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The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
Delivery type



The Architectural Engineering degree offers broad learning across the main engineering disciplines. It will give you the technical knowledge and an understanding of the key engineering topics within Architectural Engineering. You’ll also gain an understanding of the managerial issues faced by architectural engineers who work in the industry. The MEng course provides a broader understanding of management issues and problem solving within the industry. And, you’ll complete a 12 week industrial placement in semester one of year five.

The courses are delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. This jointly forms a national network of centres to demonstrate best practice in teaching and research for the sustainable built environment.

We are still accepting applications for September 2018.


Both the BEng (Hons) and the MEng courses are accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI).

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
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 course.

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
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
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