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

  • ARUP
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Semple and McKilop Consulting Engineer
  • Harvey Group
  • Belfast City Council
  • White Young Green (WYG)

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Design Engineer
  • Design Consultant
  • Energy Manager
  • Facility Manager
  • M & E Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • R & D


Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

An in-depth study of energy, building services, engineering, sustainability and management to help you shape the built environment of tomorrow.


The first degree of its kind on the island of Ireland, the BEng Hons Architectural Engineering has been designed for innovative individuals with an interest in building services and renewable technologies.

The programme aims to meet the increasing demand for skilled graduates with the expertise and knowledge to deliver energy conscious and environmentally sustainable solutions for buildings.

Pioneering research shapes our teaching. Throughout the course you will explore a number of themes including energy, building services, engineering principles, sustainability and management.

Employability is embedded within the programme structure to ensure that what you study is relevant in a real-world context. The degree offers a route to professional status with excellent employment opportunities.

Our graduates have been successful in a number of roles from design engineer to energy manager.

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About this course

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Architectural engineering is an emerging discipline that combines the fields of architecture and engineering to deliver the functional buildings and their systems for the built environment of tomorrow. The BEng Hons Architectural Engineering at Ulster will equip you with the professional skills and knowledge for this thriving industry.

You will study the design of heating and cooling systems for buildings, electrical and energy supply and use, and water supply and disposal. You will also examine the legislations that affect the built environment and the need for a radical and sustainable approach to building services if the environmental impact of existing/new buildings is to be dramatically reduced.

Renewable energy systems are an increasing focus for the delivery of zero carbon energy and throughout the course you will explore the use and integration of these technologies.

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has recognised the changing role of the building services engineer. New entrants in the field need to have a greater awareness of the total building concept through an integrated design approach. As a result, emerging specialist areas like building information modelling (BIM), design and simulation tools, façade engineering or green building design have opened up new potential employment opportunities.

Our graduates have progressed to highly successful careers in various areas such as contracting, consulting, governmental and public authorities, facilities management, energy advice, education and many are successful entrepreneurs.

Opportunities also exist to continue your studies through the PhD research programmes in energy, infrastructure and sustainability issues.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards


The BEng (Hons) degree with Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) is a sandwich course of 4 years duration. Years 1, 2 & 4 each are comprised of modules totalling 120 credit points studied over 2 semesters. Year 3 is spent in supervised industrial placement carrying 60 credit points.

One credit point involves 10 hours of learning including directed and independent study.

Start dates

  • September 2018
How to apply

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 subjects from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Technology and Design, Engineering, Environmental Technology, Construction and Engineering.

Applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

If not offering A-level Mathematics or AS-level Mathematics, a GCSE Mathematics at Grade B is required.


Successful completition of BTEC award with DDM profile (to include 9 Distinctions) in Construction, Applied Science or Engineering.

The Extended Diploma should include a Distinction in one of the following:

Further Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment, Mathematical Calculations for Science or Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile to include grades H3, H3, H3, H3, H3, in Mathematics and two other subjects from: Physics, Applied Science, Chemistry, Environmental Technology, Biology, Geography and Construction & Engineering.

If no Physics at Higher level, Grade O4 or above at Irish Ordinary is required in this subject.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is Grades BBBCC to include Mathematics at Grade B and one other subject from: Environment Technology, Applied Science, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Construction and Engineering.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is Grades CCC to include Mathematics and one other subject from: Environment Technology, Applied Science, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Construction and Engineering.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of 26 points (13 at higher level) to include Mathematics and one other subject from Environmental Technology, Applied Science, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Construction and Engineering.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access mark of 70% in Science and Mathematics; Physics and Engineering with 65% in Mathematics module for Year 1 entry.


GCSE Profile to include grade C in English and Mathematics.

If no Mathematics at A/AS level offered, Grade B in Mathematics is required.

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

Successful completion of Foundation Degree in Building Services and Renewable Energies with an average of 55% or above for year 2 entry and successful completion for year 1 entry.

OtherBuilding Services and Construction related subjects may be considered for Year 1 or Year 2 entry.

Teaching and learning assessment

In Years 1 and 2 the emphasis is based upon knowledge acquisition and understanding using formal lectures, tutorials, laboratories and coursework. As students progress through level 4 into level 5, a more student centred teaching strategy is employed to encourage students to focus on autonomous learning through individual reading, research, laboratory experimentation and design. There are a mixture of individual and groupwork so that personal and inter-personal skills are developed.

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, practical work carried out in the laboratory and field, directed reading, individual and group design work, case studies, seminars, studio work, design/problem solving assignments, and IT based resources and research project.

Assessment is designed to incorporate diagnostic, formative and summative approaches. A wide range of assessment methods are utilised at different levels of the course linking teaching and learning strategies to ensure an appropriate level of rigour. The assessment methods include examination, coursework, essay, individual project and group project, case studies, site visit, seminar presentations, engineering laboratory report, computer simulation exercise, portfolio, problem solving, poster, class test, peer assessment, oral test, multiple choice questions, literature reviews, design and dissertation.

Exemptions and transferability

Applicants who have successfully completed studies equivalent in content and level to the year 1 modules are considered for direct entry into year 2.

Students may transfer to the programme on good academic standing from other courses in the school or university on condition that they meet the entry requirements of the course and enter at Level 4. Due to the unique nature of the programme students cannot transfer into a different level as they will not have the pre-requisites to proceed.

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:

  • ARUP
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Semple and McKilop Consulting Engineer
  • Harvey Group
  • Belfast City Council
  • White Young Green (WYG)

Job roles

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

  • Design Engineer
  • Design Consultant
  • Energy Manager
  • Facility Manager
  • M & E Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • R & D

Career options

Embarking upon a career in Architectural Engineering can open a wide variety of career choices. You will be involved in the design of various building systems associated with industrial, commercial and residential buildings such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, refrigeration, lighting, water service, drainage, plumbing, security and alarms, lifts, escalators, gas, electricity, and communication. You will work with architects, structural engineers, civil engineers and quantity surveyors in the design and construction of buildings. You will also have a growing role in the deployment of renewable energy systems and, sustainability and energy efficiency in buildings. You will be playing a key role in delivering the low carbon environment which will aid in combating climate change, fossil fuel depletion and reductions to fuel poverty.

The career development depends on the choice of specialisation and professional qualifications gained from appropriate professional body. Opportunities also exist to continue studies through the PhD research programmes in energy, infrastructure and sustainability issues.

You will be employed in the following areas:

  • General and specialist contracting, offering multi-discplinary or specific industrial services
  • Design consulting practices (including architectural practices)
  • Governmental and public authorities
  • Facilities Management
  • Energy advice and training bodies
  • Education
  • Self-employment

Work placement / study abroad

Industrial Placement is a compulsory part of the programmes and shall normally consist of a minimum of 48 weeks of full-time work experience undertaken in Year 3. Industrial placement, for full-time students only, is regarded as an important component of the programme of study. Such experience sets the context of the final year studies and greatly enhances employment prospects.

Successful completion of the placement year leads to award of Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or Diploma in Professional Practice (International) (DPP(I)).

Professional recognition

Energy Institute (EI)

Accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.


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

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more

Scholarships, awards and prizes

The following awards are sponsored by the CIBSE and local industries

  • Best 2nd year student
  • Best placement student
  • Best full time BEng (hons) final year student
  • Best part time BEng (hons) final year student

In addition Hays Recruitment agency also sponsors for the best placement student of the year award.

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.


Course Director: Dr Jayanta Mondol

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8037


Faculty Office

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6521