Leeds was the first university in the UK to offer architectural engineering degrees some 50 years ago. This course is truly interdisciplinary, designed to produce engineers who can design buildings by integrating the principles and practice of architecture, building physics and structural engineering.
You'll work on a series of studio-based building design projects, many of which will be undertaken in our new studio spaces. Not only will you put into practice what you have learned in lectures, laboratory classes and tutorials, but you will also build scale models and develop graphical presentation and computer modelling skills using industry standard software.
As with all the School's degrees, Architectural Engineering is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which will help you to gain chartered engineer status after graduation.
You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor's (BEng) degree on this course.
Find out more about the MEng, BEng and BEng
You may choose to undertake the International option of this course, allowing you to spend year 3 at one of our partner universities in the USA. You'll study modules similar to those taught at Leeds, meaning your study abroad year will be integrated into your degree and will not require you to take an additional year of study. Find out more about our international option on our website.
Architectural Engineering students attend a residential surveying field course in year 1 and a residential architectural study period in a European city in year 3. There are compulsory parts of the architectural engineering programme - there are no additional fees to pay for either of these field courses.
In addition to the design studio space, you'll also have access to excellent laboratory facilities as well as extensive library facilities and computing equipment, including industry standard software such as Revit (Building Information Modelling), IES (dynamic thermal modelling) and Robot (structural analysis). The laboratory facilities, which are among the best in the UK, include specialist facilities for structures, materials, public health engineering, building services and geotechnics.
The course integrates creative and technical knowledge in architecture, structural and building services engineering, all delivered within one school. This is reinforced by our strong involvement with research and practice, with creative design issues being explored in practical, real world project settings.
All degree courses within the School share a common first year of six compulsory modules. These expose you to the range of programmes offered within the school and provide a firm basis on which to specialise in later years - as well as giving you the flexibility to switch between these courses.
In Year 2 you'll consolidate your technical knowledge of structural design and analysis, materials, water engineering, geotechnics and building physics. You'll also develop a more academic approach to architectural history & theory, which is delivered in collaboration with the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies. As with the first year, the design studio is the core through which you develop your learning in architectural engineering design projects.
You'll enhance your engineering knowledge in structures, geotechnics, materials and building physics and demonstrate an integrated understanding of creative and technical building design in your design studio work. You'll also select two additional modules from a list of options to help you to broaden your studies.
If you take the MEng, BEng course, your final year will be focused on the design studio. Your design projects will be linked to research-focused modules in architectural history & theory and building physics, and you'll learn more about structures, geotechnics, and the context of the construction industry in management, practice and law.
In Semester 2, you'll concentrate on a sophisticated architectural design project where significant parts of the brief, development and execution are largely set by you. Your project will demonstrate a fully integrated architectural design including structures and building services, to a high standard of visual communication skills.
Find out more about the project work you will get involved in.
You'll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA including Mathematics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Extended Project Qualification - We recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, and where an applicant offers an A in the EPQ we may make an offer of AAB at A-Level (any required subjects such as Mathematics must still be at grade A).
All applicants must be studying Mathematics at level 3. For most students, this requirement is fulfilled by achieving the required grade in A-level Maths. Applicants for whom this requirement is to be fulfilled via qualifications other than A-levels (eg BTEC Maths and Additional/Further Maths modules) may be required to take a diagnostic Maths test in addition to their other level 3 maths studies. This is to ensure a suitable level of mathematical literacy.
GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
Architectural engineering graduates are in great demand from multi-disciplinary consultancies specialising in building design and contractors engaged in building construction and project management. Typically, the majority of graduates each year secure professional or managerial positions as graduate structural, civil or building services engineers, design engineers, architectural engineers or with architectural consultants.
Recent employers include ARUP, Buro Happold, Ramboll, Eckersley O'Callaghan, Elliot Wood Partnership, Price and Myers, Morgan Sindall, Mott Macdonald, Laing O'Rourke, Balfour Beatty, AKT, CH2M Hill, Atkins, Aecom, Curtins, Hoare Lea, Atelier 10, the Structure Workshop and Morph Structures.
Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working.
You'll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
You'll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University's Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
Find out more about careers support and employability
Study abroad and work placements
MEng, BEng Architectural Engineering students can study at one of three specially selected universities in the USA: Drexel University, the University of Kansas or the University of Nebraska-Omaha. This year is integrated with your Leeds study programme and, as a result, you will not be required to undertake an additional (5th) year of study.
Find out more about Study abroad in the School of Civil Engineering
With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the 'industrial' variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.
As a BEng student you have the option to undertake the placement between years 2 and 3. MEng, BEng students can choose to do this either between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.
Find out more about work placements
This course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators of The Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institution of Civil Engineers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited civil engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the JBM.
The MEng, BEng is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer.
The BEng course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), and partially satisfying the educational base for Chartered Engineer status (CEng). A course of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.
University of Leeds is proud to be working with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Our partnership will set students on the path to becoming professionally qualified and give them the best possible start to their civil engineering careers.
The Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers along with two other professional bodies (Institute of Highway Engineers and Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation) have formed the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) to work and strengthen links with universities to ensure that educational courses are in place to develop professional engineers that will continue to provide a global contribution to sustainable, economic growth and ethical standards.
See Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for more information and details of Further Learning courses for CEng.
The accreditation by JBM also means that the programme is EUR-ACE labelled. This means that it meets the framework standards and guidelines of EUR-ACE and the accreditation is recognized in Europe and beyond.
See EUR-ACE for more information.
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