Architectural Studies

Architectural Studies BSc (Hons)

This course is run at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Tsing Yi). Part art, part science, this cutting edge degree provides you with a comprehensive grounding in design, theory, history and building technology, whilst embracing conservation, sustainability and environmental issues. You’ll gain experience in all aspects of building design and construction and will be well-equipped to meet the demands of a low carbon approach to the needs of society. This approach, together with promotion of a culture of technical competence, employability and entrepreneurship will be integrated and demonstrated within student projects, papers and presentations, equipping you with the skills to progress to architectural practice and professional accreditation or to a career in a related field. This course is not validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) or prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for exemption from Part 1 of the examination in architecture in the UK. The award title of the qualification conferred to students of the Hong Kong programme only.

National Student Survey 2017 Did you know, Architecture at UCLan is top in the UK for intellectually stimulating teaching?

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    Contact the school

  • Campus:

    Partner in Hong Kong (Campus code: None)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: TBC

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Interview is required
112 points at A2; General Studies accepted
QCFBED: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
QCFBD: Distinction*,Distinction* 
Pass Access Course to Higher Education: 112 points
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
GCSE's: 5 at Grade C including Art or Design and Maths and English or equivalent. 
IELTS: Grade 6.0

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Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Architectural Design 2a
  • Architectural Design 2b
  • History & Theory of Architecture 2
  • Building Technology 2


  • Neighbourhood/Town edges

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Architectural Design 3a
  • Architectural Design 3b
  • History & Theory of Architecture 3
  • Professional Studies 3


  • Regional/International

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Your academic learning will be supported by a range of opportunities within industry. You can work with local communities and professionals to select appropriate solutions to 'live' and theoretical issues.

The teaching team at the School have expertise that covers all facets of the discipline and are involved in a level of research related to their associated interests, as well as teaching and publishing across the subject area.

Graduate Careers

The BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies degree offers an excellent grounding in design practice for the application of a career in the UK, Hong Kong, mainland China and other countries internationally. Graduates may further their studies in the Masters of Architecture (March) programmes offered by UCLan or relevant other degree at a local university.

Professional Accreditation

This course is not validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) or prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for exemption from Part 1 of the examination in Architecture in the UK.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Architectural teaching and learning is distinguished by the central role of the design project, the design process, a multitude of design approaches and the importance of a variety of communications methods. Architectural education does employ the usual teaching processes of lectures and seminars, but it is at heart project-oriented.

The core activity of architectural design is taught through a combination of individual tutorials, group tutorials, semi-public and public presentations (known as project reviews or crits), and arrangements where students work and discuss things together formally and informally. Design activities on the course will occur in a studio where you will have a base. This is the place that you will meet tutors to discuss your design project work, progress your work and to pin-up and review your designs.

Assessment is key to the learning process and includes coursework, papers, exams, reports and essays. Architectural education also requires a diverse range of submission which builds into a portfolio of work that demonstrates knowledge and skills acquired across the duration of the course, including presentations, portfolios and 3-D artefacts.

Important Information

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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.