Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Architecture

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

It’s no surprise architecture is a popular degree – and an inspiring career choice. Architects are highly-valued professionals, working widely with organisations, engineers, construction partners and design practices throughout the world to shape our built environment. As an architect, you'll inspire others as you design new buildings, modify existing structures, and advise on the restoration and conservation of old properties.

Salford is one of the UK’s leading centres for architecture study. Consistently ranked amongst the World Top 100 centres(QS 2019) for Architecture studies, we're committed to ensuring that you develop the knowledge and skills you need for your career. Our three-year BSc (Hons) Architecture course is carefully designed to nurture your development, so you’re prepared for sustainable design and practice in the digital era.

You’ll thrive in a dynamic studio-based, action-learning culture. We’re driven by industry, so you'll experience some real-life projects during your time with us. You’ll sketch ideas, make models, and fill your Instagram feed with study visits to some amazing local architecture.

With unconditional Part 1 validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB), BSc (Hons) Architecture with Salford is the crucial first stage in your journey to becoming an unstoppable chartered architect.

You will:
  • Explore spatiality and the relationship between form, space, material and tectonics
  • Study urban scale, history and theory, making regular study visits to sites and developments
  • Gain practical experience as you work on live briefs from across Greater Manchester and beyond
  • Assess a building’s performance and learn how to design to criteria and conceptual frameworks
  • Develop leadership and management skills, gaining the confidence to contribute your opinions and express your creative ideas
International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Institute of British Architects logo
Architects Registration Board

This is for you if...

1.

You're passionate about developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment

2.

You're a solution-seeker, looking to combine highly imaginative creativity with theoretical and technical knowledge

3.

You want to start the journey towards professional architect status

Course details

All about the course

Encompassing planning and pre-design, design, construction, operation and re-construction, our BSc (Hons) Architecture degree brings together the built environment in a collaborative and imaginative way. The course promotes an action learning approach, with a focus on the workplace and current practice-based developments.

In year one, you'll develop a core understanding of architectural spatiality and the relationship between form/space/material/tectonics. Studio-based modules will be complemented by lecture and seminar based modules which will challenge you to think creatively and form your own ideas.

During year two you will consider the performance of buildings from different perspectives and learn how to design according to performance criteria, linking this with conceptual frameworks. As the year progresses, the focus of design moves to a more urban scale, history and theory. There is also an optional overseas study visit.

In your final year, you'll combine and apply all of the theoretical, technical and creative skills you've developed throughout the course in an architectural design project. Final year modules will also prepare you for the second stage of your architecture education.

Year one

Design Studio 1A

You will be introduced to architectural design thinking through the understanding of the inter-relationships between people and their immediate environment in place making.

Design Studio 1B

You will develop your architectural thinking and appreciate the implications of the inter-relationships between people, the environment and place making through the development of a building design of a low to medium level of complexity.

Design Representation and Modelling

You will be introduced to the concept and techniques of drawing, modelling and alternative forms of representations of architectural design. The module will develop your ability to interpret and produce 2-D and 3-D architectural representations (e.g. plans, sections, elevations, axonometric and perspective projections) and models (e.g. analogue, physical and digital).

History and Theory of Architecture 1

You will be introduced to the canon of western architectural history and its underlying ideological assumptions. It locates the major practices and sites of western architecture in a wide visual and cultural context and critically examines its relevance to the practicing architect today.

Introduction to Building Services and Systems

You will learn about the environmental factors which influence decision making with regard to Building Services and Systems. You will develop an understanding of thermal and environmental comfort systems which address ecological challenges. You will gain awareness of the impact of heat transfer, illumination and acoustics on buildings and their users. You will be able to demonstrate how building typology informs building systems and performance of building envelopes.

Principles of Architectural Structure

This module aims at providing a fundamental understanding of the design principles and behaviours of structural forms, elements and systems in buildings. You will be introduced to nature as a generator of structure. You'll explore the relationship between shape, material, structural performance, loads, assembly methods and construction technology through modelling, analysis, and case studies. You will be able to understand the mutual dependencies between architectural design, structural performance and manufacturing technologies in the past and present through the knowledge of historical and contemporary structural forms and materials. The module also enables you to investigate the implications of nature, people and technology in the design of architectural structures.

Year two

Design Studio 2

This module will further develop your understanding of, and ability to apply, the principles of architectural design, with specific reference to the re-use and redevelopment of existing buildings.

Construction Technology in Architecture

This module will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to explain building construction techniques and materials used. You will also develop an understanding of various contemporary and historic construction techniques related to both project delivery and environmental considerations.

Performance Modelling and Integrated Design

You will gain the skills and ability to deploy digital technologies such BIM in the development of design alternatives for a client brief and justify design selection with the accurate adoption of the digital technologies.

Principles of Sustainable Built Environments

You will develop a comprehensive recognition and understanding of global and local principles of sustainability in the built environment. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of the relationship between sustainable design and construction processes and their social, environmental and economic impact. This module will also provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to engage in the design, procurement, and construction of sustainable built environment.

