Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Architectural Engineering with Foundation Year

School of Science, Engineering and Environment




Four year

Next enrolment

September 2022


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. This foundation year pathway is designed to help you build a strong foundation of knowledge in key design and built environment principles so you're ready to progress and succeed on the full BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering degree.

This pathway is an excellent route if you want to study the full honours degree, but don't meet the direct entry requirements. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress on to the full honours degree where you'll join a vibrant multidisciplinary community, learning alongside architects, architectural design technologists, building surveyors, construction managers and quantity surveyors.

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. As a world-ranked centre for architecture study, Salford is located at the heart of the largest property and construction market outside of London. During this course, you'll join a vibrant multidisciplinary community, learning alongside architects, architectural design technologists, building surveyors, construction managers and quantity surveyors, developing your professional skills to ensure that you are working to professional standards.

Learn more about studying architectural engineering, explore course modules, tour our studios and speak to the course team, by attending our next Open Day

You will:
  • Develop competence in essential areas of built environment professional practice
  • Build technical, analytical and problem-solving skills, ready to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering degree
  • Gain hands-on experience using built environment-focused IT equipment and software
  • Build your confidence by strengthening team working, communication and study skills

This is for you if...


You’re passionate about buildings and architecture and want to develop and shape the built environment


You want to study architectural engineering but don't meet the honours degree entry requirements


You're returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction

Course details

All about the course

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Foundation Year

The introductory foundation year will build your understanding of situations and solving problems in the built environment.

With a focus on progression, the foundation year also introduced the core practical and communication skills you will need to succeed at an advanced study level.

Once you successfully complete and pass the foundation year, you will progress on to the full BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering degree. 

BSc Honours Degree

For a further three years of study, you will study a carefully-designed suite of modules which blend architecture and engineering disciplines. As you learn about structural principles, you will explore architecture theory, developing design awareness and an understanding of integral systems. You will balance the technologies needed for developing engineering solutions with architectural studio-based techniques:

    • During your first year, you will receive an introduction to the architectural design process using a range of built environment topics, including architectural structures, design representation and modelling, and architecture theory
    • As you progress to year two, you will learn manage design information and use sophisticated software to develop your design skills. You will 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 continue to develop your design portfolio, with the opportunity to present and interact with industry. You will also bring all of your learning together as you complete an architectural engineering final project on a subject of your choice

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    Learning Experience

    There are few better places in the UK to study architecture than Salford. From our location at the heart of Greater Manchester, our expert academic team draws on close industry partnerships with architecture, engineering and construction sectors, to bring you guest lectures, networking opportunities and local architectural projects that will support your knowledge and skill progression. 

    Based at our green Peel Park campus, just over a mile from Manchester city centre, you will thrive in our dynamic studio environment. Tackle live project briefs, as you engage with industry. Sketch ideas and make models, as you fill your Instagram feed with impressive local architecture.  Showcase your design skills at our Degree Show.  Receive an immersive, rewarding learning experience.

    Foundation year

    Introduction to Built Environment Professional Practice

    This module will introduce you to the range of sectors and professions involved in the built environment sector. You will also gain an understanding of the role of the different professions, and begin to explore the concept of health and safety in industry.

    Introduction to Design Practice

    The aim of this module is to provide you with an appreciation and understanding of architectural design and the factors that influence it. You will gain an understanding of architectural design in the context of the overall building procurement process, and be introduced to the role of ICT as an essential tool in built environment professional practice. Through this module you will begin to develop your expertise in commonly used built environment design representation software applications.


    Introduction to Digital Built Environment

    The module is to introduce the concept of digitalisation in the built environment industry and allow you to apply different digital technologies. It will also introduce you to building materials and structure.


