Architectural Engineering BEng

Year of entry

2024 course information

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UCAS code
Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
3 years full time
Work placement
Typical A-level offer
AAA (specific subject requirements)
Typical Access to Leeds offer
ABB including Mathematics.
Full entry requirements

Course overview

Architectural Engineering students surveying in St Georges field.

Architectural engineering brings to life the high performance buildings of the future, addressing our growing need for more sustainable, climate change resilient, energy efficient and smart places to live, work and spend time.

The next generation of architectural engineers will bring together a range of skills, disciplines and technologies and apply them in new and exciting ways. From harnessing the power of renewables and managing energy use more efficiently, to designing for re-use and using technology to enhance lighting, acoustics and comfort within a building.

Studying architectural engineering at Leeds will put you at the forefront of new and emerging technologies and approaches to both building structures and the systems within them. You’ll learn how to get results from a multi-disciplinary approach, collaborate with professionals, and play an important role in building a sustainable future for everyone.

Our degree programmes develop world-class engineers who contribute actively to sustainable and economic growth whilst setting and maintaining the highest ethical standards, embracing diversity and inclusion and delivering the infrastructure we all rely on in everyday life. That’s one of the reasons why our courses are accredited by several leading professional bodies and are shaped by our world-leading research.

This is a practical course, so in addition to design studio space, you’ll also have access to extensive library facilities, industry standard software, and impressive laboratories with specialist facilities for structures, materials, public health engineering, building services and geotechnics – everything you need to begin your career as an architectural engineer.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Design projects are a key part of our Architectural Engineering degrees, giving you valuable hands-on experience and putting into practice the theoretical principles and the creative and technical skills you have learned.
  • Access excellent laboratory facilities, as well as industry standard software such as Revit (Building Information Modelling), IES (dynamic thermal modelling) and Robot (structural analysis).
  • Develop your experience and boost your career prospects with our paid industrial placement opportunities.
  • Take advantage of our world-leading research here at Leeds, which helps to address societal and technical challenges with infrastructure around the world.
  • Make the most of university partnerships which include long-standing collaborations with the Institute for Transport Studies, Robotics at Leeds and the Centre for Global Development and leadership roles in major initiatives including water@leeds, an interdisciplinary centre for water research, the Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration, the Centre for Infrastructure Materials, and the Neville Centre of Excellence in Cement and Concrete Engineering.
  • Have the reassurance of being able to transfer between Architectural Engineering and any other of the School’s programmes at the end of the first year. You can also transfer to Architecture at the end of the second year, if you wish.
  • Our Civil Engineering Society (CivSoc) gives you the chance to meet like-minded people who share your passion for civil engineering. Not only will you be treated to industrial networking events and site visits to build your experience and connections in the field, but CivSoc also puts on exciting social events like paintballing and the annual CivSoc Ball.

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Joint Board of Moderators

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited architectural engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the JBM and CIBSE.

The BEng programme is accredited as satisfying fully the academic requirements for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), and satisfying partially the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status (CEng). A course of accredited “Further Learning” will be required to complete the academic requirements for CEng.

Accreditation is by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. This course is also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). The JBM and CIBSE work with and advises universities to ensure that their degree programmes help to develop professional engineers that will continue to provide a global contribution to sustainable and economic growth whilst maintaining the highest ethical standards.

Our programmes are EUR-ACE labelled, which means that they also meet the framework standards and guidelines of EUR-ACE and that the accreditation is recognised by the member states of the European Higher Education Area, until the next standard review in 2027.

Course details

The course integrates creative and technical knowledge and practice in architecture, structural and building services engineering – all underpinned by world-class research and industrial practice. You’ll be exploring creative design issues in practical, real world project settings.

Every degree course within the School of Civil Engineering shares a common first year. You’ll complete six compulsory modules across the range of programmes offered, giving you a firm basis on which to specialise in later years, and the flexibility to switch between courses.

You can choose to study either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor’s (BEng).

Year 1

Architectural Engineering students are introduced to the fundamental principles of materials, structures, water engineering, soil mechanics and construction. They also attend a residential surveying field course in year 1 – this is a compulsory part of the architectural engineering programmes; there are no additional fees to pay for this.

