Architectural Engineering (MEng)

Our high ranking, fully accredited courses in Architectural Engineering at a top Civil Engineering School offer you opportunities for an exciting, challenging and fulfilling career.

Engineering students work on a model
Students are expected to work to industry standards during their studies.

The creation of buildings is a complex operation that requires the skills of many disciplines. Our Architectural Engineering degree aims to provide you with an in-depth understanding of civil engineering with a specific focus on structural engineering and the built environment.

This course brings together the precision of engineering with the creativity of building design, with an emphasis on environmental factors.

You will develop a thorough understanding of theory, backed up by practical application through laboratory and research work, field trips and design classes, preparing you for a successful career in the civil engineering industry.

Choosing this four-year degree offers you a quicker, more direct route to Chartered Engineer status than the three-year BEng. It allows you to use the last two years to expand and strengthen your knowledge in architectural engineering.

You will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques needed to manage and organise a multidisciplinary engineering design project.

The MEng degree is fully accredited by the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers, and satisfies the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Other Cardiff University Architectural Engineering programmes include:

  • A thorough grounding in the fundamentals of architectural engineering if you choose a BEng programme.
  • The opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry if you choose the relevant four-year BEng or five-year MEng degree option.
  • The opportunity to study abroad at a partner institution for one semester if you choose the relevant MEng (International) degree option.
  • The opportunity to study a language if you choose the relevant MEng degree option with a sandwich year at a university in France, Germany or Spain.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the programme include:

  • Fast-track route to Chartered Engineer status.
  • The opportunity to study at the highest-rated civil engineering school in the UK for our research, and the impact of our research (according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework).
  • The facilities that come with such a successful research unit.
  • The opportunity to learn from leaders in their fields, through direct access to academic staff, many of whom are Chartered Engineers or have worked in industry
  • An open and engaging culture between students and staff.

Key facts

UCAS CodeH294
Next intakeSeptember 2016
Duration4 years
ModeFull time
AccreditationsEngineering Council
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
Typical places availableThe School typically has approx 230 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives approx 1270 applications.
Typical A level offerAAA A-level Mathematics is required (or equivalent).
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (excluding Mathematics).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32-36 points, including 5 in higher level Mathematics and a Science.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a four-year full-time degree. The programme includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Most modules are worth 10 credits, some are worth 20 and a few, including the year three and year four projects, are each worth 30. You need to earn 120 credits a year.

Year one

Year one consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Engineering AnalysisEN109120 credits
Materials & ConstructionEN191220 credits
Computing 1EN109210 credits
Structures and DesignEN191330 credits
Professional StudiesEN191420 credits
Environmental Fluid and GeomechanicsEN191120 credits

Year two

Year two again consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.

There is an off-site residential field-course for five days in the spring semester, as part of the Field Studies of the Natural and Built Environment module.

Module titleModule codeCredits
History of Western ArchitectureEN220710 credits
Computing 2EN220810 credits
PROFESSIONAL STUDIES AND CONSTRUCTIONEN231520 credits
STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS AND DESIGNEN240040 credits
ENGINEERING ANALYSISEN202620 credits
HYDRAULICS AND SOIL MECHANICSEN231420 credits

Year three

Year three includes a major project, with a value of a quarter of the overall year.  For this you will work individually, alongside a supervising staff member. 

There are other core modules but also a choice of optional modules, building upon the foundations established in the earlier years.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Architectural Engineering Design StudioEN321110 credits
Geotechnical EngineeringEN330410 credits
DynamicsEN321210 credits
Structural AnalysisEN330210 credits
Integrated Building DesignEN320110 credits
ProjectEN310030 credits
Business ManagementEN300410 credits
Continuum Solid MechanicsEN330810 credits
Structural Design StudiesEN330710 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Concrete Materials and StructuresEN331110 credits
Environmental GeotechnicsEN331410 credits
Environmental HydraulicsEN331710 credits
Object Oriented Engineering ComputingEN308510 credits

Year four

Year four includes a group project, which makes up a quarter of the overall assessment.

There are also several core and optional modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Soil MechanicsEN432510 credits
Structural EngineeringEN432610 credits
Applied Numerical Methods in EngineeringEN401810 credits
Fundamentals of NanomechanicsEN463010 credits
Alternative Energy SystemsEN470510 credits
Management in IndustryEN400410 credits
Building and Infrastructure Information ModellingEN430810 credits
Design FeasibilityEN430610 credits
Design AEN431110 credits
Design BEN431210 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is through lectures, examples classes and extensive laboratory, IT and practical work. The taught modules in the first two years are largely compulsory, but options are usually available in years three and four. All students must complete a 30-credit individual project in year three, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff. There are opportunities for interactions with potential employers.

How will I be supported?

You will be assigned a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree programme. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner when you need some guidance. We aim to help you overcome any problem, however big or small, as smoothly and quickly as possible.

For the 30-credit project in year three, you will be allocated a supervisor in the broad area of research specialism and meet regularly.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback in classes like design and project work and via return of marked coursework.

The opportunity to test your knowledge and understanding will be provided throughout the semester via class tests in Years 1 and 2, plus feedback on written assessments.  Occasionally, peer assessment of an individual’s contribution to a group may be used, and you may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.

How will I be assessed?

Your progress in each module is usually assessed at various stages through each semester (through a short test) to give you feedback on your progress, then finally at the end of the appropriate semester. Assessment is undertaken using methods including formal written examinations, case studies, assignments and project work.

Examinations count for 60% to 70% of all assessment throughout the programme, depending on the options chosen. The remainder is composed mainly of project work and larger pieces of coursework, plus performance in laboratories.

The opportunity to test knowledge and understanding is given through class tests throughout years one and two, plus feedback on written assessments. Occasionally, peer assessment of an individual’s contribution to a group may be used, and students may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.

What skills will I practise and develop?

This course is accredited via the Engineering Council, meaning the core competencies of UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence) are integrated throughout the taught years of the course. 

Through lab work you will develop practical skills focused on the application of a range of engineering principles to real-life technological, regulatory and ethical problems encountered in the engineering profession.

You will also:

  • develop your understanding of architecture, building conceptual design and building services within the context of engineering and construction
  • enhance your communication skills, both orally and in writing through a series of reports and assignments
  • develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to solve multidisciplinary problems in a civil engineering context

Our graduates are mainly employed in the civil and structural engineering fields with major consultancy and contracting firms, with roles such as graduate civil or structural engineer or building design engineer.

Our graduates are typically employed in major companies such as Arup, Atkins, Capita Symonds and Ramboll, in destinations all over the UK and further afield. We also have graduates working for architectural and building services practices.

A number of graduates have opted for further study, either at MSc or PhD level, at institutions across the UK.

Others have chosen to work for national and multinational companies. Recent examples include companies in the financial, media and marketing sectors with destinations including Deloitte, PwC and Virgin.

UK and EU students 2016/17

EU students entering in 2016/17 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2017/18 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our Funding and fees section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU 2016/17

Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£18,250None

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment is needed. The University will provide resources such as computers and associated software, laboratory equipment (including any safety equipment) and a variety of additional learning resources.

There is an off-site residential field-course for five days in year two, as part of the Field Studies of the Natural and Built Environment core module.


Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.