    Introduction to Building Science

    This module will introduce you to many of the reasons why we need buildings. It introduces and examines how we design buildings to both passively and actively modify the internally created built environment. The concept of whole building Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is introduced in relation to thermal comfort, visual comfort, acoustic comfort and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) with the goal of instilling an understanding in the learner as to how aspects of good building design promote occupant comfort and wellbeing. Via an understanding of the physical properties of construction materials, basic scientific principles and building engineering services, you will gain an understanding of buildings in use, not just buildings under design or in construction.

    IT and Study Skills

    This module is designed to equip you with a set of skills, knowledge and personal attributes that ensure the student is likely to be successful in their chosen route of academic study on a course within the School of the Built Environment. You will develop the ability to understand what and how they are learning, and to review, plan and take responsibility for your own learning.

    Professional Practice Project

    This module introduces the process of client/architect/engineer design briefs, and particular specifications in relation to a building’s internal environment, with particular attention paid to the specification of thermal, visual, acoustic and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) design variables. Building on the theory learned in the Introduction to Building Science module, this module moves on to the design and practical application of environmental design criteria based on the previously developed understanding of environmental comfort.

    You will research into, and select, various design variables during the creation of project Room Data Sheets (RDS), used by engineering consultants to design passive and active approaches to the creation of an optimum internal environment for occupant comfort and wellbeing. The module then moves on to the determination of actual environmental conditions in numerous rooms and spaces in a variety of building types via the physical use of measuring equipment. By comparing theoretical and actual design values, you will then undertake observations and Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) surveys to determine real occupant opinions and perceptions as to their working environment, with the goal of assessing those areas of design with poor feedback and the proposal of corrective measures.

    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 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.

    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.

    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.


    Construction Technology in Architecture 2

    This module builds on your introduction to structure, materials and fabric by introducing you to the challenges for the built environment of the Climate Emergency, and by introducing principles of Environmental Design, Systems and Services. The module will discuss building physics and a building’s fabric, and how its environmental services and systems need to be combined to provide physiological, thermal, visual and acoustic comfort. It will also introduce the need to attend to the physical and psychological health, safety and wellbeing of the occupants and the welfare of those making and maintaining buildings when making design decisions. You will consider how principles of responsive design (both passive and interactive) can be utilised in relation to the principles, elements and techniques of sustainable design of domestic architecture.

    Year two

    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.

    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.


    Design Studio 2A

    This module comprises the further development and formation of an iterative architectural design methodology. It builds on the formation of spatial and formal vocabulary and the interpretation and communication of ideas developed in the Design Studio 1A and 1B modules. You will undertake projects for commercial uses and public spaces and design buildings of moderate complexity. In addition to these non-domestic architectures, you will also be introduced to modularisation and modern methods of construction and the challenges and opportunities these pose to architectural form, function and conceptualisations of space and programme, and of the problem of the particular, from the scale of the architectural detail to the specificities of a place or neighbourhood. You will explore the possibilities they afford for producing innovative architectural designs, which address functional, social, and environmental needs in the context of an historic urban fabric. The brief requires you to produce a medium scale building by introducing your own understanding of users’ technical and environmental needs and create your own specifications for the spaces and activities required. The module will further develop your and ability to apply the principles of architectural design, in relationship to the structural, technological and environmental requirements and deepen your understanding of an iterative and integrated building design process.


    Multi-Disciplinary Design Project

    The multidisciplinary module allows you to engage in a multidisciplinary practice-based environment and gain an insight into industrial practice. Utilising a real-world scenario you will work collectively to communicate a project solution to a panel of assessors through varying forms of media. This module is supported with a series of industrial guest speakers to offer real-life practices, procedures, technologies and communication techniques.


    Construction Technology in Architecture 3

    This module further develops your understanding of technological innovation in architecture integrating the parallel strands of Structure and Services introduced to you in year 1 through two core themes central to Building Fabric Design: Design for Climate and Sustainability and Design for Human and Life Safety. Through these themes you will develop competencies in more advanced construction techniques, systems and assemblies for non-domestic buildings, and through this you will extend and develop your technical vocabulary and grasp of building physics and building fabric design for more complex building forms in terms of scale, multiple storeys, and for medium as well as long clear spans.


