Undergraduate BSc (Hons)





Three year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

Architects are responsible for questioning and reflecting on how we use buildings and the spaces around them to propose alternative and effective models for living.

Our three-year BSc (Hons) Architecture course is carefully designed to nurture your development as a designer and equip you with the critical thinking skills needed for practice. With validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB), this course is the first step to pursuing a career in Architecture*.

Design activity is central to our programme. You will make full use of our individual creative skillset to learn to develop proposals for complex, multi-dimensional and cross-disciplinary, spatial problems. You will use design thinking to consider and explore the global challenges faced by society, including decarbonisation, decolonisation, and the effect of emerging technologies and their implications for built environment use and performance.

Studying Architecture at Salford offers the unique opportunity to practice your design skills through engagement with live projects and by prototyping and testing using our cutting-edge digital design and fabrication facilities. You will have the opportunity to experiment with all forms of design processes from hand drawing to model making. Opportunities to engage with live projects, from site visits and collaborative, cross-disciplinary working scenarios, will prepare you for professional practice and encourage you to consider the future of the architectural profession.

*The ARB is revising its requirements for registration and is removing the award of an undergraduate qualification in architecture as a requirement.  The intention of the ARB is that its prescription of Part 1 qualifications will cease on 31 Dec 2027. 

If you graduate in June 2028 or later, you will be affected by the change and your degree will not be a prescribed ARB award. This will not impact your ability to complete your qualification as a UK registered architect, as the ARB will continue to accredit academic awards at master’s level only.

The BSc Architecture is currently, and will continue to be, subject to validation by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) at Part 1.*

Start your study journey

Register for our next Open Day to learn more about studying Architecture, explore our facilities and meet the course team

You will:

  • Develop skills in design thinking and creativity to solve complex problems
  • Explore the relationship between form, space, material and tectonics
  • Study urban conditions, histories, theories and methods
  • Be introduced to professional and regulatory frameworks
  • Practice verbal and visual communication skills for design development, project management and leadership

students accepted

Course accreditations

RIBA (validated course in architecture) logo
ARB (Architects Registration Board) logo

This is for you if...


You want to be involved in shaping the future of the built and urban environment through a professionally accredited degree with strong links to industry and practice


You want to develop transferable skills in critical thinking, visual and verbal communication to tackle complex global societal challenges, such as climate change.


You want the opportunity to develop, propose, test, and explore material and spatial practice, using cutting edge facilities while working on live projects.

Course details

All about the course

Architecture Studios Lecture Space

Course delivery

Located in the School of Science Engineering and Environment Building on the Peel Park campus, Architecture at Salford is a short walk from the heart of central Manchester. This gives us the opportunity to engage with Manchester and Salford as vibrant, creative locations which provide context for exploration and design propositions.

Reflecting the University of Salford’s strategy to prepare its students for the future, we offer a studio environment for research-led and industry-focused experiences. Our academic team draws on close industry partnerships to deliver guest lectures, live projects, workshops, networking and employability events and opportunities to collaborate with world-leading research groups and facilities. We offer all our graduating students the opportunity to design and showcase their work at the end of year Degree Show, to which we invite prominent regional and international practices.

Two architecture students working on a project

Learning experience

With our enviable location at the heart of buzzing central Manchester, our expert academic team draws on close industry partnerships 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, we use our strong industry links and fascinating studio-based learning experience to ensure you study in an inspiring engaging way. You’ll have the opportunity to tackle live briefs, sketch ideas and make models as you fill your Instagram feed with impressive local architecture. Receive an immersive, rewarding experience at Salford where you can showcase your design skills at our degree show.

Read about student Matthew's study experience at the university.

Year one

Design Studio 1A

You will be introduced to architectural thinking and the implications of the relationships between people, environment and place through creative and engaging small-scale design projects. Through the projects you will practice a wide range of architectural representation techniques, from orthographic drawing to model making.

History and Theory 1

You will be introduced to the canon of western architectural history and its underlying ideological assumptions. The module locates the major practices and sites of western architecture in a wide visual, cultural and ideological context and critically examines its relevance to the practicing architect today. 

Design Studio 1B

You will develop your skills and knowledge in architectural representation and build design through larger scale design projects and live engagement opportunities.

Practice 1

You will be introduced to the professional code of conduct, professional and regulatory frameworks for architectural practice through site visits and industry engagement.

Design Technology 1

This module introduces construction technology and environmental systems thinking for architectural and urban form. You will discuss the relationship between internal and external building environments.

Year two

Design Studio 2A

This module explores the use of architectural representation to analyse and critique urban contexts and develop contextually appropriate design propositions.  

History and Theory 2

The module aims to develop the broad understanding of the history and theory of architecture focused on the examination of the histories of modern architecture. The field of enquiry will also be broadened by a consideration of urbanism and critical theory relevant to the histories being considered and demand a greater appreciation of the role of the architect in society.

Practice 2: Multidisciplinary 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 student’s work collectively and collaboratively 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.

