Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Architecture is a fascinating subject involving wide-ranging academic, practical and vocational activities. It requires creativity and imagination, as well as the inventive employment of environmental and technical knowledge.

Architecture is normally studied with a view to becoming a professional architect, but as it embraces the fields of art, history and science, it also opens doors to a range of postgraduate study options and other forms of career development.

At the heart of our course is a rich choice of design studios, in which students are taught in small groups by current practitioners, reflecting London’s dynamic architecture scene. There are also lecture courses in environmental and technical studies, history and theory of architecture, as well as numerous opportunities to engage with the architecture profession through construction site visits, mentoring and a work placement.

Field trips are offered in the second year and there are opportunities to study abroad, with the most recent destinations including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Small studio teaching groups offer a wide range of approaches to architecture, allowing you to explore your own interests and shape the direction of your work. There are 20 dynamic and innovative studio groups across the three years, all engaged with the current issues and challenges facing the future of London and its region. 
  • Strong connections with professional practice – We attract a diverse teaching team of practitioners from London’s architectural network, and you'll have the chance to spend time on construction sites and in architectural practice as part of your studies. 
  • Supportive and nurturing environment – Our projects are grounded in and engaged with the social and cultural context of our city, while our diverse, international student population and lively open-plan studios create an inspiring and collaborative study environment.
  • Local field trips and international study opportunities – Gain experience with local field trips and explore global architecture with international study opportunities that in recent years have included Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China.

Course structure

The following year-by-year outline gives you an idea of what you will be doing on the course, and the subjects listed are indicative of what you will study.

Design Studio: Architectural design is taught twice a week in small groups of around 20-22, with a lead tutor supported by a second tutor on the first studio day and a postgraduate student on the second. In the first 12 weeks the focus is on introducing the fundamentals of scale, architectural drawing, and creative practice followed by a small design project. Activities also include on-site sketching, building visits, modelling and digital representation skills and photography,

A longer design project takes up the second 12 weeks of the year, with students investigating the site, context and stakeholders, and then developing their brief. Ideas are developed through an iterative creative process of drawing and modelling and responding to tutor feedback. The design work is then explored through working directly with materials in the fabrication lab.  

Activities also include a CAD/digital fabrication lab project and the collective design and preparation of the end-of-year public show, at which the final design proposals are presented.

Studio teaching is varied and involves workshops, site and building visits and group research, with individual tutorials and 'crits' in which each student’s work is presented to their fellow students, tutors, guest critics and practitioners.

Technical Studies: Students are introduced to structural and environmental principles underpinning architectural design, fabrication processes, building components and assembly techniques. 

History and Theory: Through lectures and small group seminar discussions, students study a range of European and non-western histories of architecture. They also undertake walks around London and make guided building visits.  Students develop their writing skills supported by analytical drawing.

Subjects of study in Year 1 include:

  • A History of Architecture
  • Design, Materials and Fabrication
  • Introduction to Design and Skills
  • Introduction to Technical Studies

Credit Level 4

Design Studio: Students can choose to study within one of our six studios, each offering a particular approach to design or engagement in current issues and characterised by diverse themes. Responding to the studio brief, students create two architectural proposals during the course of the year. In the first project they develop their understanding of environmental issues of the site and context, and in the second project, large-scale models are used to examine the design in detail.

History and Theory: A lecture programme on theory and contemporary issues in architecture and urbanism is followed by small group seminar sessions. These develop students’ critical skills and help students choose a subject for further research in the final year Dissertation.

Technical Studies: Students are introduced to architectural practice by following the live progress of a construction site (Site Diary module). Working in pairs, students identify a construction site, negotiate to visit it regularly during the course of the year and develop an understanding of the building procurement process. Their summarising reports cover the role of the architect, the organisation of the design team, site health and safety, buildability and the construction sequence. 

Subjects of study in Year 2 include:

  • Architectural History and Theory
  • Design and Detail
  • Design and the Environment
  • Site Diary

Credit Level 5

Design Studio: Students can choose to study within one of our six studios, offering a diverse range of design approaches. One of the studios is a collaboration with CAFA in Beijing, where students spend part of the first semester working alongside Chinese students before returning to the UK for the second half of the year. 

