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Entry year
Academic Year 2025/26
Entry requirements
3 years (Full-time)
UCAS code

Professionally accredited by RIBA, ARB and LAM

Queen's University, as part of the Russell Group, is one of the best places to study Architecture in the UK. Supported by a diverse group of academic staff and external tutors engaged in international, award-winning research and practice, over 80 per cent of our students regularly graduate with a 1st Class or 2.1 degree. All students, many of whom come from outside Northern Ireland, receive a high degree of personal tuition in a strong studio culture in which every student has dedicated personal studio space.

Our established reputation generated over 50 years means that our graduates are often placed with leading employers from around the world. They are those who will be leaders in their fields, creatively rethinking the past, present and particularly the future of the built environment.


Candidates who do not have an acceptable Art qualification may be invited for a portfolio interview. Guidance for applicants preparing an art portfolio can be found at

An optional, complementary module for non-native speakers of English. Designed to support English language and academic skills development with a focus on specific academic skills related to the students' area of study.

Architecture highlights

Professional Accreditations

This is a Russell Group University Architecture Part 1 degree that is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the UK as well as the Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM).

Career Development

BSc Architecture has strong links with RIBA, ARB, RSUA (Royal Society of Ulster Architects) and RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland). Practicing architects join studio tutors on a weekly basis. We also have our graduates working in international practices in the UK and beyond. Through these collaborations, our students are well placed in terms of career development.

Student Experience

The programme attracts local, national and international students; friendships and architectural collaborations last well beyond the duration of the course. In Queen's, architecture studio culture and peer learning are established early on. Each year group has their own studio space and each student gets a desk. Students enjoy living in Northern Ireland with easy access to Britain, Europe and America. They find Belfast affordable and safe, and they engage in outdoor activities.

Global Opportunities

Erasmus student exchange
IAESTE work placement

Industry Links

Queen's Architecture has strong links with a wide range of industry partners through teaching and research at local and global level. Students are tutored by practicing architects as well as experienced scholars. They are equipped with professional skills that prepare them both for practice and the application process.

Further Study Opportunities

BSc Architecture is the first step of a three partite education, and we offer a variety of postgraduate courses. After the practical experience year out, our graduates can apply for the Master of Architecture (MArch) and then continue their education via Architecture Part 3. We also have PhD opportunities.

Course Structure


'Creativity with Purpose' is the basis of Architecture at Queen's.

Students explore design in a studio environment, contextualised by courses in history/theory, technology/environment and professional practice. The course is modular in structure, allowing students to learn and develop their skills through an extensive range of topics, which grow in complexity throughout Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the degree. Topics include:

History and Theory of Architecture
Students are introduced to the historical and theoretical backgrounds to Architecture by exploring key buildings and spaces, as well as significant principles, texts and thinkers. Architectural and cultural theory, produced by both architects and theorists, are introduced and explored. Students are also provided with a platform for the development of skills, including research methods, essay writing and critical thinking.

Architectural Design and Communication
Students learn about architectural design and representation through design-based projects, which vary in scale and complexity as the course progresses. The urban physical context and the critical thinking processes in relation to the built environment and design are explored. Students also learn about structures and materiality and the importance of architectural communication, using mixed graphic media. Research of architectural precedents and presentation of analytical studies both verbally and in the form of models and drawings are key features.

Technology and Environment
Students learn the principles of building technology, including structural behaviour, building construction and materials, within the context of the building process, sustainability, and the use of descriptive and performance specifications. The topic also deals with the environmental performance of buildings and the use of passive design strategies where natural light, heat and ventilation are used to inform the design of buildings, their forms and structure.

Students have four modules they need to pass each year, and the degree result is cumulative, with 10, 30 and 60 per cent for Stages 1, 2 and 3, respectively.

Architecture sits in the School of Natural and Built environment, with Planning, Geography, Archaeology and Civil Engineering. This gives Architecture students the chance to collaborate with the students of these disciplines on design or technology projects.

Stage 1

Stage 1 focuses on our belief that our students benefit from a smooth transition into university, and thus we strongly support students in learning to draw architecturally, make models and to begin the process of forming and communicating positions on Architecture.

Stage 1 modules are outlined below:

Technology and Environment 1
History and Theory of Architecture 1
Architectural Design and Communication 1(i)
Architectural Design and Communication 1(ii)

Stage 2

Stage 2 acts as a laboratory for testing creative and critical ideas and the process of creating. We continue to support students' increasing levels of confidence and independence through developing more complex architectural skills and understanding of technology.

Stage 2 modules are outlined below:

Technology and Environment 2
History and Theory of Architecture 2
Architectural Design and Communication 2(i)
Architectural Design and Communication 2(ii)

Stage 3

Students in this Stage are both speculative thinkers and accomplished designers, able to deliver detailed, resolved proposals. They operate independently, drawing on previous learning and personal interests. In this final year, they consider the many possible career paths presented to them over the course of their studies.

Stage 3 modules are outlined below:

Technology and Environment 3
History and Theory of Architecture 3
Architectural Design and Communication 3(i)
Architectural Design and Communication 3(ii)

People teaching you

Programme Director for BSc Architecture

Natural and Built Environment
Clare is a Chartered Architect, lecturer and programme director in Architecture. She teaches architectural design studio, and architectural Technology and Environmental studies for architecture. Her research focuses on architecture and planning in post conflict cities, specifically, city planning, architectural design, spatial practices, socio-spatial integration, and community participation in the design process.

Contact Teaching Hours

Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial

1 (hours maximum)
Typically 1 hours of desk tutorials and project tutoring

Medium Group Teaching

8 (hours maximum)
Typically 8 hours of practical classes, workshops or tutorials including pin-up sessions

Large Group Teaching

4 (hours maximum)
Typically 4 hours of lectures

Personal Study

20 (hours maximum)
Typically 20 hours studying and revising in your own time and/or with your group, including some guided study using design briefs, coursework hand-outs, etc.

