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Contents

Welcome to the Department of


Architecture and Built Environment

3 Welcome
4 Why study architecture and built environment
at Nottingham?
7 Degree courses
16 Route to the professions
20 How will I study?
24 How will I be assessed?
24 Study abroad
26 Career and employment prospects
28 Postgraduate opportunities
30 Project case studies
32 BArch student profile
34 BEng student profile
36 Graduate profile
38 Your student experience
40 Applying for a place
44 Frequently asked questions
46 Visiting and contacting us

I am delighted that you are considering


one of our courses in the Department of
Architecture and Built Environment. We offer
an inspirational learning environment and
have long been viewed as a leading provider
of degrees in professional disciplines such as
architecture and architectural engineering.
Teaching within the department draws upon
a diverse range of expertise that spans
from environmental design, technology and
engineering, through to urban design, history and
theory and landscape. Design serves as the core
activity that draws together material delivered
through lectures, and allows students to apply
what they have learned. The option to participate
in live design projects provides students with
an opportunity to engage with real clients and
communities.
Our position within the Faculty of Engineering
offers exciting opportunities to explore design
at the interface between architecture and
technology, and provides access to state-of-theart design and fabrication facilities. This combined
with the departments commitment to undertaking

research that informs sustainable development,


presents a learning environment where we aim
to empower tomorrows professionals to create
buildings and places that are appropriate for the
21st century and beyond.
Teaching within the department is enhanced by
active engagement with leading architects and
engineers who, as tutors or special professors,
help to ensure our courses are relevant to, and
informed by, contemporary practice.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Dr Robin Wilson
Head of Department of Architecture and Built
Environment
Dont forget to watch our videos from staff and
students from across the Faculty of Engineering:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/go/watch-engfaculty
NottinghamEngineering
@UoNEngineering

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analyses her designs in the architecture studio.
The Creative Energy Homes
on University Park Campus.

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Why study architecture and built


environment with us?
As a leading centre for research and teaching
in architecture, urban design, architectural
engineering and sustainable energy
technologies, the Department of Architecture
and Built Environment is noted for its
innovative approaches to creative problem
solving informed by fundamental and applied
research. The work of the departments
in-house staff is complemented through
collaboration with leading experts from
practice and industry.
We feel we are perfectly placed to deliver
an education that equips graduates to meet
the challenges presented by practice in the
21st century. A broad spectrum of core skills
are delivered by expert staff, and serve as a
foundation from which students can then develop
a specialism that leads them towards their
desired point of entry to the professions. This is
all achieved through a process of design rigour,
where students apply a combination of research
and creativity to challenging but rewarding design
problems.
Learning by doing represents a further strength
of our courses; architecture students spend time
in workshops and design studios working on a
wide variety of projects, including working with
real clients on our unique live projects in Africa.
Engineering students benefit from our extensive
facilities including the on-site Creative Energy
Homes, a group of low-carbon houses built with
industry partners, which demonstrate cuttingedge design to students in and out of the lecture
theatre.
Field study trips abroad are seen as an essential
component of architectural education, and all our
first-year BArch and MEng students spend time
on a week-long trip to Europe, paid for by the
department. Short two and three-day international
study trips are also available to third and fourth
year students as part of their major studio project,
and longer international field trips are open to final
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year students on the MArch Part Two programme.


Recent destinations have included Barcelona,
Berlin, Detroit and Hong Kong.
Student work is perhaps the best yardstick of
achievement in relation to our ethos of nurturing
creative exploration of design problems. We
have been the most successful of any UK school
outside of London at undergraduate level in the
RIBA Presidents Medals award scheme over
the last 10 years. Previous BEng and MEng
students have been recognised with national
and international awards including the ASHRAE
Integrated Sustainable Building Design Award
and CIBSE Young Engineer Award.
Our accomplished academic staff are supported
by guest tutors drawn from practice, with many of
the leading names in UK architecture and building
services acting as visiting professors, part-time
teachers or evening lecturers. The public lecture
series Architecture Matters showcased the
work of many practices such as Wilkinson Eyre;
Stanton Williams and Gustafson Porter. Practices
involved in tutoring and reviewing student work
include Office Winhov; Rogers Stirk Harbour
+ Partners; Julian Harrap Architects; Barkow
Leibinger; Arup; Buro Happold and Hall McKnight
Architects.
As a top 15 UK university for architecture*, we
are confident that employers will continue to
recognise the unique qualities of Nottingham
graduates and that they will be highly sought
after. Our students achieve placements in some
of the best UK and international practices. We
are positive that the departments commitment to
research and teaching excellence, combined with
strong links to industry, will keep Nottingham and
our graduates at the forefront of built environment
education.
* The Complete University Guide 2016

Student Liam McDonald uses the Athena 5


axis router in the Centre for 3D Design.
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Third-year student Sheryl


Lam works on a model in
the architecture studio.

Degree courses
Degree title

UCAS code

Duration

A levels

IB

Places

MEng Architecture and Environmental


Design

K230

4 years

AAA

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32

BArch Bachelor of Architecture (ARB/


RIBA Part l)

K100

3 years

AAA

36

145

BEng Architectural Environment


Engineering

K240

3 years

AAB-ABB

34-32

30

MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II)

K10I

2 years

see required
subjects (page 42)

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Undergraduate degree programmes


We offer three undergraduate courses, BArch,
MEng and BEng. If you want to study purely
architecture, the BArch is a three-year ARB/RIBA
Part One qualification. If you want to study purely
engineering, the BEng is a three-year Engineering
Council accredited course.
However, if you have an interest in both
architecture and engineering, the MEng provides
an education which joins architecture with
an engineering specialism in the design of
environmental systems for buildings. The four-year
MEng course offers both Part One qualifications
as well as fully satisfying the educational
requirements to become a Chartered Engineer.

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MEng Architecture and


Environmental Design
(ARB/RIBA Part II)
CIBSE accredited
Course overview
The four-year interdisciplinary MEng Architecture
and Environmental Design course was created
to provide an education in architecture with
specialisation in the design of environmental
systems for buildings. The course offers two
routes to professional employment and is
accredited by both architecture and engineering
professional bodies. MEng graduates attain
the same standing as our Architecture (BArch)
students in terms of securing an Architects
Registration Board (ARB)/Royal Institute
of British Architects (RIBA) Part One level
qualification. This provides the freedom to pursue
the remaining educational and professional
practice components required before becoming a
professional architect in the UK.
MEng students have the added opportunity of
pursuing Chartered Engineer status through
the Chartered Institution of Building Services
Engineers (CIBSE). This is achieved by gaining
appropriate experience while working in practice
and successfully completing a Professional
Review Interview.
Year one
This year is structured around a core studio
module that develops key design skills and
techniques. Supporting modules cover
fundamental ideas and concepts relating to
environmental design, construction, structural
design, and architectural theory. The year also
introduces mathematical tools that support the
design of environmentally responsible building
systems.

