Undergraduate Course

BEng Architecture

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Course Options
  • BEng, BEng (Hons), UG:BachelorFull-timeSeptember3 - 4 yearsCNY 88000 year

Notes about fees for this course

88,000 CNY

Course Information

The BEng Architecture programme aims to provide you with a comprehensive foundation in architecture. Through architectural design tasks you will be guided in developing an understanding of the importance of human needs and desires, as well as developing creative and responsible responses, by taking into account the social, cultural, ecological, economic as well as technological contexts within which architecture is situated.
The BEng Architecture programme has become the first programme of its kind at a Chinese university to receive validation by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), thus demonstrating XJTLU's commitment to providing world-class, internationally recognised education to students from China and abroad.

The Royal Institute commended the Department of Architecture and its staff for “creating a distinctive environment in which students learn from an international and Chinese context with an ambition to produce a new type of graduate, with an emphasis on human-centred architecture, for the emerging global context."

Unique selling points of the programme
• RIBA part one validation demonstrates the department’s commitment to providing world-class, internationally recognised education
• Excellent opportunities for further studies - around 20 percent of our graduates have received offers for further study from top-ranked universities in the field, such as the University of Pennsylvania in the USA, the Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College London in the United Kingdom, the University of Sydney in Australia, the Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and the National University of Singapore
• You will have opportunities for exciting work experience and internships - students and graduates have worked for internationally acclaimed offices such as David Chipperfield, Arup, Neri&Hu and TFP Farrells
• International and highly engaged academic staff with backgrounds from more than 15 different countries, creating a distinctive environment in which students learn from international and Chinese contexts
• The chance to take part in partly-funded field trips within China and to international destinations
• Various opportunities to take part in international workshops, as well as in workshops with international participation at XJTLU and elsewhere in China
• You will have opportunities to take part in exhibitions. In the past, students have exhibited at the Venice Biennale in Italy, the Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre, and the RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards exhibition in London, UK
• You will be encouraged to take part in competitions. In the past students have been successful in the Construction Festival organised by Tongji University, as well as at the IDEERS Earthquake Safe Design competition in Taipei, Taiwan
• There are opportunities to have work published in the Department of Architecture's yearbook
• Access to design studios and to fabrication and printing workshops equipped with printers, laser cutters and 3D printers
• Highly engaged technicians able to help with fabrication technologies
• Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from BEng Architecture, you will have:
• fluency in the productive use of analogue and digital design media, the Western and Chinese cultures and histories of architecture, the processes that form and transform urban space, principles of structure and construction, environmental control and architectural professional practice
• an ability to generate design proposals using understanding of a body of knowledge, some at the current boundaries of professional practice and the academic discipline of architecture
• an ability to apply a range of communication methods and media to present design proposals clearly and effectively
• an understanding of the alternative materials, processes and techniques that apply to architectural design and building construction
• an ability to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions in order to make and present sound judgments within a structured discourse relating to architectural culture, theory and design
• knowledge of the context of the architect and the construction industry, and the professional qualities needed for decision making in complex and unpredictable circumstances
• an ability to identify individual learning needs and understand the personal responsibility required for further professional education.

Modules: Year One
UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Modules: Year Two
Year Two provides the basis for the subsequent years of the programme. You will be introduced to the history and theory of architecture, building science, structure and construction as well as building technology.
Experimental studio modules introduce you to the presentation, modelling and design of architectural spaces and small buildings.
• Design studio: design thinking and articulation
• Design studio: small space design
• Design studio: small scale architectural design
• History of Western architecture
• Structure and materials
• Introduction to environmental science
• Construction and materials
• Humanities and culture.

Modules: Year Three
In Year Three, you will pursue design projects that require the integration of a more complex range of contextual parameters. You will continue to learn about building technology and the history and theory of architecture and urban developments.
• Design studio: design and building typology
• Design studio: small urban buildings
• Environmental design and sustainability
• History of Asian architecture
• Structural design
• Urban studies.

