Department of
Architecture and Built Environment

Welcome to the inspirational and exciting world of architecture and built environment where Nottingham is renowned for its innovative work in green issues and sustainability.

We are a leading centre for teaching in architecture, urban design and sustainable energy technologies and our 140 years of expertise attracts leading world experts from practice and industry. We’re a friendly, active department and the enthusiasm of our staff and students creates a dynamic and exciting place to learn.


Why architecture and built environment at Nottingham?

As a leading centre for research and teaching in architecture, urban design, building services and sustainable energy technologies, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment is particularly noted for its innovative approaches to creative problem solving informed by effective research. The work of the department’s in-house staff is enriched through contributions made by leading experts from practice and industry.

Teaching and learning 

Department was rated “excellent” in the last independent assessment of teaching quality

Teaching is structured to support effective student learning

  • Lecture based programmes are used to provide foundation material
  • Design related programmes are typically explored through group and individual projects
  • Engineering based programmes tend to make use of examinations and laboratory work to provide core knowledge and then explore its application through design based project work

A range of approaches is used to support project work including:

  • small group tutorials
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • computer laboratory classes
  • ‘criticism’ presentations
  • individual teaching

Students will gain:

  • a broad grounding in design thinking
  • analysis skills
  • awareness of environmental issues
  • multimedia communication of ideas


The BEng and MEng are both accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Similarly the BArch and MEng courses are both recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) for exemption from their Part I professional examination. In addition, the BArch/DipArch and MEng/DipArch are recognised by the RIBA and ARB for Part II professional accreditation. The department also runs a successful accredited ARB/RIBA Part III Professional Practice Course: the final stage in qualifying as a professional architect.



Students on the BArch and MEng are given the opportunity to work with practising architects and special professors from many prominent architectural practices who engage with the architectural design studio projects.

Due to our strong links with UK and international companies, our graduates have excellent prospects for employment, research training and professional recognition. The majority of our graduates on the BArch and MEng courses will continue with careers in architecture, while others seek new directions, such as web design, graphics, project management, journalism, energy management, construction and housing administration.


  • Considered as a leading course of its type in the UK
  • Graduates are known for their high level of creativity informed by a pragmatic knowledge of architecture
  • Alumni are employed in most leading UK and International practices
  • Department has introduced an internship with a number of companies in China


  • Students have the added opportunity of pursuing Chartered Engineer status through the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
  • Flexibility offered by the MEng is viewed as extremely valuable in maximising the opportunities available on graduation
  • Professional recognition from both architectural and engineering accrediting bodies
  • Range of discipline specific and transferable skills will open career choices beyond those offered within the built environment


  • Course involves the use of modern and environmentally friendly technologies to create comfortable and efficient indoor environments
  • Professional recognition from both architectural and engineering accrediting bodies
  • Graduates are typically employed within Consulting Engineer practices as they can apply their skills to design occupant focused, energy efficient buildings

Key information

Nottingham top in career placements

Nottingham has the greatest success rate in placing students into professional or managerial jobs after 6 months of leaving than any other UK architecture school, according to KIS data collected by UCAS.


14% increase in architecture applications

We saw a 14% rise in applications in 2013. The national trend, in the UK was a 2% decrease for all architecture courses.


RIBA validation

Nottingham Part 1, 2 and 3 Architecture and MEng. courses receive RIBA validation for a further 5 years.


BArch course

Our BArch course receives 925 applications for 145 places.

Free Materials

All University of Nottingham architecture students benefit from free materials for model making and drawing.


Field study trips

Year 1, Year 3 and Year 6 architecture students benefit from free study trips abroad.






Department of Architecture and Built Environment

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 95 14882