BSc (Hons)

International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Architecture at Salford


Develop knowledge, skills and competencies using cutting edge digital tools and technologies that enable more creative and sustainable design


Develop your leadership and management skills and gain the confidence to contribute as an independent actor in the field, and to understand your role in complex architectural design situations


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Course Summary

This course will introduce the theories and technologies that influence and shape the built environment, and will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge for sustainable architectural design in a transforming digital era.

The course is predominantly based upon studio work, which constitutes  at least half of assessed work. You will be encouraged to engage with innovative problem solving, involving a variety of approaches which will grow in complexity as the course develops. Field study visits form an important part of this course and may be organised in the UK and abroad.

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Course Details

This course will develop and inform your understanding of the skills needed to practice as a Chartered Architect. Designed to satisfy the requirements of the Architects Registration Board (ARB criteria for Part 1 and the QAA benchmark statement), this course provides the crucial first stage in the seven-year education of an an Architect.  

Encompassing planning and pre-design, design, construction, operation and re-construction; this course will offer an opportunity for students from different domains to study together through multi disciplinary projects. The course promotes an action learning approach, with a focus on the workplace and current practice-based developments.

Year 1

You will develop a basic understanding of architectural spatiality and the relationship between form/space/material/tectonics. You will also consider how they can be represented and produced in a digital and analogue way. Additionally, you will be introduced to the theory of architecture and have the opportunity to design a small scale building to develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles of structures and sustainability.

Modules may include:

  • Design Studio 1A 
  • Design Studio 1B 
  • Design Representation and Modelling 
  • History and Theory of Architecture 1
  • Principles of Architectural Structures 
  • Introduction to Building Services and Systems 

Year 2

You will be introduced to the concept of performance of buildings from different perspectives and learn how to design according to performance criteria, linking this with other conceptual frameworks. In semester 2, the focus of design moves to a more urban scale whilst history and theory courses develop in complexity. An optional overseas tour takes place in year two.  

Modules may include: 

  • Design Studio 2
  • History and Theory of Architecture 2
  • Construction Technology in Architecture 
  • Performance Modelling and Integrated Design
  • Principles of Sustainable Built Environments  
  • Multidisciplinary Project 

Year 3

In your final year, you will have the opportunity to apply and combine all the theoretical concepts and technical skills that you have learned so far in a complex architectural design project. You will also have the opportunity to learn about  "practice related" frameworks, as well as developing your research skills on an independent project. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to choose an elective module related/relevant to your interests. 

Modules may include:

  • Design Studio 3 
  • Design Research Project
  • Re-creating the City - Re-use and Regeneration 
  • Design Studio 4
  • Practice Management and Law 
  • Environmental Architecture Technology

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
GCSE Grade B or above in Maths, Grade C or above in English Language
UCAS tariff points 112 points
BTEC National Diploma DMM in a cognate discipline
Scottish Highers 112 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 112 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

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 grade B pass in Maths and grade C pass in English Language 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.


  • Studio design projects
  • Tutorials
  • Multi-disciplinary projects with other disciplines
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Guest lecturers and guest critics field trips (UK and abroad)


The mix of assessment will be determined by its appropriateness to meet the desired learning outcomes and achieve the attainment of the module learning outcomes. The assessment will include:

  • Design projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Precedent studies
  • Design portfolios


Architects are highly valued in many sectors and work widely throughout the AEC sector including architectural practices (i.e. Foster and Partners, KPF, etc.), design and engineering consultancy firms (ARUP, Buro Happold, BDP, etc).  Architects are also sought after by central government, local authorities, property developers, building contractors, housing associations, financial institutions, major retailers, and manufacturing companies.

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 placement opportunities.

Further Study

MSc BIM and Integrated Design

Fees and Funding

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9250 per year
Full-time International£14,400

Additional costs

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


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.

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