Architectural Engineering MEng, BEng

(Full time) 2017 start

Course information for 2016 start

Overview

Leeds was the first university in the UK to offer architectural engineering degrees some 50 years ago. This course is truly interdisciplinary, designed to produce engineers who can design buildings by integrating the principles and practice of architecture, building physics and structural engineering.

You’ll work on a series of studio-based building design projects, many of which will be undertaken in our new studio spaces. Not only will you put into practice what you have learned in lectures, laboratory classes and tutorials, but you will also build scale models and develop graphical presentation and computer modelling skills using industry standard software.

As with all the School’s degrees, Architectural Engineering is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which will help you to gain chartered engineer status after graduation.

You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor’s (BEng) degree on this course.

Find out more about the MEng, BEng and BEng

You may choose to undertake the International option of this course, allowing you to spend year 3 at one of our partner universities in the USA. You’ll study modules similar to those taught at Leeds, meaning your study abroad year will be integrated into your degree and will not require you to take an additional year of study. Find out more about our international option on our website.

Architectural Engineering students attend a residential surveying field course in year 1 and a residential architectural study period in a European city in year 3. There are compulsory parts of the architectural engineering programme – there are no additional fees to pay for either of these field courses.

Specialist facilities

In addition to the design studio space, you’ll also have access to excellent laboratory facilities as well as extensive library facilities and computing equipment, including industry standard software such as Revit (Building Information Modelling), IES (dynamic thermal modelling) and Robot (structural analysis). The laboratory facilities, which are among the best in the UK, include specialist facilities for structures, materials, public health engineering, building services and geotechnics.

Course content

The course integrates creative and technical knowledge in architecture, structural and building services engineering, all delivered within one school. This is reinforced by our strong involvement with research and practice, with creative design issues being explored in practical, real world project settings.

All degree courses within the School share a common first year of six compulsory modules. These expose you to the range of programmes offered within the school and provide a firm basis on which to specialise in later years – as well as giving you the flexibility to switch between these courses.

In Year 2 you’ll consolidate your technical knowledge of structural design and analysis, materials, water engineering, geotechnics and building physics. You’ll also develop a more academic approach to architectural history & theory, which is delivered in collaboration with the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies. As with the first year, the design studio is the core through which you develop your learning in architectural engineering design projects.

You’ll enhance your engineering knowledge in structures, geotechnics, materials and building physics and demonstrate an integrated understanding of creative and technical building design in your design studio work. You’ll also select two additional modules from a list of options to help you to broaden your studies.

If you take the MEng, BEng course, your final year will be focused on the design studio. Your design projects will be linked to research-focused modules in architectural history & theory and building physics, and you’ll learn more about structures, geotechnics, and the context of the construction industry in management, practice and law.

In Semester 2, you’ll concentrate on a sophisticated architectural design project where significant parts of the brief, development and execution are largely set by you. Your project will demonstrate a fully integrated architectural design including structures and building services, to a high standard of visual communication skills.

Projects

Find out more about the project work you will get involved in.

Engineering ethics

You’ll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Architecture and Environment 20 credits
  • Engineering Surveying and Construction Technology 20 credits
  • Structural Design and Analysis 20 credits
  • Properties of Materials: Water, Soil, Steel and Timber 20 credits
  • Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 1 20 credits
  • Integrated Design Project I (inc Design Studio 1) 20 credits
Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Structural Design 1 20 credits
  • Architectural History and Theory 2 10 credits
  • Civil Engineering Materials II 10 credits
  • Structural Analysis 1 10 credits
  • Water Engineering and Geotechnics 20 credits
  • Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 2 20 credits
  • Building Physics 1: Fundamental Principles 10 credits
  • Architectural Engineering Design Studio 2 20 credits
Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Structural Design 2 20 credits
  • Architectural History and Theory 3 10 credits
  • Structural Analysis 2 10 credits
  • Water Engineering 10 credits
  • Foundation Engineering Fundamentals 10 credits
  • Building Physics 2: Services Design 10 credits
  • Architectural Engineering Design Studio 3.2 30 credits

Optional modules

  • Construction Site Fieldcourse 10 credits
  • Transport Engineering II 10 credits
  • Introduction to Railway Engineering and Planning 10 credits
  • Wastewater Engineering 10 credits
  • Environmental Health Engineering in Developing Countries 10 credits
  • Engineering Mathematics III 10 credits
  • Engineering Geology 10 credits
Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Architectural History and Theory 4 15 credits
  • Management, Practice, and Law 10 credits
  • Building Physics 3 15 credits
  • Architectural Engineering Design Studio 4.1 (Concept) 30 credits
  • Architectural Engineering Design Studio 4.2 (Proof of Concept) 50 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Architectural Engineering MEng, BEng in programme catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Architectural Engineering BEng in programme catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Studio based learning is at the heart of the architectural engineering student experience, with open-ended and creative architectural engineering design projects used to demonstrate and develop the knowledge you gain in other modules. The course is centred in a new studio space designed to host lectures, tutorials and personal study. In the studio environment, you will benefit from learning from your peers, the academic teaching team and design tutors from practice.

