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Architectural Engineering (MEng)

  • H294

4 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

These high ranking, fully accredited courses in Architectural Engineering at a top Civil Engineering School offer you opportunities for an exciting, challenging and fulfilling career. The creation of buildings is a complex operation requiring the skills of many disciplines, and our degrees provide a broad based learning environment giving you an in-depth understanding of civil engineering with a specific focus on structural engineering and the built environment. You will develop a range of theoretical and practical engineering and analytical skills, alongside multiple highly valued transferrable skills, ensuring that as a graduate you will be a valuable asset to national and international companies and institutions.

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The Cardiff School of Engineering is one of a few to offer both sandwich and full time MEng and BEng degree schemes in Architectural Engineering.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code H294
Duration 4 years
How to apply

 This degree has been accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers.

The MEng degree fully satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer.

Typical places available The School admits c350 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Typical applications received c1,900
Scholarships & Bursaries
Typical A-level offer AAA
Admissions Tutors Dr Michael Harbottle
Tel Number 029 2087 4656
Email address
School website

Cardiff School of Engineering offers degrees in Architectural, Civil, and Civil & Environmental Engineering that are amongst the highest ranked such courses in the UK. We are highly regarded for our teaching both in the National Student Survey and national and international league tables. We are also amongst the highest rated UK Civil Engineering schools for our research.

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Our degrees in Architectural Engineering lead towards creative, challenging and fulfilling careers, and Cardiff is one of the few schools to offer both sandwich and full time MEng and BEng degree schemes in this subject. Architectural Engineering focuses on the built environment. The design, construction and operation of buildings is a complex operation requiring the skills of many disciplines, and our degree programmes provide a broad based learning environment which enables you to understand the underlying process of building construction. As a graduate, you will be perfectly suited to a key role in building design, an area of industry with a great need of educated professionals. A career in this area can also offer international opportunities.

Along with academic knowledge and the theoretical aspects of engineering science, you will learn the practical aspects of the subject, including multidisciplinary working and problem solving, field and experimental skills, the design process and numerous transferrable skills. Communication, problem solving, analytical and management skills are specifically addressed in the degree programmes, which are highly valued in all career paths. Throughout the course, you will focus particular attention on structural engineering, building physics and architectural studies. This is supported by a grounding in all the major areas of Civil Engineering. We encourage a research-led approach to our teaching, ensuring you will benefit from state of the art knowledge. For example, our students have recently been involved in research projects involving new materials engineering, thermal performance of buildings and modular construction.

The MEng Programme

The MEng programme is an Engineering degree which leads to a higher qualification than the traditional BEng programme, and requires an additional year of study. The programme shares the first two years with the BEng programme, while you can use the final two years to expand and strengthen your knowledge in Architectural Engineering. This offers you a quicker, more direct route to chartered engineer status than the BEng programme and has therefore become the preferred route to becoming a chartered engineer. By choosing the MEng you will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques required to manage and organise a multi-disciplinary engineering design project.

The MEng involves four years of study, or five if you choose the Year in Industry or Year in Europe (sandwich) options. The first year is common across all our degrees in the area of Civil Engineering and so we are highly flexible should you wish to change the focus of your degree once you arrive.

The MEng degree is fully accredited by the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers, and satisfies the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The MEng degree produces highly numerate, analytical and adaptable graduates and so is highly regarded by employers in Civil Engineering, the built and natural environment and many other professions. For example, our graduates may undertake careers in the Forces, the financial sector or other high-ranking professions where the skills obtained are highly valued. It is ideal preparation for further study (either at MSc or PhD level).

We welcome any queries you may have on our courses or the application process – please get in touch with us via the contact details provided.

Course Structure

Teaching is organised into modules and you will take twelve modules per year, normally six in each of the two semesters. Please click here for further details of module or course structure.

The Cardiff School of Engineering is an integrated School with a reputation for providing education of the highest quality. The School is renowned for its up-to-date teaching and research facilities and its strong links with industry. The School’s graduate students are in great demand from industry and the public sector across the UK, and internationally.

No matter which degree programme you choose, you will be taught the fundamental aspects of engineering through a combination of lectures and tutorials, supplemented by the practical aspects of engineering which are taught through laboratory and project-based work. On average, you will have 20 hours of timetabled lectures, laboratory classes and tutorials each week and will be expected to supplement this with your own private study. Our teaching is organised into modules and you will take twelve modules per year, normally six in each of the two semesters. Each semester consists of eleven teaching weeks, one revision week and an examination period. Staff are always happy to clarify any material or answer any of your questions and help with specific aspects of a module can be directly obtained from your lecturers.

Your progress in each module is usually assessed mid-way through each semester (through a one hour test) to give you feedback on your progress, then finally at the end of the appropriate semester. Assessment is undertaken using a variety of different methods including formal written examinations, case studies, assignments and project work.

Your first year of academic life will expose you to a broad range of new and exciting experiences. To help you through this transitional period in your life, upon starting your studies at Cardiff, you will be assigned a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree programme. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner as and when you need some guidance. We aim to help you overcome any problem, however big or small, as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Typical A-level Offer


A-level Mathematics is required (or equivalent)

Typical WBQ Offer  Grade A in the Core, plus grades AA at A-level, one of which must be Maths
Typical Int Bacc Offer  32-36 points, including 5 in higher level Mathematics and a Science
Other Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here

Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.

Architectural Engineering

Our graduates mostly, but not exclusively, work in the civil and structural engineering fields with major consultancy and contracting firms, with roles such as graduate civil or structural engineer or building design engineer. Destinations include major companies such as Arup, Atkins, Capita Symonds and Ramboll, in destinations all over the UK and further afield. We also have graduates working for architectural and building services practices.

A number of graduates have opted for further study, either at MSc or PhD level, at institutions across the UK.

Others have chosen to work for national and multinational companies: recent examples include companies in the financial, media and marketing sectors with destinations including Deloitte, PwC and Virgin. You will be attractive to a wide range of employers who are looking for graduates with good analytical, computing and management skills.

Engineering in general

In 2010, 89% of the school's graduates were in employment or engaged in further study within six months of graduation. Our graduates occupy key positions in leading firms where engineering skills are required, such as Halcrow, Atkins, BP, RWE npower, Mott McDonald, Network Rail, Tata Steel, and beyond. Our graduates have also moved on to work within local and national governments, UK and international utility companies and organisations such as Climate Energy and GlaxoSmithKline.

Being at the forefront of engineering research means that Cardiff has excellent links with industry and the school is scrutinised by a panel of top industrialists on a regular basis. In addition, numerous links have been developed with companies, both in the UK and overseas, through our Year in Industry programmes and through consultancy and advisory work by staff. You can be confident therefore that Cardiff’s School of Engineering has an ethos which is entirely focused on providing you with the knowledge, experience and connections to succeed in your chosen career.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Michael Harbottle  

Telephone: 029 2087 4656 



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