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Year two
You will study modules that explore the concepts
behind the active and passive systems used
to provide healthy, comfortable conditions for
building occupants. The design studio serves as
a forum to explore the application of these ideas
and material covered in structures, construction
and architectural history.
Year three
Studio projects offered in the third year seek
to extend your ability to tackle briefs for more
complex building types. These are linked to
environmental systems modules that provide
material to inform this work. Independent
research skills are nurtured through completion
of a dissertation, that allows you to develop a
specialism in a relevant area of your own choice.
Year four
The final year introduces advanced environmental
design techniques, that facilitate a holistic
approach to design. The year culminates in the
completion of a major studio project, where you
are expected to bring all of your skills to bear in
response to a brief for the design of a complex
building.
By the end of year four
You will have developed key design and
engineering skills and techniques. Studio
projects will have extended your ability to tackle
briefs for more complex building types and
your independent research skills will have been
developed.
Inter-campus exchanges available

Ongoing architectural and engineering education

If you choose to follow an engineering career path, you will be in a position to secure employment
with a consulting engineer practice and work towards Chartered Engineer status.
Continuing architectural education would see you working towards achieving professional architect
status in the UK following the same pathway described for the BArch programme (see page 11 for
details).
MEng Architecture and Environmental Design (K230)
Year one

Year two

Core modules:
Engineering Mathematics 1
Integrated Design in Architecture
Environmental Science for Architects 1
Tectonics 1
Architectural Humanities I
Design Studio 1A
Design Studio 1B
People, Buildings, Landscape

Core modules:
Engineering Mathematics 2
Electricity and the Built Environment
Integrated Design in Architecture 2A
Tectonics 2A
Architectural Humanities II
Environmental Sciences for Architects 2
Fluid Mechanics and the Built Environment 1
Environmental Services Design 1
Design Studio 2
Simulation and Design
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 1

Year three

Year four

Core modules:
Differential Equations and Calculus for
Engineers
Advanced Study Dissertation
Design Studio 3
Environmental Services Design 2
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 2
Integrated Design in Architecture 3
Tectonics 3
Fluid Mechanics and the Built Environment 2

Core modules:
Integrated Environmental Design
Architectural Humanities III
Integrated Design in Architecture 3
Design Studio 4
Practice and Management

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BArch Bachelor of Architecture


(ARB/RIBA Part I)
Course overview
The three-year BArch course offers a popular,
vibrant and multifaceted learning environment
where a complementary mix of research active
staff and practitioners deliver an academic
agenda that explores design through a process
of creative rigour. The cultural, technical and
professional underpinnings of architectural
education, find freedom of expression within a
studio programme that offers choice, depth and
diversity.
Teaching is supported by access to outstanding
workshop facilities including our new centre for
3D Design, which offers specialised facilities for
digital fabrication, laser cutting and 3D printing,
assisted by the free provision of model-making
materials. These facilities promote the idea of
designing and thinking through learning by doing
as a key concept in the educational experience at
Nottingham.
All of this is achieved through a strong studio
culture. Almost uniquely at undergraduate level in
the UK, our second and third year students work
and are taught together in small units alongside
each other on the same day. This fosters
mentoring between students and provides an
understanding of what lies ahead in year three.
The BArch degree also gives a Part One level
professional qualification and represents the
first stage in the seven-year education of an
architect. To continue on the professional route,
this is followed by at least six months supervised
professional experience before embarking upon
the two-year MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA
Part II) (see page 14 for further details), which
leads to an Architects Registration Board (ARB)/
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part
Two level qualification. Full UK professional
status as an architect is achieved after a further
years professional experience and successful
completion of a Part Three level exam.
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Year one
You are introduced to the main themes of the
discipline: architectural design; structures;
construction; environmental design; and the
history and theory of architectural design. The
programme will concentrate on introducing
and developing the key skills, competence and
knowledge necessary in architectural education.
Year two
Studio projects in year two will have an added
complexity. In addition to core modules, you
will also be taught critical thinking skills, learn
computer aided design programmes and
are offered the opportunity to broaden your
architectural experiences by visiting construction
sites and learning first-hand how other designers
work. Opportunities to study abroad also occur in
the second semester.
Year three
You will develop a thorough understanding of all
the key themes and their holistic integration into
design projects. Your role within the architectural
profession will also be developed as part of the
introduction of a further theme in practice and
management.
By the end of year three
Graduates secure placements in a range of
practice types ranging from the small and local
to internationally recognised practices such as
Richard Rogers Architects, Foster and Partners,
Zaha Hadid Architects and Herzog and de
Meuron. The extensive range of transferable
skills developed also means that those not
wishing to pursue architecture further are
effectively prepared for alternative careers.
Recent graduates have worked in theatre design,
architectural journalism and academia.
Inter-campus exchanges available
China

Ongoing architectural education

On completion of a Part One qualification, you may continue with your architectural education, and
work towards achieving professional architect status in the UK. The pathway offered by Nottingham
involves:
Year out
Students are expected to undertake at least six months of supervised professional experience if they
wish to continue onto our MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II) or equivalent programme in the
UK.
MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II)
Our two-year MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II) provides an opportunity to build upon your
experience gained at Part One to develop your personal design agenda and nurture the advanced
architectural skills that will prepare you for transition into practice. Please refer to the MArch
Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II) K10I course for further details.
PGCert Professional Practice (ARB/RIBA Part III)
The department offers a Part Three programme that builds upon your Part Two qualification while
you are working in a recognised architectural practice. It makes use of intensive teaching delivered
through recall days and encourages reflection on the experience gained while working on real
projects. Successful completion of the Part Three qualification grants you professional architect
status in the UK.
BArch Bachelor of Architecture (K100)
Year one

Year two

Year three

Core modules:
Integrated Design in
Architecture
Architectural Design
Studio 1A
Architectural Design
Studio 1B
Environmental Science for
Architects 1
Tectonics 1 (Structures
and Construction)
Architectural Humanities I
(History of Architecture)
People, Buildings, Landscape

Core modules:
Integrated Design in
Architecture 2A
Integrated Design in
Architecture 2B
Architectural Design
Studio 2A
Architectural Design
Studio 2B
Environmental Science for
Architects 2
Tectonics 2A (Structures
and Construction)
Tectonics 2B (Structures
and Construction)
Architectural Humanities II
(Theory and Criticism)

Core modules:
Practice and Management
Architectural Humanities III
(Contemporary Debates)
Integrated Design in
Architecture 3
Architectural Design Studio 3

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BEng Architectural Environment


Engineering
CIBSE accredited
Course overview
Architectural environment engineers create
comfortable and efficient indoor environments
using modern technologies and sustainable
design. Built on traditional building services
engineering foundations, this forward-looking
and challenging course addresses the increasing
need for highly qualified engineers who can take
a holistic approach to designing architectural
environments for a low-carbon future.
Teaching is delivered through a combination
of lectures, labs and project tutorials. Practical
work is supported through access to state-ofthe-art facilities such as our Fluid Dynamics,
Thermodynamics, and Renewable Energy
Laboratories. Case studies, including the
departments own Creative Energy Homes project
and Urban Observatory, are used to bring theory
to life, while strong industry links help inform the
content of the course and keep it up to date with
professional practice. Optional modules in your
second and third years enable you to study topics
in other areas such as management, mathematics
or languages to broaden your skills.
The course is accredited by the Engineering
Council through the Chartered Institute of
Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and offers
the first step to becoming a Chartered Engineer.
On graduating, you will typically take a further
years masters-level study or find work with top
UK and international engineering consultancies
that value the unique skill set delivered by the
BEng. The knowledge and skills you develop
means you can also enter other fields such as
research, energy and management.