Laboratory classes and industry sponsored fieldwork also allow you to gain hands-on experience investigating and applying the knowledge and understanding you gain from your lectures and tutorials to real life work situations. A major feature of the architectural engineering programme is the extensive use of small-group tutorials, in which you will receive advice and guidance from building services, structural and architectural specialists with further input from practising engineers and architects.

Much of the course is delivered by a dedicated teaching team within the school, comprised of professionally qualified and experienced engineers and architects, supported by practice-based architects who are part of the studio tutoring team. You’ll also benefit from the range of scientific and technical expertise provided by the School of Civil Engineering. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course. In your first year you will be allocated an industrial tutor who will provide you with opportunities to visit construction sites and design offices.

All our courses are supported by world-leading blended learning technology, using online resources to help you develop your knowledge at your own pace. Our state of the art lecture recording system ensures that many of your lectures will be available for you to review. Our learning and teaching resources will equip you with in-depth knowledge and key practical skills that will put you in an ideal position to compete in science and technology-related careers.

Our personal tutorial system will provide academic and pastoral support. You will have a designated personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds. He or she will be an academic member of staff: you will have weekly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first year, in your tutor group (of typically 5 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester.

Assessment

You will be assessed both through written examinations, held at the end of each year, and through various types of coursework including design exercises, reports, scale models of your proposed building designs, presentation boards, oral presentations, drawings and design reviews.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including Mathematics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction (including Mathematics) and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.

  • BTEC

    D*D*D* with Distinction in all Mathematics modules, plus interview and/or diagnostic mathematics test.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 overall (18 higher), including 5 points at higher level in Mathematics.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    A1A1A2A2A2A2 including Mathematics and English.

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AAAAA overall (AAA at advanced level including Mathematics) with Mathematics and English at Intermediate level.

  • Other Qualifications

    Engineering or Construction Diploma: A (plus A-level Mathematics at grade A or above). We will consider your application if you have AS level Mathematics.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Next steps

Suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which gives you the opportunity to meet our students, academic staff and admissions staff, and find out more about your course. You will be given a tour of the school’s facilities, which includes our laboratories and design studios. There will also be the opportunity to attend a talk from our Employability team.

We like to interview applicants before making an offer, so the applicant day will also include an interview with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £19,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to higher education funding. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the 2017 fee in October. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course, as permitted by law. 

Read more about undergraduate fees and the impact of the EU referendum on fee status

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

The School of Civil Engineering offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.

Find out more about our Scholarships

Career opportunities

Architectural engineering graduates are in great demand from multi-disciplinary consultancies specialising in building design and contractors engaged in building construction and project management. Typically, the majority of graduates each year secure professional or managerial positions as graduate structural, civil or building services engineers, design engineers, architectural engineers or with architectural consultants.

Recent employers include ARUP, Buro Happold, Ramboll, Eckersley O’Callaghan, Elliot Wood Partnership, Price and Myers, Morgan Sindall, Mott Macdonald, Laing O’Rourke, Balfour Beatty, AKT, CH2M Hill, Atkins, Aecom, Curtins, Hoare Lea, Atelier 10, the Structure Workshop and Morph Structures.

Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working.

Careers Support

You’ll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.

You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.

Find out more about careers support and employability

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

MEng, BEng Architectural Engineering students can study at one of three specially selected universities in the USA: Drexel University, the University of Kansas or the University of Nebraska-Omaha. This year is integrated with your Leeds study programme and, as a result, you will not be required to undertake an additional (5th) year of study.

Find out more about Study abroad in the School of Civil Engineering

Work placements

With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.

As a BEng student you have the option to undertake the placement between years 2 and 3. MEng, BEng students can choose to do this either between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.

Find out more about work placements

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators of The Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institution of Civil Engineers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited civil engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the JBM.

The MEng, BEng is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer.

The BEng course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), and partially satisfying the educational base for Chartered Engineer status (CEng). A course of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

The Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers along with two other professional bodies (Institute of Highway Engineers and Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation) have formed the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) to work and strengthen links with universities to ensure that educational courses are in place to develop professional engineers that will continue to provide a global contribution to sustainable, economic growth and ethical standards.

See Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for more information and details of Further Learning courses for CEng.