Architecture BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)


January, September

code: K100, K101

For information about starting September 2015 or January 2016 call 01245 686868


Take the first step towards becoming an architect with our Architects Registration Board Part 1 prescribed course. Create meaningful, exhilarating and comforting spaces where people can live, work and play. Apply your knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios through site visits, study trips and in our architectural studios. This course has been validated to include an optional Sandwich Placement year in industry.

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For more information about Sandwich Placement opportunities, please contact the Placements Team.

Full description


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The demand for skilled architecture graduates is expected to grow rapidly over the next ten years.

Our course prepares you for a career in architectural practice. You could also choose to work in associated areas such as town planning, surveying, engineering, property, and building conservation. You’ll have gained creative and practical skills, such as computer-aided design, which will make you stand out from the crowd. 

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies afterwards, we offer a wide range of related full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Urban Design and MSc Town Planning.

Our course has been Prescribed (Part 1) by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). This means that when you complete our course you'll have fulfilled the first part of a three-part process required to become a registered architect in the United Kingdom.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • History and Theory of Architecture (Introduction)
    You'll consider key historical and recent examples of architecture and related writings to help you form your own views on contemporary design, including your design work, in a range of appropriate cultural and artistic contexts. The module focuses on a different topic each week, and you’ll gain knowledge about architectural history that’ll open your eyes to the built environment and make you appreciate architecture more fully.
  • Transferable Skills for the Built Environment
    Develop the transferable skills built environment professionals need. Through the use of commercial software packages you’ll gain an appreciation of ICT skills for research, information management and presentation purposes. You’ll use ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for university coursework requirements and in a commercial environment. And you’ll produce and annotate drawings using commercial CAD software. You’ll develop skills in communication, interpretation and working together and consider techniques for various media, together with process, purpose and audience. Finally, you’ll begin creating a Personal Development Plan and a reflective log and complete a case study and a group presentation.
  • Architecture and Planning Design Studio A
    This module introduces you to the creative processes skills required within the architecture and architectual technology professions. You'll develop a range of graphic communication techniques, including freehand and technical drawing skills. We'll refine your ability to understand and produce simple professional technical drawing, as well as developing your appreciation of the extent of information required in the process of planning, designing and constructing a building. You'll have the opportunity to investigate; space and form, materials, structure, construction and technology. Throughout this module you'll develop your drawing skills relating to scale, proportion and the human body.
  • Architecture and Planning Design Studio B
    This module complements your learning from Architecture & Planning Design Studio A. You'll develop a range of graphic communication techniques, including freehand and technical drawing skills. We'll refine your ability to understand and produce simple professional technical drawing, building on your appreciation of the extent of information required in the process of planning, designing and constructing a building. You'll have the opportunity to investigate; space and form, materials, structure, construction and technology. Throughout this module you'll develop your drawing skills and explore the issues relating to scale, proportion and the human body.
  • Design Explorations
    You’ll view Architecture not in terms of the construction of conventional buildings, but as the creation of meaningful, exhilarating and comforting places for human inhabitation within a specific physical and cultural context. You’ll explore how design influences our daily life and the interaction between the fine arts and architecture. Design Explorations is an introductory design module for Architecture Students. It's a core module with an overall purpose to introduce students to the design process. During the module, you’ll become engrossed in the varied world of deign. You’re encouraged to think outside the box, taking nothing for granted, explore your own preconceptions and begin to draw inspiration from a variety of sources (architectural and beyond) and ultimately to approach design in new challenging ways. You’ll begin to become aware of the design process, and your own individual way of meeting design challenges. In the early sessions, we’ll guide you but as the weeks progress, it’s expected that you’ll begin to navigate yourself. Aspects discussed, and the projects that you’ll encounter will be non architectural, but the same design principles apply equally to small-scale objects as they do to architectural proposals. This module will open your eyes, help you make informed design decisions and provide you with the tools to communicate these ideas effectively.
  • An Introduction to Technology and Design
    This module is designed for students of construction, surveying and architecture that have little or no prior knowledge of building construction, services and material properties. You’ll learn the common materials and methods of construction of both new and traditional housing, by considering each of the main elements of the buildings' structure. You’ll study the requirements of the internal environment, and build an understanding of how services installations contribute to user comfort. The personnel involved, health and safety requirements and specialised terminology is illustrated to develop your learning. You’ll also gain an insight into the behaviour and properties for a variety of materials commonly used in the construction of buildings and civil engineering projects, including their basic scientific principles. You’ll get an appreciation of the role of the designer in the construction process and have an understanding of the design process. You’ll learn through weekly videos, and workbooks as well as formal lectures and group tutorials.

