The course

UCAS code
K132
Duration
Up to 5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

The BEng (Hons) programme aims to provide a broad education across the principal Engineering disciplines and an appropriate depth of technical knowledge and understanding of the key Engineering topics within Architectural Engineering. Students will also gain an understanding of managerial issues within the built environment and the framework in which architectural engineers function.

The MEng programme provides a deeper knowledge and broadens understanding of management issues and problem solving within industry. Students will complete a 12-week industrial placement in semester 1 of Year 5.

Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design

Our Architectural Engineering programmes are delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. This is one of four such Centres established at UK universities that jointly form a national network to demonstrate and exchange best practice in teaching and research for the sustainable built environment. The Centre also ensures graduates of Architectural Engineering will be used to working within an inter-disciplinary environment involving architecture, engineering and construction.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Semester 1

  • Construction Technology 1
  • History of the Built Environment
  • Introduction to Design
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 1

Semester 2

  • Building Services Technology
  • Mechanics B
  • Introduction to the Environment
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 2

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 38%
  • Independent study: 62%

Assessment

  • Written: 61%
  • Practical: 9%
  • Coursework: 30%
Year 2

Semester 1

  • Energy Principles and Applications
  • Design Project A
  • Construction Technology 2
  • Optional course

Semester 2

  • Acoustics and Architectural Design
  • Environment and Behaviour
  • Statistics for Science
  • Optional course

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Constructionarium programme.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 39%
  • Independent study: 61%

Assessment

  • Written: 61%
  • Practical: 7%
  • Coursework: 32%
Year 3

Semester 1

  • Critical Architectural Studies
  • Electrical and Lighting Services for Buildings
  • Design Software Applications
  • Optional course

Semester 2

  • Energy and Buildings
  • Thermal Performance Studies
  • Design Issues
  • Facilities Management Principles

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 40%
  • Independent study: 60%

Assessment

  • Written: 44%
  • Practical: 11%
  • Coursework: 45%
Year 4

A major feature of the Fourth Year starts with a collaborative design project across all built environment disciplines. Students produce a building design to address a specific client brief, and giving information on building form, design, services, sustainability, cost and planning. This is a highlight of Year 4 progressing into individual project work which is specific to the AE discipline. BEng (Hons) students will also complete an individual research dissertation on a topic of their choice. MEng students will complete a laboratory project, rather than a dissertation.


Semester 1

  • Design Project (S1)
  • Dissertation (S1)
  • Laboratory Practice
  • Inclusive and Safe Environments

Semester 2

  • Design Project (S2)
  • Dissertation (S2)
  • Sustainable and Intelligent Buildings
  • Urban Drainage and Water Supply

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 33%
  • Independent study: 67%

Assessment

  • Written: 22%
  • Practical: 16%
  • Coursework: 62%
Year 5

Semester 1

  • 12-week Industrial Placement
  • Low Carbon Buildings

Semester 2

  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Thermofluids
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in the Built Environment

Choice from a wide range of optional courses, including:

  • Communications and Construction IT
  • Building Energy Management
  • Space Planning and Management
  • Value and Risk Management

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 33%
  • Independent study: 67%

Assessment

  • Written: 41%
  • Practical: 9%
  • Coursework: 50%

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