Architecture study in the UK

Architecture in the UK

Career options, entry requirements and rankings for Architecture.

UK Architecture Courses

Introduction to Architecture

Architecture combines the study of design, science and technology in order for buildings and places to be developed, which can change the living environment. Architects not only need to be skilled in creative approaches to designing buildings, but also in the practical and functional aspects of construction and sustainability, and many health and safety aspects.

Many UK universities that offer courses in Architecture also concentrate on the cultural and historical facets of the subject and will provide expert lectures in these areas alongside art and 3D design to give students the best approach to learning about every element of the profession. It is advisable to choose a course that has been approved by the professional bodies such as the Royal Institute of British Architects (more commonly referred to as RIBA).

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It normally takes 7 years to become an Architect; students must complete a combination of five years study and two years practical work experience before completing final exams. Membership of RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects, is awarded after their initial three-year undergraduate degree, leading to an exemption from the RIBA’s Part 1 examination - the first step towards a professional qualification. Then there is another two years of professional training prior to your final exams. After 5 years study students can move into a variety of architectural roles.

Architecture Entry Requirements

If you wish to become an Architect, it is advisable to study English language, art and design and mathematics subjects prior to applying to an Architecture degree programme, but other subjects may be accepted by some universities. You should also have an aptitude for drawing freehand and have an interest in design and 3D work. At many UK universities, a portfolio of work is crucial to being offered a place.

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: Minimum 32 points.
  • Typical A-levels requirements: AAB, with a balance of art, sciences and writing ability.
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.
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Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Architecture in the UK?

To learn more about the best Architecture courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Architecture universities in the Guardian University Guide 2017 below:

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. University College London
  3. University of Bath
  4. Cardiff University
  5. University for the Creative Arts
  6. UWE Bristol
  7. University of Kent
  8. University of Huddersfield
  9. Northumbria University
  10. University of East London

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