Year two, core modules

  • Environmental Services and Construction Technology
    You’ll gain an insight into the scientific basis of the environmental performance and construction of buildings and their services. The main focus is on the introduction of modelling tools that can be used to simulate a building's performance and its affect on the environment. The main approach adopted is a scientific one, focusing on the analysis of a problem or set of problems, followed by the synthesis of a solution. Considerable emphasis is placed on the use of environmental criteria to assess a building's thermal, visual and aural performance. A number of scientific methods are explored and there will be a limited amount of practical experiment based work. A number of technical solutions is explored for lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning a building. The passive design features of a building are explored. This second level module is also designed to give you a broad understanding of the way we build our commercial and industrial buildings. It is intended to lead on from the study of domestic construction to considering the functional requirements of single-storey industrial sheds and multi-storey framed structures in concrete and steel. In addition, the affects on the construction process of the latest legislation in relation to fire and health & safety are examined. A great deal of guidance is give to you on skill development. Our module is delivered by blended learning via WebCT, so good access to the internet is essential. You’ll be assessed by a series of online multi choice questions and a number of reports on the performance of buildings.
  • Architectural Design Studies 1
    Learn the concepts related to the meaning of architecture, its language, order and form, explored through an individual design project. You'll make links with your other modules by working on an architectural design brief for a small building. You'll focus on investigating the implications of generating built form, and relate your drawing skills to the presentation of ideas as well as to architectural form. We'll encourage you to develop alternative design solutions and explore materiality through your own proposals as well as existing case studies. , with an emphasis placed on structural and constructional solutions
  • Site Studies and Planning
    Gain an understanding of the inseparable nature of place and contact, and how this affects the design for new buildings and a sense of place. You’ll investigate the influences of physical environment in its historic, present and future context, and study the legal and planning constraints that affect the built environment. Exploring a site, you’ll learn how to analyse and evaluate elements of townscape. In particular, you’ll consider the design elements that contribute to urban for and place shaping. As part of this process, you’ll develop your drawing and sketching skills, providing an enhanced understanding of the place, spaces between buildings and the urban environment. You’ll examine design procedures and processes and develop a proposal for a new building and place within the context of an existing townscape. You’ll explore a sense of place, with contextual investigations of design proposals, as well as planning policy and guidance and the way in which they’re implemented. And you’ll consider the importance and implications of environmental criteria.
  • Design Procedures
    You’ll focus on the collation and presentation of design, technical and contractual information required for the professional planning and management of the design, as well as the skills required in creating a building from inception to completion. You’ll develop creative skills in urban architectural design, in particular by studying the relationship between social processes, buildings and architectural design in various ways, from theoretical studies to site visits. You’ll also explore the implications of building in the city from the perception of the client, the builder and the public. You’ll enhance your drawing and modelling skills to give definition to creative thinking of a more theoretical nature. Alternative design solutions will be developed in groups and individually, and the materiality of architecture is explored. You’ll also develop your oral, as well as two- and three- dimensional presentation techniques related to the design solutions adapted.
  • Site Studies and Design
    Gain an understanding of the design of buildings, spaces and structures within their existing context, and how this affects the design for new buildings within their setting. You’ll carry about a survey of an existing building, taking into account its history and detailing. Developing the terminology of buildings, you’ll learn how to develop the ability to analyse and evaluate the elements of design and built form, and how design affects setting. You’ll advance your drawing and sketching skills to assist in design analysis and widen your understanding of the effect of thieving and the built and historic environment. You’ll examine the process of the design of buildings, considering a proposal relative to a particular site, and develop your own alternative design response for a selected element. You’ll develop your ability to form a critical point of view and justify your own ideas, both verbally and with the support of drawings and other graphic skills. ur project-based middle will see you encompass studio work and engagement with site visits and tutorial reviews.
  • Architectural Design Studies 2
    You’ll develop your knowledge of the concepts related to the meaning of architecture, its language, order and form. As with Architectural Design Studies 1, this module focuses on an individual design proposal for a small building viable economic constraints. You will learn to communicate your design proposals through drawing and model making.

Year two, optional modules

  • Study of European Practice
    Gain a vital insight into the wider global nature of the built environment and expand perception, employability skills and opportunities beyond the local UK environment. As well as studying specific current examples of architecture and planning, you’ll develop a wider understanding of the historical physical and cultural context of a selected city. By comparing this with architecture and professional practice in the UK, you’ll also depend your existing knowledge and overall understanding. You’ll base your learning around the visit to a major European city.
  • Architectural CAD
    You'll get hands-on training in some of the most up-to-date software used within the industry. You'll use intelligent object-oriented design methods to create virtual models of traditional residential and commercial buildings. You'll gain an appreciation of the substantial benefits such systems can offer in terms of client visualisation and design flexibility. The skills you'll gain in this module are vital to your professional development. We'll keep you up-to-date with current software packages so you'll be at the cutting edge of the sector.
  • Modelling Sustainable Architecture
    You'll gain an insight into some of the issues and design processes associated with the design of sustainable architecture. You'll have the opportunity to work as a member of a design team working on a number of modelling tools to simulate the environmental performance of buildings. Learning is based on the Building Research Establishment's BREEAM approach to the design of responsible architecture; considering the effects a building has on local resources and global warming. Aspects of heating and electrical energy use, pollution, occupancy comfort, transport, and embodies energy are investigated and combined to produce a building design that will have the minimum impact on the natural world. The work focuses on low energy low impact passive design solutions to environmental problems. Both the passive and active design features are explored and exploited to produce an environmentally friendly building design. Teaching is delivered by blended learning through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), so good access to the internet is essential.

