BSc (Hons) Architectural EngineeringSouthwark Campus
Creativity with engineering precision
Are you interested in the physics of buildings, the construction process and design? This hands-on course combines architecture and civil engineering modules to help you explore all these, as well as the form and appearance of buildings and their environmental impact.
Architectural engineering brings together the creativity of building design and the precision of engineering analysis with the skills of construction, management and finance. It’s a fascinating, multi-faceted career and one in which you could flourish.
You’ll build architectural skills through studio work, project presentations and an extensive structural design project. There’s also the option to spend a sandwich year working in an industry placement.
We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2020.
Why study Architectural Engineering at LSBU?
- Happy students: No 2. in London for Student Satisfaction in Architecture (Complete University Guide 2018).
- Professional accreditation: Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
- Our staff are experts with many industry contacts.
- Our subject-specific facilities include a Building Information Modelling (BIM Centre) and studios with inspirational views over London.
- History: we’ve been educating building professionals for over 100 years – and have strong industry connections.
If you’re puzzled about the differences between BA (Hons) Architecture, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering, download this handy comparison guide (PDF File 480 KB).
This course is fully accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT). This means that graduates fully satisfy the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and you’re on route to Chartered Engineer status.
The knowledge gained enables you to have the confidence to work with other professionals and to deliver in complex project or process environments. We’ll cover management and business practice, the legal aspects, economics, construction technology and materials, construction planning, project management and finance, and estimating and tendering.
Methods of assessment for course overall: 45% coursework
- Construction practice
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of the interrelationships between industry, professional bodies and education, and an understanding of key professional and research requirements. It will provide you with a roadmap for your professional career, and will enable you to prepare for employment in the construction discipline. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Materials and geology
This module will introduce you to the properties and applications of a variety of engineering materials, including some innovative materials. In addition, it will introduce you to engineering geology and geomaterials (rock and soils). Whilst traditional lectures and laboratories will be used as a means of delivering the course content, there will also be emphasis on the teaching in the field through site visits and field trips. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
- Fluid Mechanics B
This module teaches fundamental principles of fluid mechanics, and their practical applications. The student will be able to understand the fundamental principles of fluid mechanics relating to hydrostatic and hydrodynamic forces, sediment transport, measurement of pressure, the stability of floating bodies, coastal and flood engineering, air flow around structures and flow in simple pipes and open channels. The student will perform fluid flow laboratory tests, workshops and prepare reports and presentations. Assessment Methods: 50% Coursework, 50% Exam.
This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the BEng Civil engineering degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of students to reach an equivalent A-level maths and then extending it by introducing the main mathematical techniques that are required in the early stages of Civil engineering degrees. The module is delivered over two semesters. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
- Structures and construction technologyB
This module will teach you the fundamentals of structural mechanics and strength of material, and you'll use numerous worked examples to complement your understanding. You'll be introduced to a computer aided analysis package. You'll reinforce your understanding of structural concepts by studying some well known historical failures. Finally, you'll develop introductory principles of structural engineering design though open-ended exercises and case studies. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
- Architectural design and technology 1
This module focuses on three areas of work: design principles, basic CAD, and technology. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Forensic engineering
This module uses mainly case studies to develop the principles introduced in first year design and mechanics by looking at the influence of failures on the evolution of professional practice. It will give you an understanding of holistic design applications, conservation, and the role of regulations, and it will develop your observational, deductive, creative and communication skills. A measured asset survey exercise will give you the opportunity to simulate professional practice. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
- Structures and construction management B
This module will further develop the analysis of determinate and indeterminate beams and frames started at Level 4. You'll study stress analysis including complex stress. You'll be introduced to structural analysis and design software. You'll use simple 3D models of buildings to learn load take-down. You'll also learn about CDM and Project Management aspects. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
- Design of elements B
In this module you'll learn to design steel and concrete structural elements and steel connections according to the Eurocodes. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
This module will introduce you to several simple concepts and models that are used to describe soil and its mechanical behaviour. The emphasis will be on understanding the theory based on standard laboratory tests carried out, and on the soil properties derived from the testing results. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
- 3D CAD and building information modelling
This module introduces the concepts of Building Information Modelling (BIM) through the development of architectural 3D models on industry standard parametric CAD systems. The module covers the practical competence of architectural modelling and provides exposure on co-ordinating building information models. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Architectural design procedures
This is an individual architectural design project embracing design studio and technology studio against a defined brief. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Optional placement year
- Research project
This module will prepare you to carry out independent research using appropriate methods with the help of your supervisor. You'll choose a topic, prepare a project plan, review literature, carry out research and write a dissertation. Your progress will be monitored through timetabled supervision sessions to monitor progress and methodology and the log-book. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Geotechnical design
This module is intended to provide an understanding to the application of theory to the analysis and design of geotechnical structures. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
- Structures and design
This module is delivered in two parts. The first part will develop Structural Analysis of determinate and indeterminate beams and frames, building on the principles developed in the Structures and Construction Management Modules at Levels 4 and 5. The unit load and moment distribution methods of analyses will be introduced and developed, and the plastic theory of analysis for beams will be covered. You'll be introduced to calculations for column instability and to the usage of computer aided analysis using a commercial software. The second part of the module will extend your knowledge of steel and concrete material use, analysis of structural form, and ability in design in both qualitative and quantitative directions. Problems from the AMIStructE papers will be selected so that you can develop your analytical confidence to choose appropriate solutions, and presentations will be given on a wider range of subjects and discussed in critical peer review. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
- Architectural design project
This module will require you to develop an architectural design project embracing design studio and technology studio against a defined brief. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Architectural design and technology 2
This module provides the elements of design and technology research in preparation for the main architectural design project in the second semester. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Architectural practice management
This module looks at the role of managing an architectural practice, the forms of ownership, managing human resources, sources of finance, budget and accounting, marketing, and leading project work. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
Architectural engineers apply engineering principles to the planning, design and construction of buildings and other structures. It can encompass elements of other disciplines, including mechanical and electrical engineering.
Take a look at some potential careers, including structural engineer, in our Prospects section.
As a graduate you’ll know how to blend the knowledge, problem-solving skills and practical know-how of civil engineering with the creativity and individuality of architecture. You'll also have a number of practical key skills that will make you an attractive prospect to employers, such as CAD skills, sustainability awareness and a sound knowledge of structural engineering principles.
In summary, you’ll be equipped with the skills to provide the link between architects and civil engineers as part of an interdisciplinary design team. Recent graduates are now structural engineers, civil engineers and project engineers.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Teaching and learning
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As a Built Environment and Architecture student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor twice a semester for 30 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.
Senior Lecturer; Course Director, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering
- A Level CCD or;
- BTEC National Diploma MMM or;
- Access to HE qualifications with 39 Merits and 6 Passes or;
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 90 UCAS points
- Level 3 qualifications must include Maths and Physics
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
- We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Prepare to start
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Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
Fees and funding
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Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT
|UK/EU fee: £9250||International fee: £13780|
|AOS/LSBU code: 2306||Session code: 1FS00|
|Total course fee:|
|UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750|
|UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750|
|International (excluding any optional years) £41340|
|International (including any optional years) £41340|
For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.
Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.