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    Master of Engineering

    Master of Engineering, MEng, is an integrated master’s degree which combines undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single course.

    Course overview

    Architectural Engineering is for students who wish to work at the intersection of architecture and structural engineering. At the end of your degree, you will be able to apply engineering principles to the planning, design and construction of the built environment.

    Introduction

    The Architectural Engineering degree is a multidisciplinary degree, encompassing civil engineering and architecture jointly delivered by the School of Engineering and the School of Architecture.

    The MEng is a four year integrated Master’s degree developed to fast-track our graduates to become Chartered Engineers with the Institution of Civil EngineersInstitution of Structural EngineersInstitution of Highways Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation.

    Architectural engineers are responsible for the design of different systems within a building or an aspect of critical infrastructure with a particular focus on key areas.

    As a student, you will be provided with a multidisciplinary skill set to design building structures, bridges and critical infrastructure incorporating both the solid technical grounding that a typical civil/structural engineering degree provides; alongside a robust and wider appreciation of the architectural, societal, economic and environmental aspects associated to a particular design solution.

    What you'll learn

    • Create innovative design strategies
    • Model and design heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
    • Acoustic performance and lighting design
    • Hands-on construction experience
    • Design building structures, bridges and critical infrastructures
    • How to lead an individual research project

    Accreditation

    The MEng programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which represents the four major civil engineering institutions and accredits civil engineering programmes on behalf of the Engineering Council, which sets and maintains the standards for the engineering profession in the UK. The MEng degree is also recognised throughout the UK and satisfies the Engineering Council’s academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

    Accreditations in detail

    Accreditations

    The MEng programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which represents the four major civil engineering institutions and accredits civil engineering programmes on behalf of the Engineering Council, which sets and maintains the standards for the engineering profession in the UK. The MEng degree is also recognised throughout the UK and satisfies the Engineering Council’s academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

    Course content

    Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

    Year one

    Compulsory modules

    ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN 1 (ARCH111)

    Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

    The module is an introduction to the principles of net zero carbon design.
    It aims to give students an understanding of the role of a building as a modifier of climate with reference to traditional climatically responsive architecture, and the role of buildings in the context of global energy usage, environmental impact, climate change and net zero carbon design.

    GEOMECHANICS 1 (CIVE120)

    Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 2

    The Geotechnical Engineer is responsible for the safe design of how a building or infrastructure asset interacts with the ground. This module introduces students to the role of the Geotechnical Engineer and the fundamental principles and concepts that form the basis of soil mechanics​

    ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS (MATH198)

    Credits: 22.5 / Semester: whole session

    MATH198 is a Year 1 mathematics module for students of programmes taught in the School of Engineering, e.g. Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical or Industrial Design Engineering. It is designed to reinforce and build upon A-level mathematics, providing you with the strong background required in your engineering studies and preparing you for the Year 2 mathematics module MATH299 (Mathematics engineering II). In the first semester, the foundations are laid: differential calculus, vector algebra, integration and applications. Semester two covers complex numbers, differential equations, Laplace transformations and functions of two variables

    STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT 1 (CIVE133)

    Credits: 22.5 / Semester: whole session

    Within the natural world, the skeleton of an animal and its form and function are intrensically linked. The structure of a building is its skeleton. The Structural Engineer is responsible for the design of the skeleton of a building or infrastructure asset, and so has the ability to directly impact its form, function, efficiency and effectiveness. This module provides students with an introduction to structural engineering, the typical materials a structural engineer will use to design with and the way structures are constructed to ensure buildings and infrastructure assets are safe, resiliant, sustainable, economical and buildable

    INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING (ENGG185)

    Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

    This module introduces students to the basic concepts and principles of elementary statistics and programming. It explains the purposes and advantages of analysing data collected specifically to solve problems in engineering, reviews available software tools and programming languages used to formulate and answer basic engineering questions. It draws on examples from applications across the range of School of Engineering program areas.​

    Digital Skills and Surveying (CIVE101)

    Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

    The primary aim is to introduce students to the ways that digital technology is used for surveying and recording and for design and documentation.
    The secondary aim is to introduce students to the concept of Building Information Modelling (BIM) using industry standard software

    CIVIL AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING PROJECTS (CIVE162)

    Credits: 30 / Semester: whole session

    This module provides students with an introduction to projects within the built environment, the roles of professional engineers, the professions they will interact with, and the skills required by a professional engineer operating in the built environment 

    Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

    Our curriculum

    The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

    • Digital fluency
    • Confidence
    • Global citizenship

    Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

    • Research-connected teaching
    • Active learning
    • Authentic assessment

    All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

    Course options

    Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

    Global Opportunities

    University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide.