Year three, core modules

  • Project Evaluation and Development
    Examine all issues related to the client, the site, planning, financial appraisal, design technology, legal, health and safety and the environment within a theoretical and practical framework. You’ll develop your ability to comprehend the totality and implications of the development process and to make reasoned value judgements as to its potential feasibility. You’ll examine local planning policies for the site, coupled with a financial analysis of the proposed scheme using traditional and modern forms of valuation techniques. You’ll also focus on project appraisal, pre-contraction processes, construction and post-construction processes, marketing, disposal and evaluation.
  • Architectural Design Studies 3
    You'll explore critical appraisals and appreciation of theoretical issues such as quality in building, in particular through a design brief based on a public building. The architectural response you develop will have a theoretical base (related to context, historical development and critical argument) and focus on providing a practical and conceptual solution to a brief. Although a building must be functional in its planning and construction, you'll place particular emphasis on the building's sense of place and its architectural development, declaring design issues, design generators and concepts. You'll develop your ability for architectural design, with a focus for technical solutions, building technology and internal planning and management.
  • Architectural Design Studies 4 (Dissertation)
    You'll select a research topic, identify a client and site, develop a brief and work up an architectural response in sufficient detail to showcase considerations of key aspects, such as spatial arrangements, phenomenological aspects of architecture, and the consideration of environmental and technical issues. On completion of this module you'll be familiar and confident with a detailed knowledge of the application of design processes and the technologies required to realise built form.
  • Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings
    Study a real-life building and investigate the principles of developing a holistic approach to the adaptive re-use of buildings. You’ll develop an understanding of user needs in relation to economic re-use of existing buildings by extending, adapting, altering and conserving buildings. You’ll need to be aware of the concepts of conservation, restoration and preservation along with the realities of extension, conversion and adaptation options for existing buildings in order to optimise long-term sustainable economic viability of buildings. You will consider appropriate and creative technology and their impact upon economic appraisals. You’ll complete an in-depth case study either individually or as a group. You will also study the impact of modern design concepts, landscaping, low energy, environmental and sustainability issues to meet enhanced user-needs. You’ll need to research and contextualise architectural history, together with the components and materials of construction previously incorporated, to consider and justify future life-cycle options. It’ll be important for you to acquire a range of analytical skills to measure existing and proposed building performance from a number of standpoints and be in a position to make recommendations after short-listing a range of re-use options to be considered by a building owner. Your case study will involve a real-life building (or range buildings) in need of economic regeneration and enhancement, in order to advise the ‘client’ on potential options through a written report, an illustrative portfolio and a succinct design-pitch to illustrate and justify your recommended design proposals .
  • Professionalism, Values and Ethics
    Built Environments affect and concern everyone in society and can cover areas including ecological, aesthetic, technological, economic and historical values and ethics. You’ll look at both modern and older building scenarios and debate value-systems and values and ethics analysis. We’ll ensure we include focus on relevant building scenarios, such as the Olympics and development plans for areas such as Chelmsford. We’ll ask questions such as: who is doing this, why, for whose benefit, to whose disadvantage? You’ll consider scrutiny is in terms of ecological, aesthetic, technological, economic, historical and similar factors and justification of choices made in planning, architecture and design are discussed in terms of goals, actions and outcomes. You’ll explore underlying values/ethics such as: is what is being done 'good' or 'right' in terms of practical results, fundamental principles, or other objective criteria? This leads on to developing your own views on built environment values/ethics, both as a person and as a future professional.


Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. Besides exams, these will include design projects, presentations, timed assignments and coursework.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Additional study information


This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement year between years 2 and 3 of your studies. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.

Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.

To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students (per year)


International students, 2014/15 (per year)


International students, 2015/16 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements


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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.


You’ll need to provide a portfolio of your work to show us that you have the creative abilities needed to become a successful architect. There are no set criteria, but you should give consideration to layout and presentation, and include a wide variety of images to demonstrate your ability to draw, paint, design, model, photograph, sculpt and compose.

We’ll be looking at your ability to draw accurately and to ‘think through drawing’. We’ll want to see you using a variety of media and colour creatively, showing your design sensitivity and creativity. We’ll be looking for your ability to make accurate models, show a critical eye, create in 3D, and aesthetically compose and order a variety of materials.

You’ll need to demonstrate three-dimensional realisations, particularly related to buildings and architecture. We’ll also want evidence that you’ve visited and sketched examples of both old and new architecture.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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UK & EU applicants

01245 68 68 68

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International applicants

+44 1245 68 68 68

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