Prepare for your career as an architect creating sustainable buildings and places.
What you study
This first degree in architecture is highly distinctive in the UK due to its focus on environmental design.
You join a community of students and lecturers who are passionate about architecture and share an environmental commitment. As a graduate, you leave with a desire to make a positive contribution to the lives of people and the environments in which they live.
Alongside a core knowledge of creative architectural design, you gain an understanding of how buildings can be energy efficient. You also explore how innovative design ideas can create buildings that are healthy and uplifting to use.
Lectures explore the latest thinking on • architectural design • environmental issues and science • urban design • architectural history and theory • cultural studies • structures and building technology • computer aided design • professional practice.
How you learn
Your lectures and seminars cover current theory and examples of best practice in sustainable architecture. You consider low energy design principles and learn how daylight, natural ventilation and innovative solar design can benefit both people and the wider environment.
Design projects allow you to experiment with original ideas, which are developed and tested in a highly supportive studio atmosphere. You have 24 hour studio access.
During your studies you develop the construction skills needed as an architect and learn to apply these as a core and creative aspect of architecture.
You receive CAD training, which is highly valued by employers, and have access to up-to-date environmental design simulation software.
The history and theory lectures you attend provide you with diverse historical and current architectural knowledge.
You work alongside talented design staff who are all qualified architects. They include a multi-award winning professor, a lecturer who has built his own zero energy home and staff who have worked for some of the best architectural practices in the country, including Foster + Partners, David Chipperfield, Urban Splash, Ian Simpson, Glenn Howells and dRMM. You also benefit from the input of excellent local architects from practice.
Field trips abroad
European field trips during your second and third years explore the culture, history and architecture of cities such as • Amsterdam • Barcelona • Berlin • Rome • Rotterdam • Lisbon • Venice.
This course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board for exemption from RIBA Part 1 examinations. It is also accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).
2017 entry requirements
GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or Grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following
• 120 UCAS points including at least 88 points from A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications or entry by selection event with portfolio and the possibility of a reduced points offer. We accept AS levels. We do not accept general studies.
• 104 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications or entry by selection event with portfolio and the possibility of a reduced points offer. We do not accept general studies.
New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.
• Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) – distinction
• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course
All applicants are invited to attend a selection event. We base our offer of a place on your performance at the selection event and provided you meet our minimum entry requirements. The level of offer will be determined following assessment at the selection event.
We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered.
If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.
Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.
We welcome applications from people of any age.
Portfolios for international applicants
International applicants will be invited to submit a digital portfolio after we receive your application. Your portfolio should aim to cover the main requirements stated here. It must contain no more than 10 pages and must not exceed 3MB in overall size. You must rely on your creativity and graphic judgement. You can present more than one piece on each portfolio page.
Some international applicants will also be invited for an interview through the internet using SKYPE.
International and European entry qualifications
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.
Three years full-time
Typical modules may include
|Year one modules||
• architectural design studio 1 • architecture studio 1 • cultural context 1 • environment and technology 1 • communication
|Year two modules||
• architecture studio 2 • cultural context 2 • environment and technology 2 • construction technology
|Year three modules||
• architecture studio 3 • cultural context 3 • environment and technology 3 • professional practice
To become a registered architect you can go on to postgraduate study on a Royal Institute of British Architects part 2 and 3 accredited course.
We also offer an MArch in Architecture. The MArch has RIBA/ARB part 2 accreditation and is a three year course, structured to allow students to work in practice alongside their study. You may be able to progress directly onto this course after successfully completing our part 1 or equivalent RIBA qualifications, subject to an interview with portfolio and a minimum 2.2 grade.
You can find careers with local, national and international practices in public and private organisations.
Home / EU student
Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase.
For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,250 a year
2017/18 academic year
Typically £12,750 a year
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.
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.