Loughborough University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Architectural Engineering (with placement year)

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Course summary

This is a design-led course grounded in the prestigious School of Architectural, Building and Civil Engineering. The course develops your understanding of the principles of engineering, which you can then apply to architectural design projects. Combining the creativity of architecture with the rigour of engineering, the Architectural Engineer plays a key role in the production of a sustainable built environment. Architectural Engineers oversee the whole building process, from concept to construction. Architectural Engineers combine architecture, environmental design and structural engineering to deliver iconic, resilient and sustainable buildings. You will study environmental, structural, and architectural design in an interactive format. The traditional studies of building materials, mechanics of structures, building physics and environmental systems will be brought together with humanistic subjects through a series of integrated design projects. These will be the common ground where the relevant disciplines come together to challenge and develop your skills as an Architectural Engineer. To ensure that you gain an appropriate industrial perspective, our students normally have the opportunity to undertake site visits and study trips. Contribution from leading practitioners and guest speakers in the fields of architecture and engineering is also an integral part of the learning experience. What's the difference between MEng and BEng? The BEng course will develop your skills and knowledge in the fundamentals of engineering, with an additional understanding of the architectural design process. As the BEng course is one year shorter compared to the MEng course, this option is ideal if you are keen to start your career in industry early, or if you wish to specialise through one of our other MSc programmes after your BEng studies. Students on the BEng degree have the option to transfer to the MEng degree at the end of year two, subject to satisfactory performance. The MEng course will deepen and broaden your architectural competencies and environmental engineering skills through a major design project, as well as taught topics. You will gain an understanding of methods for automating construction manufacturing, as well as an in-depth understanding of the role of a building in its environment.

Course details


For a full list of areas studied, see the 'What You'll Study' section of the course page on our website.

Assessment method

Students are assessed through a combination of individual and group coursework, through design-based outputs, technical essays, verbal presentations and examinations. Students will develop and employ a wide range of skills, from hand-sketching to Building Information Modelling (BIM), from hand calculations to finite element modelling and analysis, from composing an engineering report to delivering a convincing visual presentation.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Loughborough accepts a wide range of qualifications for entry as outlined on our website www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/getting-started/applying/entrance-requirements/ This information details the general requirements and should be read in conjunction with the information given for each course. Loughborough also accepts a wide range of international qualifications for entry as outlined on our website www.lboro.ac.uk/international/applicants/country/ Loughborough uses contextual data in the admissions process to provide insights into the context in which your academic qualifications have been achieved. This may influence the typical offers outlined in the information given for each course. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/getting-started/applying/contextual-data/

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Additional entry requirements


Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the School, giving them the opportunity to meet staff, see the extensive facilities and gain a vital insight into the student experience of an Architectural Engineering student at Loughborough.

English language requirements

All applicants are required to demonstrate that they have an appropriate level of English language.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £25700 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £25700 Year 1

Additional fee information

While the cost of your tuition covers lots of things, it doesn’t cover everything. For instance this course doesn’t cover the cost of any stationery, printing, books or re-assessments which you might need.

Sponsorship information

We work closely with a consortium of the leading UK companies who offer our students sponsorship and placement opportunities. The Loughborough Construction Consortium provides a core of sponsoring organisations that offer excellent placement and sponsorship opportunities, supplemented by extensive collaborating organisations across the wider industry. Sponsorship will provide you with a bursary during your study, summer placement work for those who want it, and a paid twelve-month placement with your sponsor company. In many cases, students are offered employment with their sponsor company after graduating and many are now in senior positions within these companies.

Architectural Engineering (with placement year) at Loughborough University - UCAS