Architecture BA (Hons)

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years leading to a 2 year Masters degree (MArch)
  • UCAS code: K100
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAA / IB : 36 / BTEC : DDD

Ranked 7th in the UK for Architecture (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

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.

As the first UK university to award a RIBA-accredited degree in Architecture, the Liverpool School of Architecture has a long tradition of excellence in architectural education and research. You will be taught by experienced professionals, leading academics and worldclass researchers, whose work was recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), where 40% of our publications were rated as 4*, or ‘world-leading’.

 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. RIBA Part I is awarded on completion of the degree.

Programme in detail

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).

Design Year in London

You can spend your third year in London via our new undergraduate Design Year in London pathway. Drawing on our established strengths in Architecture, Industrial Design and Urban Planning, this pathway emphasises interdisciplinarity and industry connectivity, as well as the chance to work with virtual design and engineering technologies. Find out more here

Work Placement

Before commencing RIBA Part II graduates need to undertake one year’s full-time work in an architect’s office. To facilitate this, we provide informal help in putting potential employers in contact with graduates.

Design Studies BA (Hons)

Students studying K100 have the option to transfer to the Design Studies BA (Hons) programme in Year Two (please note: this programme is not RIBA accredited). Students will specialise in the analysis and evaluation of ‘design’ understood as a complex historical and contemporary concept related to practices in architecture, planning, product manufacture, and the visual arts.

Planning and producing a winning portfolio

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Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

121 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

Ranked 7th in the UK for Architecture (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Graduate prospects

96% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Research performance

Ranked 3rd for research outputs rated 4* in REF 2014 (THE 2014)

Why this subject?

Benefit from our research-led and design-focused teaching

We are founded on the integration of original research and high-quality teaching, dedicated to getting the best out of each and every student. We are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework, 2014) and our researchers are internationally known in their fields. Their work is diverse, extensive and wide-ranging, while joined by the shared aim of furthering knowledge and improving architectural design.

Be inspired in a dynamic city setting

With its impressive architectural heritage and award-winning contemporary architecture (including the 2014 Stirling Prize winning Everyman Theatre), Liverpool provides an excellent backdrop to our focus in both research and teaching on the design of cities and evolving urban conditions.

Support your creativity with solid practical skills

We focus on producing architecture graduates who balance imagination and creativity with real-world knowledge and skills. All teaching staff are actively involved in professional consultancy and academic research, which means that our students benefit from their extensive range of knowledge and expertise in preparation for their professional career.

Allow your creativity to flourish

We do not have a “house style”, but instead encourage our students to develop their own design methodology based on an understanding of history, technology and architectural theory. We challenge our students to find individual solutions to complex design problems, choosing from a variety of design briefs as well as assignments throughout the programme.

Thrive in our studio environment

Our Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award-winning studio spaces stimulate creativity and reflect the working environment of architects in practice.

Study opportunities in London

Our students can combine their Liverpool degree with all the inspiration and professional contacts that the capital city provides by applying to spend the third year of their degree at our campus in London. See for details.