Architecture courses in the UK
Introduction to Architecture
Architecture is the design and mechanics behind the construction of buildings. When becoming a professional architect, the lead designer must focus in not only making the structure look impressive, but also incorporate practicality, functionality, safety and sustainability.
Many UK universities who focus on the study of Architecture focus not only on the technological and design side of the subject, but also the cultural and historical. Lectures on history and theory will take place alongside art and 3D design to give students the best approach to learning about every element of the profession.
To study Architecture, students must first complete a three-year undergraduate degree in the subject, which in turn gives membership to RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects. Then a two-year qualification on a BArch, Diploma or March degree follows (it varies depending on choice of university), before another two years of professional training prior to your final exams.
What are the entry requirements for Architecture?
The typical route is a combination of academic studies at university and practical experience. This involves training for five years at university and having a minimum of two years experience before gaining your final qualification. You will do a three-year BA (more arts based) or BSc (more mathematical). You will then complete one or two year’s professional experience.
Many subjects studied at school are relevant, but ideally you should have gained a broad secondary education encompassing a mixture of arts and sciences. Studying maths and art until you leave school will be an advantage and you should enjoy drawing freehand and have an interest in design and making 3D work. A portfolio is crucial to acceptance into any school, so collect all work.
For international students wishing to study Architecture at undergraduate level, an IELTS score of no less than 5.5 across all four categories - reading, writing, speaking and listening – with an overall 6.0 score generally required at most universities. At postgraduate level, an undergraduate degree or equivalent is needed and an IELTS score of no less than 5.5 across all four categories - reading, writing, speaking and listening – with an overall 6.5 score generally required.
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Where can I study Architecture in the UK?
To learn more about some of the best Architecture universities in the UK, please find details on the top ten ranking Architecture universities:
- University of Bath
- University of Cambridge
- University of Edinburgh
- University College London
- Newcastle University
- University of Sheffield
- Cardiff University
- University of Nottingham
- University of Liverpool
- University of Northumbria
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