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Course summary

Architecture asks questions regarding speculative constructs and designed realities to build possible new futures. Our students and staff critically examine the rich possibilities of the built environment. From design and materials to culture and experience, on a regional and international stage. We promote an imaginative, rigorous, and forward-thinking approach to help shape the future of the architectural profession. You can look at examples of our students' work here - Architecture or Architecture International? There are two strands to the course; Architecture and Architecture International. In the final year of the course, you can opt for a Home or International Design Studio. Both have a distinctive approach to the subject, allowing you to explore different cultural regions. The environmental and social nature of the course means that you’ll experience ideas and influences that are as diverse as they are creative. Why study Architecture?

  • There’s never been a more interesting, or important time to be an architect. The design of beautiful, practical and efficient buildings for individuals, businesses and communities around the world is of greater and greater importance as we face the demands and challenges of the future. A future which, in many ways, is uncertain, as we tackle social, cultural and climatic changes (emergencies) globally that will inevitably affect the way in which we interact with each other and with our planet.
  • Upon graduating you'd be able to work in a wide range of architectural practices and could 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. Good news if you’re planning to continue on to be an architect, as you have to register with the ARB to be able to practise under the title of ‘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. We offer RIBA Part 1, 2 and 3 qualifications here at Huddersfield. 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. Recent visits have included Vietnam, Malaysia, India and China.* *See 'Additional Costs' under 'Fees and Finance' section Professional links and accreditation: This course is:
  • prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB -, which regulates the architects’ profession in the UK and ensures the course meets the required standards of the profession. This was approved in September 2016 and will be reviewed in September 2020.
  • validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA - to provide exemption from the Part 1 examinations. This was approved in October 2021 and will be reviewed in five years time.
Qualification as an architect requires a further two years' study after the BA(Hons) degree (RIBA Part 1), plus periods in practice, leading to a Master of Architecture/Architecture (International) and Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Practice and Management in Architecture (RIBA Parts 2 and 3).


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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Pass in Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC National qualifications, to total an equivalent of 136-120 UCAS tariff points. 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. Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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English language requirements

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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

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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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