The Best Architecture Universities in the UK

Updated April 17, 2017

As home to some of world's top architectural firms such as Fosters and Partners and Atkins Design it is not surprising that the UK is also home to some of the world's best architectural universities. The top offer the best research facilities and a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to choose from. They also benefit from being able to attract a high calibre of staff from all over the world.

Welsh School of Architecture

The Welsh School of Architecture is part of the University of Cardiff and is one of the best architecture schools in the UK. In 2009 and 2010 it was voted the UK's top School of Architecture in the "Times Higher Educational Supplement" league tables (a league table to the best universities in the UK). The school is famous for its research, which is the highest of any architecture school in the UK. This is complemented by some of the best research and computer modelling capabilities, plus a range of CAD facilities on-site. The school also sees a number of visiting academic staff from other top international universities and employs tutors from some of the foremost architecture firms in the UK. Postgraduate students can choose from a range of Masters programs including Environmental Design of Buildings, Theory and Practice of Sustainable Buildings, Urban Design, Building Energy and Environmental Performance Modeling and Professional Studies.

Wales School of Architecture Cardiff University Bute Building King Edward VII Avenue Cardiff CF10 3NB Wales U.K 44 (0) 2920 874430

University College London

As part of University College London, the Bartlett School of Architecture is one of the best architecture schools in the UK, at one of the country's most outstanding universities. The architecture school benefits from being based in the heart of London, a global city that is home to some of the most successful architectural firms in the world. It is able to attract top professors in the field and boasts a world-class workshop and advanced digital manufacturing centre. Students also have access to a wide range of resources from the University of London libraries, and the British Architectural Library.

The Bartlett School of Architecture University College London Wates House 22 Gordon Street London WC1H 0QB 44 (0) 20 7679 7454

Cambridge University

The Department of Architecture at Cambridge University benefits from being located in the UK's best university. Students are required to study not only the science of the subject, but also also the theory and history behind it and the context in which architecture fits into modern society. The university believes that this is the best way to instil the skills needed not only to pass the degree, but to have a successful career as an architect. Postgraduate students can choose from a range of Master's degrees, including Environmental Design, Architecture in Research, Interdisciplinary Design in the Built Environment and History of Art and Architecture. The Department of Architecture is also home to the Martin Centre research unit, which is the leading architectural research unit in Britain.

The Department of Architecture Faculty of Architecture and History of Art University of Cambridge 1-5 Scroope Terrace Cambridge CB2 1PX UK 44 (0) 1223 332950

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