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Course overview

As well as providing the first stage in the seven-year education of an architect, the BArch course also teaches many transferable skills, including creative thinking and problem solving that enable students to complete their first stage of professional training or to graduate and take up a range of other careers.

The BArch course offers a popular, vibrant and multifaceted learning environment where a complementary mix of research active staff and practitioners deliver an academic agenda that explores design through a process of ‘creative rigour’.

The course recruits students of the highest calibre and strives to provide them with exceptional opportunities for both academic and personal growth.

Field trips are an intrinsic part of this programme, with free travel and accommodation available to European cities.

Year one

You are introduced to the main themes of the discipline: architectural design, structures, construction, environmental design, and architectural history and theory. The programme will concentrate on introducing and developing the key skills, competences and knowledge.

Year two

You will further develop themes introduced in year one. Increasingly, these themes will become more complex and testing and integrated with the design-based modules. The design studio module in particular offers a wide range of individual choice of how you work and what themes you wish to pursue. In semester two there is an option to study abroad.

Year three

You will develop a thorough understanding of all the key themes and their holistic integration into design projects. Your role within the architectural profession will also be developed as part of the introduction of a further theme in practice and management.

Ongoing study

This three-year programme is followed by one year’s supervised professional experience before embarking upon the two year MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II) (see MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II) for further details), which leads to an Architects’ Registration Board (ARB)/Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part Two level qualification. This MArch programme can be done at any university of your choice.

Full UK professional status as an architect is achieved after a further year’s professional experience and a Part Three-level exam.


Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level AAA
Required subjects Arts-based subject preferred (a portfolio will be required), plus art/design, English, maths and physics or double science at GCSE
IB score 36 (preferably including an arts-based subject at Higher Level)

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

How you will be assessed

Modules

Architectural Design Studio 1A

This studio-based module introduces you to basic design, drafting, model making and drawing skills.

There are two dedicated days of studio tutorials per week. 

The semester finishes with the design of a small building that will test your understanding and application of the knowledge gained on this module.

People, Buildings, Landscape

The overall aim of this module is to give you an understanding of the impact that the built environment has on those who inhabit its space.

Through a two-hour lecture each week you’ll broaden your awareness of built environment design issues, illustrate how design decisions impact more broadly on environmental, economic, social and experiential issues and study behavioural psychology and its influence on built environment design.

Integrated Design in Architecture

This module introduces you to the principle of a holistic and integrated approach to building design.

Firstly, you’ll learn about the notion of thinking architecture, the fundamental principles of design and drawing skills and typologies as key areas of study.

Then you’ll focus on methodology and approaches relevant to the studio comprehensive design project with a more intensified examination of topics such as light, narrative and sustainability.

For this module you’ll have one, one-hour lecture per week.

Tectonics 1 (Structures and Construction)

This module introduces you to the technology, materials and techniques used in constructing buildings. It aims to help you understand how these elements form an integral part of the design process. Through two-hour weekly lectures you’ll conduct practical structural modelling exercises. This will help you develop a basic understanding of the qualitative behaviour of structures and the interaction between structural form and the loads that they have to carry. 

Architectural Humanities 1: History of Architecture

This module offers you an introduction to the history of architecture from ancient times to the present day. A two-hour weekly lecture aims to familiarise you with major architectural typologies and the social and technological changes that brought them into being.

Architectural Design Studio 1B

This studio-based module develops your basic design, drafting, model making and drawing skills. Through the two dedicated days of studio tutorials per week, you will be introduced to historical precedents and computer-aided drawing programmes. These exercises will feed into a small comprehensive design project of a public building.

Environmental Science for Architects 1

Introducing you to the environmental agenda as it applies to the architectural profession, you’ll explore the key bioclimatic strategies used to maintain appropriate conditions for the occupants of buildings, thus tying together occupant comfort, building schedule and climate. You’ll have a two-hour lecture per week using both physical modelling and computer simulation techniques to gain a better understanding of the strategies involved and their relationship with building design.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Friday 14 August 2020.
Architecture Design Studio 2A

This studio-based module aims to develop your basic skills and approaches to architectural design through a series of design projects. You'll spend two dedicated days in the studio per week with emphasis on the 'craftmanship of architecture', improving the spatial, aesthetic, sensual as well as practical, structural and dimensional qualities of your design.

Tectonics 2A (Structures and Construction)

Dealing with small to medium-scale buildings, you’ll build on knowledge acquired in Tectonics 1, focusing on structural systems, building elements, material, components, connections, construction methods and detailing. During a two-hour lecture each week, you’ll learn how constituent parts come together to construct building entities through investigation and analysis of structural principles, detail, material composition and performance of primary building elements.

