School of Art, Design and Architecture

BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering

Applying engineering principles and technology to building design and construction, you'll develop the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career as an architectural engineer. The combination of lectures, design workshops, field trips, site visits, tutorials with industry partners and an optional year-long paid industry placement, will prepare you for a range of routes in the built environment sector including design engineering, project management and architectural consultancy.

There is currently a global shortage of qualified Architectural Engineers. Architectural engineering graduates are in great demand because of the ever increasing importance placed on the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings. Seize the opportunity to join our building courses which ranked sixth in the country in the Times and Sunday Times League Table 2015.

Key features

  • Our course is fully accredited by the leading professional body recognised for design managers and architectural engineers: the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
  • Seize the opportunity to join our building courses which ranked sixth in the country in the Times and Sunday Times League Table 2015.
  • Lead the way in the industry – our course focuses on high performance and energy efficient buildings, which will place you at the forefront of the sector and able to embrace the trend towards stricter environmental and energy based legislation.
  • Gain valuable workplace experience with a paid year-long placement in a leading engineering consultancy or architectural practice in the UK or abroad. Our industry links will help you find a placement, boosting your studies with practical experience and developing the contacts that can lead to future employment.
  • Real-world impact as you engage in industry-led group projects with real project briefs and clients. Guided by our panel of industrial advisers, you’ll develop the professional skills and networking to stand out in this sector.
  • Explore the industry with site visits and field trips (including a fully funded European field trip), where you will observe building design, construction and operational practices within and outside the UK.
  • Learn from leaders in their fields - our staff come from both industry and research backgrounds. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals and have access to an exciting and diverse programme of visiting speakers.
  • Be part of a vibrant multidisciplinary learning environment, working together with students from other disciplines in the construction sector, such as building surveying, construction management and architecture.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In the first year you'll develop an understanding of the principles of low-rise domestic buildings, including building technologies, services, construction methods, and materials. As an architectural engineer, you'll also gain knowledge in building design, as well as the importance of building information modelling (BIM) to complete building projects successfully. You'll also work on an industry-led group project to design an energy efficient housing development.

    Core modules
    • ATE401 Introduction to Architectural Technology and the Environment

      This module introduces students to the study of architectural technology and the role of architectural design in architectural technology, the latter as informed by a vocabulary responsive to people, place and tectonics, with an emphasis on tectonics. This introduction is underpinned by an exploration of basic graphic and three-dimensional representation skills as a means of inquiry and presentation, pursued through short projects of increasing size and complexity.

    • BLDG402 Principles of Economics and Management

      This module presents the fundamental economic and financial techniques used to critically analyse the cost of a project and its financial feasibility. The module also introduces the students to the communication and team management theories and techniques necessary to successfully complete construction projects.

    • BLDG404PP ICT for Architecture and Construction Projects

      This module provides students with the information, communication, graphical representation and digital modelling skills needed for the design, construction and management of building projects by means of a combination of lectures and 2D CAD and BIM practicals, which will incorporate support on a one-to-one basis.

    • FAPY100 Stage 1 Placement Preparation

      If you’re undertaking a company placement in your third year, this module helps you find a suitable placement, and prepares you for the placement itself.

    • BLDG403 Building Science and Services

      This module introduces students to building science and physics, necessary to appreciate how buildings perform. Laboratory-based sessions allow students to experience the measurement and assessment of building performance by practical experimentation with thermal comfort, daylighting, noise levels, and electricity consumption. Students also gain an understanding of the nature and provision of services in domestic buildings.

    • BLDG405 Built Environment Project 1

      This module encourages students to implement the knowledge in construction technologies as well as the team working, time management and graphical representation skills developed in the course. It involves designing a domestic building according to a realistic brief set by a client in a collaborative and multidisciplinary exercise, where each student assumes different roles, including building surveyor, construction manager, building services engineer, and architectural engineer.