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The course is also run on our China Campus and


receives the same accredited status as in the UK.
This provides exciting opportunities for intercampus projects and student exchanges.
Core topics
Years one and two
Transferable skills (management and
communication); engineering fundamentals
(mathematics, CAD, fluid and thermo dynamics,
electricity); specialist topics (mechanical and
passive HVAC, lighting, materials, acoustics,
control, renewable energy, environmental design,
performance modelling); engineering design
projects (individual and group work to apply what
you learn in lectures).
Year three
The third year consists of an individual
dissertation (a technical research project
supervised by an academic on a topic of mutual
interest); group project work (advanced holistic
architectural environment design, analysis and
modelling); and specialist topics (heat transfer,
energy related studies).
By the end of year three
On completion of your degree, you will be
equipped with multi-disciplinary skills and
knowledge much needed by industry. Typical
graduate jobs include Sustainability Consultant;
Building Services Engineer; Mechanical and
Electrical Design Engineer; Energy Engineer and
Building Simulation Engineer.
Inter-campus exchanges available
China

Ongoing engineering education

There are two paths the department offers if you wish to become a Chartered Engineer: the threeyear BEng and the four-year MEng (please refer to the MEng Architecture and Environmental Design
K230 course for further details).
The courses share many of the same modules to enable professional accreditation from the
Engineering Council through the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineering (CIBSE).
While you are a student, you are entitled to free student membership of CIBSE.
Both courses are typically followed by relevant experience gained whilst working in industry, as a
graduate engineer, to demonstrate the required professional competencies and commitment needed
to be eligible for the full Chartered Engineer (CEng) qualification. While those with a BEng will need
to take a further appropriate masters degree or Engineering Doctorate (EngD) accredited by a
professional engineering institution, or appropriate further learning to masters level, to satisfy the
academic requirements for the CEng qualification, those taking the MEng will need no further
academic study.
Accreditation of our courses ensures that quality is independently measured, and that material is up
to date and relevant to the needs of modern commerce and industry.
BEng Architectural Environment Engineering (K240)
Year one

Year two

Year three

Core modules:
Building Services Design 1
Building Services Design 2
Engineering Mathematics 1
Engineering Mathematics 2
Thermofluids 1
Performance of Construction
Materials
Electricity and the Built
Environment
Environmental Science for
Architects 1
Fluid Mechanics and the Built
Environment 1
People, Buildings, Landscape

Core modules:
Differential Equations and
Calculus for Engineers
Acoustics and Lighting
Building Services Design 3
Building Services Design 4
Introduction to Renewable
Energy
Thermofluids 2
Sustainable Materials and
Recycling
Management Studies 1
Fluid Mechanics and the Built
Environment 2
Computational Fluid
Dynamics for the Built
Environment
Control Systems for Built
Environment

Core modules:
Building Analysis 1
Building Analysis 2
Research Project
Environmental Performance
Modelling
Energy and Waste
Topics of Heat Transfer
Principles of Refrigeration
and its Applications

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MArch Architecture
(ARB/RIBA Part II)
Course overview
MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II) is
a two-year full-time professional course in
architecture that produces graduate architects
who are equipped for a subsequent career in the
architectural profession. This is achieved through
the development of a core range of architectural
skills that integrate the diverse specialist skills
and knowledge required for modern architectural
practice. The course is structured around a
vibrant studio culture that fuses a research
informed design approach, critical thinking,
creativity, innovation and technical rigour.
The MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II) is
fully validated by the Architects Registration
Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British
Architects (RIBA) and leads to exemption
from Part Two of the three-part qualification
programme for professional architects in the UK.
Year one
During the first semester of year one, students
can pursue three different paths. They may remain
in architectural practice following the year out
and take distance-learning modules, they may
undertake an international Universitas 21 (U21)
or Erasmus exchange period of study abroad, or
they may follow a university-based programme of
related humanities, technical, practice and design
focused modules. In semester two, all modules
are core and evolve around a comprehensive
design project that is geared towards meeting
the curriculum requirements of ARB/RIBA
exemption for Part Two. Design teaching is
structured around Design Research Studios
which are taught across years one and two of the
programme.

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Year two
The final year of study emphasises independent
research and student centred learning that
support the completion of a year long design
thesis. Students work under the thematic
framework of their respective Design Research
Studios but develop their own thesis agenda.
By the end of the course
You will have completed two parts of the
three-part RIBA qualification programme for
professional architects in the UK. You will have
developed and demonstrated your advanced
architectural skills through the production and
declaration of a comprehensive and integrative
thesis. You will have built upon specialist design
skills and knowledge, architectural writing skills
developed through the production of essays, brief
writing and a design dissertation. Throughout,
you will have acquired valuable transferable skills
including a range of communication skills, team
working, self-direction and time management.
MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II) graduates
will typically enter employment within architecture
practice and register on an ARB/RIBA Part
Three programme to complete their architectural
education and gain entry to the profession.
Details of the ARB/RIBA Part III Professional
Practice programme offered by the department
may be found on the Universitys online
postgraduate prospectus.

MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II) (K10I)


Year one
Autumn semester

Year two
Diploma Thesis Studio

Either semester in practice:


Record of Architectural Practice
Culture and Context in Practice
Building Case Studies
Professional Studies in Practice
Or university-based study:
Architectural Urbanism Studio
Design, Culture and Context
Environment and Technology 1
Professional Studies 1
Or undertake an exchange with a partner
institution.
Spring semester
Advanced Design Studio
Theory and Research in Architecture
Environment and Technology 2
Professional Studies 2

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Route to the professions


Nottingham
awards

Year 2

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RIBA part 1

Practice

BArch

Post part 1
PEDR
completion
Non-Nottingham
RIBA part 1

Year 1

Year 2

DipArch

RIBA part 2

Year 1

PG Certificate

RIBA part 3

Non-Nottingham
RIBA part 2

MArch Architecture
(ARB/RIBA Part II)

Year 3

MEng Architecture and


Environmental Design

Year 2

Nottingham
awards

Professional
awards

Professional
engineer path

MEng

RIBA part 1

Engineering
practice-based
experience

Year 3

Year 4

Year out

Post part 1
PEDR
completion

Engineering
Practice Report

Year 1

Year 2

Year 1

DipArch

PG Certificate

RIBA part 2

RIBA part 3

Professional
Review Interview
Chartered
Engineer (CEng)
MCIBSE

Practice

MArch Architecture
(ARB/RIBA Part II)
Practice

Non-Nottingham
RIBA part 2

MEng route
Year 1

Year out

Non-Nottingham
RIBA part 1

Professional
awards

Year 1

Practice

BArch Architecture

Architecture route

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MEng students Bianca Latini and


Madeleine Moore using a centrifugal fan.

