Top UK Architectural Universities

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Top UK Architectural Universities
If you want to get ahead in architecture, a course at one of these four universities may help. (architecture image by Sandra Lambert from

Many of the UK's universities offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the field of architecture. The criteria used to judge each university and its courses vary; for example, some universities achieve high levels of student satisfaction, while others are high-flyers when it comes to their research departments.

Cambridge University

Cambridge University's architecture department can boast of a fairly high research ranking in the "Times Good University Guide," with a rating of 3.8. This is to be expected, since the department adopts a very research intensive attitude to its work. Students studying architecture at Cambridge will have to approach deep issues surrounding architecture as well as learning the technical knowledge needed for a career in the field.

Available courses include BA (Hons) degrees as well as MPhil and PhD courses.

The Department of Architecture Faculty of Architecture and History of Art University of Cambridge 1-5 Scroope Terrace Cambridge CB2 1PX (+44) 1223 332950

Cardiff University

At undergraduate level, students can take a BSc in Architectural Studies. This course teaches both conceptual skills as well as technical know-how and uses a selection of modern media as well as traditional media to interact with architectural issues. Modules include landscape design and architectural history. Postgraduate studies at Cardiff University include a MA course in Urban Design and a MSc course in the Environmental Design of Buildings.

According to the "Times Good University Guide," architecture at Cardiff University has a graduate prospects rating of 97 per cent.

Cardiff University Cardiff Wales CF10 3XQ +44 (0)29 208 74000

Bath University

The Architecture and Civil Engineering Department at Bath University is recognised as the overall best in the country according to the 2010 "Times Good University Guide." Its Student Survey score is pegged at 87 per cent, for example.

At an undergraduate level, students divide their first year between learning skills in both architecture and civil engineering, with students developing a know-how of areas such as structure and environmental control. Further education programs include PhD courses and a selection of MPhil courses, including programs titled Innovative Structural Engineering and Architectural History and Theory.

Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering University of Bath Bath BA2 7AY +44 (0)1225 385394

Sheffield University

Sheffield University's School of Architecture has a graduate prospects rating of 96 per cent. Students work in the studio space as well as across media such as digital media, and attend lectures and seminars as standard.

The school offers both undergraduate and MA courses.

The University of Sheffield Western Bank Sheffield S10 2TN UK 0114 222 2000

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