Why study this course
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 courses and design classes, enabling you to develop your career in any area of the civil engineering industry.
An added advantage of this MEng Architectural Engineering course with a year in Spain is that you study the Spanish language as part of the first three years and spend year four studying engineering at a partner university abroad before returning to Cardiff for the fifth year.
The MEng degree allows you to use years three and five 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.
Other Architectural Engineering courses include:
- A thorough grounding in the fundamentals of architectural engineering if you choose a BEng 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.
Spend a year studying in Spain
You will spend a year studying abroad at a Spanish university where you will have the opportunity to develop your language skills.
Graduates take a quicker, more direct route to Chartered Engineer status than the BEng students.
Ranked 1st in the UK
Civil and Construction Engineering at Cardiff University ranked No.1 for research impact in the latest government research assessment (REF2014).
AAA-AAB 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.
Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
DD in a BTEC Diploma in any subject and grade A in A-Level Maths.
36-34 overall or 666 in 3 HL subjects. Must include grade 6 in HL Maths.
Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.
Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.
Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.
At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.
At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.
Trinity ISE II/III
II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.
Other accepted qualifications
Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.
You must have or be working towards:
- English language or Welsh language at GCSE grade C/4 or an equivalent (such as A-levels). If you require a Tier 4 visa, you must ensure your language qualification complies with UKVI requirements.
We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects.
We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements.
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course. If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
UK and EU students (2021/22)
We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.
Students from outside the EU (2021/22)
We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.
Costs for sandwich years
During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, placement year or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. Full details can be found on our fees pages.
Course specific equipment
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.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
This is a five-year full-time degree with the fourth year spent studying in Spain at the designated partner university. 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 year three and year five 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 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.
Year one consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions. The core modules include two language modules for Spanish.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Spanish for Year in Europe||EN1018||10 credits|
|Spanish for Year in Europe||EN1023||10 credits|
|Engineering Analysis||EN1091||20 credits|
|Computing 1||EN1092||10 credits|
|Environmental Fluid and Geomechanics||EN1911||20 credits|
|Materials and Construction||EN1912||20 credits|
|Design Studies||EN1915||20 credits|
|Professional Engineering||EN1917||10 credits|
Year two again consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions. The core modules include two language modules for Spanish.
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 title||Module code||Credits|
|Spanish for Year in Europe||EN2018||10 credits|
|Spanish for Year in Europe||EN2021||10 credits|
|Engineering Analysis||EN2026||20 credits|
|History of Western Architecture||EN2207||10 credits|
|Computing 2||EN2208||10 credits|
|Hydraulics and Soil Mechanics||EN2314||20 credits|
|Professional Studies and Construction||EN2315||20 credits|
|Structural Analysis and Design||EN2400||40 credits|
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.
The core modules include two language modules for Spanish.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Spanish for Year in Europe||EN3020||10 credits|
|Spanish for Year in Europe||EN3023||10 credits|
|Construction and Construction Management||EN3104||10 credits|
|Integrated Building Design||EN3201||10 credits|
|Architectural Engineering Design Studio||EN3211||10 credits|
|Tensile Structures||EN3213||10 credits|
|Structural Analysis||EN3302||10 credits|
|Geotechnical Engineering||EN3304||10 credits|
|Structural Design Studies||EN3307||10 credits|
Year four: Sandwich year
Year four is spent studying at the designated partner university in Spain, through the medium of Spanish.
Year five 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|
|Applied Numerical Methods in Engineering||EN4018||10 credits|
|Finite Element Theory and Practice||EN4302||10 credits|
|Design Feasibility||EN4306||10 credits|
|Soil Mechanics||EN4325||10 credits|
|Structural Engineering||EN4326||10 credits|
|Environmental Building Studies||EN4572||10 credits|
|Steel Structures||EN4573||10 credits|
|Advanced Structural Mechanics||EN4574||10 credits|
|Fundamentals of Nanomechanics||EN4630||10 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.
Learning and assessment
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 five. 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.
The year abroad will be taught through the medium of Spanish, using the delivery methods of the overseas institution, including lectures, seminars, workshops, group work and laboratories.
How will I be supported?
You will be assigned 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 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.
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 develop your Spanish language skills and gain an understanding of the academic culture of Higher Education and professional practice in Spain.
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.
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.