What is architecture and built environment?
Architects are professionals who have a key role to play in society: buildings and the users of buildings are responsible for the majority of carbon emission and it is said that the built environment influences behaviour. Good design is essential to improving the performance of buildings and our social living environment. Construction is an important industry, not only in new build, but in urban regeneration, adaptive reuse, and energy transformation of existing building stock.
How will I study?
Subjects are taught through tutorials, seminars, workshops, computer laboratory classes, 'criticism' presentations and individual teaching. Visiting critics, tutors and lecturers of international repute contribute to the wealth of expertise in the Department. Along with traditional architectural skills, we aim to develop vocational skills and environmentally responsible attitudes in a rapidly changing world. You will gain a broad grounding in design thinking, analysis, awareness of environmental issues and multimedia communication of ideas.
We offer excellent facilities including state-of-the-art labs, the Sustainable Research Building and studios. Both the Marmont Centre for Renewable Energy and the new creative energy dwellings on University Park demonstrate the use of renewable energy technologies and their integration with architectural design.
We have developed a worldwide reputation for our research and productive links with industry. There are a number of high-profile research groups within the Department, focusing on areas such as environmental design, building services, urban design, building technology and architectural humanities.
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 One professional examination. Similarly, the BEng and MEng are both accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). In addition, the DipArch is recognised by the RIBA and ARB for Part Two professional accreditation. We also run a successful accredited ARB/RIBA Part Three professional practice course. Professional recognition and accreditation offered by our courses applies to home/EU and international students.
We offer opportunities to study in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States. Further information can be found on our study abroad web pages.
Career prospects and employability
Our strong links with UK and international companies mean that our graduates have excellent prospects for employment, research training and professional recognition. The majority of our graduates will continue with careers in architecture or building services engineering, while others seek new directions such as web design, graphics, project management, journalism, energy management, construction and housing administration.
In 2012, 81.3% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,550 with the highest being £40,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.
Application and interview
Offers are normally made without interview. Students with non-standard entry qualifications, including mature students, may be invited for an interview.
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