BEng route

BEng Architectural
Environment Engineering

Nottingham awards

Post BEng

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

BEng

Approved MSc

Engineering
practice report

Professional review
interview

Chartered Engineer
(CEng) MCIBSE

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How will I study?

Our programmes place significant emphasis


on exploring learning through design,
informed by effective research and critical
thinking. This is achieved through delivery
of knowledge, development of skills and
then application of these to creative problem
solving.

BArch Bachelor of Architecture

Core knowledge is delivered in lecture series


themed under three streams Architectural
Humanities, Architectural Tectonics and
Environmental Design. A typical week will involve
two hours of lectures delivered under each
stream. Skills-building is developed through
Integrated Design modules. These make use of
weekly workshops, tutorials and seminars to build
on knowledge delivered via the lecture streams
and explore how these can be practised in the
context of design. Design Studio represents the
core of these programmes and becomes the
environment within which creative problem solving
and effective communication skills are developed.
Typically two days a week are given over to
Design Studio, where a combination of group and
individual tutorials with staff and practitioners are
used to evolve comprehensive solutions to design
briefs. Hand drawing, computer aided design
and presentation techniques as well as manual
model making and digital fabrication combine,
to develop and test design thinking and are then
documented for portfolio development.

BEng Architectural Environment


Engineering

Our engineering programmes are structured to


develop applied engineering design skills that
are underpinned by in-depth understanding of
the physical phenomena governing the behaviour
of mechanical, electrical and energy systems in
buildings. A focused programme of mathematics
modules provides the core ability required to
develop a rigorous understanding of Engineering
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Students Qianhui Hong and Sze Puz


Lam working on their CFD models.

Fundamentals, the disciplines of thermodynamics,


fluid mechanics, heat transfer, electrical theory,
acoustics, and control, which can be used to
quantify the environment within buildings.
Typically in a semester, four of these subjects
are delivered, each through weekly two-hourly
lectures, plus additional laboratory and tutorial
sessions. Engineering Application modules use
a combination of lectures and projects to apply
understanding of engineering fundamentals to the
design of active and passive environments that
meet the needs of building occupants.
Computer-aided design and modelling skills,
developed through a combination of computer
labs and tutorials, are used to build on manual
design methods and enhance the sophistication
of strategies explored in weekly design project
workshops. The final year of the programme offers
opportunities to develop specialist expertise and
practise this through large-scale design projects.
Individual research skills are also developed
through the completion of a major project under
the weekly guidance of a dissertation supervisor.

MEng Architecture and


Environmental Design

MEng students study in the same way as both


BArch and BEng students depending on the
module. This includes Design Studio, lectures
and labs.

Key Information Sets

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of


information about full or part-time undergraduate
courses and are designed to meet the information
needs of prospective students. All KIS data is
published on the Unistats website:
www.unistats.co.uk
For Nottinghams KIS data, please see individual
course entries at
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Students have regular


tutorials with academic
staff and industrial visitors.

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How will I be assessed?

All undergraduate degree programmes in


the University are modular, which means you
undertake modules of study with assessment
at the end of each semester.

BArch Bachelor of Architecture

For architecture programmes, studio modules


typically comprise half of the taught credits and
make use of projects of increasing complexity
to explore how effectively students can apply
content delivered in the remainder of their
programme of study, and synthesise this within
the context of a design proposition. The majority
of assessment in studio is formative, using
tutorials to promote a process of reflection that
aids design development. Interim reviews, where
students pin-up work in front of a panel of critics,
are used at key stages in the design process to
provide detailed feedback, allowing students to
gauge progress. Grades are typically awarded
at a final review where presentation quality work
is assessed, and guidance is offered on how to
record projects in an academic portfolio that is
built up over the course of a students studies.
Architecture lecture modules use a variety of
project-based assessment techniques including
report and essay writing, model making, video
production, production of technical drawings,
and interviews. Assessments may be stand-alone
focusing on the core themes of the lecture series,
or related to studio design projects so as to
enhance design resolution.

BEng Architectural Environment


Engineering

Your learning will be assessed in different ways


according to the learning objectives. Design
projects provide a core strand through all three
years of the course and these are assessed at
the end of each semester through the delivery
of a presentation and submission of a technical

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report. Leading up to the final submission, you will


receive feedback in weekly tutorials from tutors
and visiting industrial practitioners. The design
projects will provide you with the opportunity to
apply newly acquired fundamental knowledge
to the engineering design of environmental
systems. Other modules typically use a
combination of laboratory or project reports and
written examinations to assess understanding of
fundamental concepts, with the proportion varying
depending on the module. An important part of
learning comes through the constructive written
feedback you will receive on all your coursework.
In the final year, submission of a dissertation is
used to assess research skills.

MEng Architecture and


Environmental Design

MEng students are assessed in the same way as


BArch and BEng students depending on what
module is being assessed. This includes projectbased assessments, technical reports and written
examinations.

The teaching year

The teaching year is divided into two semesters.


The first semester lasts for 14 weeks, with 12
weeks for teaching and revision and two weeks
for assessment. The second semester follows
the same pattern, but there are an additional two
weeks at the end to complete the assessment
process and to enable returning students to
discuss their results with tutors and begin to plan
the next sessions work.
Although the teaching year is divided into two
semesters for organisational purposes, this is
fitted into the traditional pattern of three terms:
one before Christmas; one between Christmas
and Easter; and one after Easter.

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Undergraduate students
relaxing in Ningbo, China.

Study abroad

The University of Nottingham is a truly


international university, with campuses in
the UK, Malaysia and China. The Faculty of
Engineering seeks to emulate this philosophy
by offering our students the opportunity to
participate in exchange programmes all over
the world. The faculty is constantly working to
ensure our graduates gain an advantage when
they go into the job market; we see study
abroad as another way to make our graduates
stand out from the crowd.
Studying abroad provides students with the
unique opportunity to:
see your academic subject from a different
perspective in a new academic environment
acquire invaluable life skills
meet a wide variety of people and make an
international network of friends
discover new strengths and abilities, conquer
new challenges and solve new problems
gain global awareness to prepare yourself for a
career abroad
The faculty participates in the following exchange
schemes:
Universitas 21 (U21)/University-wide exchange
inter-campus exchange to China
Erasmus exchange
These cover institutions from America, Australia,
Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New
Zealand, Singapore and Sweden. Your choice of
exchange partner will depend on your department
and the course you are registered on. Eligibility
for exchange schemes will also depend upon
meeting academic criteria.

