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BSc Architecture – University of Reading

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BSc Architecture

Take the first step towards becoming an architect with our BSc Architecture degree. A Part 1 course, you will be taught by experienced, practising architects and leading academics.

accredited degree

The Architects Registration Board (ARB)  has prescribed our BSc (Hons) Architecture degree under the Architects Act 1997. One of the requirements for gaining a professional architecture qualification is to study on a prescribed course.

Our degree is also validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). This is formal recognition from RIBA that our degree achieves the standards needed to prepare students for the professional practice of architecture.

career prospects

We sit within the renowned School of the Built Environment, which has strong industry links and an outstanding employability record — 98% of graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.  (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2016-17).

All students will have the chance to showcase their work at an end of year show, and will be offered career support opportunities.

Typical roles of BSc Architecture graduates include architectural assistant and, after qualification, architect. Our graduates will also be well-placed to move into other careers within the sector, such as project management, planning, estate management, surveying, and urban design. Other opportunities include careers in graphic design, interior design or the gaming industry.

live projects

We offer the opportunity to work on live projects as part of your undergraduate degree, enabling you to explore and extend your ideas, working alongside our industry partners and experienced architects.

In May 2018, our second-year students responded to a brief from the School of Arts & Communication Design to create a performance space.structure-build-2018-resized2


As part of the cohort joining the BSc Architecture course in either 2020 or 2021; you may have the opportunity to secure an annual £1,000 scholarship for each of the three years of the undergraduate degree (subject to conditions).




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Research in the School of Architecture at the University of Reading is being developed in conjunction with the existing strengths of the School of Construction Management and Engineering, including its large cohort of PhD students.  Given our facilities, research groups and subject specialisms, we are in a prime position to make the business case for a better built environment.


Explore our research

Research-led learning

We believe that research will play an ever-increasing role in the future development of architectural practice and that the ability to solve problems, in an ethical and rigorous manner is fundamental to being a professional. For this reason students will be encouraged to see design as a research process from the very beginning. They will be introduced to a wide range of research methodologies, tools for looking at the world, throughout the undergraduate degree. These will include a series of live projects: collaborative research developed with and in practice.

Leading innovation

Staff at the School of Architecture are already playing a leading role in developing and supporting research and innovation in both the profession and education in the UK and beyond. We are active in facilitating research in practice through the delivery of Continuing Professional Development, practice based PhDs, collaborative research projects, knowledge transfer partnerships, and Design Review, and have conceptualised our new School as an urban room for the co-creation of Reading’s future. We welcome research proposals and enquiries that fall within this remit.

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