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Architectural Environmental Engineering

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Architectural environmental engineering graduates are valued by employers in many sectors.

Our graduates do well in securing employment in related and non-related sectors of the graduate employment market.


What job roles are open to me?

Related architecture and building services roles

The majority of architectural environmental engineering graduates progress into graduate roles within the architecture and built environment sector, or into further study.

Some BEng and MEng graduates will move directly into graduate engineering roles, particularly within building services engineering, and may choose to work towards chartered status through the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).


Non-engineering roles

Not all engineering graduates choose to go on to become engineers - in addition to your professional and technical skills, your architectural environmental engineering degree will equip you with key transferable employability skills to employers in all sectors such as:

  • problem-solving
  • research and analysis
  • creative and innovative thinking
  • verbal and written professional communication including presentation skills
  • co-ordinating with others and teamwork
  • digital capabilities

Where have Nottingham graduates gone onto work?

Building services engineering

Our architectural environmental engineering graduates working in this sector have gone to work for a range of companies including global engineering and construction firms such as Atkins, Arup and Laing O’Rourke to smaller national and regional consultancies such as Pick Everard, Preston Barber and Long & Partners.

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Other engineering roles

An architectural environmental engineering degree could also lead to other engineering related roles, particularly within the construction, sustainability and environmental sectors.

Non-engineering roles

Not all Engineering graduates become engineers. Many of our graduates find alternative opportunities where they are able to use their transferable skills; problem solving and analysis, project management, high degree of numerical and computer literacy, team working and communication.

Recent graduates have moved into roles such as:

  • analysis roles, for example credit analyst, data analyst and markets analyst
  • finance and accounting
  • project management
  • risk management
  • supply chain
  • technical and business consulting
  • technology and software development

They work for companies such as:

  • Bank of America
  • Barclays
  • BT
  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Santander
  • Sky

What are my further study options?

Some students will progress into further study at postgraduate level in both engineering and non-engineering related areas. Examples of recent further study destinations of architectural and environmental engineers include:

  • MSc Environmental Engineering
  • MSc Sustainable Energy Technology
  • MSc Environmental Geoscience
  • MSc Renewable Energy and Architecture
  • MSc Engineering Project Management
  • MSc Power Electronics
  • MSc Computer Science
  • PhD Sustainable Building Technology

Postgraduate study can be a way to develop a further specialism in a particular area of interest, either through carrying out research or undertaking specialist taught modules. It can also be a way to gain skills and qualifications in areas outside engineering in order to progress into alternative careers.

For students doing a BEng qualification, undertaking an accredited MSc could give you the level of qualification necessary to progress on to become a chartered engineer and to meet the entry requirements of some graduate engineering employers who ask for a masters level qualification. For students doing an MEng degree, undertaking an MSc won’t give you a higher level qualification, but it can be a way of specialising in a particular area.

Find out more about further study - courses, applying and funding

How can I develop my skills and gain experience?

Regardless of whether you are a first year or final year, developing skills outside your degree will enhance your CV and allow you to provide evidence of these in applications and at interviews. We have a wide range of opportunities at the University for you to explore:

Faculty of Engineering Placement Scheme

An industrial placement will enable you to gain industry experience, crucial for your career development.

Industrial placements

Work experience and volunteering

Depending on what area of work or role you might be interested in, and where, there will be specific strategies, from speculative applications to formal processes you need to be familiar with.

Work experience - what, how and when

Nottingham Internship Scheme

We work closely with a huge variety of local and national businesses to bring you an exciting range of internship opportunities, for both current students and recent graduates.

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Nottingham Consultancy Challenge

The Nottingham Consultancy Challenge offers the chance for you to gain hands-on experience of managing a short term project for a local business or charity as part of a multi-disciplinary team.  

Nottingham Consultancy Challenge

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers interesting extracurricular modules to develop and reflect on your employability. With over more than 200 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia.

Nottingham Advantage Award

Students' Union

The Students’ Union offers a wide range of volunteering options both locally and internationally which you can fit around your studies.

Alternatively you could get involved in a society or sports club - there's so many, you're bound to find one that interests you!

Students' Union

Architects Lectures

Careers events

We offer a range of events to develop your skills and meet employers throughout the year. Check out:


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