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Architecture and Environmental Engineering

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Four years
Programme leader:
Paul Kirby BSc, MCIBSE, Chartered Engineer
Key fact:
Study towards professional status in architecture and engineering on this unique and original course, which achieves outstanding student satisfaction rates and combines the inventive with the analytic.

Page last updated 16 June 2017


Why BEng(Hons) Architecture and Environmental Engineering?

As the world's resources become scarce, there is a growing need for buildings that are environmentally responsible. This, in turn, calls for design professionals who are more than 'just' architects or 'just' engineers. It calls for designers with the creative and analytical skills of both architecture and engineering. It is these designers who can achieve design excellence while at the same time pursuing imaginative strategies for the efficient use of resources.

Why study our course? 

As a joint degree it enables you to work towards professional status in both engineering and architecture. You will learn about architecture, passive design, environmental physics, environmental systems in buildings and the effective use of energy and materials. This rare mix of knowledge and skills leaves graduates well placed to take their part in this expanding sector of design.

We have been ranked fourth nationally for student satisfaction for our Architecture courses in The Guardian University League Tables 2018.

Real world experience

Learning from industry-experienced tutors, you will apply your understanding and develop your professional portfolio on a stream of practical design project, some of which will be with real clients from Bristol and neighbouring cities. In addition to UWE Bristol staff the studio is attended by practising professionals who bring up-to-the-minute ideas from their active projects. Coupled with site visits and residential field trips in the UK and overseas, we ensure that your design thinking is linked to a world beyond the studio.

Where it can take you

With a dual degree, you will be equipped for a wide variety of careers in architecture, environmental engineering and sustainability consultancy. Opportunities are available in organisations ranging from small private practices to large multi-nationals like Foster & Partners, Arup and Atkins.

Read Sophia's story to see why she likes studying Architecture and Environmental Engineering.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The course is built around a sequence of design studios, and, in parallel, lecture courses (modules) which introduce you to ideas and skills needed for the creation of elegant, resource-efficient architecture. These modules will help you to develop a body of knowledge encompassing environmental physics, building services systems, and historical context. There will be a strong emphasis on energy efficiency and environmentally-sound specification. The modules of the third and fourth years are particularly structured to connect these theoretical strands within the course to the practical task of design.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Technical Studio 1
  • Studio 1
  • Mathematics for Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Principles (Building Engineering)
  • Building Physics and Services.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • IT for Designers
  • Studio 2
  • History of Architecture
  • Research and Design Strategies
  • Building Services Applications.

Year three

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Design and Engineering Studio 3
  • Low Carbon Building Services
  • Interactive Systems and Comfort Control
  • Application of Mathematics in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Design and Engineering Studio 4
  • Theories of Architecture and Design
  • Energy Management and Performance Evaluation
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Mechanical Services.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching methods are varied depending on the module; studios, lectures, project work and tutorials all have a part.

The Department's inter-professional approach includes projects where you will work with students from other disciplines within the built environment. This encourages mutual respect and understanding of the professions which you are likely to be working with during your career, and helps you to develop and practice the skills of presentation, negotiation, communication, and delegation.

The teaching staff provide a friendly, enabling environment for learning. They are also actively engaged in research or professional practice, ensuring that you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Student representatives sit on a wide range of committees at University and School level, where they can influence discussions and decisions which affect your learning experience.


Assessment is achieved through a balance of coursework and examinations. Examinations are held in either January or May/June. Coursework will be a variety of essays, reports, surveys, design projects or teamwork.

You are encouraged to do 'formative work' to prepare for assessments: this does not count towards your marks but the feedback which you receive will help you to improve your performance. Support is available for students who have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by both the architectural and engineering professions.

It is recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) as giving exemption from RIBA Part 1 examinations.

It is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as providing a qualifying first degree leading, via 'further learning' to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. It is alos accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

This course is also accredited by the Board of Architects Malaysia.


There is no formal work placement on this degree however students are strongly encouraged to gain work experience through employment or internship in a relevant professional area during vacations. As well as helping hone your professional skills, the industry knowledge gained will further contribute to your attractiveness to employers.


To inspire and inform your work, you will regularly get out to sketch and assess contemporary and historic buildings in and around Bristol. We also arrange two residential field trips, which are subsidised by the Department.

In Year 1, you can go on a three-day residential field trip to a UK city such as London or Liverpool.

In Year 3, you can visit a European city. Past destinations include Berlin and Barcelona.

Study facilities

You will be taught in modern, well-equipped facilities, which include our award-winning Design Studios. You will also be able to:

  • Attend model-making workshops and develop CAD, data analysis and environmental modelling skills in integrated studios.
  • Create architectural models using laser cutters, computerised routers, artificial sky, wind tunnels, wood, metal and concrete workshops.
  • Test lighting in environmental physics and acoustics laboratories with specialist technicians supporting teaching and research.
  • Consider airflow and cooling, mechanical systems and water flow in our environmental services laboratory.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

We arrange regular presentations from visiting professionals and past students so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

Socialise and volunteer

You can attend guest lectures, field trips, live projects and social events with like-minded students in our Architecture Society and Engineers without Borders.

Showcase your work

Our final year students regularly showcase their work at the annual Plan and Make degree show. Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Tumblr.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you can go on to play a central role creating a new generation of environmentally smart buildings. With a dual degree, you will be equipped for a wide variety of careers in architecture, environmental engineering and sustainability consultancy. Opportunities are available in organisations ranging from small private practices to large multi-nationals such as Arup, Atkins and Foster & Partners. In time you can go on to become fully qualified as an Architect or an Engineer.

You will also have strong problem solving skills with a focus on analysis, inventiveness and decision-making. These are sought after by many employers and can be applied in a wide range of careers.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Read Elizabeth's experience of studying Architecture and Environmental Engineering and how it helped her create a new generation of environmentally-smart buildings.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Property and Construction

Prospects - Careers in Engineering and Manufacturing

Guardian - what to do with a degree in architecture

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in Mathematics, or grade A or above in Use of Mathematics. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include Merit in one of the following units: Further Maths for Technicians; Further Maths for Construction and the Built Environment.
    Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in Mathematics (before you apply, ask us which Maths units you need to do).
    Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 5 in higher level Mathematics

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from students without the conventional entrance requirements but who do have substantial relevant work or other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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