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Undergraduate

BArch (Hons)

Architecture + Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS)

School of Civil and Building Engineering

Year of entry: 2017

Architects are involved in the design and planning of the buildings and spaces we inhabit: architecture is everywhere and brings together many fields of human endeavour – art, history, physics, engineering and more.

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BArch (Hons)

Architecture + Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS)

School of Civil and Building Engineering

Year of entry: 2017

Architects are involved in the design and planning of the buildings and spaces we inhabit: architecture is everywhere and brings together many fields of human endeavour – art, history, physics, engineering and more.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • 1st in the UK  for engineering placements (2015/16 HESA UG Student Record)
  • 98% of graduates in work or further studies (2014 graduates)
  • Ranked 2nd for Building (The Tomes Good University Guide 2016)
  • Ranked 2nd in UK for learning resources and personal development (NSS 2015)

This is a new, innovative programme founded on Loughborough's 100 years of 'theory and practice' culture to foster learning in both the university and the workplace. The degree will allow you to study with allied courses in the school and wider university. This is done to nurture strong design leaders who flourish in architectural practice, with first-rate communication and management skills, as well as substantial multi-disciplinary knowledge and abilities. More specifically the programme exploits our internationally-renowned expertise across the built environment disciplines - including engineering, building energy and management. 

Our aim is to produce exceptional architects through an education that is immersed in hands-on experiences, complemented by the development of vital transferable skills, such as creative problem solving, information management, critical thinking and self-reflection, communication and visualisation, multi-disciplinary team-working, and an array of contemporary digital design skills. A significant part of the programme is studio-based, supported by a dedicated team of architectural practitioners.

The programme will provide the knowledge and skills for graduates to be exempt from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part I exam. We will seek accreditation from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and RIBA as the programme develops, although full accreditation is normally granted as the first cohort of students graduate. An extended (Masters) version of the programme is also being developed and transfer onto this programme may be possible upon completion of this BArch degree (RIBA Part II).

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BArch (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich K101
Assessment

Lecture-based modules are assessed by a variety of coursework e.g. sketchbooks, illustrated essays, precedent studies, physical and digital models, technical reports and presentations. Some modules may require a written or drawing exam. Studio work is primarily assessed through portfolio submission. In addition, regular and student-focused feedback is provided through pin ups, design crits and tutorials.

The cost of materials which are necessary to develop an understanding of the Technical Workshops will be covered by the School. Any further costs incurred as part of project preparation and submissions are to be covered by Students, and will vary depending on creative decisions, choice of materials and production techniques. Students will not gain any marking advantage merely through the costly development of work. 

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application, portfolio submission and interview. All candidates have an opportunity to visit the School. As stated in our entry requirements, while no specific subjects are required we strongly prefer a mix of Science and Art & Humanities subjects. A portfolio must be submitted before an offer to interview is made. For additional information on your portfolio submission please download the guidance.

Graduate destinations

As this is a new course we will not have any graduates until summer 2021. However we know from our experience and industry links that this course will prepare you for a wide range of career paths in architecture and other design sectors. 

Course structure

Year 1 - Architectural thinking and making

Indicative modules:

Design Studio A - explore architectural qualities through material investigations and the production of objects; engage architectural composition through the interplay of space, humans and place. 

Design Skills - discover the shared power of the pencil (sketching, drawing) and the pixel (Sketchbook, Photoshop); develop acts of observation and communication through a broad repertoire of visual skills e.g. photography, physical modelling, blog.

Architectural History – examine an historic narrative of influential buildings, technologies, events and individuals that have shaped the evolution of our built environment; appreciate architectural language and writings.

Architectural Technology – grasp principles of materials, structures and construction elements and methods; analyse the behavior and design of overall structural systems.

Building Science – investigate fundamental performance requirements for internal environments – thermal, visual, aural and air flows; apply passive and active design features to buildings located in a range of climate conditions. 

 

Year 2 – Design creativity and building performance

Indicative modules:

Design Studio B – express an architectonic language of building craftsmanship e.g. interfaces and connections between materials; interrogate building performance through occupational and environmental evaluations.

Design in Context – embrace professional practice through a range of stakeholder roles and values; scrutinise common project constraints such as land laws, procurement routes and building regulations. 

Advanced Design Skills – exploit techniques in computational design/fabrication and time-based representation (animations/films); collaborate in multi-disciplinary team applications of BIM and virtual reality.    

Critical Theory – connect past and current topics of debate in architecture with wider cultural issues and thinking; review urban planning theories and diagnose urban models and their evolving forms.

Advanced Technical Investigations – model and analyse advanced structural and construction technologies; utilise static and dynamic performance models to evaluate design decisions.

