Other options

If you study Architecture BEng at XJTLU you can choose from these options to study at the University of Liverpool on the XJTLU 2+2 programme.

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Architecture BA (Hons): XJTLU 2+2 programme

Course details

As the first UK university to award a RIBA-accredited degree in Architecture, the University of Liverpool has a long and proud tradition of excellence in architectural education and research. Our approach to teaching embraces contemporary debates around sustainability, climate change, equality and diversity, reflecting the industry today.

Course overview

Are you fascinated by the buildings and landscapes that make up the world around us? If you ask yourself why they are there, how they were created, and what the future might hold, then this is the programme for you.

We encourage a creative and individual approach to the future, knowing that more career paths are opening up each moment, and knowing that understanding design is crucial to the 21st century.

The programme aims to provide a comprehensive foundation in architecture, which demands knowledge of many different but interrelated disciplines and the development of personal as well as technical skills. In recognition of this, the programme is divided into a series of modules, which allows you to explore design alongside humanities (urban studies, history, theory and technology, structure, construction and environmental design).

RIBA Part I is awarded on completion of the degree.

Course content and modules

Year two

You will deepen your understanding through compulsory modules in architectural theory and design.

On the 2+2 programme, you'll study your third and fourth years at the University of Liverpool. These will be year two and year three of the University of Liverpool's programme of study.



Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

Architectural History and Theory module on the Twentieth Century


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

The objective of the module is to promote an understanding of the forces that shape the human-made environment and the role played by design professionals. It aims to help students as future designers to understand that the city is a complex and dynamic system. It also aims to stimulate their active thinking and positive responses to various urban phenomena in order to generate appropriate strategies that can effectively solve design problems and facilitate the city’s sustainability. Through a series of lectures on urban history, case studies, urban design theories and methodologies, as well as debates on urban sustainability, this module is to enhance students’ awareness of the nature of cities, the formation and transformation of their urban forms and to obtain basic urban design skills.

DESIGN 2.1 (ARCH202)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

Architectural Design Studio


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

​This module introduces students to energy and environmental issues, particularly those that must be faced by the discipline of architecture.    The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to design of passive environmental systems for buildings, their integration into building fabric and structural systems, and selection of appropriate equipment and materials. Both the fundamentals and presentations of case studies (including lessons from the vernacular) will be used to enhance the understanding environmental simulation.​ The module will be delivered by weekly 2-hour lectures, and assessed by  There are two mandatory components to the assessment: 1)       Group Report on Vernacular Architecture (30% of total mark) 2)       One-hour examination on all topics covered in the lecture series (70% of total mark).​


Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 2

Studio Design Module


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

Lecture based technology module.
This module explores the design collaboration between architects and engineers and its impact on architectural design.

Your experience

The Liverpool School of Architecture benefits from comfortable, well-lit studio, work and seminar/review spaces, including a ‘hi-tech’ design studio, to which you will have 24-hour access.

Our facilities include a Print Media Design Suite, computing labs, workshops, a laser suite, a CNC router room, 3D printers, computing labs and research labs. A team of dedicated technicians will help you to get the most of these facilities and to realise your ideas.

Virtual tour

What students say...

Zhong Yueying in Graduation robes at University of Liverpool

Liverpool School of Architecture school has a model-assembly room, next to the workshop. There are many great machines for you to make physical models. For example, we have laser cutting machines and 3D printers, to support your model making.

Zhong Yueying, BA (Hons) Architecture