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Architecture and Environmental Engineering

Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2019

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
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Architecture and the Built Environment
Four years
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Programme leader:
Dr Sonja Dragojlovic-Oliveira
Key fact:
Become a designer of the future by learning the creative and analytical skills of both architects and engineers, and study towards professional status in both fields.

Page last updated 13 August 2019


Why study architecture and environmental engineering?

As the world's resources become scarce, there is a growing need to create buildings that are environmentally responsible.

This calls for design professionals with the creative and analytical skills of both architects and engineers an unusual mix of skills that is highly sought after by employers.

It is these future designers who will achieve design excellence, pursuing imaginative strategies for using resources efficiently.

Why UWE Bristol? 

BEng(Hons) Architecture and Environmental Engineering is a unique, award-winning course.

This is one of five courses that cover different specialisms in architecture. We produce sought-after graduates with specialist knowledge and the skill to create exciting buildings.

It can be difficult to know whether to pursue a degree in arts or sciences. This joint degree enables you to work towards professional status in both engineering and architecture, developing your cultural, artistic and technological interests in parallel.

It's in the overlap between function, aesthetics and physics that true inventiveness can flourish. Each way of thinking stimulates the others, giving you innovative solutions to problems.

Explore architecture, passive design, environmental physics, environmental systems in buildings and the effective use of energy and materials. Gain a rare mix of knowledge and skills that will prepare you for this expanding sector of design.

Learn from industry-experienced tutors and practising professionals who bring up-to-the-minute ideas from their active projects.  

Develop your professional portfolio with a stream of practical design projects from real clients in the Bristol area.

Go on site visits and residential field trips in the UK and overseas to make sure your design thinking is linked to the world beyond your studies.

Where can it take me?

With a dual degree, you'll be ready for a variety of careers in architecture, environmental engineering and sustainability consultancy.

Opportunities are available in small private practices up to large multinationals like Foster & Partners, Arup and Atkins.

Find out how this course boosted Sophia's communication skills and employability.

Take a look at our online yearbook of student projects from our architecture and product design courses.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year one

You will study:

  • Design Studio 1
  • Mathematics for Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Principles (Building Engineering)
  • Building Science.

Year two

You will study:

  • Design Representation
  • Studio 2
  • History of Architecture
  • Research and Design Strategies
  • Building Services Applications.

Year three

You will study:

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

Final year

You will study:

  • 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 play a part.

Collaborate with undergraduates from other disciplines within the department. Grow your mutual respect and understanding of other professions that you're likely to work with during your career. Develop and practice presentation, negotiation, communication and delegation skills.

Explore the ideas and skills needed for the creation of elegant, resource-efficient architecture. Build a body of knowledge encompassing environmental physics, building services systems, and historical context. Connect these theoretical strands to the practical task of design.

Attend regular presentations from visiting practitioners and guest lecturers so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

Learn from friendly teaching staff who actively engage in research and professional practice to make sure you know about the latest ideas and business drivers.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Socialise and volunteer

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

Become a student rep and sit on a range of committees at University and school level, where you can influence decisions that affect your learning experience.

Extra-curricular activities are great for your personal development and are attractive to prospective employers.

Showcase your work

In your final year, showcase your work to prospective employers and the public at the annual degree show

Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Tumblr and in our online showcase.


You should expect mix of coursework and exams, which assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers' value.

Examinations are held in January or May/June. Coursework is made up of essays, reports, surveys, design projects and teamwork.

We encourage you to do formative work like practice tests to prepare for assessments. This doesn't count towards your marks but the feedback you get will help you improve your performance.

We provide support for students who have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). It gives you exemptions from RIBA Part 1 exams.

It's also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as a qualifying first degree on the way to Chartered


There's no compulsory work placement on this degree, but we strongly encourage you to get experience through work or internships during vacations.

Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you an attractive graduate.


We arrange day trips so you can visit study locations and meet people that can inform your work. We also arrange residential field trips locally, nationally and internationally.

Study facilities

Learn in a modern, well-equipped department facilities, including award-winning design studios.

Attend model-making workshops and develop computer-aided design (CAD), data analysis and environmental modelling skills in collaborative workshops.

Create architectural models using laser cutters, computerised routers, artificial sky and wind tunnels, or in our wood, metal and concrete workshops.

Test lighting in environmental physics and acoustics laboratories with experienced technicians who support teaching and research.

Consider airflow and cooling, mechanical systems and water flow in our environmental services laboratory.

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

With strong problem-solving skills, decision-making and analytical skills, you'll graduate ready to create a new generation of environmentally smart buildings.

These attributes are sought after by employers and can be applied in a range of careers.

This degree prepares you for careers in architecture, environmental engineering and sustainability consultancy. Work for small private practices right up to multinationals like Arup, Atkins and Foster & Partners.

You could also continue studying to become a fully qualified Architect or Engineer.

Read how Elizabeth's experience of studying this course helped her create a new generation of environmentally smart buildings.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:
Prospects - careers in property and construction

Prospects - careers in engineering and manufacturing

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in architecture


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year315

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics or Statistics, 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.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For this course, in the British Council International English Language Test (IELTS) we normally require an overall score of 6.5 and not less than 6.0 in each component.

  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in Mathematics, or grade A or above in Use of Mathematics. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: Must include Merit in one of the following units: Further Engineering Mathematics or Further Mathematics for Construction. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit, of which 15 credits must be in Mathematics (ask us which maths units you need to do before you apply). Please list the units you are taking in your application.
  • Baccalaureate IB: You must have a minimum grade of 5 in higher level Mathematics.

Entry requirements

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

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

If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

  • Email: Admissions
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333


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