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Course summary

Façade engineering is a discipline in its own right. Most large-scale commercial, industrial, educational and even residential buildings are now constructed using a frame and an envelope and many engineering firms have their own façade engineering departments. Our graduates are highly sought-after. This is a unique course, working closely with CWCT and designed specifically for the industry - overcoming a severe skills shortage and making it easier for companies to find the staff they need. You will learn why façades are one of the most complex, technically challenging and trans-disciplinary parts of a building, how to design and develop façades that perform technically and develop an architectural expression. Applying theory to practice, you'll cover key topics including façade materials and components, thermal performance and analysis, weathertightness, fire performance, structural analysis and procurement.


Introduction to facades systems; facade materials and components; glass and glazing; structural integrity; weathertightness; procurement; thermal performance; advanced facades; dissertation.

Assessment method

You will be asked to complete a number of written assessments, coursework and presentations. Your knowledge will also be tested through real-life scenarios and projects, focusing on the various aspects of façade engineering (including thermal performance, structural integrity, façade construction and weathertightness).

Entry requirements

We normally require one of the following: A honours degree of 2:1 or above in an engineering, built environment or architecture related subject. or; A honours degree of 2:2 in an engineering, built environment or architecture related subject plus a minimum of two years in professional practice or a related industry. or; A first degree in an engineering, built environment or architecture related subject from an overseas institution that can be demonstrated to be equivalent to the above. or; Any other non standard route will need to be assess on individual basis but will require a minimum of 5 years in an appropriate/related industry. Applicants may be invited for interview on the basis of a formal application.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Façade Engineering at Bristol, University of the West of England - UCAS