As a result, there are exciting opportunities to


spend a single semester studying abroad during
the second semester of year two and the first
semester of year five for architecture students,
or the second semester of years two or three for
MEng Architecture and Environmental Design
students.

Inter-campus exchange

In 2004, Nottingham was the first foreign


university to establish a campus in China. The
University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)
offers the same high standard of teaching as
the UK campuses and has internationalisation at
its heart: of more than 6,000 students there are
more than 300 international students from at least
55 countries.
The China Campus is situated in Ningbo, a city
of over five million people situated on the east
coast of China. Ningbo is less than two hours by
train from Shanghai and the campus at Ningbo
provides accommodation, sports facilities and a
shopping street.
Those courses where inter-campus exchange
is available are indicated on the relevant course
page in this brochure.

Dedicated support

If you do decide to apply to study abroad, the


Universitys International Office will offer support
from the application stage right through to your
return to the UK, with advice on everything from
immigration to possible sources of financial
support. Find out more
www.nottingham.ac.uk/studyabroad

The Department of Architecture and Built


Environment places considerable value on the
student experience gained from spending a study
period abroad and has therefore built an extensive
exchange portfolio with architecture and building
science-related schools across the globe.
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Career and employment prospects

The University of Nottingham is consistently


named as one of the most targeted
universities by Britains leading graduate
employers.*
Strong links with UK and international companies
offer our graduates excellent prospects for
employment, research training and professional
recognition. Students are given the opportunity
to work with practising architects, engineers
and special professors from many prominent
practices who provide guest lectures and engage
with design studio projects. Links such as these
represent one of the reasons why programmes,
such as our BArch, MEng and professional
MArch, have long been considered as leading
courses of their type in the UK. Graduates are
known for their high level of creativity informed
by a pragmatic knowledge of architecture and
environmental design. As such, our alumni are
employed in most leading UK and international
practices and businesses. The department has
also introduced an internship with a number of
companies in China to enable graduates to work
in this exciting environment.
The BEng Architectural Environment Engineering
course involves the use of modern and
environmentally friendly technologies to create
comfortable and efficient indoor environments.
Typically employed within consulting engineering
practices, graduates in this field apply their skills
to design occupant focused, energy efficient
buildings incorporating renewable energy,
sustainable design, ventilation, lighting, acoustics
and electrical/control systems. The BEng is
accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building
Services Engineers (CIBSE), and offers excellent
prospects of obtaining a rewarding job in an
advancing industry. Graduates may study for a
further year at masters level before gaining the
necessary industrial experience to gain Chartered
Engineer status, or may work towards Chartership
through company training schemes.
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MEng students, in addition to pursuing the


architectural pathway followed by BArch
students, can also access the Chartered
Engineer pathway available to our BEng students
through CIBSE. This is achieved by gaining
appropriate experience while working with a
consulting engineering practice and successfully
completing a Professional Review Interview.
The career flexibility offered by the MEng is
viewed as extremely valuable in maximising the
opportunities available on graduation. Opting for
the engineering pathway over the architectural
pathway does not preclude MEng graduates at a
later date from moving between the disciplines,
to secure professional recognition from both
architectural and engineering accrediting bodies.
Many students find their interests change as they
pursue their education at university. The range
of discipline-specific and transferable skills our
graduates develop equips them effectively for
a wide range of careers beyond those offered
by their programme of study. While the majority
of our graduates will pursue professional
recognition, others seek new directions and
find success in areas as diverse as web design,
graphics, and journalism at one end, to property
development, project management, energy
management and housing administration at the
other.

The Universitys Careers and


Employability Service

Our Careers and Employability Service, which


is based on University Park Campus, offers an
extensive range of careers-oriented services,
including CV-writing sessions, interview advice,
presentations by major employers and general
career advice. As a University of Nottingham
graduate, you will receive lifelong support from
the service. This means that you can ask a
careers adviser to look over your job application
in person, by email or Skype, and you can also
access a database of graduate vacancies.
For more information see
www.nottingham.ac.uk/careers/engineering

The Nottingham Advantage Award

The Universitys Advantage Award is a programme


of activities developed to recognise and reward
extracurricular responsibilities. It allows you to
gain recognition for participating in a wide range
of activities accredited by the University and
delivered by top graduate employers, professional
services and members of staff of the University. It
also shows employers that you have gone above
and beyond your degree and gained valuable
transferable skills. For further information, please
visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/careers/advantage

Second-year architecture
student Clement Laurencio
working on his model.

Salaries

In 2014, 94.1% of first-degree graduates in


the Department of Architecture and Built
Environment who were available for employment
had secured work or further study within six
months of graduation. The average starting salary
was 19,160 with the highest being 31,000.**
* The Graduate Market in 2013, 2014 and 2015, High
Fliers Research.
** Known destinations of full-time home and EU firstdegree graduates, 2013/14.

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Postgraduate opportunities

The Department of Architecture and Built


Environment is one of the worlds leading
centres of architecture and sustainable
design technology and has an outstanding
international reputation for interdisciplinary
research. It is recognised for innovative work
in green issues and sustainability and attracts
leading experts from practice and industry.

MSc Sustainable Energy and


Entrepreneurship
MArch Design
MArch Digital Architecture and Tectonics
MArch Environmental Design
MArch Sustainable Tall Buildings
MArch Sustainable Urban Design

Our taught courses are underpinned by


academic research, so the latest knowledge
and developments shape the way our courses
are delivered.

For further information about our postgraduate


courses, please see
www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/abe

We offer the following postgraduate taught


courses:
MSc Energy Conversion and Management
MSc Renewable Energy and Architecture
MSc Sustainable Building Technology

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A postgraduate student
working in front of the BASF
House, University Park.

For more information about our research


opportunities, please see
www.nottingham.ac.uk/engineering/
research

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Project case studies

The department is renowned for its live


design projects and research-enhanced
teaching. Such projects provide a unique
learning experience for our students who
develop essential professional skills while
tackling critical contemporary challenges
facing society.

Jouberton pre-school (2008-9)

As part of a second-year undergraduate design


project, a group of 40 students and tutors
refined the designs for a local pre-school for
120 children in the disadvantaged township of
Klerksdorp, 250km south of Johannesburg.
Having raised funds for the project, students
worked alongside the local community to
construct the inspirational building in just
seven weeks.

Project Limpopo (2010-11)

Project Limpopo started life as a second-year


studio project to design and build a nursery
school for 80 children in the rural South African
village of Calais in the Limpopo region.
Second and fifth year students developed the
initial idea to create a simple, environmentally
friendly and functional design that allows and
encourages the use of locally supplied and
manufactured products from the corrugated
steel roof to the timber walls and cladding.
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Aga Sikolo (2013)

Aga Sikolo means Build a School in local


dialect.
A continuation of works undertaken during
2011, a team of staff and students returned
to the Tzaneen/Calais village area at Easter to
construct a kitchen and dining facility together
with additional classrooms.
The design uses a simple single-storey, timberframe structure with non-loadbearing infill walls.

