs for Architecture courses (PDF, 329.3KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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