Modules: Year Four
In the final year, you will demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of architectural design processes from initial concepts to the design of buildings, taking into account human needs and desires as well as structural, material and environmental considerations.
Modules on digital design and building technology, theory, aesthetics and professional practice are designed to support the studio tasks. In Year Four, you will have the opportunity to select studio projects from a series of parallel briefs.
• Design studio: small and medium scale buildings
• Design studio: final year project
• Architectural technology
• Architectural theory
• Professional practice
• Philosophy of art and aesthetics.

Career prospects
Architecture graduates find excellent opportunities for professional employment and for further education both locally and internationally in architecture and its related disciplines, as well as in other creative industries. Most of our graduates continue their studies on international masters programmes, either directly or after a year out in practice. Around 20 percent of our graduates have received offers for further studies from universities ranked at the very top in the field, such as the University of Pennsylvania, the Bartlett at the University College London, the University of Sydney, the Politecnico di Milano, and the National University of Singapore. Our graduates also have been working for acclaimed international and Chinese practices such as David Chipperfield, Tong Ming Studio, Farrells, and Arup.


Staff bio or quote
Pierre-Alain Croset was trained as an architect in Lausanne (EPFL), where he gratuated in 1982. Assistant editor of the architectural international magazine 'Casabella' (Milan) from 1982 to 1996, he published many critical works on modern and contemporary architecture. From 1985 to 1993 he was a collaborator of Luigi Snozzi in Lausanne and Locarno. Since 1995 he has worked as a professional architect in Brescia, Italy. A visiting professor at Columbia University (New York) in 1994, in 1997 he won the position of full professor for architecture at the Technical University of Graz, where he was the dean of the faculty of architecture from 2001 to 2002. From 2002 he was a professor and director of the College of Architecture at the Polytechnic School of Turin. Since 2015 he has been professor and head of the Department of Architecture at XJTLU.
Claudia Westermann is an architect, licensed with the German Chamber of Architects, and associate professor in architecture at XJTLU, as well as, since April 2015, the programme director of the BEng Architecture. With a professional basis, and postgraduate degrees, in both architecture and media art, and a PhD exploring the relationship of art, science and technology, her research and related art/design portfolio generally actualises at the intersection of art/architecture, technology research and epistemology. Her works have been exhibited and presented internationally at conferences and at more than 30 exhibitions, including at the Venice Biennale, the Moscow International Film Festival, ISEA Symposium for the Electronic Arts in Japan, and the ZKM (Center for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2014, she received XJTLU's teaching award for most innovative teaching practice, as well as an Excellent Educator Award from Suzhou Industrial Park.

Staff name
Pierre-Alain Croset // Claudia Westermann (two names related to the two bios above)

Staff details
Head of department, Department of Architecture (Pierre-Alain Croset) // Programme director, BEng Architecture (Claudia Westermann)



INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: RMB 88,000 (approximately USD 13,200 )
HONG KONG, MACAO AND TAIWAN STUDENTS: RMB 88,000 (approximately USD 13,200)

All international and Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao students who accept their offer and pay the deposit by May 1 2017 will automatically qualify for a RMB 8,000 early bird discount.



The University offers a generous entry scholarships for the 2017/18 intake of non-local students of up to 50 percent off the first year tuition fees. This is based on academic merit and is renewable annually based on your continuing strong academic performance.


The Chinese Ministry of Education and the Jiangsu provincial government also offer generous scholarships.


Progression scholarships are awarded annually on the basis of a student’s overall average marks in the previous academic year.


Students who have studied at XJTLU for more than one year are eligible to apply for a RMB 20,000 ambassador award where successful students receive an internship placement and scholarship.


Students enrolling at XJTLU in the 2017/18 academic year, who choose to transfer to the University of Liverpool on the 2+2 study route, will be offered a discount of 10 percent off the tuition fees of the University of Liverpool.

Entry Requirements For This Course


We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subject areas with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum “B” average in relevant subjects.


Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB: 30 points
  • SAT: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus two or three SAT subject tests of at least 600-800 in each subject
  • AP: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three AP subjects at Grade 4 or above.



Students who are non-native English speakers must have satisfactory English language skills to study at the University. Most major English qualifications are accepted, for example:


IELTS 5.5 or IELTS 5.0 if undertaking intensive English pathway in Year One at XJTLU

TOEFL 72 (IBT) or TOEFL 62 if undertaking intensive English pathway in Year One at XJTLU





Course Contact Details


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