S3A (2014)

The final phase of construction at the Tzaneen/


Calais village area saw fundraising to realise
the final student designed classroom in
the school complex. A local contractor was
appointed to complete the concrete bases
and staff were there to assist the students with
construction of the frame and infill walls.

Project Kagiso (2015)

The most recent project has seen staff and


students raise over 22,000 to build a nursery
school in a rural village in the Letsitele Valley
in Limpopo, South Africa. They completed a
classroom and covered teaching space as well
as play areas and a garden.

Architecture students working


on the Aga Sikolo project.

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BArch student profile


The course has taught me the foundations of architecture and how
to respond to a brief in a creative and successful way. My favourite
module is Design Studio because of the practical, hands-on work. I
also enjoy working alongside third-year students there is a great
community feel in the studios.
In my first year, we went on a week-long trip to Amsterdam which
was an invaluable experience. We were able to visit lots of places
which have since inspired my designs.
Abbie McCammond
BArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1), second year

Architecture students Abbie and


Clement discussing their designs.
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BEng student profile

Department of Architecture and Built Environment


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Sarah Jones studying outside


the Marmont Cafe Bar.

Sustainable Technology and Low Carbon Buildings has been my


favourite module as I have enjoyed how it has forced me to think
and feel like a real engineer. The coursework involved retrofitting an
existing building, with the aim to reduce the energy consumption
and carbon emissions using renewable and sustainable
technologies.
I studied the foundation year first, which is how I heard of the BEng
programme. My friends who chose other engineering courses are
now jealous as theyve seen how much Ive enjoyed it! The best part
is learning and understanding how new technologies work before
anyone else. There are many options for graduates, I definitely
want to have a positive effect on the environment and work within
sustainability and renewable energy.
Sarah Jones
BEng Architectural Environment Engineering, third year

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Graduate profile

William Holley graduated from The University


of Nottingham with an MEng in Architecture
and Environmental Design. Since leaving
University, he has worked as a Graduate
Building Services Engineer for BuroHappold
Engineering.
His roles have included designing 3D modelling
heating, ventilation and domestic water systems
within buildings, designing energy masterplans
and completing renewable energy technology
feasibility studies.
In October 2013 he won the CIBSE ASHRAE
Graduate of the Year award which included a trip
to the ASHRAE Winter Conference in New York.
Based in Bath, he has worked on a diverse array
of projects including a concert hall extension, a
museum for Concorde and a 60,000m art gallery
in Abu Dhabi.
William hopes to become a chartered engineer
with CIBSE and transfer to the Berlin office.

Ive always been interested in


architecture and enjoyed maths
and physics at school. Therefore,
the MEng was a perfect fit as it
combined architecture studio and
engineering modules. One of the
best parts of the course was being
involved in the 2011 South Africa
project where I helped design
a nursery school, then spent six
weeks building it in Calais village.
The project improved my design,
construction and teamwork skills as
well as being an impressive addition
to my CV.
When I applied to BuroHappold
Engineering, they were impressed
with the practical construction
experience I had gained from
the South Africa project. The
combination of design skills with
technical engineering knowledge
is sought after by employers this
unique aspect of the course is why
Id definitely recommend it.

William Holley recently


visited the department
as a guest tutor.

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William Holley
Graduate Engineer, BuroHappold Engineering
MEng Architecture and Environmental Design
(2013)
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Department of Architecture and Built Environment


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Your student experience

Youve read lots about the degree programme


youre interested in, now its time to explore
life outside the lecture theatre. Theres so
much for you to get involved in and explore
at the University and around the city. We are
proud to be one of the leading universities
for student experience in the UK*, which will
ensure that you have a university experience
youll never forget.

Your University of Nottingham


at home and around the world

We are proud of our stunning campuses and are


continually investing in our grounds, buildings
and amenities to ensure that you only have the
best surroundings in which to live and study. Our
main UK campuses have a mix of state-of-the-art
facilities, including sports centres, places to eat
and excellent learning facilities on every campus.
Weve made getting from campus to campus as
easy as possible and students can benefit from
our free inter-campus Hopper Bus, so youre
never far away from the striking architecture and
innovative technology of Jubilee Campus, the
rolling parkland and period buildings at University
Park, or the cutting-edge features of Sutton
Bonington.
The University of Nottingham is Britains global
university with campuses in the UK, China and
Malaysia. We also have links with more than 300
universities in over 40 countries, adding a truly
global flavour to your degree and giving you the
chance to explore the world. Find out more:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/about/campuses

Your new home from home

At Nottingham we offer a range of different


accommodation options, rooms are available as
single or shared, en suite or shared bathroom,
all the way through to studio flats, and vary
from self-catered to fully catered (19 meals per
week). We also offer a guarantee of University
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accommodation for one year to all new full-time


undergraduate students, subject to the following
conditions: you firmly accept your course place at
Nottingham, accept your offer of accommodation
by the deadline given in your offer letter, and have
an unconditional status no later than 31 August
in the year you intend to begin your studies. If you
are a new, full-time undergraduate student who
is classified as international for fee purposes,
this guarantee applies for three years**. For more
information, including a breakdown of pricing, see
www.nottingham.ac.uk/accommodation
* Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey,
2015.
** Providing you submit your returners application in line
with the requirements of the accommodation providers.

Take a look at our accommodation


video for a taster of what to
expect at Nottingham:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/go/
yourhome

Your support network

Throughout your university journey there will


be numerous people on hand to support you,
including tutors and dedicated staff who will be
able to advise you on various aspects of life as a
student. We have Student Services Centres on all
three of our UK campuses, which provide a range
of support, information and specialist services to
enhance your student experience. This support
includes:
Academic Support can provide practical
advice on areas of academic study; the service
also provides specialist academic support for
students with dyslexia, dyspraxia and other
specific learning difficulties
Disability Support coordinates support
and access arrangements for students with a
disability or long-term medical condition

Financial Support provides information on the


sources of finance available from government
agencies and the University itself, and gives
advice about financial matters
Student Services also advise on issues
ranging from childcare, counselling and health
to international student support, chaplaincy
and faith support, as well as offering advice on
paying your tuition and accommodation fees
Whatever you may need support with, they will
either be able to help or point you in the direction
of someone who can. Find out more:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/studentservices

Getting involved in your Students


Union

As soon as you start at The University of


Nottingham, you are automatically enrolled as
a member of our Students Union, which is
considered to be one of the best in the country.
There are hundreds of activities that you could be
part of, providing you with the perfect opportunity
to take up a new hobby or pursue existing
interests. Choose from over 200 student-run
societies, covering all interests and abilities, as
well as local and national volunteering projects,
to which you can commit as much or as little time
as you wish.
Our Students Union is home to a number of
award-winning student-run media groups, which
give you the chance to gain practical work
experience both behind the scenes or centre
stage as a presenter, actor or journalist. The
Nottingham New Theatre, Impact magazine,
Nottingham Student Television (NSTV) and
University Radio Nottingham (URN) have all been
recognised as the best in their field, winning a
clutch of awards for outstanding achievements.
However you decide to become involved in the
Union, you can be sure you will make new friends
and learn new skills, all while having a lot of fun!
Find out more: www.su.nottingham.ac.uk

Sports

We offer sport at all levels and an excellent allinclusive student membership offer, so whether
you enjoy sport as a hobby or are an elite athlete
we will have just what you need.

