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 world-class 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).
This programme is validated by RIBA, prescribed by the Architects Registration Board for the purposes of admission to the UK Register of Architects, and validated by the Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM).
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 8th in the UK for Architecture (The Guardian University Guide 2022)
96% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)
Ranked 3rd for research outputs rated 4* in REF 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.