The projects are larger and more complex than in the second year, with the design encompassing urban-scale thinking down to detailed design resolution. The second Major Project forms the culmination of the students’ design practice and technical development, which they present to an external examiner at the end of the year. The work is then exhibited at the annual summer exhibition and goes on to form the basis of their portfolios for employment in an architectural practice as a 'Part 1 year-out' assistant.

Technical Studies: Students investigate a particular area of environmental or technical interest, and then apply this knowledge in their second Major Project. The work includes an environmental audit of their design decisions and a detailed study of how their proposal would be built. A team of visiting architects, engineers and environmental consultants support this work through lectures and tutorial sessions. 

History and Theory: Students write a dissertation: an extended piece of written research on a subject of interest from the field of architecture. Their work is supported through weekly tutorial group sessions.  

Preparation for Professional Practice: Students undertake a two-week work-placement in architectural practice, studying how the architectural practice is organised, the contractual relationships they have with clients and builders, and the procurement process of the project they have been working on there. They also prepare their CV and build a website to showcase their work. This work-based learning experience is supported by lectures and workshops.

Subjects of study in Year 3 include:

  • Design and Technical Exploration
  • Illustrated Research Essay
  • Major Design Project
  • Preparing for Practice

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

The course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), providing exemption from RIBA Part 1.

The usual pattern of academic and professional development involves full-time study at undergraduate level for three years (Part 1), followed by a year of practical training. Two further years of full-time postgraduate study (Part 2) are then undertaken, followed by another year of practical training and a period of part-time study, culminating in a final examination (Part 3) to qualify for registration as an architect with the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

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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

The course offers dedicated careers support, CV workshops and advice, and 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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Gain experience in practice

Get first-hand knowledge of working in architectural practice in the third year, and the opportunity of mentorship by an architect.

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Stand out from the crowd

Our strong practical focus gives you the edge in a competitive employment market.

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Shape the sustainable future

Climate change design is a central focus on this course and you'll take this critical, sought-after expertise with you when you graduate.

Work experience opportunities

As a graduate from our course, you'll be well prepared for professional practice.

In your second year, you'll visit construction sites to observe and analyse the building process, and will also have the chance to do a work placement offered by our Careers and Employability Service over the summer break.

In the third year, you'll have the option to be mentored by a practising architect, through a collaboration with the RIBA.

All third-year students are provided with a work experience placement, with previous years' destinations including:

  • Adjaye Associates Ltd
  • Allies and Morrison
  • Architype
  • Barr Gazetas
  • Foster and Partners
  • Gort Scott
  • Jestico + Whiles + Associates Ltd
  • MICA Architects Morris+Company
  • Walters & Cohen Architects

In your final year, you'll work on a Major Design Project that forms the basis of a graduate's professional portfolio for employment in an architectural practice as a 'Part 1 year-out' assistant.

Career path

Our graduates find employment with established world-class architects such as Make, Squire and Partners, Foster + Partners, BDP, Sheppard Robson, and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Others seek out dynamic, design-led practices including David Kohn Architects, SODA Studio, and Shigeru Ban.

Alternative career paths can take graduates to multi-disciplinary practices in interior and urban design and planning, or to the client side of architecture for contractors, developers or housing providers.

Graduates also progress to further study or research in technological and environmental subjects related to building design, project or construction management.

As graduates enter the world of architectural practice after graduation, extra support is available through our Professional Experience in Architecture Year Out short course.

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Part 1 Architectural Assistant (leading to qualification as an Architect)
  • Interior Designer
  • Urban Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Architectural Visualiser

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Grimshaw Architects
  • Hopkins Architects
  • Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Foster + Partners
  • Sheppard Robson
  • dRMM Architects

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.

Students working and studying internationally

Course Team

Over 60 members of staff teach on the course, including full-time lecturers, visiting architects and other practising professionals, academic specialists and historians. The course is run by Julian Williams, with year leaders overseeing each level.

Richa Mukhia runs the first year, coordinating the eight studio group teaching teams, with Nicholas Beech leading the History module and Pete Silver the Introduction to Technical Studies.

Natalie Newey leads the second year and its six design studio teams, with Kate Jordan running History and Theory, and Scott Batty the Site Diary module.