History and Theory of Architecture 2

You will gain a broad understanding of the history and theory of architecture focused on the examination of the histories of modern architecture.

Multidisciplinary Project

This project will provide you with an opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams and to enable them to perform in a role/discipline in the context of a team based project. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the multi-disciplinary nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop both discipline based and generic key skills required by a built environment professional. It encourages self-reflection and enable you to further your personal development plan, that aligns the learning needs and career aspirations and the requirements of the business sector and the professional institutions. You will also further develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

Year three

Design Studio 3

You will develop, apply and test the student’s architectural design skills in the context of a complex design project. You will apply the necessary skills, competencies and understanding of a selected range of theoretical, technical, cultural, historical and professional issues, and the ability to integrate them into their designs. You will expand your design methods to include (fine) art practices, in particular those which focus on the development of spatial interventions.

Re-creating the City - Re-use and Regeneration

You will explore the theme of regeneration and application of architecture practice in the regeneration of cities and urban environments.

Design Studio 4

You will apply and test your architectural design skills in the context of a complex design project. You will develop the skills, competencies and understanding of a selected range of theoretical, technical, cultural, historical and professional issues, and the ability to integrate them into their designs.

Practice Management and Law

This module aims to prepare you for your first year in industry by equipping you with a comprehensive understanding of the profession of architecture. You will develop an understanding of the role of the architect in society. You will learn about the management of the construction industry, the role of the architectural practice and responsibilities of each within the regulatory legal context within which architecture operates.

Design Research Project

You will learn to write and deliver an extended and coherent study on a design related topic. On completion, you will demonstrate competency in research skills in support of future learning development. This module will help you to develop the skills of reflective practice through engagement with contemporary architecture and urbanism.

Environmental Architectural Technology

You will develop an holistic understanding of tectonics for local and global environmental challenges. You will assess the impacts of building performance on the built environment. You'll apply the principles of technological engineering systems in sustainable design and construction processes to a design solution. You will also apply technical regulatory factors that impact build, sustainability and environmental performance within broad societal concerns.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

You'll learn in purpose-built design studios in our flagship New Adelphi building. Here, you'll develop your knowledge and skills using a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:

  • Studio projects, both group and individual
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Guest lecturers and site visits to construction projects and completed buildings.

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed using a combination of exams, projects and coursework. These include:

  • Design projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Precedent studies
  • Design portfolios
  • Examinations

The School of Science, Engineering and Environment

From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.

Facilites

Our carefully designed architecture studios provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. We also have workshops which house high specification equipment, including laser cutters and 3-D printers, to help you bring your ideas and concepts to life.

Salford is also home to Energy House – the only fully climate-controlled research facility of its kind in the world. Built in 2011, this full-sized, furnished two bedroom terraced house is built inside an environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. It is packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Architects are highly valued in many sectors and work widely throughout the sector, including architectural practices (i.e. Foster and Partners, KPF, etc.), design and engineering consultancy firms (Arup, Buro Happold, BDP, etc).

Architects are also sought after by central government, local authorities, property developers, building contractors, housing associations, financial institutions, major retailers and manufacturing companies.

FURTHER STUDY

We offer specialist  postgraduate study options to help you take your architecture career even further, including a MArch course. We even offer a sizeable fee discount to our graduates and alumni.

 

A taste of what you could become

An architect

An urbanist

A planner

A designer

A consultant

And more...

Career Links

Our experienced team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, including local and international architectural practices. This strong link with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as networking opportunities.

Throughout the course, you will get to work on ‘live’ community development projects. Previous students have helped to design a new club-house for Salford City FC, created designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and developed concepts for the Salford Woolpack community pub.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each applicant. Having these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your academic potential, but they are also essential if you want a successful built environment career.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5, is proof of this.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

All candidates must submit a portfolio. Letters of verification confirming that the portfolio is your own work must accompany the portfolio. For example, the letter can use school/college headed paper and be signed by your tutor. For mature students, the letter should be written and signed by someone with an industry connection. 

Please read our guidance for portfolio preparation and submission. Your portfolio must be sent to the School office Administrator: sobe-admissions@salford.ac.uk

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

112-128 points

A Levels

112-128 points

BTEC National Diploma

DMM-DDM in a cognate discipline

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Access to HE

112-128 points

Foundation Degree

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Scottish Highers

112-128 points

Irish Leaving Certificate

112-128 points

European Bacclaureate

Please contact Admissions for further information.

International Baccalaureate

30-32 points

Other Qualifications

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Please contact Admissions for further information.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £12,960per year
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £12960per year
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

 

Scholarships for international students 2020/21

 To celebrate the University of Salford's international excellence in architecture teaching and research, high achieving international students may be eligible for our Architecture International Excellence Scholarship of £5,000.

For more information go to Architecture International Excellence Scholarship 

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID K100

Institution S03