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2024/25 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MEng, BEng Architecture

Programme code:MEBE-CIV/AR2UCAS code:K1H2
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Mr. J.S. Lunn Contact

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

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

BTEC Extended Diploma: D*DD including an appropriate amount of level 3 Mathematics.

Engineering or Construction Diploma: Grade A plus A-level (A2) Mathematics grade A or higher. AS-level Mathematics considered.

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

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Civil Engineering

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

The School of Civil Engineer's examination board meetings (chaired by the Head of School).

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Engineering, Architecture

Professional Body Offering Accreditation:


Programme specification:

1. Overview

Innovative building design is driving the inspirational environments of the future. By bringing together architecture and engineering, the next generation of professionals can ensure that todays emerging issues, environmental impact and sustainability, are also addressed as we push the boundaries of design and reimagine the buildings of the tomorrow.

Our Architecture degree is innovative and groundbreaking, giving professional qualifications in three different disciplines: Architecture, Civils & Structures and Building Physics. The University of Leeds is the first and one of only two institutions in the UK to offer this range of integrated learning, recognised by professional bodies.

Studying architecture at Leeds gives a critical understanding of how science, the arts and society come together through creative building design projects. You will develop a scientific and creative approach to building design, supported by learning in architectural history and theory, urban design, structures, construction, materials and building physics.

You will 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.

Our accredited degree develops architects and engineers who actively contribute to sustainable and economic growth whilst maintaining the highest ethical standards and delivering the infrastructure we all rely on in everyday life.

This is a practical course, so you will have access to a range of specialist facilities. You can make the most of our flexible design studio space which will be a base for you to learn and study, with specialist model-making facilities to support your design projects.

2. Content and Structure

The course integrates creative and technical knowledge and practice in architecture, structural and building services engineering, all underpinned by globally-renowned research and industrial practice. You will be exploring creative design issues in practical, real-world project settings.

Every degree course within the School of Civil Engineering shares a common first year. You will complete six compulsory modules across the range of programmes offered, giving you a firm basis on which to specialise in later years and the flexibility to switch between courses.

Every year of your course gives you hands-on experience in Design projects which are the core of the architecture and architectural engineering programmes, bringing together technical and creative skills. Knowledge from other modules is applied to explore and solve practical challenges and at the same time develop your creative and visual communications abilities. Design projects involve some group work, in part as a model for professional working, but are mainly individual responses to a brief. Projects are given real-world settings and investigate the design of current building types. The Design Studio is a dedicated space for these projects which are supported by academic staff and external tutors who are practising architects or engineers. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.

The curriculum is shared by all first year undergraduates, so the design projects are common to all. Fundamental principles of mathematics, science and materials are learned alongside architectural design projects, history & theory and construction. Later years become increasingly specialised with Design projects becoming key to demonstrating technical as well as creative achievements.

3. Work Placement/Work Based Learning

An industrial placement is a fantastic opportunity. Students can gain experience, refine their skills and obtain a fuller understanding of the day-to-day work environment within a specific company or industry sector. Opting fo r a one-year industrial placement will extend the duration of your degree by an additional 12 months. Upon successful completion of this placement, you'll receive an 'industrial' designation in your degree title.

4. Distinctive Elements of Programme

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'll benefit from learning from your peers, the academic teaching team and design tutors from practice.

You will 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 , comprised of professionally qualified and experienced architects and engineers, supported by practice-based architects who are part of the studio tutoring team. You will 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.

You will be assigned a personal tutor to guide you through your studies, and you'll receive support from fellow students through our Peer-Assisted Study Support (PASS) scheme. PASS mentors are students who are on your course but are in Years two or three. They will help you when you arrive at University and throughout your first year. You will meet your PASS mentors during your first week for a social activity.

5. PRSB Accreditation

This course is Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) to meet the General Criteria and Graduate Attributes for Part 1 of educational requirements required to join the Register of British Architects. The course is also Validated to Part 1 by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

This course is also professionally accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) on behalf of the Engineering Council. The JBM represents the five main professional bodies in the UK registering Civil Engineers, including the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Permanent Way Institution (PWI), Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE), and The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).

The course is also professionally accredited by Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council.

The integrated master's degree (MEng, BEng) is accredited as fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Our programmes are EUR-ACE labelled, which means they also meet the framework standards and guidelines of EUR-ACE, and that the accreditation is recognised by the member states of the European Higher Education Area.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CIVE1165Architecture and Sustainability20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CIVE1265Surveying, Construction Technology and Management20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CIVE1365Structural Analysis and Design20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CIVE1465Materials, Water and Soils20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CIVE1560Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CIVE1665Integrated Design Project 1 (inc Design Studio 1)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CIVE2260Architectural History and Theory 210 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CIVE2470Water Engineering and Geotechnics20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CIVE2560Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 220 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CIVE2815Building Physics 1: Fundamental Principles10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CIVE2860Design Studio 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CIVE3270Architectural History and Theory 310 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CIVE3750Individual Research Project 120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CIVE3820Building Physics 2: Services Design10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CIVE3870Design Studio 3.130 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CIVE3871Design Studio 3.230 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Year4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

CIVE5265MArchitectural History and Theory 415 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CIVE5275MManagement, Practice, and Law10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CIVE5815MBuilding Physics 315 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CIVE5840MDesign Studio 4.130 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CIVE5845MDesign Studio 4.250 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:04:11


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