Undergraduate BSc (Hons)


School of Science, Engineering and Environment




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2021


In a nutshell

If you are looking for a degree - and future career -  that combines creativity, design and critical thinking, look no further than our BSc Architecture course

Architects are highly-valued professionals, working with governments, engineers, construction partners and design practices throughout the world to shape our cities and the built environment. As an architect, your work will inspire others, as you design new buildings and public spaces, and reinvent, restore and conserve existing ones.

RIBA-accredited programme

Our three-year BSc (Hons) Architecture course is carefully designed to nurture your development and prepare you for practice. With unconditional Part 1 validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB), BSc (Hons), this course is the first step to becoming an unstoppable chartered architect.

Studio-based learning experience

Led by international expert tutors, the course will help you to develop career-essential knowledge and skills. Through our enviable location close to buzzing central Manchester, our strong industry links, and our studio-based learning experience, we ensure that you study architecture in an inspiring, engaging way.

You will:
  • Explore spatiality and the relationship between form, space, material and tectonics
  • Study urban scale, history and theory, making regular study visits to sites and developments
  • Develop leadership and management skills, gaining the confidence to contribute your opinions and express your creative ideas
  • Assess a building’s performance and learn how to meet key criteria in your design work and conceptual frameworks

students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Institute of British Architects logo
Architects Registration Board

This is for you if...


You're fascinated by cities and urban life and to want to help develop and shape our future built environment


You're a design-focused solution-seeker, looking to combine highly imaginative creativity with theoretical and technical knowledge


You have ambitions to be an architect and want to start your journey towards professional status

Course details

All about the course

Interior Architecture at Salford

Delivered full-time over three years, our BSc (Hons) Architecture degree illuminates the built environment in a collaborative and imaginative way.  Combining planning, design, construction, operation and re-construction, the course content nurtures your workplace skills, creative approach and technical knowledge.

Delivered within an action-learning culture, you'll thrive in our dynamic studio-based environment. here, you will experience real-life project briefs, and engage with industry professionals. You’ll sketch ideas, make models, and fill your Instagram feed with some amazing local architecture projects.

  • In year one, you will focus on architectural spatiality and the relationship between form/space/material/tectonics. Studio-based activity is complemented by sessions that challenge you to  form your own ideas.
  • During year two, you will look at building performance and explore how to design according to performance criteria and conceptual frameworks. There is also an optional overseas study visit, providing you with further inspiration.
  • In your final year, you will apply all of the theoretical, technical and creative skills you've developed during the course in a final architectural design project to present at our annual degree show. Final year content will also prepare you for the next stage of your architecture education.
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.

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.

Performance Modelling and Integrated Design

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.

Principles of Sustainable Built Environments

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Environmental Architectural Technology

You will develop an holistic understanding of tectonics for local and global environmental challenges. You will assess the impacts of building performance on the built environment. You'll 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 impact build, sustainability and environmental performance within broad societal concerns.

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?


During your studies, you'll be based in our purpose-built design studios in our flagship New Adelphi building. Here, you'll develop your architecture knowledge and skills using a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods.

Typically, these will include:

  • Individual and group studio projects
  • Practical workshops
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Guest lecturers and external project site visits


Architecture is a design-driven field combining theory and practice. Depending on the module focus, you will be assessed using a range of methods that can best analyse your skill development.

Typically, these will include:

  • Design projects
  • Essays and critiques
  • 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 architecture student, you will be based in our architecture studios, designed to inspire you to develop ideas and collaborate. You'll also have access to workshops that feature laser cutters and 3-D printers, to help you bring your ideas, models and concepts to life.


There are few better places in the UK to study architecture than Salford. Our expert academic team can draw on close industry partnerships and live local architectural projects to enrich your learning experience. 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?


Architects are highly valued in many sectors and work widely throughout the 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.

Further study

If you're looking to continue your architecture studies to Part 2, we offer the MArch Architecture course. We even offer a generous fee discount to our graduates and alumni.


A taste of what you could become

An architect

An urbanist

A planner

A designer

A consultant

And more...

Career Links

Our experienced 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.

Throughout the course, you will get to work on ‘live’ community 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.


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.


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


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 2021/22 academic year.

Standard entry requirements


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

112-128 points

A Levels

112-128 points

BTEC National Diploma

DMM-DDM in a cognate discipline

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Access to HE

112-128 points

Foundation Degree

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Scottish Highers

112-128 points

Irish Leaving Certificate

112-128 points

European Bacclaureate

Please contact Admissions for further information.

International Baccalaureate

30-32 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 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,600per year
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 2021

September 2022

UCAS information

Course ID K100

Institution S03

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