Architecture (BEng, MEng)

University of Leeds the United Kingdom

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The award
BEng, MEng

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study

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International course fees
GBP 21500 per year

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About Architecture at University of Leeds

This unique degree integrates creative and technical knowledge in architecture, structural and building services engineering.

Focusing on studio-based architectural design projects, you'll gain a critical understanding of how science, the arts and society are brought together through creative building design projects. You'll develop a scientific and creative approach to building design, supported by learning in architectural history & theory, urban design, structures, construction, materials and building physics.

You'll build in-depth knowledge of architectural principles as well as applied science and technology, exploring creative design issues through drawings and models, developing presentation and computer modelling skills using industry-standard software.

This course is a four-year degree. If you choose to finish after three years, you will graduate with a BEng in Architectural Engineering.

Specialist facilities

Architectural design project learning is based in a new flexible design studio where, supported by our team of academic and practicing architects and engineers, you will benefit from a collaborative and interactive environment.

In addition to the design studio space, you'll have access to excellent laboratory facilities as well as extensive library facilities and computing equipment, including industry standard software such as Revit (Building Information Modelling), IES (dynamic thermal modelling) and Robot (structural analysis). The laboratory facilities, which are among the best in the UK, include specialist facilities for structures, materials, public health engineering, building services and geotechnics.

Architecture students attend a residential surveying field course in year 1 and a residential architectural study period in a European city in year 3. These are compulsory parts of the architecture programme - there are no additional fees to pay for either of these field courses.


This course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators of The Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institution of Civil Engineers (JBM) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited civil engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the JBM.

The MEng, BEng is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer. See Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for more information.

The accreditation by JBM also means that the programme is EUR-ACE labelled. This means that it meets the framework standards and guidelines of EUR-ACE and the accreditation is recognized in Europe and beyond.

See EUR-ACE for more information.

This course has also been designed to meet the Architects Registration Board's (ARB) requirements for Part 1 prescription. An application for the course to become a Prescribed Course has been made, but at the time of publication, the Architecture MEng, BEng is not recognised as a Prescribed Course to meet the ARB Criteria for Part I. Currently, graduates wishing to progress towards registration as an architect will have to undertake further study to gain ARB Part I.

University of Leeds is proud to be working with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Our partnership will set students on the path to becoming professionally qualified and give them the best possible start to their civil engineering careers.

  • Course content

    The course integrates creative and technical knowledge in architecture, structural and building services engineering, all delivered within one school. This is reinforced by our strong involvement with research and practice, with creative design issues being explored in practical, real world project settings.

    All degree courses within the School share a common first year of six compulsory modules. These expose you to the range of programmes offered within the school and provide a firm basis on which to specialise in later years - as well as giving you the flexibility to switch between these courses.

    In Year 2 you'll consolidate your technical knowledge of structural design and analysis, materials and geotechnics, as well as building physics. You'll also develop a more academic approach to architectural history & theory, which is delivered in collaboration with the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies. As with Year 1, the design studio is the core through which you develop your learning in architectural design projects.

    You'll focus more on the architectural design projects in Year 3 and work on urban design issues in your study of architectural history and theory, which is linked to your architecture design studio and a study visit to a European city. You'll enhance your technical knowledge in structures and building physics, and demonstrate an integrated understanding of creative and technical building design in your design studio work.

    In your final year you will focus on design studio work. Your architecture design projects will be linked to research-focused modules in architectural history & theory, building physics and the context of the construction industry in architectural management, practice and law. In Semester 2, you'll concentrate on a sophisticated architectural design project where significant parts of the brief, development and execution are largely set by you. Your project will demonstrate a fully integrated architectural design including structure and building services, to a high standard of visual communication skills.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: AAA including Mathematics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

      Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

      Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.

      Extended Project Qualification - We recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, and where an applicant offers an A in the EPQ we may make an offer of AAB at A-Level (any required subjects such as Mathematics must still be at grade A).

      All applicants must be studying Mathematics at level 3. For most students, this requirement is fulfilled by achieving the required grade in A-level Maths. Applicants for whom this requirement is to be fulfilled via qualifications other than A-levels (eg BTEC Maths and Additional/Further Maths modules) may be required to take a diagnostic Maths test in addition to their other level 3 maths studies. This is to ensure a suitable level of mathematical literacy.

      GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

      • Career opportunities

        Graduates are in great demand from multi-disciplinary consultancies specialising in building design and contractors engaged in building construction and project management.

        Careers support

        You'll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.

        You'll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University's Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.

        Find out more about careers support and employability

      • Study abroad and work placements

        With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the 'industrial' variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.

        As a BEng student you have the option to undertake the placement between years 2 and 3. MEng, BEng students can choose to do this either between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.

        Find out more about work placements

      • Related courses

        Architectural Engineering MEng, BEng
        Civil and Environmental Engineering MEng, BEng
        Civil and Structural Engineering MEng, BEng
        Civil Engineering with Project Management MEng, BEng
        Civil Engineering with Transport MEng, BEng

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  • The awardBEng, MEngHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesGBP 21500 per year

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