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Architecture and Environmental Engineering (with Foundation Year)

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
Five years
Programme leader:
Wendy Colvin
Key fact:
Study towards professional status in architecture and engineering on this unique course, which combines the inventive with the analytic.

Page last updated 28 June 2017


Why BEng(Hons) Architecture and Environmental Engineering?

As the world's resources become scarce, there is a growing need for buildings to be 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?

This course is unique. 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 projects, 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 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 last two years of your course are particularly structured to connect these theoretical strands within the course to the practical task of design.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Architecture and Product Design courses, and so you may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year.

  • Foundation Mathematics: Algebra and Calculus
  • Foundation Design Communication
  • Foundation Design Studio
  • Foundation Design History.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

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
  • Theories of Architecture and Design.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Design and Engineering Studio 4
  • 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.  This helps you to develop and practice the skills of presentation, negotiation, communication and delegation.

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

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

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


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 course is recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

It is also 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.

We are currently seeking accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).


There is no formal work placement on this degree, but 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 arrange two residential field trips, which are subsidised by the Department.

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

Later in the course, 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 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 laboratories.

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


Indicative Additional Costs

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

Full time course

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

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: 88
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, 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: No specific subjects required. 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 one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.

We are happy to consider applicants with a mixture of A levels and BTEC qualifications.

We welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, but who have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BEng(Hons) Architecture and Environmental Engineering course.

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.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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