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School of Civil Engineering

Architectural Engineering (International) MEng, BEng

MEng Architectural Engineering (International)


Leeds was the first university in the UK to offer architectural engineering degrees and our success has grown over 50 years. Our programme is truly interdisciplinary, designed to produce engineers who understand and can participate in the design of buildings from an architectural perspective while having a firm grounding in civil and structural engineering.

Spanning the disciplines of civil engineering and architecture, the programme offers a broad curriculum. After gaining a strong understanding across civil engineering in year one, you will maintain this breadth throughout your studies, with additional specialisation in aspects specific to the requirements of architectural engineers such as architectural history, architectural theory and building services.

As with all the School’s degrees, Architectural Engineering is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which will help you gain chartered engineer status after graduation.

Choosing our international option would see you spending the third year of your MEng at a university in the USA, for example Drexel University in Philadelphia, to give you a different cultural perspective on your studies.

All degree courses within the School share a common first year of six compulsory modules. These expose you to the diversity within civil engineering and provide a firm basis on which to specialise in later years. A key benefit of having a common first year is that you can easily switch between these courses.

UCAS code: H2KC
International year abroad: Yes
Course duration: 4 years
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £9,000; International: £18,000
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £8,000 available.
Accreditation: This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). See for further information.

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This course is also accredited by EUR-ACE, the European quality label for engineering degree programmes at Bachelor and Master level.



The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2014. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2015 download the 2015 brochure for a flavour of what you will study. Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year. A standard module is typically worth 10 or 20 credits.

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Architectural engineering graduates are in great demand from companies that are multidisciplinary. Graduates have successfully secured positions such as design engineers, trainee architectural engineers, architectural consultants and graduate civil and structural engineers with organisations such as Arup, Adams Kara Taylor, Cornerstone Consulting, AMEC Design and Management, Mowlem Plc, Luckman and Clark, Whitby Bird and Parkin Group International.

Recent graduates positions include:

• Graduate Civil Engineer, Arup
• Graduate Engineer, Atkins
• Planning Engineer, BAM Nuttall
• Graduate Design Engineer, Babcock International
• Field Surveyor, Cundall
• Graduate Engineer, Eric Wright's Civil Engineering
• CAD Technical, Formby Surveys

With the help of our Employability team, we will make sure you are given every chance to secure a position before you graduate.

Entry requirements

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications. If your qualification does not appear in the list below please contact our admissions team.

2015 entry

A-level: AAA including Mathematics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

BTEC Extended Diploma: D*D*D with Distinction in all Mathematics modules.

Engineering or Construction Diploma: Grade A plus A-level (A2) Mathematics grade A or higher. AS-level Mathematics considered.

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

Country-specific equivalent qualifications
The Faculty's country-specific equivalent qualifications web page gives you an idea of the types of qualifications we accept.

English language requirement
GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide the Academic English for Undergraduate Studies Pre-sessional course, which is designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

Access to Leeds
We have a policy of welcoming applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you do not meet our entry criteria above, you may be eligible via the Access to Leeds scheme.

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

Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for international students who do not yet have the formal qualifications required for entry to level 1 of our degree courses.

How to apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).

Once you have applied and your application has been reviewed by our admissions tutor, suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which we encourage you to attend.

Applicant days are very different from the general university open days you may have attended. They will give you the opportunity to learn more about your course, meet our academic staff and students, tour our undergraduate teaching facilities and the campus.

You will also have an informal interview with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that the course is right for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.

We appreciate that not all applicants are able to attend an interview and in such cases the offer decision will be made based on the information on the UCAS form.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 2262.