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 and theory. As with the first year, the design studio is the core through which you develop your learning in architectural engineering design projects (referred to as “Design Studio” modules).

Year 3

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  third year design studio work (typically a multi-storey office building design). You’ll also undertake an individual research project which will enhance your research and independent study skills.

One-year optional work placement or study abroad

You can choose to take up a one year industrial placement which will extend your degree by 12 months.

Alternatively, if you choose the four year MEng, BEng programme you can choose to spend a year studying abroad. This will not extend your studies.

Engineering ethics

Ethics plays an integral role in the engineering practices of today, which is why you’ll study engineering ethics as part of your course. You’ll be taught by academics from the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, as well as your lecturers, covering a wide range of topics such as professionalism and codes of conduct, corporate social responsibility, engineering and responsibility, ethics in innovation and research ethics.

The ethics training will advance your critical thinking, communication and creative problem-solving skills which are crucial to employers, but it will also help you identify and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas that you may encounter in your professional life in the engineering industry.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Architectural Engineering BEng in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Architecture and Environment 20
Engineering Surveying and Construction Technology 20
Structural Design and Analysis 20
Properties of Materials: Water, Soil, Steel and Timber 20
Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 1 20
Integrated Design Project 1 (inc Design Studio 1) 20

Year 2 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Structural Design 1 20
Architectural History and Theory 2 10
Civil Engineering Materials II 10
Structural Analysis 1 10
Water Engineering and Geotechnics 20
Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 2 20
Building Physics 1: Fundamental Principles 10
Design Studio 2 20

Year 3 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Structural Design 2 20
Architectural History and Theory 3 10
Structural Analysis 2 10
Water Engineering 10
Foundation Engineering Fundamentals 10
Individual Research Project 1 20
Building Physics 2: Services Design 10
Design Studio 3.2 30

Year 3 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Construction Site Fieldcourse 10

Learning and teaching

Studio based learning is at the heart of the architectural engineering student experience, with open-ended and creative architectural engineering design projects used to demonstrate and develop the knowledge you gain in other modules. The course is centred in a studio space designed to host lectures, tutorials and personal study. In the studio environment, you will benefit from learning from your peers, the academic teaching team and design tutors from practice.

Laboratory classes and industry sponsored fieldwork also allow you to gain hands-on experience investigating and applying the knowledge and understanding you gain from your lectures and tutorials to real life work situations. A major feature of the architectural engineering programme is the extensive use of small-group tutorials, in which you will receive advice and guidance from building services, structural and architectural specialists with further input from practising engineers and architects.

Much of the course is delivered by a dedicated teaching team within the school, comprised of professionally qualified and experienced engineers and architects, supported by practice-based architects who are part of the studio tutoring team. You’ll also benefit from the range of scientific and technical expertise provided by the School of Civil Engineering. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course. In your first year you will be allocated an industrial tutor who will provide you with opportunities to visit construction sites and design offices.

You’ll be assigned a personal tutor to guide you through your studies, and you will receive support from fellow students through our Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) scheme. PASS mentors are students who are on your course but are in Years two or three. They’ll help you when you arrive at University and throughout your first year. You’ll meet your PASS mentors during your first week for a social activity.

Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.

You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.

Watch our taster lectures to get a flavour of what it’s like to study at Leeds:

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


You will be assessed both through written examinations, held at the end of each year, and through various types of coursework including design exercises, reports, scale models of your proposed building designs, presentation boards, oral presentations, drawings and design reviews.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including Mathematics.

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.

GCSE: English Language at grade 4 or above, or an appropriate English language qualification. We will accept Level 2 Functional Skills English in lieu of GCSE English.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), International Project Qualification (IPQ) and Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (ASCC): We recognise the value of these qualifications and the effort and enthusiasm that applicants put into them, and where an applicant offers an A in the EPQ/IPQ/ASCC 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.

Alternative qualification

Access to HE Diploma

Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction (including an appropriate number of Mathematics modules) and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.


D*DD (RQF) with Distinctions in all Mathematics units including Maths and Further Maths (and/or other appropriate maths units) plus an interview and diagnostic Maths test. Some units may be optional on your BTEC but are required by the Faculty. Please contact us for further information.

