Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Architectural Engineering

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2020

Introduction

In a nutshell

Successful architectural design is the sweet spot within technology, science and creativity. As design boundaries are pushed even further, an Architectural Engineering degree can lead to an exciting career, shaping buildings both sustainable and spectacular.

Sustainable development and changes to the UK building regulations are driving demand for more professionals with the skills and knowledge to help create the low carbon buildings of the future. If you’re fascinated by the brains behind beautiful buildings, our three-year degree in Architectural Engineering is a great choice. By combining architecture and engineering disciplines, you’ll build a comprehensive view of building design from day one, providing you with robust knowledge of building structures and the capability to lead a multidisciplinary approach to building design.

If you are unsure about this level of study, this course is also available with a Foundation year entry pathway

You will:
  • Explore interactions between a building and its internal and external environments, and the relationships between shape, material, performance, load, and construction
  • Understand the role of nature, people and technology in design, alongside the economic and environmental dimensions that impact on the building design process
  • Be part of a vibrant multidisciplinary learning environment, working with students from other built environment disciplines, including architects, architectural design technologists, building surveyors, construction managers and quantity surveyors
  • Develop key skills required by an architecture professional, including project appraisal, team working, critical analysis and problem-solving
International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of architectural design

2.

You are creative and an original thinker, keen to develop technical skills in new areas

3.

You studied a mix of maths/science and humanities/arts subjects at A level

Course details

All about the course

Delivered full-time over three years, you'll study a carefully-designed suite of modules which blend architecture and engineering disciplines. As you learn about structural principles, you’ll explore architecture theory, developing design awareness and an understanding of integral systems. You’ll balance the technologies for developing engineering solutions with creative studio-based techniques.

In year one, you'll receive an introduction to the architectural design process using a range of built environment topics, including Principles of Architectural Structure, Design Representation and Modelling, and architecture theory. Throughout your studies you will learn alongside students from across our built environment courses and benefit from a collaborative learning environment. As you progress to year two, you'll manage design information and use sophisticated software to develop your design skills. You'll also experience a multi-disciplinary project to further develop your experience of collaborative working, which is common practice in the career of an architectural engineer.

In your final year, you will develop a design portfolio, with the opportunity to present and interact with industry. As part of your assessment, you'll also complete a research dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Year one

Design Studio 1A

You will be introduced to architectural design thinking through the understanding of the inter-relationships between people and their immediate environment in place making.

Design Studio 1B

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.

Design Representation and Modelling

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).

History and Theory of Architecture 1

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.

Introduction to Building Services and Systems

You will learn about environmental factors which influence decision making with regard to Building Services in a building and systems installations. 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 type and usage informs building systems and performance of buildings.

Principles of Architectural Structure

This module aims at providing a fundamental understanding of the design principles and behaviours of structural forms, elements and systems in buildings. You will be introduced to nature as a generator of structure. You'll explore the relationship between shape, material, structural performance, loads, assembly methods and construction technology through modelling, analysis, and case studies. You will be able to understand the mutual dependencies between architectural design, structural performance and manufacturing technologies in the past and present through the knowledge of historical and contemporary structural forms and materials. The module also enables you to investigate the implications of nature, people and technology in the design of architectural structures.

Year two

Design Studio 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.

History and Theory of Architecture 2

You will gain a broad understanding of the history and theory of architecture focused on the examination of the histories of modern architecture.

Construction Technology in 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.

Architectural Engineering Design

You will develop your ability to select and apply structural assemblies and stability systems. You will also understand how to apply mechanics to the analysis of continuous structures and analyse soil retaining systems.

Multidisciplinary Project

This project will provide you with an opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams and to enable them to perform in a role/discipline in the context of a team based project. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the multi-disciplinary nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop both discipline based and generic key skills required by a built environment professional. It encourages self-reflection and enable you to further your personal development plan, that aligns the learning needs and career aspirations and the requirements of the business sector and the professional institutions. You will also further develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

Performance Modelling and Integrated Design

Module content will help you to 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.

Year three

Design Studio 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.

Design Research Project

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.

Re-creating the City - Re-use and Regeneration

You will explore the theme of regeneration and application of architecture practice in the regeneration of cities and urban environments.

Design Studio 4

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.

Applied Architectural Engineering

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

Practice Management and Law

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

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What Will I be Doing?

TEACHING

As an Architectural Engineering student, you will spend a lot of time in the Architecture studios, where you will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical formats:

  • Studio projects
  • Projects with other students
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Guest lecturers and visits to construction sites, completed buildings etc.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment type will be determined by its ability to meet the desired learning outcomes in each module. Typical assessment types will include:

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

Architecture students also receive the opportunity to take part in our annual degree show and yearbook

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a rapidly changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to become unstoppable in your career.

Facilities

You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software.

As an Architectural Engineering student you will learn in our carefully designed architecture studios provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. We also have workshops which house high specification equipment, including laser cutters and 3-D printers, to help you bring your ideas and concepts to life.

Salford is also home to the unique Energy House – the only fully climate controlled research facility in the world. Built in 2011, this full sized two bedroom terraced house is built inside an environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. It is fully furnished and packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables.

Location

There are few better places in the UK to study the built environment. Located at the heart of the UK's largest property and construction market outside of London, our expert academic team can draw on close industry partnerships and live local case studies to enrich your learning experience.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

By knowing how to the apply engineering principles and technology to building design, you can use these skills to build a successful career.

Architectural engineering graduates are in demand because of the importance placed on the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings. Typical employers include architectural practices,  engineering consultants, central government, local authorities, property developers and construction contractors.

FURTHER STUDY

If you decide to take your studies further, we offer a range of related postgraduate built environment courses. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a generous fees discount.

A taste of what you could become

An Architectural engineer

A Designer

An Urbanist

An Architect

and more...

Career Links

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

Throughout the course, you will get to work on ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped to design a new club-house for Salford City FC, created designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and developed concepts for the Salford Woolpack community pub.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each applicant. Having these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your academic potential, but they are also essential if you want a successful built environment career.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5, is proof of this.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

All candidates must submit a portfolio. Letters of verification confirming that the portfolio is your own work must accompany the portfolio. For example, the letter can use school/college headed paper and be signed by your tutor. For mature students, the letter should be written and signed by someone with an industry connection. 

Please read our guidance for portfolio preparation and submission. Your portfolio must be sent to the School Office Administrator: sobe-admissions@salford.ac.uk

 

 Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

112 points

GCE A Level

112 points

BTEC National Diploma

DMM in a related discipline

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Access to HE

108 points

Foundation Degree

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Scottish Highers

108 points

Irish Leaving Certificate

108 points

European Baccalaureate

Please contact Admissions for further information.

International Baccalaureate

30 points

Other Qualifications

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively 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 receive your application, we'll 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.

Please contact Admissions for further information.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £12,960per year
Part-time 2020/21 Your annual fee will be calculated pro-rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15600per year
Part-time 2021/22 Your annual fee will be calculated pro-rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Additional costs

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

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
 
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID K132

Institution S03

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