Integrated Design in Architecture 2B
Environmental Science for Architects 2

Building upon the themes covered in the year one module Environmental Science for Architects 1, this module looks more specifically at the flows of energy that occur with and within buildings and how these relate to and integrate with some of the numerous systems employed that may help with their control. You’ll spend four hours per week in lectures studying for this module.

Architecture Design Studio 2B

Following on from the previous module, Architectural Design Studio 2A, you’ll continue to spend two dedicated days in the studio per week aiming to develop a more comprehensive understanding of architectural design.

Integrated Design in Architecture 2A

Following on from the key principles introduced in the year one module, Integrated Design in Architecture, you’ll further develop your communication and research skills which will underpin your work in both the theorisation and practise of architecture. Through one-hour weekly lectures you’ll explore the research methodologies and skills needed to identify and synthesise relevant and accurate information as well visual communication skills focusing on CAD programs, where skills will be developed through workshops and self-directed exercises.

Tectonics 2B (Structures and Construction)

The module builds upon work covered in Tectonics 2A, developing practical knowledge and understanding of the material and technical dimensions of building design. You’ll study current trends in the construction industry, collaborative modes of working with specialists and learn how to apply this knowledge and understanding in the design studio.

You’ll increase your knowledge of building technology by focusing on components, connections, structural systems and construction techniques related to medium-scale and large buildings and their sustainable development. Study of the theory of structures, reinforced by practical studio based design projects, will enable you to quantify forces and actions in structural systems. The module will also increase your structural understanding through the study of some advanced structural forms. You’ll also study the impact of codes of practice, BS/EN Standards and building regulations on architectural design. You’ll have a two-hour lecture each week for this module.  

Architectural Humanities 2 (Theory and Criticism)

This course provides a historical, cultural and philosophical context to the major contemporary debates in architecture today. You’ll gain understanding of architecture's potential as a practically useful and culturally meaningful activity. Key issues from the history of philosophy will be examined alongside a range of building case-studies. This will enable you to develop a series of alternative interpretive frameworks through which buildings may be analysed, criticised, debated and understood. For this module you’ll have a two-hour lecture each week.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on
Architectural Humanities 3 (Contemporary Debates)

This course explores contemporary architecture in relation to major social, economic, political, ecological, and technological transformations after the Second World War. A wide range of topics including consumerism, globalization, mass media, cultural identities and changing economic structures are discussed in terms of their role in shaping architectural theory, practice, and built environment. Two hours of lectures each week employ building case studies, film excerpts, and assigned readings to analyse key concepts.

Practice and Management

Introducing you to the context of professional practice, this module prepares you for your year in placement by discussing the year out, how to go about getting the right job and the skills involved in achieving this. Through two hours of lectures each week you’ll look at the important regulatory requirements and processes and the principles and priorities of running a traditional contract on site together with standard documents used in this process.

Integrated Design in Architecture 3

Building on previous IDA modules, you’ll develop the context for integrated building design to an advanced level and to support its application through holistic design practices. Through a series of one hour lectures, workshops and tutorials, a range of technical topics will be covered that prescribe a range of multi-disciplinary inputs that an architect is likely to confront when devising a real project. Such thematic topics include daylight-sunlight, materials, façade, structure, building fabric and acoustics.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Fees and funding

UK students

£9250
Per year

International students

£23760*
Per year
*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, and the department covers the cost of basic design materials as well as the return travel and accommodation related to compulsory field trips.

If you choose to take the South Africa live build field trip, you will need to contribute around £1,200 towards this and raise additional funds of around £1000 through charitable activity.

As a first year undergraduate there are certain small pieces of equipment you will need on joining us. A list will be sent to you along with induction instructions but please allow around £150.

Large format printing is a requirement for Architecture students, we are reviewing the volume of printing we ask our students to produce in order to reduce costs, but for current requirements allow around £600 per year for printing.

The department has 2 PC labs running design software, and while we do not require that you purchase your own device, we have found that many students do so. Depending upon your device preference, allow from £600 for the purchase and budget also for software where this is not available through free student licence agreements.

Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Faculty-specific funding

In addition to the above, students applying to the Faculty of Engineering may be eligible for faculty-specific or industry scholarships.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

International scholarships

Careers

You may continue with architecture, undertaking a year’s supervised professional experience, the two year MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II), and a further year in industry to achieve professional architect status in the UK. The MArch programme can be done at any University of your choice.

Professional validation

This course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)and the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) for exemption from their Part One professional examination.

Boost your earning potential

Which university courses boost graduate wages the most? Studying with us could help you to earn more.

  • We are second highest in the UK for female engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation
  • We are second highest in the Midlands for male engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation

(Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies data: www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44413086)

Average starting salary and career progression

87.3% of undergraduates from the Department of Architecture and Built Environment secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £23,150.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

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Important information

This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.