    What's available on this course?

    Year in China

    Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

    • Learn Chinese
    • Study in a bustling world heritage city
    • Improve employment prospects
    • Study Chinese culture
    • 30 minutes from Shanghai
    • Learn new skills

    Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

    Language study

    Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

    • A dedicated languages degree
    • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
    • Language modules (selected degrees)
    • Language classes alongside your studies

    Read more about studying a language

    Study as part of XJTLU 2+2

    The natural next step for ambitious XJTLU students who want to build a brilliant career.

    • Spend two years at the University of Liverpool campus
    • Improve your prospects of progressing to postgraduate study at a top 100 university
    • Receive two degrees: one from XJTLU, one from the University of Liverpool
    • Get support with visas, accommodation and your career.

    Read more about the 2+2 programme.

    Study as a bachelor's degree

    This course is also available as a three year BEng (Hons) programme.

    View Architectural Engineering BEng (Hons)

    Your experience

    This degree is jointly delivered by the School of Engineering and the School of Architecture. The School of Engineering has world-class, modern, engineering teaching and learning facilities. Within the School there are traditional lecture theatres as well as teaching laboratories, PC teaching centres, smaller study rooms and one of the University’s largest PC teaching/study rooms with over 160 high-specification workstations with specialist engineering software installed.

    The Liverpool School of Architecture benefits from comfortable, well-lit studio, work and seminar/review spaces. We also have IT teaching laboratories and workshops, meeting spaces and excellent office accommodation.

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    Careers and employability

    As a student you will have maximum opportunities for career prospects, graduate opportunities, student summer placements specifically during the annual engineering careers fair with 30 blue chip companies attending (including Jaguar Land Rover, Nestle, Toyota, JCB, British Army, United Utilities, ABB Ltd, Network Rail, BAE Systems and many more).

    4 in 5 of our engineering students find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

    Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.

    Our research-led teaching ensures that we incorporate the latest advances in cutting edge engineering research. As well as achieving a degree qualification, you will graduate as an industry-ready engineer who has both practical experience and highly desirable skills to the engineering industry.

    Work experience opportunities
    Many students undertake placements during the summer or for a full academic year in leading engineering companies.

    Postgraduate opportunities
    A number of our graduates go on to postgraduate study at MSc or PhD level, either remaining at Liverpool or going to another institution of their choice.

    Qualifying you for life
    Our teaching programmes are highly rated and this is underpinned by an extensive programme of research. All of our programmes are strongly linked with industry, both formally through our industrial advisory boards, and informally through industry contacts and alumni.

    Preparing you for future success

    At Liverpool, our goal is to support you to build your intellectual, social, and cultural capital so that you graduate as a socially-conscious global citizen who is prepared for future success. We achieve this by:

    • Embedding employability within your , through the modules you take and the opportunities to gain real-world experience offered by many of our courses.
    • Providing you with opportunities to gain experience and develop connections with people and organisations, including student and graduate employers as well as our global alumni.
    • Providing you with the latest tools and skills to thrive in a competitive world, including access to Handshake, a platform which allows you to create your personalised job shortlist and apply with ease.
    • Supporting you through our peer-to-peer led Careers Studio, where our career coaches provide you with tailored advice and support.

    Fees and funding

    Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

    Tuition fees

    UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
    Full-time place, per year £9,250
    Year abroad fee £1,385
    International fees
    Full-time place, per year £25,750
    Year abroad fee £12,875
    Fees stated are for the 2023-24 academic year.

    Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and student finance.

    Additional costs

    We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This includes a lab coat, safety boots, and a residential construction course.

    Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

    Additional study costs

    We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This includes a lab coat, safety boots, and a residential construction course.

