Architecture MEng, BEng

(Full time) 2019 start

Course information for 2018 start


This unique degree integrates creative and technical knowledge in architecture, structural and building services engineering.

Focusing on studio-based architectural design projects, you’ll gain a critical understanding of how science, the arts and society are brought together through creative building design projects. You’ll develop a scientific and creative approach to building design, supported by learning in architectural history & theory, urban design, structures, construction, materials and building physics.

You’ll build in-depth knowledge of architectural principles as well as applied science and technology, exploring creative design issues through drawings and models, developing presentation and computer modelling skills using industry-standard software.

This course is a four-year degree. If you choose to finish after three years, you will graduate with a BEng in Architectural Engineering.

Specialist facilities

Architectural design project learning is based in a new flexible design studio where, supported by our team of academic and practicing architects and engineers, you will benefit from a collaborative and interactive environment.

In addition to the design studio space, you’ll 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.

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


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 (JBM) 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. See Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for more information.

The accreditation by JBM also means that the programme is EUR-ACE labelled. This means that it meets the framework standards and guidelines of EUR-ACE and the accreditation is recognized in Europe and beyond.

See EUR-ACE for more information.

This course has also been designed to meet the Architects Registration Board’s (ARB) requirements for Part 1 prescription. An application for the course to become a Prescribed Course has been made, but at the time of publication, the Architecture MEng, BEng is not recognised as a Prescribed Course to meet the ARB Criteria for Part I. Currently, graduates wishing to progress towards registration as an architect will have to undertake further study to gain ARB Part I.

University of Leeds is proud to be working with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Our partnership will set students on the path to becoming professionally qualified and give them the best possible start to their civil engineering careers.

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 and geotechnics, as well as 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 Year 1, the design studio is the core through which you develop your learning in architectural design projects.

You’ll focus more on the architectural design projects in Year 3 and work on urban design issues in your study of architectural history and theory, which is linked to your architecture design studio and a study visit to a European city. You’ll enhance your technical knowledge in structures and building physics, and demonstrate an integrated understanding of creative and technical building design in your design studio work.

In your final year you will focus on design studio work. Your architecture design projects will be linked to research-focused modules in architectural history & theory, building physics and the context of the construction industry in architectural 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 structure and building services, to a high standard of visual communication skills.

Course structure

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


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 1 (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
  • 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
  • Foundation Engineering Fundamentals 10 credits
  • Building Physics 2: Services Design 10 credits
  • Design Studio 3.1 30 credits
  • Design Studio 3.2 30 credits
Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Architectural History and Theory 4 15 credits
  • Management, Practice, and Law 10 credits
  • Building Physics 3 15 credits
  • Design Studio 4.1 30 credits
  • Design Studio 4.2 50 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Architecture MEng, BEng in the course 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 student experience, with open-ended and creative architectural 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.

You’ll benefit from our integrated style of learning and teaching. Laboratory classes and industry sponsored fieldwork allow you to gain hands-on experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real life work situations. Together they will equip you with in-depth knowledge and key practical skills that will put you in a good position to compete in creative construction industry careers, where integrative abilities are increasingly in demand.

The course is delivered by a dedicated teaching team within the school, comprised of professionally qualified and experienced architects and engineers, 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. We organise industrial visits and offer additional seminars and tutorials delivered by practising architects, engineers and other professionals.

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.


You will be assessed through both written examinations, held at the end of each year, and through coursework in the form of reports, projects, presentations and portfolios.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including Mathematics.

Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

Excludes A-Levels General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Extended Project Qualification - We recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, and where an applicant offers an A in the EPQ we may make an offer of AAB at A-Level (any required subjects such as Mathematics must still be at grade A).

All applicants must be studying Mathematics at level 3. For most students, this requirement is fulfilled by achieving the required grade in A-level Maths. Applicants for whom this requirement is to be fulfilled via qualifications other than A-levels (eg BTEC Maths and Additional/Further Maths modules) may be required to take a diagnostic Maths test in addition to their other level 3 maths studies. This is to ensure a suitable level of mathematical literacy.

GCSE: English Language at grade C (4) 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 Distinctions in all Mathematics units plus an interview and diagnostic Maths test. Mathematics units must usually include Further Maths and/or other appropriate Maths units. Some may be optional on your BTEC but are required by the Faculty. Please contact us for further information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in HL Mathematics.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including Mathematics.

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AA at Advanced Higher level, including Mathematics, and AABBB at Higher 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.


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 each section. 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 is not mandatory, but for which we strongly encourage attendance, as this gives you the opportunity to meet our students, academic 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.

During the day you’ll have an informal interview with an academic member of staff, to 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.

After you apply we will send you a link to book your place on the applicant day, but please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend, so your place can be allocated to another applicant.

If the entry requirements for your qualification state the need for a diagnostic Mathematics test, then please note that attendance at this day is required.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

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.

Scholarships for 2019 entry are to be confirmed.

Career opportunities

Graduates are in great demand from multi-disciplinary consultancies specialising in building design and contractors engaged in building construction and project management.

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

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

Course terms and conditions