Architectural Engineering (BEng)

Entry year

2018/19 2019/20

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 BEng 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.

All of our civil engineering related degrees are fully accredited by the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers. In your professional development as an engineer, the BEng degree satisfies the educational requirements to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), and partially satisfies the requirements to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Note that if Chartered status is important to you, a four-year Cardiff MEng course may offer a quicker, more direct route.

Other Cardiff University Architectural Engineering courses available include:

  • the opportunity to satisfy the full educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer if you choose a MEng course
  • 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

  • This course offers you the opportunity to study at the highest-rated civil engineering school in the UK (according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework)
  • All of our courses are informed by industrial collaboration and accredited by the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers.
  • You’ll have 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.

Key facts

UCAS CodeH292
Next intakeSeptember 2018
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
AccreditationsChartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
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.
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Entry requirements

Typical A level offerAAA - ABB including Mathematics. If you are studying a science A level, a pass in the practical element (where applicable) will be required. Please note, General Studies will not be accepted. 
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerThe Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer36-32 points including 5 or above in Higer Level Mathematics, or 666-665 in 3 Higher Level subjects to include Mathematics.
Alternative qualificationsAlternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Engineering admissions criteria pages.
English Language requirementsIf you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications.
Other requirementsYou will require GCSE English or Welsh Language at grade C or grade 4. Alternatively, IGCSE English First Language or English Second Language will be considered at grade C. 

This is a three-year full-time degree. The course 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 final-year project, are worth 30. You need to earn 120 credits a year.

There are two semesters each year, each semester consisting of 11 teaching weeks, one revision week and an examination period.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018. You are advised to check the final module descriptions when they are available to ensure that the programme meets your needs.

Year one

Year one consists of a series of lectures and practical laboratory sessions, providing you with a solid base for the next two years of your degree programme.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Engineering AnalysisEN109120 credits
Computing 1EN109210 credits
Environmental Fluid and GeomechanicsEN191120 credits
Materials and ConstructionEN191220 credits
Structures and DesignEN191330 credits
Professional StudiesEN191420 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
Engineering AnalysisEN202620 credits
History of Western ArchitectureEN220710 credits
Computing 2EN220810 credits
Hydraulics and Soil MechanicsEN231420 credits
Professional Studies and ConstructionEN231520 credits
Structural Analysis and DesignEN240040 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
Construction and Construction ManagementEN310410 credits
Integrated Building DesignEN320110 credits
Architectural Engineering Design StudioEN321110 credits
Tensile StructuresEN321310 credits
ProjectEN330030 credits
Structural AnalysisEN330210 credits
Geotechnical EngineeringEN330410 credits
Structural Design StudiesEN330710 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Continuum Solid MechanicsEN330810 credits
Concrete Materials and StructuresEN331110 credits
Environmental GeotechnicsEN331410 credits
Environmental HydraulicsEN331710 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?

You will be taught the fundamental aspects of engineering through a combination of lectures and tutorials, supplemented by practical lab sessions and project-based work.

The taught modules in the first two years are largely compulsory, but options are available in year three. All students 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 interaction with potential employers through careers fairs and guest lectures. Speakers from industry give regular lectures on their areas of expertise. These offer you the opportunity to hear experts speak on topics that are relevant to your degree and give you an insight into working in industry.

How will I spend my time? (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

45%

Guided independent study

55%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

37%

Guided independent study

64%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

30%

Guided independent study

70%

Placements

0%

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree course. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner. 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 relevant 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.

An extensive programme of careers lectures and workshops is delivered within the School and a Careers Consultant is also available.  

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 assessed at various stages throughout 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 course, depending on the options chosen. The remainder is mainly 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.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

79%

Practical exams

2%

Coursework

19%

Year 2

Written exams

54%

Practical exams

8%

Coursework

38%

Year 3

Written exams

58%

Practical exams

5%

Coursework

37%

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.

In 2015/16, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

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.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase.

Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding 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 (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£19,950None

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 and Medical and Dental courses. Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

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 any required learning resources (both electronic and in hard copies).

Accomodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

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.

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