    • BLDG401 Fundamentals of Construction

      This module introduces students to the construction industry and the relationship between construction and the local, regional and global environment and presents the characteristics and requirements of the different professional disciplines involved in construction industry. It also provides students with fundamental knowledge, underlying concepts and principles in the areas of domestic building technology and the construction process.

  • Year 2
  • In Year 2 you'll study in depth the principles of non-domestic buildings, including building technologies, services, construction methods, and materials. As an architectural engineer, you'll gain knowledge in topics such as design principles of low energy buildings (including form and services), building energy and environmental performance, and building simulation. You'll work on an industry-led group project to design and build, or retrofit, a complex high-rise building and also enjoy a fully paid European field trip.

    Core modules
    • BLDG507 Low Energy Building Design

      This module provides students with an understanding of the relationship between the building form and the design of the building services in producing low energy buildings. Students will learn about the importance of low energy building design in contributing to a sustainable built environment as well as the responsibility of the architect and building services engineer in the delivery of low energy buildings.

    • BLDG501 Technology of Large and Innovative Buildings

      This module will expand the knowledge in building technology and processes gained in Year 1. Focusing on the design and construction of framed buildings, the module provides the student with a full understanding of current and innovative building technologies, materials and systems used in high performance framed buildings.

    • FAPY200 Stage 2 Placement Preparation

      Building on the Level 1 module (FAPY100), this module continues to support you with the search for your placement and preparation for the placement itself.

    • BLDG506 Contract Procedures

      Construction projects normally involve a large number of individual companies due to the fragmented supply chain in the sector. This module allows students to appreciate the complexity associated with procurement and project contract administration. It provide students with a deeper understanding of cost estimating, project feasibility studies and dispute resolution in the construction industry. Students will also gain practical experience of using computer programs used for cost estimating.

    • BLDG508 Built Environment Project 2

      This module encourages students to implement the knowledge in construction technologies as well as the team working, time management and graphical representation skills developed in the course. It involves designing a framed and complex building, or a specific building element contained in it, according to a realistic brief set by a client in a collaborative and multidisciplinary exercise, where each student assumes different construction roles.

    • BLDG502 Property development and refurbishment

      This module will introduce you to the reuse and adaptation of existing buildings, as well as provide a detailed understanding of the technical, environmental and regulatory aspects associated with building refurbishment and the retrofitting process. The module will also provide you with an understanding of planning and development procedures for existing building projects.

    • BLDG505 Building Services Engineering

      This module provides students with further knowledge, underlying concepts and principles in the areas of building science and building services for large and innovative buildings. Students will employ a range of techniques for the quantification of buildings performance and services, including computer simulation.

  • Optional placement year
  • In your third year you'll have the opportunity to undertake an optional year of professional paid training in an approved placement with a suitable company in the UK or abroad. During your industry placement you'll be working under the guidance and supervision of one of the members of the project management or design team, which will allow you to gain relevant industrial experience to consolidate the first two years of study and to prepare for the final year of your degree and employment after graduation. 

    Core modules
    • FAPY602 Industry Placement

      A 48-week period of professional training spent as the third year of a sandwich programme undertaking an approved placement with a suitable company. This provides an opportunity for the student to gain relevant industrial experience to consolidate the first two stages of study and to prepare for the final stage and employment after graduation.

  • Final year
  • As an architectural engineer, you'll gain the specialist understanding of building control and commissioning. You'll develop in-depth knowledge in project management, team management, development management, risk management and procurement. You'll also work on an industry-led design and build project of a site development and produce a final year research dissertation in an architectural engineering subject of your choice.

    Core modules
    • BLDG608 Building Control and Commissioning

      This module provides students with an understanding of building control and commissioning. Students will learn how to design building control systems, including the selection of final control elements and local loop and supervisory control strategies. Furthermore, the processes of commissioning building energy systems will be covered.

    • BLDG601 Research Methods in the Built Environment

      This module provides students with a solid basis to undertake in depth research in a subject of their choice. It requires students to develop a research proposal that is based on a solid general knowledge of their discipline in construction. For students progressing to BLDG602, this module provides students with an understanding of the research methods necessary to undertake a dissertation in a built environment related topic.

