BEng Architectural Engineering
Our three-year BEng Architectural Engineering course equips you with the design and engineering skills to deliver sustainable solutions to problems in the built environment.
With a focus on sustainable energy and environmental engineering, an architectural engineering degree from Reading provides you with in-demand knowledge and skills for a career in a fast-growing sector.
Sustainability is an important theme in our programmes, from the use of materials to environmental management and assessment. You’ll study integrated approaches to the design, management and operation of efficient buildings in an urban context.
Our BEng Archictectural Engineering course offers a grounding in the fundamental principles of architectural engineering, including:
- design and management of building environmental systems
- structural and architectural design
- construction site engineering
- engineering mathematics and statistics
- numerical modelling and programming.
We are engaging with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Energy Institute (EI) to work towards accreditation of our programmes.
Your studies will be supported by access to dedicated facilities, which include:
- digital technology and software, including building information modelling (BIM), building energy and urban microclimate simulations, and 3D laser scanning
- access to our immersive virtual reality systems, which enable you to interact with 3D digitised environments
- a dedicated resource room containing course books, key professional journals and a wide range of industry specific publications.
School of the Built Environment
The School of the Built Environment is highly regarded for its research and education. 100% of our research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Architecture, Built Environment and Planning), and 100% of our research impact has been classed ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ (REF 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Architecture, Built Environment and Planning). We are also ranked 3rd in the UK for Building in the Complete University Guide, 2024.
You'll learn with a multidisciplinary team of experts who teach the very best of current practice, drawing on their research excellence and extensive experience working with industry. 94% of students in the School of Construction Management and Engineering said our teaching staff were good or very good at explaining things (National Student Survey, 2023).
Our close relationships with industry and professional institutions will give you the opportunity to build a network of contacts during your studies, enabling you to develop strong foundations for a sustainable career.
Placements and Study Abroad with BEng Architectural Engineering
Our BEng Architectural Engineering course offers the opportunity to undertake a paid industrial placement year, or a summer placement, before your final year. Our dedicated placement officer will provide tailored advice and support in finding the ideal placement for you. Placements can be located anywhere in the UK and sometimes overseas.
You may also choose to study abroad for a year, giving you the chance to boost your employability while gaining fantastic life experience.
The experience and knowledge gained during an industrial placement, or in studying abroad, will help you make the most of your final year of study. You’ll also gain valuable background knowledge for your future career.
As part of the cohort joining the BEng Architectural Engineering course in 2024, you will have the opportunity to secure an annual £1,000 scholarship for each of the three years of the undergraduate degree (subject to conditions).