Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Architecture

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2021

Introduction

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 (Hons) Architecture degree 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 course

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), 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
International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Institute of British Architects logo
Architects Registration Board

This is for you if...

1.

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

2.

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

3.

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 Architecture degree illuminates the built environment in a collaborative and imaginative way.  Combining planning, design, construction and operation, the course content will nurture your professional skills, creative approach and technical knowledge.

  • 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.

Delivered within an action-learning culture, you'll thrive in our dynamic studio-based environment. You'll 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 Manchester and Salford.

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.

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.

New

Construction Technology in Architecture 1

This module will introduce you to construction technology and building fabric design by focussing on principles of architectural structures using natural processes as exemplar. It explores what structures and systems mean in architecture and the environment, and introduces principles, including structural equilibrium, and the techniques of assessment of stress and deformation in simple elements. Common materials, assemblies and construction techniques used to achieve safe, environmentally sound tectonic strategies will be explained and exemplified with particular emphasis on the principles, elements and techniques of domestic architecture.

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).

New

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

New

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.

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.

New

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.

New

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.

New

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.

Year three

New

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.

New

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.

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?

TEACHING

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

ASSESSMENT

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. 

Facilites

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.

Location

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?

Employment

This course is designed to help you to develop a range of personal and professional skills which will make you highly employable. These include report writing and presentation skills, IT skills and team work and project management skills.

By successfully completing a RIBA-accredited architecture degree, you will achieve Part 1 validation, which will be your first step towards registered Architect status. It will also put you in a great position to explore a range of career opportunities within architecture and the built environment. 

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.

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

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.

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 2021/22 academic year.

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

112-128 points.

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 128 tariff points.

A Levels

112-128 points.

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 128 tariff points.

BTEC National Diploma

DMM-DDM in a cognate discipline.

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be DDM in a cognate discipline.

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Access to HE

112-128 points.

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 128 tariff points.

Foundation Degree

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Scottish Highers

112-128 points.

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 128 tariff points from Higher Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate

112-128 points.

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 128 tariff points from Higher Level. 

European Bacclaureate

Please contact Admissions for further information.

International Baccalaureate

30-32 points.

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 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
Full-time home 2022/23 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15900per 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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