Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is a thriving community of researchers and educators who take a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to the analysis of the built environment. The School is home to one of just four Royal Academy of Engineering designated Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design.

Why choose to study architecture, building and/or civil engineering with us?

We have a leading reputation as reflected in the following accolades:

1st in the UK for Building (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
Top 15 in the UK for Civil Engineering (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
Top 10 in the UK for Civil Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2021)

Our programmes are accredited... a number of different professional bodies, including the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Engineering Council and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).



Low Energy Building Services

I have always wanted to land a graduate job with an engineering firm and eventually become a chartered engineer. My master's degree was accredited by CIBSE, meaning it will significantly help me towards getting chartered.

Our master’s degree programmes respond to the needs of the future

Our programmes have a long track record of delivering high quality, research-led education. We have been responding to the changing needs of industry and producing high quality graduates for over 40 years.

Our master’s degree programmes are designed to respond to contemporary requirements from industry and non-governmental organisations in terms of both knowledge and technical skills. We work closely with colleagues from industry to design our programmes to be as receptive as possible to both their needs and the needs of our students, who join us from all over the world.

An example of this is our recently introduced programme on Construction Project Management with Building Information Modelling. Many of our modules have guest lectures from invited speakers from industry to ensure the content is of direct industrial relevance.

You can undertake a research degree

We have a wide range of opportunities for research degree study that reflect the diversity of research undertaken in the School.

Please contact an individual member of staff in the School who is an expert in your area of interest to discuss your research idea with them.

More information about our areas of research can be found on our dedicated research page.

Strong industry links

We work closely with industry and governmental organisations across the full spectrum of the School’s research profile:

  • We are an international leader in digital construction and have worked closely with Skanska to create the world’s first commercial concrete printing robot.
  • We recently collaborated with Arup and Davis Langdon, as well as the University of Cambridge and the University of Leeds to recommend modifications to the NHS estate that would alleviate summer overheating and patient discomfort.
  • Working with the British Geological Survey we have developed an acoustic sensor for providing early warning for communities that are susceptible to landsliding. This technology has been employed in Southeast Asia to protect communities from landslides.
  • We work with leading architectural practices and conservation organisations, such as the National Trust, on daylight modelling – determining how to illuminate spaces effectively, as well as the risk of damage to paintings and artefacts from exposure to light.

You’ll have excellent career prospects

We offer a diverse range of postgraduate degree programmes that reflect the breadth of careers in the built environment. We have the UK’s longest established taught postgraduate programme in construction, but continually revise our curricula in light of innovations in industry. Consequently, our record of graduate employment is exceptional.

Our extensive industry links help our postgraduates secure roles with leading firms such as Arup, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Kier Group, Morgan Sindall, Oxfam, WaterAid and Transport for London. In addition, each year a number of our students use their MSc as a springboard to a research degree both in Loughborough and around the world.

World-leading reputation

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is the highest ranked and the most research-intensive building energy research school in the UK according to the UK Government’s most recent measurement of the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

We play a key role in the UK collaboration for research on infrastructure and cities (UKCRIC) and have a world-leading reputation in the development of additive manufacturing methods for construction. We work closely with government and industry on understanding the impacts of explosive detonations on built infrastructure and are highly regarded internationally for our work developing the map-matching algorithms that underpin the technology for autonomous vehicles.



PhD Civil Engineering

Loughborough gave me the opportunity to work on a real-world engineering project. The University has been an international pioneer in this sector for decades and the campus is set up with excellent facilities that allow you to excel in your studies.

There's a variety of extra-curricular activities that you can get involved with

We offer a range of activities for you to get involved with outside of your studies, such as the Engineers Without Borders Society, which is great if you're interested in engineering, international development, technology or if you just want to try something new.

We also have a variety of volunteering projects, including a fantastic STEM project where you can become a Science Engineering Ambassador. This role involves visiting local Schools to encourage young people to engage in science, technology, engineering and maths activities. It is a rewarding experience and if you are interested in a future with science, engineering and teaching.

Access to excellent facilities

As a student of the School you will benefit from access to state-of-the-art teaching facilities and extensive laboratory space to help you throughout your studies and fully equip you for your future career. Our 3,000m2 open-plan laboratory space includes a robotics-based concrete additive manufacturing capability, as well as environmental chambers and structural testing equipment for investigating the properties of building materials. In addition, we have hydraulics laboratories, a virtual reality suite for architectural design, and an extensive capability for 3D printing of designs for presentation, structural testing or fluid mechanics testing.

We are delighted to announce that Loughborough University is taking the lead on £1.3 million of investment by the UK government in infrastructure delivery and maintenance. LM3D adds entirely new capabilities to UKCRIC around modern methods of delivery and maintenance of infrastructure. This will enable numerous research opportunities around the themes of infrastructure resilience to environmental and usage change and emissions reductions.

Please note that access to certain facilities may be limited in line with COVID-19 safety measures.