    Design Studio 2B: Performance Modelling and Integrated Design

    This module comprises the further development and formation of an iterative architectural design methodology. It builds on the integrated Design approach introduced in Design Studio 2A and further develops this via the notion of performative and performance-based design. Through the module you will undertake projects for public use and design buildings of moderate complexity and further your abilities to contribute to the creation of place in urban, peri-urban or rural contexts. In addition, you will also you will gain the skills and ability to deploy digital technologies such as BIM and Computational Design in the development of design alternatives in a further development of your and ability to apply the principles of architectural design, in relationship to the structural, technological and environmental requirements and deepen your understanding of an iterative and integrated building design process.

    Year three


    Design Studio 3A

    This module comprises the development of an inventive approach to architecture and the continued formation of an iterative design methodology. It builds on the formation of spatial and formal vocabulary and the interpretation and communication of ideas developed in previous design modules and asks that you both build upon and challenge accepted performance and evidence-based modes of integrated design. In this module you will investigate the power of design in all its complexity in instigating social, cultural, aesthetic, historical and technological change through proposals that are both inventive and interventionist, whilst evidencing care for the future.

    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.

    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


    Design Studio 3B

    You will develop, apply and test your 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 your 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.

    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

    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?


    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, both individual and in groups
    • Lectures and tutorials
    • Directed study
    • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)



    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

    School of Science, Engineering and Environment

    Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders.

    Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.


    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.

    Industry Collaboration

    We put industry collaboration at the heart of architecture study at Salford. Supported by Conservation Architect Bernadette Bone, our Architecture students recently had the opportunity to work on live briefs based around the redevelopment plans for local landmark Islington Mill.

    A former mill building now home to a thriving community of artists and creatives, this project enabled our students to apply their skills and learn through design projects, site visits and engagement with professional architects. These experiences provide our students with invaluable experience and insight of future careers.

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    What about after uni?


    This course is designed to help you to develop a range of personal and professional skills which will make you highly-employable. As well as gaining an introduction to architecture and the built environment, you will also build key IT, study and presentation skills, and develop your team working and project management skills during your studies.

    Once you progress to complete the full BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering degree, you'll graduate with diverse and rewarding careers opportunities ahead of you. Whilst there is demand for architectural professionals in the UK, plenty of opportunities exist throughout the world. 

    As an architectural engineering graduate, you'll understand how engineering principles and technology are applied to building design. You'll have the knowledge and skills necessary to apply for a graduate role within a design or engineering practice. Salford's architecture alumni have progressed to work with regional and international design firms, government organisations and engineering consultancy practices.


    You might find you want to learn more about the built environment, so we offer a range of specialism postgraduate study options to help you take your career and interests even further. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a significant fees discount. 

    MArch Architecture

    MSc Project Management in Construction

    MSc BIM and Digital Built Environments

    MSc Real Estate and Property Management

    A taste of what you could become

    An architectural engineer

    A designer

    An urbanist

    An architect

    A design project lead

    and more...


    What you need to know


    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.


    This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.


    All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.  

    Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses.

    Standard entry requirements


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

    UCAS tariff points

    64 points

    A level

    64 UCAS points, typically two grade Cs

    BTEC National Diploma

    MMP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma).

    BTEC Higher National Diploma

    Please contact Admissions for further information.

    Access to HE

    Pass in Access to HE Diploma - minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points

    Foundation Degree

    Please contact Admissions for further information.

    Scottish Highers

    64 from Higher Level

    Irish Leaving Certificate

    64 from Higher Level

    European Baccalaureate

    Please contact Admissions for further information.

    International Baccalaureate

    Please contact Admissions for further information.

    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 2022/23 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
    Full-time home 2023/24 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
    Additional costs

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

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    Enrolment dates

    September 2022

    September 2023

    UCAS information

    Course ID K134

    Institution S03