University of Huddersfield

Degree level: Undergraduate

Architecture / Architecture (International) (RIBA Part 1)

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Course summary

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The architecture degree at Huddersfield has a highly distinctive approach to the subject, allowing you to explore different cultural regions and design your own innovative, beautiful, humane and sustainable architecture in response. The social nature of the course means that you’ll experience ideas and influences that are as diverse as they are creative.

  • There are two strands to the course, Architecture and Architecture (International). Both will give you an opportunity to explore the complex regional, cultural, ethical and environmental issues that’ll underpin your development as an architect. The International option provides an opportunity to travel to a non-European location, to study architecture and culture first hand before designing buildings that are truly responsive to people and place. Recent visits have included Vietnam, Malaysia, India and China.*
  • When you graduate from the course you’ll be able to work in a very wide range of architectural practices and will be sought after for your practical ability and creative flair. You’ll be well prepared to work in a professional environment and ready to progress to the next stage of your architectural career.
  • The course is recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), the body that regulates the architects’ profession in the UK. That’s good news if you’re hoping to continue on to be an architect, as you have to register with the ARB to be able to practise using the title ‘architect’ in the UK.
Our course is also validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In fact, if you graduate, you’ll then gain exemption from RIBA’s Part 1 Professional Examinations. That’s the first of three examinations you need to pass to qualify and register as an architect, all of which you can undertake here at Huddersfield. So you could be well on the way towards your chosen profession. If you choose to take the International option in your final year, the extended field trip is compulsory and you’ll have to fund your own place. Just to give you an idea, the average cost of the trip in the past few years has been around £1,400 per student. Additional Costs Field Trips: Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a component of the course and will be funded by the University. If you opt for the optional European module in second year, the field trip to a European location will not be covered by the University and will be covered by the student. We estimate this to be in the region of £300/£350. For the international route of the course in the final year, an extended overseas field study trip is a compulsory component of the BA(Hons) Architecture (International) degree programme. This cost will be covered by the student and not covered by the University. Previous destinations and costs in recent years include:
  • Vietnam, 25 days, approx. £1,396
  • China, 21 days, approx £1,451 per student
Materials: You will need to supply your own materials during the course. These include sketchbooks, drawing equipment, materials for producing models and printing. The approximate cost of these items in recent years has been £500 in year one, £375 in year two and £575 in the final year. These costs may vary based on the materials you choose and the approximate costs are given as a guide only.

Course details


Year 1 Core modules: Technology 1: An Introduction to Architectural Technology History and Theory 1: Spatial and Visual Culture Personal Development 1: An Introduction to Communication Skills Design Studio 1: Basic Principles of Design Design Studio 2: Theory and Form Year 2 Core modules: Technology 2: Integrated Technology History and Theory 2 : Place and Precedent Personal Development 2: Techniques of Representation Design Studio 3: Place and Architecture Design Studio 4: Integrated Design Final Year Core modules: Technology 3: Materials and Tectonics History and Theory 3: Architectural Dissertation Personal Development 3: Professional Studies Design Studio 5: Event Space Form Option modules: Choose either- Design Studio 6: Culture Context Place or Design Studio 6: Culture Context Place (International)

Assessment method

You'll be assessed on a combination of your portfolios of design work, written assignments, seminar presentations and classroom tests, individually and in groups. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Professional bodies

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

  • Architects Registration Board
  • Architects Royal Institute of British

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeK100
Institution code H60
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 136 - 128 points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications.
A level AAB - ABB or equivalent (in Art, Design or Construction)†
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD - DDM (Art, Design or Construction)†
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 136-128 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

† These subjects are preferred but not essential. Applicants without Level 3 Art, Design or Construction qualifications will need to demonstrate their skills/experience in Art, Design or Construction through their portfolio and/or at interview. As a centre of creative excellence, we look forward to hearing about your own creative experiments and ambitions through a discussion of your portfolio at interview. Your portfolio should contain 10 to 15 pieces of your work which demonstrate a range of creative skills, including 2D and 3D drawing and model making/sculpture. We like to see developmental and sketched material as well as final pieces. Read our guidance on developing your portfolio and what to expect from your interview - Applicants to Architecture courses can come from a very broad range of backgrounds, so other experiences or qualifications will be considered and are encouraged. If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages - Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £15000 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 £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance - If you are an EU or International student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available - Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

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Architecture / Architecture (International) (RIBA Part 1) at University of Huddersfield - UCAS