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.
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.
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.
|Next intake||September 2017|
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
|Typical places available||The School typically has approx 230 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School typically receives approx 1270 applications.|
For detailed entry requirements see the School of Engineering admissions criteria pages.
|Typical A level offer||AAA A-level Mathematics is required (or equivalent).|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||WBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (excluding Mathematics).|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||32-36 points, including 5 in higher level Mathematics and a Science.|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.|
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.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.
Year one consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.
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.
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 title||Module code||Credits|
|Business Management||EN3004||10 credits|
|Integrated Building Design||EN3201||10 credits|
|Architectural Engineering Design Studio||EN3211||10 credits|
|Structural Analysis||EN3302||10 credits|
|Geotechnical Engineering||EN3304||10 credits|
|Structural Design Studies||EN3307||10 credits|
|Continuum Solid Mechanics||EN3308||10 credits|
Year four includes a group project, which makes up a quarter of the overall assessment.
There are also several core and optional modules.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Integrated Building Design||EN4102||30 credits|
|Tensile Structures||EN4209||10 credits|
|Environmental Building Modelling and Building Performance||EN4220||10 credits|
|Finite Element Theory and Practice||EN4302||10 credits|
|Professional Engineering Studies||EN4321||10 credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Management in Industry||EN4004||10 credits|
|Applied Numerical Methods in Engineering||EN4018||10 credits|
|Design Feasibility||EN4306||10 credits|
|Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling||EN4308||10 credits|
|Design A||EN4311||10 credits|
|Design B||EN4312||10 credits|
|Soil Mechanics||EN4325||10 credits|
|Structural Engineering||EN4326||10 credits|
|Fundamentals of Nanomechanics||EN4630||10 credits|
|Alternative Energy Systems||EN4705||10 credits|
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.
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 (2017/18)
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 (2017/18)
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.
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.