Undergraduate BSc (Hons)


School of Science, Engineering and Environment




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2023


In a nutshell

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.

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.

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.

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:

  • 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

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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

Course Delivery

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.

You’ll focus on architectural spatiality and studio-based activities in your first year, then you will explore how to design according to performance criteria and conceptual frameworks in year two with an optional overseas study visit. Bring it all together by applying all your knowledge in a final architectural design project to present at our annual degree show.

Learn more about the course modules in the section below.

Group of architecture students

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 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.


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).


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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

Our strong links with engineering and construction sectors, including local and international architectural practices, ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, live briefs and networking opportunities.


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.

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?


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, MHA Architects, Mason Gillibrand Architects 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.

Read about Franklin's graduate role at AECOM.

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...


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.


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 courseor the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.


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

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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 2023/24 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2023/24 £16,380per year
Full-time home 2024/25 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £17,040per 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 2023

September 2024

UCAS information

Course ID K100

Institution S03