We have over 70 sports clubs, which means we


have the 2nd highest number of sports clubs
of any UK university. If youre not interested in
joining a team but want to stay fit, we have sports
centres on all of our main UK campuses. Find out
more:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport

Exploring your new city

With Nottingham city centre just a 10-minute


bus ride away from University Park Campus, our
students are always close to the action. Buses
run through campus regularly and many run latenight services too, which is handy if youre a night
owl.
For music lovers, you can take your pick from the
world-famous Rock City, Capital FM Arena or
one of the smaller gig venues for a more intimate
live show. Nottingham is rich in performance
venues, with comedy clubs and theatres catering
for lovers of drama, musicals, ballet and panto.
We are very proud of our sporting heritage, and
with football clubs Nottingham Forest and Notts
County in the city, as well as Trent Bridge cricket
ground and the National Ice Centre on your
doorstep, you might just become a sports fan if
youre not one already.
History and culture can be found in all corners
of the city, with Nottingham Castle, Nottingham
Contemporary arts centre, the Galleries of
Justice Museum, Nottingham Lakeside Arts (the
Universitys public arts centre located on our
University Park Campus), art house cinemas and
three of the worlds oldest pubs all providing
points of interest. If you enjoy shopping,
Nottingham is perfect for you; independent
boutiques and vintage shops in the bohemian
area of Hockley mix with high street names in our
large shopping centres to make Nottingham a
veritable shopping haven.
Find out more:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/nottinghamlife
Download our city guide:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/go/cityguide

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Applying for a place


We are looking for students who have
the ability and motivation to benefit from
our courses, and who will make a valued
contribution to the department and the
University. Candidates for full-time admission
are considered on the basis of their
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
(UCAS) form. For more information on how to
make your application stand out, have a look
at our online prospectus:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/applying
For tips and advice at every step of your
application journey, visit our undergraduate
applicants area:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugapplicants

Application process

All applications for an undergraduate place to


study at The University of Nottingham (including
applications by overseas students) must be made
through UCAS. Applications should be made
online at www.ucas.com. Candidates will be
notified of decisions through UCAS Track at
track.ucas.com
Applications for our courses are made under one
of the UCAS codes listed in the table on page
7. There is an amount of flexibility for students
to transfer to a different course within the
department during the first year, depending on the
space available.
Applications for the MArch Architecture (ARB/
RIBA Part II) should be made on a University of
Nottingham postgraduate admissions form and
sent directly to:
Kim OReilly
Teaching and Learning Administrator
Engineering Student Support Centre
Faculty of Engineering
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham
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Undergraduate students
relaxing on University
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Entry numbers

For information on how many students the


department plans to admit on each course, please
see the table on page 7.

The selection procedure

Selection of those applicants to whom we will


make an offer will be based upon a combination
of the candidates academic record and an
assessment of all the information provided in their
UCAS application form, their academic reference
and their personal statement (architecture
applicants will be contacted and asked to
upload a small portfolio of art and design work
please see page 44 for more information).
Studying architecture and built environment
requires a combination of skills, both practical
and academic. These qualities are obviously
related to exam performance, but we also look
at the interests and experience of the candidate.
Please use the opportunity offered by the relevant
section of the UCAS form to tell us about these.
Be as specific and detailed as possible about
your interests and enthusiasms, as well as your
reasons for choosing to study on your chosen
programme.

Academic attainment

Our minimum A level requirements are detailed


on page 7.

Alternative qualifications

In this brochure you will find our A level entry


requirements but we accept a much broader
range of qualifications.
These include:
Access to HE Diploma
Advanced Diploma
BTEC HND/HNC
BTEC Extended Diploma
Cambridge Pre-U
International Baccalaureate
Irish Leaving Certificate
Scottish Advanced Highers
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
This list is not exhaustive; we will consider
applicants with other qualifications on an
individual basis. The entry requirements for
alternative qualifications can be quite specific; for
example you may need to take certain modules
and achieve a specified grade in those modules.
Please contact us to discuss the transferability of
your qualification.
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Required subjects

All courses: GCSE English, maths and physics


or double science.
K100: A level art and/or design technology or an
art-based subject at Higher Level International
Baccalaureate (IB). A portfolio will be accepted
from exceptional candidates without relevant art/
design qualifications.
K230: A level maths or physics; preferably
students to have taken chemistry, art or design
and technology (a portfolio will be required).
K10I: An ARB/RIBA-accredited Part 1 Degree
at 2:1 standard. Admission will be subject to the
submission of a full portfolio, letters of reference
and a personal statement. Applicants may be
invited to attend an interview.
K240: A level or Higher Level (IB) maths and
either physics, chemistry, biology, design and
technology, geography, geology, computing or
further maths.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants varied experience


and educational pathways, we employ a flexible
admissions policy. If we judge that your situation
has adversely affected your achievement, then we
will consider this when assessing your academic
potential. If you wish to mention information about
your experiences in your personal statement, then
you should ask the teacher or tutor writing your
reference to confirm what you have written. We
may ask for further evidence and may consider a
range of factors. For more information, please see
www.nottingham.ac.uk/go/admissionspolicies

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Mature applicants

We encourage applications from mature students


(which means all those aged 21 or over when the
course begins). You should apply in the normal
way through UCAS (unless you want to study
part-time, in which case you should apply directly
to the department). While we accept a range
of qualifications, you should check our specific
requirements on UCAS course entry profiles. If in
doubt, please contact the admissions tutor, who
will be happy to answer any specific queries you
have about applying as a mature student. Please
email your questions to eng-student-support@
nottingham.ac.uk
We normally invite mature applicants in whom we
are interested to come for an interview, where we
will look for evidence of your ability to study at a
high academic level and of commitment to the
subject.
For more information about being a mature
student, please see
www.nottingham.ac.uk/mature

International applicants

We welcome applications from international


students and have students from many parts of
the world studying with us at undergraduate and
postgraduate level. All international candidates
for undergraduate courses should apply through
UCAS. The Universitys International Office offers
guidance and advice on matters such as visa
and immigration regulations, working and living
in the UK, entry requirements and preparing for
coming to Nottingham and arranges a Welcome
Programme for new international students
each September. If you would like to visit the
University and are unable to attend an open day,
the International Office will be happy to arrange
an individual visit for you. For further information
please visit
www.nottingham.ac.uk/studywithus
international-applicants

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in each element).


For more information and a list of the alternative
English language requirements we accept,
please see www.nottingham.ac.uk/go/
alternativerequirements

Preparing to study in English


academic English preparation and
support

The University of Nottingham Centre for English


Language Education (CELE) offers high-quality
academic English and study skills (presessional)
programmes to prepare you to study your degree
in English. Our programmes are designed to
give international students excellent preparation
for their academic studies and are taught by
experienced, professional tutors.