Design Technology 2

Design Technology 2 will advance your understanding of construction technology and environmental systems.

Design Studio 2B

This module expands on a site-specific practice, utilising a landscape-responsive strategy through an iterative and holistic architectural design response. We continue exploring architectural design as “a practice of disturbing ecologies and accelerating de/stabilizations,” and assemble them as part of our architectural collectives.

Year three

Integrated Design Studio

A yearlong design studio project which allows you to bring together the knowledge and skills you have developed through the programme to produce a thesis project of your own conception. Academic and practice-based staff will guide you through the project and multiple portfolio submissions which culminate in your final thesis project.

Design Technology 3

You will explore and practice tectonic rationale and detailed design. Through case studies and your Integrated Design Studio project, you will apply technical standards and regulatory frameworks for sustainability, health and life safety.

History and Theory 3

History and Theory 3 brings together learning and skills from History and Theory 1 & 2 to develop theoretical position for your design studio work.

Practice 3

The Practice 3 module formalises the skills and knowledge developed in Practice 1 & 2. You will consider the context of current professional architectural practice and explore the possibilities of the profession's future.

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?


Our approach positions studio as a dispersed activity that exists on campus (dedicated, high-spec studios and workshops), in the field (on site), in teams (connecting with practices and research centres) and through digitally enabled environments (online and through collaborative workflows). This approach accommodates flexible and experimental modes of working alongside valuable located experiences which make learning memorable. Adopting a digitally infused approach to studio enables local, transnational and multidisciplinary interaction that uses local and specific environments as a test bed for transferability.

You will develop your architecture knowledge and skills using a blend of theoretical, collaborative, and practical methods, including:

  • Individual and group work
  • Lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops
  • Fieldwork and site visits
  • Self-directed study
  • Engagement with practice and industry


Architecture is a design-driven field combining theory and practice. Depending on the module focus, you will be assessed using a range of methods, including:

  • Design portfolio, including 2D and 3D digital and physical forms of representation
  • Illustrated Essays and reports
  • Verbal and visual presentation
  • Professional etiquette and conduct
What you want to know

Frequently asked questions

Is it hard to study architecture?  

Studying Architecture can be challenging since it involves many practical aspects and tasks, however, our students find our programmes incredibly rewarding when gaining a wide range of skills during their studies.   

There are methods to ensure you’re getting the best of your degree, including practicing good time management and making time for yourself to recharge. If you find your studies overwhelming, there will be support available from your lecturers and university support staff. 

What GCSEs and A Levels do you need for architecture?  

Most of our Architecture programmes require GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/Level 4 or above and a certain number of UCAS points. The specific entry requirements for this programme can be found in the entry requirements section. 

How long does it take to become an architect?  

Our Architecture programmes are delivered on a full-time basis over 3 years. Many of our other architecture programmes also offer an added foundation year, taking your studies up to 4 years but requiring more relaxed entry requirements.

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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 digitally infused 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 test, develop and resolve design ideas.

Industry collaboration and research

When you start this degree with Salford, you are also joining a community making a difference in industry, our local region and in our wider society.

Many of our academics and technicians who support your course also deliver collaborative, interdisciplinary, high-impact work in a range of local and global built environment issues and challenges.

Discover how you are part of something bigger.

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What about after uni?


Successfully completing our RIBA-validated and ARB prescribed BSc (Hons) Architecture degree will be your first step towards registering as an Architect. The course is designed to help you develop a range of personal, professional and transferable skills desirable to many employers in construction and creative industries. These include report writing and presentation skills, IT skills and teamwork and project management skills. With these skills you can expect work in a range of construction and creative industries, including architectural practice, design and engineering, consultancy firms, central government, local authorities, property developers, building contractors, housing associations, financial institutions, major retailers and manufacturing companies.

Further study

We offer a range of specialist PGT programme in construction and built environment.

For those wanting to take the next step to becoming a qualified Architect, we recommend gaining 12 months practical experience before joining our Master of Architecture programme. The MArch is ARB (Architects Registration Board) prescribed and has RIBA course candidate status, meaning that you will graduate with the ability to proceed to professional practice and Part 3; the final step to becoming a qualified Architect.

A taste of what you could become

An architect

An urbanist

A planner

A designer

A consultant

And more...


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. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take our Pre-Sessional English course, or the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

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 admissions team: admissionssee-ug@salford.ac.uk

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

128 tariff points.

A Levels

128 tariff points.

BTEC National Diploma

DDM in a cognate discipline.

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Access to HE

128 tariff points.

Foundation Degree

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Scottish Highers

128 tariff points from Higher Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate

128 tariff points from Higher Level. 

European Bacclaureate

Please contact Admissions for further information.

International Baccalaureate

32 points.

Other Qualifications

Please contact Admissions for further information.

International students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

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 2024/25 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £17,040.00per year
Full-time home 2025/26 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £17,650.00per year

Additional costs

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

International student scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.

Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID K100

Institution S03