School of Art, Design and Architecture

BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering

There is increasing demand for architects and engineers who can provide multidisciplinary knowledge and skills at the interface of architectural design and the engineering of buildings. You will learn how to apply the principles of environmental design and engineering to the processes of architectural design, construction and building operation to deliver the sustainable buildings of the future.

Our multidisciplinary architectural engineering degree combines the creativity of architecture with the rigour of building engineering, preparing you for a successful future career designing and engineering the built environment. It focuses on sustainable buildings that use less energy, whilst still having comfortable and usable indoor environments.

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Key features

  • Join a unique multidisciplinary course, which allows you to study both the architectural design and engineering of buildings.
  • You can study this course whether you chose to study maths/science or humanities/art based subjects at GCSE or A Level.  
  • This course could be for you, if you are interested in architecture, engineering or buildings but still want to keep your future career options open.
  • Our BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering course is the only one fully accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) in the UK.
  • Focuses on sustainable buildings and the fundamental interactions between architectural design, construction, building operation, the environment and humans.
  • You will be part of a vibrant multidisciplinary learning environment, working with students from other built environment disciplines, including building surveyors, construction managers and quantity surveyors.
  • You will have access to a wide range of industry standard facilities, resources and equipment, including, a designated design studio space, specialist laboratories and workshops, Mac and PC suites, a 360 degree immersive vision theatre.
  • You can choose to undertake a one year paid industry work placement between the second and final year of your course.
  • Each year the architectural and engineering knowledge and skills you develop come together in a real-world design project with an actual client and project brief. 
  • Learn from leaders in their fields. Our staff come from both industry and research backgrounds.
  • Our built environment courses have been running for over 25 years.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Principles of Economics and Management (BLDG402)

      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.

    • Built Environment Project 1 (BLDG405)

      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.

    • Fundamentals of Construction (BLDG406)

      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, including domestic building services.

    • Building Physics (BLDG407)

      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.

    • Architectural Design (BLDG408)

      This module introduces students to the role of architectural design in architectural technology, as a response 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.

    • Digital Built Environment (BLDG409)

      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 practical on 2D, 3D and modelling tools.

    • Stage 1 Placement Preparation (FAPY100)

      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.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Technology of Large and Innovative Buildings (BLDG501)

      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.

    • Contract Procedures (BLDG506)

      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.

    • Low Energy Building Design (BLDG507)

      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.

    • Built Environment Project 2 (BLDG508)

      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.

    • Property Development and Refurbishment (BLDG510)

      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.

    • Building Services Engineering (BLDG511)

      This module provides students with further knowledge, underlying concepts and principles in the areas of building science and building services technologies for large and non-domestic buildings.

    • Stage 2 Placement Preparation (FAPY200)

      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.

  • Optional placement year

  • In your third year you will 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.

    Core modules

    • Industry Placement (FAPY602)

      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

  • Core modules

    • Sustainable and Safe Construction (BLDG603)

      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.

    • Building and Property Law (BLDG604)

      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.

    • Building Control and Commissioning (BLDG608)

      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.

    • Built Environment Project 3 (BLDG609)

      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.

    • Research Methods in the Built Environment (BLDG611)

      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 BLDG612, this module provides students with an understanding of the research methods necessary to undertake a dissertation in a built environment related topic.

    • Dissertation Project (BLDG612)

      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.

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 programme specification 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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

96 - 112

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

International Baccalaureate
26-28 points.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma

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.


Mathematics and English language grade C.

All relevant international qualifications will be considered - please contact


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.

If you are concerned about meeting this offer, you're encouraged to email

English language requirements

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2021 2022
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Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

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

What is architectural engineering?

Architectural engineering is the study of both the architectural design and engineering of buildings. Architectural engineering graduates are key members of the multidisciplinary design teams involved in delivering sustainable buildings. 

You will learn about subjects such as environmental design, integration of renewable energy technologies, building services engineering design, building physics, occupant behaviour, building performance simulation and building information modelling.

More information about architectural engineering

Architectural engineering facilities and resources

We are continuingly investing in our facilities and resources. You will have access, seven days a week, to a designated design studio space, specialist laboratories (materials, digital fabrication, immersive visualisation), Mac and PC suites with industry standard software (such as Revit, AutoCAD, DesignBuilder, IES, THERM), woodwork, metalwork and plaster-casting workshops, a 360 degree immersive vision theatre.

You will also use and have access to a range of specialist built environment equipment, for example, thermographic cameras, thermal comfort units, sound and light meters, conductance and capacitance damp meters.

Find out more about the facilities and resources available to you

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Our BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering degree programme is the only one accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) in the UK.

Professional accreditation is an internationally recognised seal of quality assurance. The award of accreditation signifies that both the University of Plymouth and the BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering programme have met the highest standards of academic and vocational quality. 

As a graduate of our CIOB and CABE accredited course, you will be on the preferred professional route to chartered status.

How you will be taught and assessed

You will be taught by lectures, design studio sessions, laboratory work, tutorials, seminars, workshops with industry, practical sessions, guest lectures and site visits.

You are assessed through a combination of individual and group coursework, through design-based outputs, engineering reports, verbal presentations and exams. 

You will develop and employ a wide range of skills, from hand-sketching to computer modelling, from preparing an engineering report to delivering a convincing visual and verbal presentation.

Real-world design projects

A key feature of our architectural engineering course is that the architectural and engineering knowledge and skills you develop each year, come together in a real-world design project with a real project brief.

You will have the opportunity to work with other built environment students to challenge and develop your team working skills in a professional industry scenario. 

You will also benefit from the expert advice of more than thirty industry practitioners who provide guidance in design studio sessions, seminars and tutorials.

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Optional industry work placement 

To enhance your degree experience and boost your future employability, you can choose to undertake a one year paid industry work placement between the second and final year of your course.

You will receive help to find a work placement and a tutor from the university will support you on your placement. 

Our architectural engineering students have recently secured work placements in BuroHappold, Day Architectural, Kier Construction, McBains, Midas Group, Mitchell Architects, SDS Engineering Consultants.

You will also receive an additional certificate at graduation in recognition of your placement year. 

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Your future career

Graduates of BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering have an excellent track record in gaining employment in multidisciplinary engineering and architectural design consultancies, construction companies, architectural practices and in the private and public sector. 

Graduates secure positions in companies, such as: Arup, AECOM, Atkins, Amec Foster Wheeler, Arcadis, BuroHappold, Bailey Partnership, Costain, Hoare Lea, Hydrock, Interserve, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Skanska and WSP. 

Throughout your time at University of Plymouth, you will have access to a wide range of opportunities to boost your employability, including, an optional one year paid industry placement, talks and workshops with future employers and careers events and support services. 

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European and international students

Architectural engineering is studied by students globally and we welcome European and International students from around the world to study with us. Our BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering degree currently has students from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

We offer three routes for European and International students to study Architectural Engineering at our university: 

  • Join us in the first year and start your degree journey with us.
  • If you are already studying architectural engineering or a similar course, we can offer you a place directly in our second or final year.
  • A one-year exchange programme between your current university and us.
Find out about the options available to you

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