BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) Architecture

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Make your mark on the landscape and learn how to succeed in architectural practice, with our Architects Registration Board prescribed degree course.

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From the design of a family home to an entire city, architects help to shape the world we live in.

You’re fascinated by the built environment, and have ambitions to create spaces that are innovative, meaningful and purposeful.

By studying BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) Architecture at ARU, you’ll gain the theoretical, technical and design skills to do this – and to work as a professional architect.

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Specialist studios

At ARU you’ll be based in our School of Architecture, with use of:

  • model-making studios
  • industry-standard software for computer-aided design work
  • construction and surveying equipment
  • a fully equipped workshop with cutting-edge digital fabrication machinery and skilled staff.

Our University is renowned for its medical engineering and specialist 3D printers are available to all students.

Learn outside the classroom

All our architecture students can take part in:

  • site visits
  • study trips to London, just 35 minutes away by train
  • a European field trip
  • team activities such as designing and building structures on campus
  • our end-of-year Exhibition.

There’s also the chance to take an optional placement year as part of this course, and gain practical work experience.

Our proximity to London allows for numerous short study and site visits, and workshops. Most second and third-year sites are in London. Some of the History and Theory modules, and live drawing and photography classes, are taught via study visits to the capital, a valuable and intellectually significant experience.

Architects Registration Board

Our BA (Hons) Architecture degree is prescribed (Part 1) by the Architects Registration Board. When you complete our course you'll fulfil the first part of the three-part process to become a registered architect in the UK.

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Our course has been awarded RIBA Part 1 Full Status. This is subject to ratification by the RIBA Education Committee. It gives further credibility to our degrees and offers greater career prospects to our students.


As a graduate recognised by the Architects Registration Board, you’ll be ready to work in a range of architectural roles.

Our course prepares you for a career in architectural practice, but you could also choose to work in areas such as town planning, surveying, engineering, property, and building conservation.

Whichever path interests you most, you can be sure that you’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities that industry needs. We work with employers, who help us review what we teach and how we teach it – offering hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

By studying architecture at ARU, you’ll have gained creative and practical skills, such as computer-aided design, which will help you stand out from the crowd.

Graduation doesn't need to be the end of your time with us, of course. If you’d like to continue your studies, we offer a range of postgraduate degrees including our MSc Town Planning. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.


"So far, the journey into architecture has been incredibly varied from life drawings and model-making to technical construction and calculations. Studio and design work has been supported by one-to-one tutorials. It has been a great experience."


BA (Hons) Architecture student and founder of the ARU Architecture Society

Megan's story

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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