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Welcoming students to Reading

The School of the Built Environment at the University of Reading comprises the School of Architecture and the School of Construction Management and Engineering. It is internationally renowned for its research and education relating to the design, construction and operation of the buildings and places within which we live, work and play.

We're ranked 3rd in the UK for research impact in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of latest Research Excellence Framework 2014).

By choosing to study with us, you’ll join an interdisciplinary centre of excellence united in making the built environment work better for society, addressing issues such as quality of life, sustainability of communities, wealth generation, and long-term resilience.

Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology is one of the oldest and most influential engineering and architecture universities in China. Working together allows us to offer exciting opportunities for you to study in both China and the UK.

Follow your undergraduate degree at Xi'an with master's study at Reading

Spend four years studying at Xi'an then progress onto master's study at the University of Reading. Thanks to our partnership, you'll receive a 10% discount on tuition fees for your master's programme.

To benefit from the fee discount, choose from the following undergraduate courses at Xi'an:

  • Building Environment and Services Systems
  • Building Electric and Intelligence
  • Project Management.

 

Then choose one of the following master's programmes at Reading:

  • MSc Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments
  • MSc Project Management
  • MSc Renewable Energy.

 

Entry requirements

To progress onto master's study at Reading, you must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Achieve a mark of at least 75% on the Xi'an undergraduate programme.
  • English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with no element below 5.5.

Double master's programme

Together, Xi'an and the University of Reading offer an exciting double master's degree, allowing you to gain two master's degrees in two years. You'll receive a 10% discount on tuition fees.

On this double master's, you will spend the first year at Xi'an, studying on a master's programme in one of the following schools: 

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Equipment Science and Engineering
  • Management Science and Engineering
  • Information and Control Engineering.

 

In the second year, you will transfer to the University of Reading to study one of the following master's programmes: 

  • MSc Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments
  • MSc Project Management
  • MSc Renewable Energy.

 

Upon successful completion of the two years, you will be awarded a degree from both institutions.

 

Entry requirements

To progress onto the second year of master's study at the University of Reading, you must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Successful completion of one year on a Xi'an master's programme.
  • English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with no element below 5.5.

Why study with us

The University of Reading is ranked 3rd in the UK for ‘Building’ in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and 5th in the Complete University Guide 2021.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 83% of the University of Reading's research in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning is rated world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Our talented and internationally diverse team in the School of the Built Environment are actively involved in research, contributing directly to your teaching.

You will be part of a supportive and collaborative international community of students, staff, and alumni and have regular opportunities to engage with cutting-edge research.

Our research activities within the School are grouped into three areas:

  • organisations, people and technology
  • energy and environmental engineering
  • urban living.

These groups bring colleagues across the School together to participate in a number of activities. 

The international student experience

We’ll help you to thrive in our lively academic environment developed from cross-cultural collaboration.

Both our student and staff communities are made up of people from across the world. At Reading, we have students from around 180 countries studying with us.

Our team of advisers are available to offer support on issues such as money matters, visa queries, accommodation and even help with defining words which might be unfamiliar to you. You can also benefit from the Reading University International Mentoring Scheme, matching you with a current student mentor at the University.

Read more about how we support international students

Campus life

Our School of the Built Environment is located across the University’s two campuses in Reading. The School of Architecture is based on the historic London Road campus, in an iconic redesigned and refitted building. The School of Construction Management and Engineering is based in the Chancellor's Building, on the award-winning Whiteknights campus and is an £8.4m purpose-built facility that opened in 2017.

Our beautiful campuses provide a vibrant community with a wide range of facilities to help you study, have fun and relax. We have a newly refurbished library on campus in addition to a variety of venues to shop, eat, drink and socialise.

Our award-winning Students' Union runs over 150 clubs, societies and volunteering activities. You’ll also have access to the extensive sports facilities on offer, including Sportspark.

The University is within walking distance of the town centre and there are also regular buses from campus. Accessing London is simple, with trains from Reading town centre taking around 30 minutes.

We offer a wide range of accommodation options to choose from, both on and around the Whiteknights campus. 

Learn more about student life at Reading

Watch a tour of Whiteknights campus

Watch a tour of London Road campus