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Architectural Engineering

University of Plymouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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Join a unique multidisciplinary course, which allows you to study both the architectural design and engineering of buildings. Our architectural engineering degree combines the creativity of architecture with the rigour of building engineering, preparing you for a successful future career designing and engineering the built environment. Graduates of architectural engineering are the future industry leaders, prepared to address global challenges, such as climate change and diminishing natural resources, through the design and engineering of innovative sustainable buildings. We are a Top 10 University for Building courses in England and Wales by overall student satisfaction. 95% of our students are satisfied with the quality of our BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering course (National Student Survey 2019). Our course is the only fully accredited BSc Architectural Engineering degree by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) in the UK. Each year the architectural and engineering knowledge and skills you develop come together in a real-world design project with a real project brief. You can also choose to undertake a one year paid industry work placement between the second and final year of the course. Our links with industry will help you find a placement. You will join a vibrant multidisciplinary learning environment, working with students from other built environment courses, including building surveying, construction project management and quantity surveying. You will have access to a wide range of industry standard facilities, resources and equipment, including, a designated design studio space, specialist laboratories and workshops and Mac and PC suites. Read more about our BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering course here: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/bsc-architectural-engineering

Course details


Year One • Fundamentals of Construction • Introduction to Architectural Technology • ICT for Architecture and Construction Projects • Building Physics • Principles of Economics and Management • Built Environment Project 1 Year Two • Low Energy Building Design • Technology of Large and Innovative Buildings • Building Services Engineering • Built Environment Project 2 • Contract Procedures • Property Development and Refurbishment Year Three (optional Placement year) Take advantage of an optional year of paid professional training by undertaking an industry placement with a company in the UK or abroad. It will give you real hands-on experience and introduce you to exciting opportunities for your future employment. A successful completion of the placement year will lead you to an additional qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice. Final Year • Building Control and Commissioning • Sustainable and Safe Construction • Built Environment Project 3 • Building and Property Law • Research Methods in the Built Environment • Dissertation Project The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Assessment method

35% of assessment is by exam, 65% by coursework

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Institute of Building
  • Building Engineers, Chartered Association of

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

Unistats information

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Go onto work and study

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 112 points Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.
A level 104-112 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Preferably Construction, Engineering, however will consider over subjects.
Access to HE Diploma Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably Construction, Engineering or Combined) with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.
Scottish Higher In combination with Advanced Highers.
AS Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D - D*D* Preferably Construction, Engineering, however will consider over subjects.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Scottish Advanced Higher 104-112 tariff points, including two Advanced Highers. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 - 28 points Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Considered in combination
Extended Project Considered in combination
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 or above required.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With 5.5 in all elements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13800* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Full and part time fees shown are per annum. * Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. * For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Architectural Engineering at University of Plymouth - UCAS