 

Year 3 – Diploma in Professional Studies

 

Final year – Urban interventions and community propositions

Indicative modules:

Design Studio C – scale up in size and complexity with considerations of urban planning and infrastructure management; consider global urban expansion and the relationship between local culture and global practice.

Design Interventions – challenge the existing conditions of cities and communities through social and physical acts; understand the technical, environmental, regulatory and aesthetic considerations of adaptations.    

Dissertation – design research on a technical aspect of architecture e.g. building systems, materials, science production or a softer, humanities side e.g. historical, theoretical, practice or process-based analysis.

The Business of Architecture – examine the legal, ethical and management concepts underlying the practice of architecture; survey the economics of buildings such as funding methods, site appraisals and value engineering.

 

Please note there are no optional modules for this programme.

 

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: K101 BArch (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAB no specific subjects are required but we strongly prefer a mix of Science, Art and Humanities subjects - please see the the selection information in the Course Details tab. For those taking Science A Levels, Practical Science is required. In some cases, an alternative offer may be made for applicants that present an exceptional portfolio and/or performance at interview.
SQA AH
AB at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher
IB
35 points with 6 6 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD in a relevant subject
Additional
GCSE Maths and English at least grade C

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,250
International Students (Band B Course) £19,900

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

The cost of materials which are necessary to develop an understanding of the Technical Workshops will be covered by the School. Any further costs incurred as part of project preparation and submissions are to be covered by students, and will vary depending on creative decisions, choice of materials and production techniques. Students will not gain any marking advantage merely through the costly development of work.

 

Loughborough University financial support for UK/EU Students 2017-18

Undergraduate international students: please refer to the pages on financial support for international students.

 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students.

(Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)
Up to £6,000 over three years LSP pages
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years DTS pages
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Sports pages 
Email
01509 226108
Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Arts pages
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Care Leavers pages

Placements

Industrial Training

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements, with over 30% more students on year-long placements than any other university (2015/16 HESA UG Student Record).

This course is structured to include a paid year working in industry after the completion of Year 2 and its successful completion leads to the award of the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS).

The School has an enviable and lengthy track record of this type of work-based training, and is routinely identified as one of the best by employers. Our close links with industrial partners means we are able to provide our students with considerable support in sourcing and securing their placements. 

Placement year with Kier Group

Karl Pallas, an undergraduate student from the School of Civil and Building Engineering, gives an insight into his industrial placement year with Kier Group whilst working at the King’s Cross Development in Central London

Department / School Key Information Sets

BArch (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: K101

Our students

Monika S

“I did a placement in Belgium at Airports Council International. It was a tremendous experience that gave me an insight into how the real world works.”

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Anthony P

“The course offered was the biggest attraction for me. The range of modules on my course appealed as it gives a good grounding in all modes of transport and gives a practical aspect to management.”

Adam R

“The theory I’ve learnt during my three years at Loughborough will be key to my future career and I’m excited to apply it within industry…”

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“If I had to choose one thing I like most about being a student at Loughborough, it would be the sense of pride that comes with being a student at one of the UK’s top universities. I love it here!”

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“I have really grown as a person here and I truly believe I’m on my way to becoming the man I want to be – I don’t think that would have been possible if it weren’t for Loughborough.”

Ksenia G

“From the first time I visited the campus I loved it… it’s like your own little world!”

Zoe R

“I am starting a graduate job at British Airways in September 2016. I believe that having such a specific degree gave me a significant advantage over other applicants.”

Monika S

“I did a placement in Belgium at Airports Council International. It was a tremendous experience that gave me an insight into how the real world works.”

Ron R

“I think the resources that are available to students at Loughborough are brilliant, with facilities and online resources as well as staff to help you when you need it.”

Anthony P

“The course offered was the biggest attraction for me. The range of modules on my course appealed as it gives a good grounding in all modes of transport and gives a practical aspect to management.”

Adam R

“The theory I’ve learnt during my three years at Loughborough will be key to my future career and I’m excited to apply it within industry…”

Chloe T

"Loughborough University had the highest reputation for my course. This was important to me because Air Transport Management is such a specialist topic area."

Gráinne M

“There is a reason that Loughborough University has been voted best for student experience six years in a row!”

Howard B

“Loughborough’s campus was a fantastic attraction, its sense of community made me feel right at home.”

James C

“Loughborough is an amazing place to study and a great place to live.”

Jonathon L

“If I had to choose one thing I like most about being a student at Loughborough, it would be the sense of pride that comes with being a student at one of the UK’s top universities. I love it here!”

Jonathan B

“I have really grown as a person here and I truly believe I’m on my way to becoming the man I want to be – I don’t think that would have been possible if it weren’t for Loughborough.”

Ksenia G

“From the first time I visited the campus I loved it… it’s like your own little world!”

Zoe R

“I am starting a graduate job at British Airways in September 2016. I believe that having such a specific degree gave me a significant advantage over other applicants.”