Please note - there may be different requirements for the older QCF BTEC's, please contact Admissions.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in HL Mathematics.

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including Mathematics.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AA at Advanced Higher level, including Mathematics, and AABBB at Higher level.


T Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction at Distinction, with A level Mathematics at grade B or higher.

Other Qualifications

Engineering or Construction Diploma: A (plus A-level Mathematics at grade A or above). We will consider your application if you have AS level Mathematics.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds A Level offer: ABB including Mathematics.

For alternative qualification offers please contact the admissions team.

If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a Studies in Science with Foundation Year BSc for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science with Foundation Year BSc for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each section. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.


UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £27,500 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 and 2024/25 are available on individual course pages.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.


Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

We may consider applications submitted after the deadline. Availability of courses in UCAS Extra will be detailed on UCAS at the appropriate stage in the cycle.

Read our guidance about applying and writing your personal statement.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

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Career opportunities

There are a variety of exciting career opportunities awaiting you when you graduate – from specialist building design consultancies, to muti-disciplinary firms, to some of the largest construction organisations in the world. Architectural engineering graduates are in great demand and University of Leeds students are among the top 5 most targeted by top employers according to The Graduate Market 2022, High Fliers Research.

Typically, the majority of graduates each year secure professional or managerial positions and take their first steps in their career as structural, civil or building services engineers, design engineers, architectural engineers or architectural consultants.

Here’s an insight into the job roles some of our most recent graduates have obtained:

  • Engineer, BDP
  • Engineer, E.C.Harris
  • Engineer, Heyne Tillett Steel
  • Civil Engineer, URS
  • Design Engineer, AECOM
  • Structural Design Engineer, AKT II
  • Design Engineer, AKT II
  • Design Engineer, Arup
  • Graduate Structural Engineer, Arup
  • Lighting Designer, Arup
  • Continuous Improvement Engineer, Balfour Beatty
  • Civil Engineer, Buro Happold
  • Associate - Facade Engineering, Buro Happold Consulting Engineers
  • Graduate Engineer, Curtins
  • Graduate Engineer, Elliott Wood
  • Assistant Architect with Engineering Excellence, Laing O'Rourke
  • Design Engineer, Morph Structures
  • Graduate Mechanical Building Services Engineer, Mott MacDonald
  • Senior Project Manager, Pride Projects
  • Graduate Engineer, Renaissance Ltd
  • Architectural assistant, Ryder Architecture
  • Assistant Engineer, WS Atkins Consultants Ltd
  • Director of Urban Design, WSP
  • Graduate Engineer, WSP Global
  • Graduate Structural Engineer, WYG Group
  • Graduate building physicist, Yonder Consulting

Read profiles of our alumni to find out more about where some of our graduates are working.

Careers support

At Leeds we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our Leeds for Life initiative is designed to help you develop and demonstrate the skills and experience you need for when you graduate. We will help you to access opportunities across the University and record your key achievements so you are able to articulate them clearly and confidently.

You will be supported throughout your studies by our dedicated Employability team, who will provide you with specialist support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and industrial placements, as well as graduate positions. You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers.

You will also have full access to the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.

Study abroad and work placements

Work placements

An industrial placement year is a great way to help you decide on a career path when you graduate. You’ll develop your skills and gain a real insight into working life in a particular company or sector. It will also improve your employability and help you to stand out in a competitive graduate jobs market.

Benefits of a work placement year:

  • 100+ organisations to choose from, both in the UK and overseas
  • All placements are salaried
  • Build industry contacts within your chosen field
  • Our close industry links mean you’ll be in direct contact with potential employers
  • Advance your experience and skills by putting the course teachings into practice
  • Gain invaluable insight into working as a professional in this industry
  • Improve your employability

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.

With the help and support of our dedicated Employability team, you can find the right placement to suit you and your future career goals.

Here are some examples of placements our students have recently completed:

  • Arcadis
  • Evolve Consulting Engineers Limited
  • Price & Myers
  • Cummins
  • Nationwide Structures Ltd
  • Yonder

Find out more about work placements.

Student profile: Ellen Slack

...the employability at Leeds is also really high which gave me reassurance that I was on the right track into the industry.
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