Fact file - 2014 entry
Qualification:MEng Hons/Dip Arch
Type and duration:7 year UG (year 5 out)
Qualification name:Architecture and Environmental Design
A level offer: AAA
Required subjects: maths and physics/chemistry/biology or other approved science at A level; art/design technology at A level (exceptional candidates without art/design may be required to submit a portfolio); English, maths, art/design, physics or double science at GCSE
IB score: 36 (including an Art based subject, Maths and a numerate science at Higher Level)
Available part time: no
Course places: 32
Campus: University Park Campus
The MEng provides an education in architecture with an engineering specialisation in the design of environmental systems for buildings. The course is recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for exemption from the Part One professional examination, and by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as a route to Chartered Engineer status. For those wishing to become professional architects, the MEng course is followed by one year's supervised professional experience before embarking on the two-year DipArch (see DipArch for further details) and one further year's professional experience culminating in a Part Three exam. for further details) and one further year's professional experience culminating in a Part Three exam.
This year is structured around a core studio module that develops key design skills and techniques. Supporting modules cover fundamental ideas and concepts relating to environmental design, construction, structural design, and architectural theory. The year also introduces mathematical tools that support the design of environmentally responsible building systems.
You will study modules that explore the concepts behind the active and passive systems used to provide healthy, comfortable conditions for building occupants. The design studio serves as a forum to explore the application of these ideas and material covered in structures, construction and architectural history.
Studio projects offered in the third year seek to extend your ability to tackle briefs for more complex building types. These are linked to environmental systems modules that provide material to inform this work. Independent research skills are nurtured through completion of a dissertation that allows you to develop a specialism in a relevant area of your own choice.
The final year introduces advanced environmental design techniques, that facilitate a holistic approach to design. The year culminates in the completion of a major studio project where you are expected to bring all of your skills to bear in response to a brief for the design of a complex building.
The Department oversees a year of supervised professional experience for students graduating from the BArch.
For graduates wishing to pursue a career in Architecture, the Department’s two year DipArch course builds on the skills developed on an ARB/RIBA Part I programme and offers an ARB/RIBA Part II award DipArch K10E.
A levels: AAA, maths and physics/chemistry/biology or other approved science at A level; art/design technology at A level (exceptional candidates without art/design may be required to submit a portfolio); English, maths, art/design/physics or double science at GCSE
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 79 (no less than 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking)
Cambridge certificate of proficiency grade B
For details please see the alternative qualifications page
Foundation year - a foundation year is available for this course
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff. They're also shaped by new developments in industry and as a consequence, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Typical year-one modules
Environment Engineering Mathematics 1
Design Studio 1A
Integrated Design in Architecture
Environmental Science for Architects 1
Architectural Humanities I: History of Architectural Meaning from Antiquity to the Present Day
Typical year-two modules
Integrated Design in Architecture 2A
Fluid Mechanics and the Built Environment 1
Simulation and Design
Environmental Services Design 1
Electricity and the Built Environment
Typical year-three modules
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 2
Differential Equations and Calculus for Engineers
Advanced Study Dissertation
Design Studio 3
Typical year-four modules
Architectural Humanities III: Critical Theory and Advanced Interpretation
Integrated Design in Architecture 3
Design Studio 4
Practice and Management (Meng)
Integrated Environmental Design
Typical year-five, year-six and year-seven modules
Please contact the Department
for more information.
You will have developed the full set of architectural design skills offered by our BArch course but with a specialism in environmental design. Graduates may gain experience with consulting engineers and gain Chartered Engineer status or follow the same part as our BArch students towards gaining professional architect status.
This course is recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) for exemption from their Part One professional examination. It is also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of Architecture and Built Environment was £22,659.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
Careers Support and Advice
Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
Key Information Sets (KIS)
KIS is an initiative that the government has introduced to allow you to compare different courses and universities.
Time in lectures, seminars and similar
Although this figure may appear low, you will undertake a module during your studies which involves over 90% of independent learning. This module is usually a dissertation, thesis or research project and will provide the opportunity to gain research and analytical skills as well as the ability to work independently. You will have a higher percentage of contact hours for other modules.
There is assessment associated with this programme that is not attached to a specific module. Students continuing onto the Architecture Diploma are expected to gain 6-12 months of professional practice, in an architect's office or equivalent.
Students must keep a log of their practice experience in Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) Professional Education Development Record. This is to be signed off by the department before undertaking the Architecture Diploma.