Jane Tankard leads the third year, coordinating its six design studio teaching teams and running the Preparation for Practice module, with Will McLean leading Technical Exploration and its integration in the Major Project. Ben Stringer runs the Dissertation module, coordinating its team of 14 tutors.

Why study this course?

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Outstanding facilities

Our world-class facilities include the Fabrication Lab and an enviable central London location.

 

 

 

 

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Vibrant environment

We organise a mix of architecture-related events and activities that are as diverse and inspiring as the students on our course – follow us on Twitter at @openstudio_wm

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Award-winning students

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 – BBB to AAB
  • International Baccalaureate – 120 to 136 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM to DDD in Art and Design
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D* in Art and Design + other quals
  • Access – 120 to 136 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

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

  • FIve GCSEs: GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4, and other three GCSEs grade 4/C to include Double Science or two single sciences

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

In addition to the above, you should have:

  • A strong personal statement demonstrating a commitment to studying architecture.
  • A portfolio of creative work that should illustrate a range of skills, talents and interests through a variety of media and forms; it may include sketches, drawings, collages, modelling, 3d work and painting. The portfolio should evidence creative processes as well as final outcomes, so should include developmental work as well as final pieces. Applicants may be asked to attend interview and present a portfolio or to submit work online with interview by Skype.

Applications for direct entry onto the second year of the course will be considered on the basis of portfolio, interview and previous academic achievement on an equivalent course. Applications for direct entry to the third year of the course will not be considered.

Applicants who have met the entry requirements above and are currently studying an Art and Design Foundation are also encouraged to apply; the entry requirement is Merit.

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

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 120 to 136 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

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

In addition to the above, you should have:

  • A strong personal statement demonstrating a commitment to studying architecture.
  • A portfolio of creative work that should illustrate a range of skills, talents and interests through a variety of media and forms; it may include sketches, drawings, collages, modelling, 3d work and painting. The portfolio should evidence creative processes as well as final outcomes, so should include developmental work as well as final pieces. Applicants may be asked to attend interview and present a portfolio or to submit work online with interview by Skype.

Applications for direct entry onto the second year of the course will be considered on the basis of portfolio, interview and previous academic achievement on an equivalent course. Applications for direct entry to the third year of the course will not be considered.

Applicants who have met the entry requirements above and are currently studying an Art and Design Foundation are also encouraged to apply; the entry requirement is Merit.

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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  You can also check out our broader calendar of events on our our open studio website – or find out what we're up to via Instagram at openstudio_wm or Twitter at @openstudio_wm

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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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

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

Download our additional costs guide for information on what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately on this course:

International tuition fee: £14,400 (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

Download our additional costs guide for information on what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately on this course:

What our students say

Architecture student Ming Zhong Song

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Westminster will help me to pursue my dream of being an architect. Westminster trains students in independent study skills and group collaboration. The students’ high level of achievement, often listed in the RIBA President's Medals student awards, are based on Westminster’s strong links with the architecture profession.

Architecture student Preet Panesar

Preet Panesar

At Westminster I worked with fantastic tutors, including RIBA award winner Peter Barber, and met incredibly talented like-minded people in a friendly environment. Most tutors are architects themselves and provide you with the well-rounded skills you need to work in practice. The resources are fantastic, with plenty of space to work.

Portfolio and interview guidance

Watch our video for advice on producing a portfolio, as well as some interview tips.

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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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

With specialist workshops, dedicated digital and architecture studios and our extensive Marylebone Library, this campus is the perfect location for the Westminster Business School and our Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses.

Located in central London, our Marylebone campus is opposite Baker Street underground station and within easy walking distance of Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street.

For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Architecture short courses

Summer school

The Architecture and Interiors Summer School is a three-day course giving you a taste of what it is like to be an architectural student.

Find out more about the Architecture and Interiors Summer School.

 

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Professional Experience in Architecture Year Out short course

If you intend to register as an architect you need to undertake your first year of practical training experience in an architect's office (or related discipline).

We offer a short course during this time, which will help you get the most out of your post RIBA Part I Year Out by combining practical work experience with the knowledge and guidance of a professional studies advisor.

Find out more about our Professional Experience in Architecture Year Out short course.

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