Through our four-year MEng Architectural Engineering course, you will combine the creativity of architectural and building design with a strong technical overview of energy systems and environmental engineering.
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.
Our programme 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.
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 "CAVE", which enables 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.
In choosing the four-year MEng programme, you will develop a thorough understanding of renewable energy technologies, urban microclimates and energy management. This will provide you with a holistic approach to designing a sustainable built environment for the future.
We are engaging with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Energy Institute (EI) to work towards accreditation of the programme.
School of the Built Environment
The School of the Built Environment is highly regarded for its research and education. We are ranked 3rd in the UK for the impact of our research in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and 5th for Building in the Complete University Guide, 2021.
96% of the School of the Built Environment’s undergraduate students in work or study 15 months after the end of their course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18; First Degree responders from Construction Management and Engineering). Demand for qualified engineers is only set to grow: Engineering UK estimates that at least 22,000 graduate engineers will be required every year to meet industry need (EUK annual report, 2018).
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 MEng Architectural Engineering
Our MEng Architectural Engineering course includes a paid industrial placement year, undertaken before your final year of study. 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.
Typical offerA Level BBB | IB 30 pts overall
Firm drop grade
Select Reading as your firm choice on UCAS, and we will guarantee you a place if you achieve one grade lower than the published offer.
BBB, including grade B in A level Mathematics
30 points overall including Mathematics at higher level
If you are an international or EU student and do not meet the requirements for direct entry to your chosen degree you can join the University of Reading’s International Foundation Programme. Successful completion of this 1 year programme guarantees you a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. English language requirements start as low as IELTS 4.5 depending on progression degree and start date.
UK undergraduate fees are regulated by the government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK and EU** students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.
From 2020, the UK government may link tuition fees to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Graduates from our MEng Architectural Engineering course will be well placed to pursue an impressive career in a wide range of roles, such as:
Our multidisciplinary approach, which reflects collaborative ways of working within the industry, is designed to enable you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in your career. Our strong relationships with a global network of industry, employers, and alumni will support you to develop contacts and identify opportunities that are the right fit for your interests.