Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our Architecture and Environmental Design BSc encompasses the ‘artistic’ and the ‘scientific’ to create a new generation of architects who are not only architecturally competent and environmentally aware, but also able to explore the spatial poetics with an evidence-informed approach, selectively evaluate design options, and quantify the building performance and environmental benefits and impact of their designs.

You will develop your creative space- and form-making, environmental design, technical and analytical skills, as well as your critical thinking and awareness of the wider architectural context.

Half of your time on the course will be spent on studio-based design activities and half on bioclimatic, historical, cultural, socio-economic and professional studies. All modules have a strong interdisciplinary approach that highlights the added value that environmental architects bring to the building industry and to society.

This course will give you professional skills that can be used both in architectural practice and environmental design consultancy. Professional architects with a specialisation in environmental design, sustainability and low-carbon design are particularly sought after at the moment, both in the UK and internationally.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Solve today’s biggest challenges – Our environmental impact will have repercussions for the future of the planet and the built environment. This pioneering course prepares you to tackle those challenges head on, with solid architectural and environmental design skills.
  • Enjoy outstanding facilities – Our facilities are world class and include a fabrication laboratory, open-plan studios and an extensive library.
  • Taught by an experienced team – You'll be taught by a dedicated group of experienced architectural practitioners, world-renowned scholars, and engineers.
  • Stimulating learning environment  You'll benefit from a rich, varied culture that broadens architectural horizons, develops professional creativity and fosters entrepreneurial spirit .
  • Access wider career paths – Graduates of this course can practise as architectural and environmental designers after gaining the RIBA Part 1 qualification.
  • Satisfied students – 90% of students thought the course was “intellectually stimulating". (Source: Discover Uni, accessed in March 2020)
  • Central London location – London and all its architectural riches will be your extended classroom, right on your doorstep.

Course structure

The first year of this course focuses on the principles of environmental and architectural design, and the second year allows students to apply those skills in a wider context. In the final year, students will complete a year-long thesis project.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Sensing the Environment

In your first year, you will learn about architectural design and environmental principles, and learn the evidence-informed approach and the quantification skills which will enable you to evaluate design proposals. You will acquire fundamental skills (technical, design and representation skills) through your personal experience of architectural space.

Typical subject areas covered will include:

  • Introduction to Design Skills
  • Design, Materials and Fabrication
  • A History of Architecture
  • Environmental Design and Principles of Building Physics

Transformation and Application

In your second year, you will consolidate and apply the architectural and environmental principles and skills acquired in Year 1 to a wider context, moving from the personal space to the remit of the building and its surroundings.

Typical subject areas covered will include:

  • Design in Cities
  • Environmental Design and Technology
  • Designing in Extreme Climatic Conditions
  • Zero-Plus Energy Buildings
  • Architectural History & Urbanism
  • Climate, Energy and Architecture

Stepping out and Making

In your year-long thesis project, you will focus on the design of an architectural proposition and the making and testing of prototype/component. This will prepare you to step out into practice with confidence in architectural and environmental design and the use of various advanced building performance prediction and testing tools.

Typical subject areas will include:

  • Personal Interest and Research Brief
  • Final Thesis Project
  • Prototype Fabrication and Testing
  • Professional Practice
  • Environmental and Energy Performance

Professional accreditation

Following a successful application for validation to the RIBA New Course Group (NCG) in September 2018, the course was granted RIBA Part 1 Candidate Status in March 2019 following the visit of the RIBA Exploratory Board. The University is confident of gaining full validation from the RIBA in 2020 following the graduation of its first students. At this point all students who have successfully completed the course will be awarded a RIBA (Part 1) validated qualification required for Professional Registration.

Meet our students and staff

Watch our short video to find out what makes our Architecture and Interiors courses so popular.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Stand out from the crowd

Professional architects with a specialisation in environmental design, sustainability and low-carbon design are currently in high demand in the job market.

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Internships

Our strong links with the building industry mean you'll get the opportunity for hands-on experience through an internship.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Graduate employers

Professional architects with a specialisation in environmental design, sustainability or low-carbon design are highly sought after in the
UK and internationally. There's a particular demand from consulting engineering employers for architects/environmental design consultants who have a good understanding of environmental engineering, passive strategies and systems, and their integration in architectural design.

With the introduction of more stringent building regulations and energy certification, employers in the engineering and architectural professions are on the look-out for candidates with quantification skills and the ability to evaluate energy and environmental performance.

Recent graduates from our architecture courses have gone on to work for prestigious practices, including:

  • Foster + Partners
  • Grimshaw Architects
  • Wilkinson Eyre

Industry links

Our strong links with the building industry mean there'll be opportunities for you to take part in internships during the course — giving you direct, hands-on experience.

Job roles

Graduates have a wide range of career choices, with previous graduates securing positions inside high-profile architectural practices, in design consultancies, or in environmental engineering.

Architecture and Environmental Design BSc graduates can become fully qualified architects after the successful completion of RIBA Part 2 studies and Part 3 training.

The course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • fully qualified architect with environmental design expertise (RIBA)
  • environmental design consultant
  • a combined career as an architect (RIBA) and environmental design consultant

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Why study this course?

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Fantastic location

London's architectural heritage is rich and eclectic – and easily explored from our central London base.

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Dynamic design studios

Our lively, open-plan design studios spark creativity and innovation.

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Student satisfaction

90% of students were satisfied with the course.

Source: Discover Uni, (accessed in March 2020)

Meet Nasser Golzari, Senior Lecturer

Lecturer and practising architect Nasser Golzari talks about the University and his work and research in social commitment in architecture.

Open days

Join us at an open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff 
  • Hear from current students 
  • Check out our facilities 
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – ABB to AAB
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM to DDD in Art and Design
  • BTEC Diploma – not accepted on its own
  • Access – 128 to 136  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • 3 GCSEs grade 4/C to include English Language, Maths and Science

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

You should prepare a portfolio of your own work which illustrates your skills, talents and interests through a variety of media and forms; it may include sketches, photos, drawings, collages, modelling and 3D work. The portfolio should evidence your creative process as well as the final outcome, so please include developmental work illustrating the observation, design and making process as well as final pieces (CAD drawings or software photo manipulations need not be included). You may be asked to attend an interview and present your portfolio, or submit work online.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

You should prepare a portfolio of your own work which illustrates your skills, talents and interests through a variety of media and forms; it may include sketches, photos, drawings, collages, modelling and 3D work. The portfolio should evidence your creative process as well as the final outcome, so please include developmental work illustrating the observation, design and making process as well as final pieces (CAD drawings or software photo manipulations need not be included). You may be asked to attend an interview and present your portfolio, or submit work online.

More information

Student work

Each year we showcase the achievements and emerging talent of students from our School of Architecture and Cities at our end-of-year exhibition, OPEN.

Watch the video below to see the most recent exhibition or have a look through our OPEN catalogues on ISSUU.com 

OPEN 2019 – end-of-year exhibition video

 

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Facilities

Find out more about our architecture facilities.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Coursework

Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

Right in the heart of central London, our Marylebone Campus is home to the Westminster Business School and our Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. Specialist workshops, dedicated digital and architecture studios, and our extensive Marylebone Library offer students everything they need for academic success.

Marylebone Campus is opposite Baker Street tube station and within easy walking distance of Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street.

For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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