Deferred entry

Applicants who wish to defer their entry by a


year will not be at a disadvantage. Please tell us
something about your plans for your gap year in
your UCAS personal statement.

Equal opportunities policy

The University aims to create the conditions


whereby students and staff are treated solely on
the basis of their merits, abilities and potential,
regardless of gender, race, colour, nationality,
ethnic or national origin, age, socio-economic
background, disability, religious or political beliefs,
trade union membership, family circumstances,
sexual orientation or other irrelevant distinction.

CELE provides a range of programmes


throughout the year, including five-week subjectspecific courses (in some subjects) and a
four-week course in September for students with
unconditional offers, with a focus on academic
study skills.
You can continue to benefit from academic
English support with free classes and one-to-one
consultations throughout your study (insessional
programmes).
For more information about CELE, please visit
www.nottingham.ac.uk/cele

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www.nottingham.ac.uk/abe

Department of Architecture and Built Environment


www.nottingham.ac.uk/abe

Frequently asked questions

Can I apply for more than one course?


If you apply for more than one course, it is
possible you may be given more than one offer.
We do advise you to discuss your course choice
with your teacher/career adviser and/or our
admissions tutors so that you apply for the course
that best suits your ability and career aspirations.
What support is available?
Students in halls of residence have a warden and
a tutor, and in the department you have a personal
tutor assigned to you who would be your first port
of call for academic, personal or health problems.
Academic problems are sometimes best dealt
with by the convenor of a particular module and
problems with studio (design) may be dealt with
by your unit tutor.
How can I find out more about the
department?
The Universitys undergraduate open days are a
great way to find out more about the department
and the University. As a UCAS candidate with
an offer of a place, you would be invited to the
department on a UCAS visit day for a tour, a
presentation and the opportunity to meet some of
our existing students.
Do I need my own computer, for example, a
laptop?
The department does have public computing
areas and it is possible to complete the course
using these facilities they have most of the
software you need. However, there is no doubt
that you will make more progress if you can also
work in the comfort of your personal space at
times convenient to you. It can also be helpful to
have a small colour printer so you dont rely solely
on the Universitys printing services. Portable
memory storage will enable you to keep backups
of your work and conveniently store and transfer
documents. A digital camera is now an essential
tool throughout the course to record your work,
field trips and site visits.

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Do I need to submit a portfolio for architecture


courses?
If you are applying for the BArch or MEng course
you will be asked to submit a portfolio containing
at least 12 examples of art or design-based
work, covering different skills that you have
conducted either as part of your studies or
privately. Please note that this work does not have
to be architectural in its nature but should rather
demonstrate your artistic or graphic ability and/or
design awareness.

If you are an international applicant (outside of the


EU), please see the New international students
section on www.nottingham.ac.uk/fees

If you are applying for the MArch Architecture


(ARB/RIBA Part II) course you will be asked to
submit a portfolio containing selected examples
from your Part I studies, your work experience and
other art or design-based work.

What support do you offer for students with a


disability or dyslexia?
We are committed to promoting access for
students who have a disability, dyslexia or a
long-term medical condition. Services provided
by the University aim to enable students to
fulfil the inherent requirements of the course as
independently as possible.

How much are the fees?


Like many universities in England, Nottingham
charges full-time UK and EU students an annual
tuition fee of 9,000. However, you will not have
to pay your fees while studying the government
will lend eligible students the money, which you
will start to pay back once you have left university
and are earning at least 21,000. For more
information, please see
www.nottingham.ac.uk/fees

The Faculty of Engineering offers International


Undergraduate Scholarships for incoming
undergraduate international students which
comprise a 1,500 fee reduction and ongoing
yearly awards for students who meet the eligibility
criteria. For more information, visit:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/engineering/funding

The Universitys Disability Statement, which lists


services, facilities and opportunities available
throughout the University can be viewed at
www.nottingham.ac.uk/disability
What support is available for students with
children?
There are a range of services provided to support
students with children, including a University day
nursery, a playscheme and playcentre day care.
There is also a scheme to help students fund
childcare. For more information, see
www.nottingham.ac.uk/child-care
Visit our website for more frequently asked
questions: www.nottingham.ac.uk/faqs
To ask course-specific questions contact:
eng-student-support@nottingham.ac.uk

Undergraduate students
outside the Trent Building,
University Park Campus.

Fees for students from outside the EU vary from


subject to subject. For more information, please
see the New international students section on
www.nottingham.ac.uk/fees
What bursaries are available?
Although bursary figures for 2016/17 are yet to
be finalised, the University will continue to offer a
generous package of bursary support to students
from lower income households. These are in
addition to any support you may receive from the
government. For more information please see
www.nottingham.ac.uk/financialsupport or take
a look at the funding tab on the relevant course
entry in our online prospectus:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy

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Department of Architecture and Built Environment


www.nottingham.ac.uk/abe

Visiting and contacting us

Open days

If youre considering applying to The University of


Nottingham we recommend that you try to attend
one of the University-wide open days, which are
held in June and September each year and attract
around 30,000 visitors. Find out more:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/opendays

Mini open days

Mini open days are much smaller than the main


open days but offer the same opportunities to
attend various talks and tours as well as speak to
current students and academics. Find out more
www.nottingham.ac.uk/go/miniopendays or
call +44 (0)115 951 5559

Virtual open day

If you cant attend one of our open days in


person, or would like to explore our campuses
before visiting, take a look at our virtual open day:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/virtualnottingham

UCAS visit days

Once youve been offered a place at Nottingham,


you may be invited to attend a UCAS visit
day, which is an opportunity for you to visit the
department and to find out more about your
chosen course. You will also be given a short tour
of the campus by current students.

Other visits

If you wish to make an informal visit to the


University prior to applying here, you are welcome
to do so, but you should contact us in advance
if you wish to visit the department or speak to
an admissions tutor, and we will do our best to
oblige.

This publication is available


in alternative formats.
t: +44 (0)115 951 5559
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Contacting us

For further information please contact:


Kim OReilly
Engineering Student Support Team
Engineering and Science Learning Centre
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
t: +44 (0)115 951 4882
e: eng-student-support@nottingham.ac.uk
w: www.nottingham.ac.uk/abe
For international student enquiries, please
contact:
The International Office
t: +44 (0)115 951 5247
f: +44 (0)115 951 5155
e: international-office@nottingham.ac.uk
w: www.nottingham.ac.uk/international
You can also connect with fellow applicants and
current students on our applicants Facebook and
Twitter pages:
UoNApplicants
@UoNApplicants

The University of Nottingham has made every effort to


ensure that the information in this brochure was accurate
when published. Please note, however, that the nature of
the content means that it is subject to change from time
to time, and you should therefore consider the information
to be guiding rather than definitive. You should check the
Universitys website for any updates before you decide to
accept a place on a course.

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