    Students should expect to cover the following costs:

    Lab coats
    Students are required to wear a lab coat for all Engineering laboratory sessions. Students may purchase a lab coat at the start of the year from the Student Support Office at a subsidised cost of £15.

    Safety boots
    Students will be required to wear safety shoes or boots (with both toe cap and midsole protection conforming to European safety legislation) for some activities. Boots must be provided by the students.

    Other safety equipment.
    All essential safety equipment, other than those listed above, is provided free of charge by the department.

    The ‘Constructionarium’
    During year two, you will have a week of residential, hands-on construction experience at ‘The Constructionarium’. There is an additional cost of up to £250 for the Constructionarium.

    Find out more about additional study costs.

    Scholarships and bursaries

    We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.

    Scholarships and bursaries you can apply for from the United Kingdom

    Entry requirements

    The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

    My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

    Your qualification Requirements

    About our typical entry requirements

    A levels

    AAA including Mathematics.

    Applicants with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are eligible for a reduction in grade requirements. For this course, the offer is AAB with A in the EPQ.

    You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.

    GCSE 4/C in English and 4/C in Mathematics
    Subject requirements

    Mathematics

    For applicants from England: For science A levels that include the separately graded practical endorsement, a "Pass" is required.

    BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

    Acceptable at grade Distinction* alongside AA at A level including A Level Mathematics.

    BTEC Level 3 Diploma

    Distinction* Distinction* in relevant BTEC considered alongside A Level Mathematics grade A. Accepted BTECs include Aeronautical, Aerospace, Construction, Mechanical, Mechatronics and Engineering.

    BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

    Not accepted without grade A in A Level Mathematics.

    International Baccalaureate

    36 overall, including 5 at Higher Level Mathematics

    Irish Leaving Certificate H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2, including H2 in Higher Maths. We also require a minimum of H6 in Higher English or O3 in Ordinary English
    Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

    Pass Scottish Advanced Highers with grades AAA including Mathematics

    Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Acceptable at grade A alongside AA in A Level Mathematics.
    Cambridge Pre-U Diploma D3 in Cambridge Pre U Principal Subject is accepted as equivalent to A-Level grade A M2 in Cambridge Pre U Principal Subject is accepted as equivalent to A-Level grade B Global Perspectives and Short Courses are not accepted.
    Access Not accepted.
    International qualifications

    Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. Completing your Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.

    Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

    Based on your personal circumstances, you may automatically qualify for up to a two-grade reduction in the entry requirements needed for this course. When you apply, we consider a range of factors – such as where you live – to assess if you’re eligible for a grade reduction. You don’t have to make an application for a grade reduction – we’ll do all the work.

    Find out more about how we make reduced grade offers.

    About our entry requirements

    Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

    Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

    We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

    Alternative entry requirements

    Changes to Architectural Engineering MEng

    See what updates we've made to this course since it was published. We document changes to information such as course content, entry requirements and how you'll be taught.

    7 June 2022: New course pages

    New course pages launched.

    8 December 2022: Module changes

    Compulsory module list updated

    Year 1 compulsory modules

    ADDED:

    ENGG185: INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS AND PROGRAMMING FOR ENGINEERSCIVE101
    CIVE162: CIVIL AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING PROJECTS

    REMOVED:

    CIVE161: CIVIL AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING PROJECT
    CIVE170: INTRODUCTION TO THE DIGITAL BUILT ENVIRONMENT
    ARCH171: CONTEXT 1.1: HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE

    Year 2 compulsory modules

    ADDED:

    CIVE286: PROGRAMMING FOR CIVIL ENGINEERS
    CIVE261: ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT
    ENGG201: EXPERIMENTAL METHODS

    Year 3 compulsory modules

    ADDED:

    CIVE342: EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING

    REMOVED:

    ENGG301: STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS

    Year 4 compulsory modules

    ADDED:

    ARCH725: BIM Implementation in Collaborative Environments
    ARCH361: TECHNOLOGY 3.1: INTEGRATED TECHNICAL PROJECT DESIGN
    CIVE450: Advanced Construction Management

    REMOVED:

    CIVE444: STRUCTURAL STEELWORK, TIMBER AND MASONRY
    ARCH724: BIM Theory, Practice and Tools