Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Allies & Morisons
  • Andrea Caputo
  • Faulkner Browns
  • Hall Black Douglas Architects
  • McGarry Moon
  • Office Metropolitan Architecture
  • White Ink Architects

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Architectural Assistant
  • Architectural Intern
  • Building Control Assistant
  • Site agent
  • Trainee architect


Architecture: spatial, material and intellectual craft.


The BA Hons in Architecture is a studio-based, full-time course delivered over three academic years. There is an exit qualification of an Associated Bachelors (AB) after two academic years, with a further one academic year for BA Hons completion.

The course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects and is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board. Successful completion of the course offers exception from RIBA Part 1 examinations.

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The BA Hons in Architecture at Ulster engages in the complex and changing context of architecture, urbanism and landscape and the transformations taking place in society. Important aspects of this engagement are with the wider issues facing the profession and the provision of a creative context to investigate, challenge preconceptions, explore and fully engage the role of the architect in society.

In order to qualify and practice as an architect, it is necessary to acquire the core group of skills that are necessary for a professional working life. In addition, in order to be awarded the university degree of BA (Hons) Architecture, it is necessary for you to demonstrate the intellectual skills and the knowledge, judgement and understanding expected at bachelor degree level.

The undergraduate architecture course is based on a modular structure across two semesters and the three-year course leads to the degree of BA (Hons) Architecture. The course curriculum leads to professional recognition and is guided by the Criteria for Validation set down by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Prescription of Qualifications established by the Architects Registration Board. These criteria set out the minimum levels of awareness, knowledge, understanding and ability of architecture that you must acquire at key stages for RIBA/ARB Part 1 exemption in the process of qualifying as an architect.

The BA Hons Architecture degree at Ulster gives exemption from the RIBA/ARB Part 1 Examination.

Associate awards

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards


The BA Hons in Architecture is offered in full-time mode over three academic years.

Students will usually be expected on campus three days per week:

Two days in the design studio, which will include individual tutorial time, reviews, workshops and independent study.

One day in lectures, seminars and practicals.

As the course offers an individual workspace to every student, many students choose to make the studio their base throughout the academic year.

Start dates

  • September 2018
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Architectural Inquiry

Year: 1

Architectural Inquiry situates the student within the arena of architectural design, introducing the idea of `place' and contexts within which architecture can be applied. Working within theoretical scenarios, students will demonstrate a critical awareness of the design and representation of architectural space and the relationship to situation and context. Students will integrate knowledge from former and concurrent modules as well as their own research and wider reading.

Constructing Architecture

Year: 1

This module introduces the basic principles of architectural construction, materials and environment both through lectures and by studying buildings in our own environment. This will equip students with an understanding of how these three important, form generating design issues can be integrated and applied in their own design work. This module also enhances the core skills of reading and peer-discussion that are fundamental for transition to the academic learning environment of the University of Ulster.

Space, Form and Making

Year: 1

Space, Form and Making provides an introduction to the methods of exploring and conceptualising three-dimensional and spatial design. Students will develop and demonstrate creative thinking demanded by a variety of design projects. Within the design process students will explore a wide range of ideas towards a final solution, with emphasis on process as well as outcome. Students will have the experience of working in different scales using different thinking processes and materials.

The New and the Modern

Year: 1

This module presents the Bauhaus School as a hothouse of often competing ideas about how design, art and architecture should respond to the challenges of modern society. Students thus consider design within a wide theoretical, historical and social context that enables them to evaluate and respond to discourses past, present and future. It addresses those issues through examining ideas, events, objects and practices. There is a strong emphasis in establishing the rigours of reading, writing and research and visual culture in order to develop the students' ability to express their independent thinking.

Year two

Architectural Design 4

Year: 2

The module explores the relationship between user experience within well-defined building types and the engagement of architecture with the wider context. Emphasis will be placed on an experiential approach to design, based on the dynamic processes of movement, interaction, exploration and occupation, which are applicable to both a variety of contexts. Students will be required to strategically organise a specific programme of architectural elements within the scope of a wider environment while being fully aware of the social, spatial and experiential consequences.

Architectural Design 3

Year: 2

This module investigates a unit of the city (as in the case of Belfast, a standard terrace house) exploring the relationship between the structure of built space and the creation of social environments. The module aims to develop an ability to read, understand and interpret any architectural plan and to be aware of the social division and articulation of space in the process of developing a plan. It will also develop an ability to manipulate architectural space in model and drawing with awareness for inherent social implications.

