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Architectural Engineering

BSc (Hons)

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Architecture

UCAS Code: K132

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • Be part of a vibrant multidisciplinary learning environment, working with students from a range of other built environment disciplines in the design and construction sector
  • Engage with the built environment industry on real-world projects led by industry professionals
  • You will be taught by academic staff who are leaders in their fields and have the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals on project work
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Architectural Engineers are key members of any building project team as they have the skills and knowledge to apply engineering principles and technology to creative building design. Architectural Engineering education provides graduates with a good structural awareness of the buildings they design and a strong multidisciplinary approach to building design. Changes to the UK building regulations and the requirements to become more sustainable requires professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute to and lead teams involved with the low carbon buildings of the future.

This course will allow you to make use of advanced tools and technologies that enable high quality architectural engineering solutions to be produced and applied. You will be part of a vibrant multidisciplinary learning environment, working with students from a range of other built environment disciplines  in the design and construction sector including architects, architectural design technologists, building surveyors, construction managers and quantity surveyors. You will engage with the built environment industry on real-world projects led by industry professionals and you will be taught by academic  staff that are leaders in their fields.

We also offer this degree with an additional foundation year, making it a four year degree.  Please see our Built Environment Foundation Year page for more details.

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Course Structure

Year 1    

You will be introduced to architectural design thinking through the understanding of the inter-relationships between people and their immediate environment in place making.
You will develop your architectural thinking and appreciate the implications of the inter-relationships between people, the environment and place making through the development of a building design of a low to medium level of complexity.
You will be introduced to the concept and techniques of drawing, modelling and alternative forms of representations of architectural design. The module will develop your ability to interpret and produce 2-D and 3-D architectural representations (e.g. plans, sections, elevations, axonometric and perspective projections) and models (e.g. analogue, physical and digital).
You will be introduced to the canon of western architectural history and its underlying ideological assumptions. It locates the major practices and sites of western architecture in a wide visual and cultural context and critically examines its relevance to the practicing architect today.
You will gain a fundamental understanding of the design principles and behaviours of structural forms, elements and systems in buildings. You will understand how nature is a generator of structure, and explore the relationship between shape, material, structural performance, loads, assembly methods and construction technology through modelling, analysis, and case studies.
You will learn about the environmental factors which influence decision making with regard to Building Services and Systems. You will develop an understanding of thermal and environmental comfort systems which address ecological challenges. You will gain awareness of the impact of heat transfer, illumination and acoustics on buildings and their users. You will be able to demonstrate how building typology informs building systems and performance of building envelopes.

Year 2  

This module will further develop your understanding of, and ability to apply, the principles of architectural design, with specific reference to the re-use and redevelopment of existing buildings.
You will gain a  broad understanding of the history and theory of architecture focused on the examination of the histories of modern architecture.
This module will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to explain building construction techniques and materials used.  You will also develop an understanding of various comptemporary and historic construction techniques related to both project delivery and environmental considerations.
You will develop your ability to select and apply structural assemblies and stability systems. You will also understand how to apply mechanics to the anaysis of continiuous structures and analyse soil retaining systems.
"You will develop a comprehensive recognition and understanding of global and local principles of sustainability in the built environment. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of the relationship between sustainable design and construction processes and their social, environmental and economic impact. This module will also provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to engage in the design, procurement, and construction of sustainable built environment.
This project is an opportunity to experience collaborative working in multi-disciplinary team. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop key skills required by a built environment professional. You will also develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

Year 3  

You will develop, apply and test the student’s architectural design skills in the context of a complex design project. You will apply the necessary skills, competencies and understanding of a selected range of theoretical, technical, cultural, historical and professional issues, and the ability to integrate them into their designs. You will expand your design methods to include (fine) art practices, in particular those which focus on the development of spatial interventions.
You will learn to write and deliver an extended and coherent study on a design related topic. On completion, you will demonstrate competency in research skills in support of future learning development. This module will help you to develop the skills of reflective practice through engagement with contemporary architecture and urbanism.
You will explore the theme of regeneration and application of architecture practice in the regeneration of cities and urban environments.
You will apply and test your architectural design skills in the context of a complex design project. You will develop the  skills, competencies and understanding of a selected range of theoretical, technical, cultural, historical and professional issues, and the ability to integrate them into their designs.  
This module aims to develop your ability to propose structural schemes to bridge voids, build tall and cover space. You will learn to apply risk management to the selection of schemes and understand the effects of accidental loading.
You will develop an holistic understanding of tectonics for local and global environmental challenges.  The module will enable you to assess the impacts of building performance on the built environment.  You will apply the principles of technological engineering systems in sustainable design and construction processes to a design solution. You will also apply technical regulatory factors that affect build, sustainability and environmental performance within broad societal concerns.

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Grade C or above in English Language, grade B or above in Maths
UCAS tariff points 112 points
BTEC National Diploma DMM in a cognate discipline
Scottish Highers 112 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 112 points
International Baccalaureate 31 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We also welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES) is not available for Architectural Engineering applicants.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Applicants will need to have a minimum of a grade B in Maths and grade C in English at GCSE (or equivalent). A mixture of science/maths and humanities/arts subjects is preferred at A level or equivalent qualification. All candidates must submit a portfolio. Letters of verification confirming that the portfolio is the applicant’s own work must accompany the portfolio. For example, the letter can be on the School/ College headed paper and signed by a tutor. In the case of mature students, the letter should be written and signed by someone with connections to the industry.

Guidance for portfolio preparation and submission are provided. Please, make sure you follow the recommendations. The portfolio should be sent to the Administrator at the School Office at

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student.  Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but is also an essential requirement for a successful career in the built environment.  

All our courses are management focused; therefore leadership skills and a hard-working approach are important.  The built environment caters for many different skills from creativity and original thinking to efficiency and technical ability, so you should be willing to develop in new areas.  

The modern built environment industry relies on a multidisciplinary team based approach to work.  In this programme you will have the opportunity to work in group, so it is essential that you are a good team player.   

Most importantly we want you to have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of architectural design.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £14,820 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Directed study
  • Projects
  • Guest lectures
  • Visits to construction sites, completed buildings etc.
  • Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Presentations
  • Employability

    The annual Built Environment Recruitment Fair takes place on campus and is an excellent way for  students to meet employers from industry and find out about jobs within the sector. Employers who attend the event promote a variety of opportunities that range from part-time, placement and graduate roles. This event is exclusive to students studying at the University of Salford.

    Career Prospects

    By understanding the application of engineering principles and technology to building design, you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career as an architectural engineer. The combination of lectures, design studio time, site visits and seminars with industry partners will prepare you for an exciting career in the built environment sector. Architectural engineering graduates are in great demand because of the importance placed on the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings.

    Links with Industry

    Our experienced international programme team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, including local and international architectural practices. This strong link with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as networking opportunities.

    During the multidisciplinary projects module students get to work on some ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped to design a new club-house for Salford City FC and worked on the designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and the Salford Woolpack community pub.

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