    • BLDG609 Built Environment Project 3

      This is primarily a student led project module encouraging the integration of knowledge and skills developed on the programme. The module involves applied research and undertaking a realistic professional commission in a collaborative and multidisciplinary exercise, where each student is required to complete those tasks relevant to the specific discipline.

    • BLDG602 Dissertation Project

      The dissertation project provides students with a vehicle to undertake in depth research in a subject of their choice. Students undertaking this module will have developed a research proposal that is based on a solid general knowledge of the discipline of construction in BLDG601. This module builds on this introduction to research methods and carries out the actual research.

    • BLDG603 Sustainable and Safe Construction

      With the aim of achieving a more sustainable and safe construction industry in mind, this module provides students with in-depth understanding and critical awareness in sustainability and safety related issues related to the built environment. The module focuses on developing the skills to critically appraise and reduce the impact of buildings and construction on environmental, economic, social and health and safety aspects whilst meeting the needs of a sustainable built environment.

    • BLDG604 Building and Property Law

      This module focuses on the complex legal environment faced by construction professionals. It provides the students with an understanding of key legal principles in negligence, nuisance, trespass and other torts as well as key concepts in property and construction law. It also examines obligations and liabilities in a construction and property context.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Architectural Engineering 5392

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

112

A levels
A minimum of two A Levels, General Studies accepted.

International Baccalaureate
28 points.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DMM.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

GCSE

Mathematics and English language grade C.

All relevant international qualifications will be considered - please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Other

Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered.

Second year entry possible with a good HNC/HND or equivalent.

Equivalent qualifications and industry experience can be considered.

You will be required to attend an interview.

If you are concerned about meeting this offer, you're encouraged to email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

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How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Success

The Times and Sunday Times University League Table 2015 ranks our construction and surveying courses sixth in the country for the subject area of Building.

The high ranking of our building courses nationally is testament to the huge team effort in delivering high quality teaching and research.

Architectural engineering

Architectural engineers are key players in any multidisciplinary building project as they have the skills and knowledge to apply engineering principles and technology to building design, construction and management.

The construction sector also requires professionals able to contribute to and lead teams involved with the low carbon buildings of the future.

More information about architectural engineering

Careers in architectural engineering and our links with industry

There is currently a global shortage of qualified Architectural Engineers. Architectural engineering graduates are in great demand because of the ever increasing importance placed on the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings.

Learn more about your potential career paths as an architectural engineering graduate.

Find out more about career opportunities

Industry-led group projects

As an architectural engineer, you will put your knowledge and team working skills into practice in professional industry scenarios, with a real client and project brief.

Benefit from the expert advice of more than thirty industry professionals providing guidance via seminars and tutorials.

Find out more about industry-led projects

Industry placement

A placement year gives you access to professional knowledge, experience and contacts. It may even lead directly to employment.

Kick start your career with a year long paid placement in a leading engineering consultancy or architectural practice in the UK or abroad.

Find out more about placements

Architecture, design and environment - facilities and resources

Our designated architecture studio spaces provide a unique learning environment. A range of well-resourced specialist laboratory, CAD, and materials workshop facilities are all in close proximity, putting industry standard facilities at your fingertips.

Find out more about the facilities and resources available to you

Learning and assessment

Teaching is delivered through lectures, supporting tutorials, workshops with industry professionals, guest lectures, site visits and field trips in the UK and overseas.

Learn more about our latest fully funded European field trip, guest lectures and site visits.

More information about course activities

European field trip

Observe building energy efficiency strategies and construction practices in exemplary European cities.

The trip will give you a great opportunity to engage with your fellow students and lecturers in a new environment.

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Built environment

Future buildings should consume less materials, be energy efficient, durable and comfortable, whilst also attractive and useful for society

Learn how to design, construct, upgrade and operate the buildings of the future with the environmental building discipline.

Learn more about environmental building

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