Histories of Architecture

Year: 2

This module introduces students to the history of architecture from early beginnings to the beginning of industrialisation. It aims at giving students a foundation for further studies by introducing historical styles as well as social, political and philosophical contexts. By following a chronological outline and focus on selected buildings, treaties, or practitioners overarching ideas will be exemplified. Students will therefore be introduced to a broad spectrum of architectural history as part of a wider visual and historical culture.

Architectural Modernities

Year: 2

This module introduces students to the development of Modernity. It commences with an introduction to the age of Enlightenment and concludes with a summary of the critique of Modernism in the 1960s. It provides students with insights to the social, political and theoretical aspects of Modernity and to how such aspects are reflected in the built environment. Learning about how the modernist movement reflected on past architectural styles will be a major part of the course, as will be gaining an overview of the main theoretical underpinnings of modernism.

Year three

International Academic Studies

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks. Students will develop their subject area knowledge in urbanism, architecture, engineering and design.

Year four

Critical Reflections

Year: 4

In this module students will be introduced to key topics that have proven to be significant in post-war theoretical discourse in architecture. Students will be made aware of the relevance of such theories to design, as well as of historical and critical underpinnings that fostered their emergence, and asked to situate their own design in such a context.

Architectural Design 5

Year: 4

This module supports students in developing a relatively focused but substantial understanding of the role of architectural space and fabric in mediating between existing urban conditions and use/user-specific demands, needs and aspirations.

Professional Context

Year: 4

The practice of architecture is situated in political, socio-economic and cultural contexts that are in a state of flux. This module aims to show how the Architect must and be aware of emergent trends and established practices within which he/she operates, and their associated responsibilities to society. Within the more established practices the module looks at the economic, legal and construction industry parameters within which the Architect works, and how he/she is placed to advance good design for the benefit of the Client, wider society and through sustainable practices.

Architectural Design 6

Year: 4

This design module supports students in applying the totality of their learning in the BA Hons Architecture degree within a design proposal and in expressing their developing architectural identity and ambition.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB to include 2 A Levels at minimum grades BB.

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for one of the ‘A’ Level B grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined By UCAS.


The BTEC Extended Diploma requirement for this course is an overall BTEC award profile of DDM to include 9 Distinctions.

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is based on an overall profile of H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 and English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade O4 or above.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 points (13 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70%.


GCSE profile to include minimum grade C in English Language, Mathematics..

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Submission of a satisfactory portfolio.

Teaching and learning assessment

Intellectual skills are developed throughout the architecture course. Group projects, tutorials, course work assignments and design exercises present the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in a practical context. Individual and group research activities in design projects, oral presentations and written essays encourage you to find your own responsive position, and are supported by a variety of tutorial support and feedback sessions. These teaching methods are built upon when you embark on the student led independent design and technology projects and thesis in the final year.

Continual assessment through evaluation reports, verbal presentations, special studies related to project work, places emphasis on your ability to demonstrate your intellectual skills.

Exemptions and transferability

The BA Hons Architecture course will accept advanced entry to Year 2 in exceptional circumstances:

  • Mature students with considerable experience in related practice

All students applying to be considered for entry to Year 2 will be required to submit a portfolio. If unsuccessful they will be considered automatically under the general entry criteria for entry to Year 1.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Allies & Morisons
  • Andrea Caputo
  • Faulkner Browns
  • Hall Black Douglas Architects
  • McGarry Moon
  • Office Metropolitan Architecture
  • White Ink Architects

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Architectural Assistant
  • Architectural Intern
  • Building Control Assistant
  • Site agent
  • Trainee architect

Career options

Architects are not only involved in constructing new buildings and renovating existing ones but also collaborate on the design and planning of public spaces, rural developments and new cities. Architects work with clients, members of the broader public, local government and statutory agencies as well as many parallel disciplines engaged in the built environment; including surveyors, project managers, construction and civil engineers and building services engineers as well as landscape architects and artists.

At Ulster, you will be taught to understand architecture as a response to complex social, cultural and built contexts and have the design skills to improve those situations. We equip you with traditional design skills but also ways of understanding and approaching problems.

Architecture crosses the traditional boundaries between art and science, which means that you are equipped to enter a wide range of careers. Studying architecture is an excellent way of broadening your education. After achieving the award of BA Hons Architecture, graduates can continue on to complete a further period in professional practice and a further period of full-time study at Ulster to become fully qualified architects recognised and licensed by UK professional bodies.

Professional recognition

Architects Registration Board (ARB)

Accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of a Part 1 qualification.

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 1 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.


How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,250.00  Discounts available
£13,680.00  Scholarships available

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.