Architectural Engineering

Our new Architectural Engineering degree combines the art of design with the construction of buildings. The programme is designed to produce tomorrow’s engineers, able to work in multidisciplinary teams to design, construct, maintain and operate our buildings utilising the latest technological tools and techniques.

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Key Facts



MEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering

Degree Duration

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Pathways Available

International Year Zero | International Foundation Year


Start Dates

Degree Overview

The programme embraces the Conceiving-Designing-Implementing-Operating (CDIO) educational framework for producing the next generation of “work-ready” engineers. This will provide a learning experience that stresses the engineering fundamentals set within the context of CDIO real-world systems and products.

Studying Architectural Engineering will empower you as a graduate engineer to liaise and communicate effectively and efficiently with architects to ensure both functional and aesthetic design. You will gain a solid technical ground in structural engineering, and appreciation and understanding of contemporary global architectural design. UN Sustainable Development Goals are embedded throughout the programme and practiced in the design projects to achieve a sustainable and resilient built environment.

The programme will give you the educational base to work at the intersection of structural engineering and architecture, and to successfully gain chartered engineering status after graduation.

While studying with us you will:

Learn in dedicated design studios that are fully equipped with the latest equipment and technology
Be taught by research-active staff and industry-experienced tutors – our tutors have extensive track records of project design and delivery
Develop programming skills and use artificial intelligence to inform the design of complex structures
Work on authentic projects which are varied in terms of complexity, context, scale, and material use
Learn about building services such as lighting, acoustics, energy efficiency, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and the retrofitting of existing buildings
Whilst studying with us you will be given the opportunity for national and international study trips

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You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

The architectural engineering and construction solutions (AECS) market is poised to grow by USD 2.87 billion between 2020-2024 (source: Technavio).

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies.

Graduation from this programme will enable you to work with architects to maximise sustainable architectural energy performance and contribute to the design or redesign of complex structures. As a graduate, you would typically seek employment where all aspects of building services - heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) - are required. You are likely to be involved with other aspects of building design and construction where mechanical, electrical, lighting and acoustic systems are required and where structural drawings and calculations are needed.

Your Pathways

The IFY will prepare you for the first year of your undergraduate degree. It’s made up of several core and subject-specific modules that will give you a greater understanding of your chosen subject area. The skills you develop through this programme will help you in your chosen degree, in your future career, and in all aspects of life.

Learn more about International Foundation Year

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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University of Bradford

The University combines academic teaching with industry expertise to create a learning environment and culture that fosters innovation and excellence. This approach helps you to develop skills and gain practical experience that is highly valued by future employers.

Formed in 1832 as the Mechanics Institute, in 1966 the University of Bradford became Britain’s 40th university. Over its 50 years the University has innovated and proven its excellence, more recently, ranked top 3 in the UK for work experience and careers and employment services and won University of the Year for Social Inclusion.

The University of Bradford is made up of four academic faculties with each covering a broad range of specialisms:

  • Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
  • Faculty of Health Studies
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences