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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 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 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 jbm.org.uk for further information and details of further learning programmes for CEng.
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.
Programme Year One
LAB COATS - Students will generally be 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 undertaking Architectural and Civil Engineering programmes will be required to wear safety shoes or boots (that is to say with both toe cap and midsole protection conforming to European safety legislation) for some activities, and these must be provided by the students themselves.
Year One Compulsory Modules
Civil and Architectural Engineering Project (CIVE161)
Context 1.1: History of Architecture (ARCH171)
Environmental Design 1 (ARCH111)
Geomechanics 1 (CIVE120)
Introduction to the Digital Built Environment (CIVE170)
Mathematical Techniques for Engineers (MATH199)
Engineering Mathematics (MATH198)
Structural Engineering in the Built Environment 1 (CIVE133)
Year Two Compulsory Modules
Context 2.1: History and Theory of Architecture (ARCH271)
Engineering Mathematics II (MATH299)
Environmental Design 2 (ARCH211)
Field Theory, Partial Differential Equations & Methods of Solution (MATH282)
Geomechanics 2 (CIVE220)
Group Design Project (CIVE263)
Programming for Civil and Architectural Engineers (CIVE285)
Reinforced Concrete and Steelwork (CIVE241)
Structural Engineering in the Built Environment 2 (CIVE233)
Year Three Compulsory Modules
Architectural Engineering Project (CIVE362)
Construction Management (CIVE345)
Context 3.1: History and Theory of Architecture (ARCH321)
Environmental Design 3 (ARCH311)
Geotechnical Engineering (CIVE320)
Individual Project (ENGG341)
Structural Dynamics (ENGG301)
(y3) Structural Steelwork, Timber and Masonry (CIVE334)
Structures 3 (CIVE344)
Year Four Compulsory Modules
Advanced Geomechanics (CIVE420)
Capstone: Multidisciplinary Project (CIVE462)
Materials for Durable and Sustainable Construction (CIVE401)
Structural Steelwork, Timber and Masonry (CIVE444)
Structural Systems (CIVE405)
Bim Theory, Practice and Tools (ARCH724)
|A level requirements||AAA including Mathematics (this is the typical entry requirement) for this course.
For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.
|BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma||Acceptable at grade Distinction* (any subject) alongside AA at A level including A Level Mathematics and either Physics or Further 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||D*DD in acceptable BTEC, plus A in A level Maths (not accepted without B in A level Maths)|
|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||Considered if taking a relevant subject. Check with Department or Admissions team.|
|International entry information||Find your country|
|Extended Project Qualification||Applicants who offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and meet our A Level offer criteria will be made the standard offer, plus an alternative offer. This will be at one A Level grade lower plus a grade A in the EPQ, for example the offer would be AAB or ABB plus A in the EPQ.|
Alternative entry requirements
We are committed to supporting under-represented groups to access higher education through our use of contextual data in admissions. This means that certain specified groups who may have experienced barriers to their education may be made an offer with up to a two grade reduction from our standard offer. Please note that some exceptions apply. Read the detail on our contextual admissions strategy to find out more.
Additional course costs
We want to try and help you prepare for the day-to-day costs of studying. These might include things like photocopying in the library, buying textbooks and specialist equipment or going on field classes. We've put together some useful information to help you understand these costs, including where subsidies are available from your academic department. Please see our study costs page for full details.
Tuition fees for the academic year 2021 are £9,250.
The University reviews tuition fees each year. The current expectation is that the University will increase fees for each year of study normally in line with inflation as specified by Parliament. This is likely to be the Retail Price Index (RPIX)* measure of inflation. This means your fees will rise in line with inflation for each year of study.
Student fee loans are also expected to rise in line with the fee cap, to ensure that higher education remains affordable to all.
Exceptions to the £9,250 fee:
Some of our programmes charge less than the full £9,250 fee:
- Foundation programmes: the fee for the foundation year of specified programmes at Carmel College and Birkenhead Sixth Form College is £5,140.
- Programmes with a Foundation element: Psychology BSc (Hons) (2+2 programme with Foundation element) is run in collaboration with Wirral Metropolitan College. The fee for the first two years is set by Wirral Metropolitan College.
- Programmes with a year in industry or a year abroad: the fee for students spending a full year working in industry is £1,850. The fee for students spending a full year abroad is £1,385.
*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to the all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.
Use our Finance Calculator to get an indication of your tuition fees and any financial support that may be available.
International students are required to pay the full costs of their tuition in the UK with each university setting its own international fees. Fees for undergraduate programmes and a full list of fees are available on our International fees pages.
For information on tuition fees and funding for EU students, please see our guidance for students on the UK leaving the EU.
The University of Liverpool has a strong track record in widening access to higher education. With this in mind, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to support talented students from every background. See our Scholarships and Bursaries page for further information.