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BSc (Hons)

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Architecture

UCAS Code: K100

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £12,960 per year

In Brief:

  • This course has ARB Part 1 prescription and unconditional Part 1 Validation from the RIBA
  • You will work on several live projects across Greater Manchester and potentially abroad over the three year degree
  • You will be taught in purpose built design studios located in our brand new New Adelphi building. These carefully designed spaces house the specialist equipment and tools you’ll need to inspire your creativity and execute your ideas
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Having achieved unconditional Part 1 validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects* (RIBA), this course satisfies the requirements of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and provides the crucial first stage in your seven-year education to become a chartered architect.

Working on live briefs across Greater Manchester and beyond, you will study the theories, techniques and technologies that influence and shape the built environment for its users. Studio work in our new facilities constitutes at least half of assessed work, in addition to contemporary academic modules  in  related areas. Our carefully designed open plan studio provides an inspiring environment for you to develop your ideas and allows architecture students from across all three years of the course to work collaboratively and share ideas and best practice. Additionally, field study visits form an important  part  of this course and may be both in the UK and abroad.

Ranked in the world top 100 for Architecture and Built Environment teaching (QS world ranking 2018), the School of the Built Environment is committed to ensuring that the knowledge you develop and the skills you learn will prepare you for the next stage of your journey, whether that be  in  industry or further study.


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Course Details

This course will develop and inform your understanding of the skills needed to practice as a chartered architect. Having recently achieved recommended unconditional Part 1 validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects* (RIBA) and 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 architect.  

Encompassing planning and pre-design, design, construction, operation and re-construction, this course provides an opportunity for you to study alongside other built environment students through multi disciplinary projects. We follow an action learning approach, with a focus on the workplace and current practice-based developments.

In your first year, you will develop a basic understanding of architectural spatiality and the relationship between form/space/material/tectonics. Studio-based modules will be complemented by lectures and seminars that challenge you to think creatively and form your own ideas.

During your second year, you will consider the performance of buildings from different perspectives and learn how to design according to performance criteria. As the year progresses, your design focus moves to an urban context and you explore the history and theory of architecture in more detail. You will also have the option to take an overseas study visit.

In your final year, you will apply the theoretical concepts, techniques and creative skills you have developed on the course in a final architectural design project. You will also select optional modules based on your interests, as you progress your knowledge in preparation for the second stage of your architecture journey.

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 contemporary and historic construction techniques related to both project delivery and environmental considerations.
You will gain the skills and ability to deploy digital technologies such BIM in the development of design alternatives for a client brief and justify design selection with the accurate adoption of the digital technologies.
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 engagment with comtemporary 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 prepare you for your first year in industry by equipping you with a comprehensive understanding of the profession of architecture. You will develop an understanding of the role of the architect in society. You will learn about the management of the construction industry, the role of the architectural practice and responsibilities of each within the regulatory legal context within which architecture operates.
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 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
International Baccalaureate 31 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

The Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES) is not available for Architecture 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 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.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £12,960 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 £12,600 per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.  Field study visits, as arranged by the School, are approximately £150.00.


Student Work

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  • 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

MArch  Architecture


Our carefully designed open plan studio provides an inspiring environment for our students to develop their ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice.

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