Architectural Engineering BEng (Hons)

Key information


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

This is a vocational programme which aims to provide the educational base for graduates who wish to work at the intersection of architecture and structural engineering. They will be graduates who are practical, articulate, numerate, literate, imaginative, versatile, confident and inquisitive.

The degree programme will provide you 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.

The BEng and MEng programmes are 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
accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for Chartered Engineer (CEng). The BEng degree is accredited as: (i) fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and (ii) partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. See for further information and details of further learning programmes for CEng.

The BEng programme (HK26) shares the same modules as the MEng programme (HK28) during all three years of study. Students taking the BEng programme, who have reached the required academic standard in their studies, are eligible to transfer to the MEng programme at the end of their Year Two.

Programme in detail

Working across both disciplines, architectural engineers apply engineering principles to the planning, design and construction of the built environment. 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 such as:

  • Creating innovative design strategies to improve our cities and infrastructure
  • Structural integrity to sustain earthquakes, fires, vibrations, wind loading, explosions and impacts
  • Modelling and design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to make an environment hospitable for the user
  • Acoustic performance and lighting design, sustainability and energy efficiency.

An exciting part of the second year of our programme is a week of real, hands-on construction experience at ‘The Constructionarium’. The Constructionarium takes place at a six hectare site, specifically designed and built to provide a range of challenging teaching and learning conditions for students. There is an additional cost of up to £250 for the Constructionarium.

The programme gives you the opportunity to undertake an individual research project in Year Three. Teaching staff offer projects based on their research expertise.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

250 Year One undergraduates in 2013

UK league tables

Ranked 5th (Materials) in the Complete University Guide 2014

Graduate prospects

90% of our graduates who are in employment six months after the course have a professional or managerial job (Unistats)

Why this subject?

Choose a degree that prepares you to be a modern engineer for the future

You'll benefit from research-led teaching, conducted in collaboration with industry, Government, research laboratories and academics.

Benefit from learning in outstanding facilities

Our £32 million redevelopment includes the award-winning Active Learning Laboratory, two research-standard full motion flight simulators (one of which is unique within the academic world), manufacturing robotics, wind turbines and a water flume.

Shape our flexible programmes around you

Specialise in one discipline or develop a broad skill base across all engineering disciplines.

Gain professional accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. The degree is accredited as(i) fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and (ii) partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.