Learning and Teaching

The BSc Architecture Programme adopts a year structure with each year (or ‘stage’) adopting both architectural and teaching/learning aims. The design studio is a well resourced focus of the programme, with each student having over twenty hours of contact time each week of both of the twelve-week teaching semesters. Whilst Architecture is understood as an intellectual discipline, it also relies heavily on a range of skills, the most obvious of which are drawing, model-making, written and verbal communication skills and design. Around these core representational skills sit other skills such as time-management and critical reflection. This programme attracts academically able students, but typically their intellectual capabilities exceed their skills. The staff have heavily invested in first year skill-based teaching to increase students' capabilities in such areas as technical drawing, model making and writing, whilst at the same time reinforcing the students’ own responsibility to progress their skills through self-directed learning.

  • Additional Information

    We emphasise to students that much of their learning and skill development occurs away from the formalised areas of the course. We use the metaphor of the iceberg in respect to learning -- the small visible section above the water line is contact teaching time with staff whilst the much larger section below the water line is a student’s own self-led learning time. We also encourage students to learn outside formal teaching environments, including external lectures and exhibitions and service projects as well as international study visits that take place every year.

    We have numerous academic awards and prizes, many of which are funded through trusts and industry sponsors. The support and guidance we give students often contributes to them receiving other external scholarships, grants and awards. Nearly all of our students are members of the student society - ArcSoc, which is very active arranging social events and an evening guest lecture programme. Our students are regularly placed in national and international competitions and award programmes.

  • Stage 1

    Stage 1 focuses on bringing students into university level education, marrying the development of skills to self-reflection. Students in Stage One begin to understand the importance and responsibility of practising skills: graphic, design, written, verbal, thinking, self-evaluation, group working. In addition to this transition and acquisition of skills, Stage 1 focuses on the architectural issue of context in all its complexity and how it impacts on programme, materiality and form.

  • Stage 2

    Stage 2 focuses on the development, by each student, of personal, holistic, and viable design skills. Students are encouraged to develop maturity in analysing design problems and in broadening their understanding of the relationship between architecture, technology, construction, theory, history and the wider social context. Building upon the skills and applications learnt in Stage 1, students investigate urban housing in Semester 1. Combining housing with the consideration of context and integration of technology, students are encouraged to personalise the design process to reflect their own individual interests and concerns in architecture. This learning is supported with field trip to European city. In semester 2, joint vertical studios bring Stage 2 and 3 students together to work in thematic studios where each studio investigates set design brief and site.

  • Stage 3

    Stage 3 is recognised both as an end point to undergraduate studies and as the beginning of a student’s future development. Stage 3 asks students to deliver completed, resolved proposals, drawing on all of their learning throughout the course. Students are encouraged to advance their own personal areas of enquiry in preparation for professional life and further learning. The focus of Stage 3 is on more complex contexts and agendas for architecture in the city. Semester 1 projects are usually based in a European city and enriched with a weeklong study trip. Semester 2 is joint with Stage 2 in the vertical studies. The themes of these studios range from landscape to social context, and from tradition to visual arts.


Assessment occurs through 100% coursework in Architecture. There are no examinations.

  • Specific methods of assessment are chosen to suit the learning outcomes of each module, and the nature and balance of the assessment is outlined in the module guide.

    In studio-based modules, the assignments are mainly architectural design projects, and the marks allocated to the projects are roughly proportional to the time allocated to each project, although individual work is normally weighted more heavily overall than group work. The projects are compiled in a design portfolio by the end of the semester.

    Lecture-based modules span the entire year and are also assessed through coursework. In History and Theory of Architecture, the main assignment is essay writing. There are also smaller components such as reading discussions, seminar presentations, and theory-based design assignments. The work is compiled in a writing portfolio by the end of the year. In Technology and Environment, assignments require research, analysis and/or design and they are related to students' design projects in studio. Precedent studies are also common.

    Feedback, both verbal and written, is a main part of learning and assessment in Architecture. Students get feedback related to their coursework throughout the year in the form of tutorials, reviews and feedback sheets. Peer-review is also encouraged.


As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of studies and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:

  • Feedback provided via formal written comments, guidance grades and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.
  • Verbal feedback. This usually takes place in studio during design and technology tutorials.
  • Online or emailed comment.
  • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the beginning or end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
  • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of sample work which you can review in your own time.
  • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes
  • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
  • Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.


Our design studios and review/exhibition spaces are located in Chlorine Gardens and David Keir Building on Queen’s campus in South Belfast. The architectural workshop for laser cutting, model making and 3D printing is also in DKB. For lectures and seminars we use all kinds of lecture theatres and classrooms at Queen’s.




The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study (2023/24). Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

  • Year 1

    Core Modules

  • Year 2

    Core Modules

  • Year 3

    Core Modules

Entrance requirements

A level requirements

AAA + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.

A maximum of one BTEC/OCR Single Award or AQA Extended Certificate will be accepted as part of an applicant's portfolio of qualifications with a Distinction* being equated to a grade A at A-level.

Applicants with a grade C/4 in GCSE Art or no Art at GCSE/A-level may be invited to submit a digital art portfolio. Guidance for applicants preparing an art portfolio can be found at the link below. Neither Technology and Design nor Craft, Design and Technology are considered an alternative to Art.

Irish leaving certificate requirements

H2H2H3H3H3H3 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics.

Applicants with a grade C in Junior Certificate Art, or no Art at Junior/Leaving Certificate, may be invited to submit a digital art portfolio. Guidance for applicants preparing an art portfolio can be found at

Access Course

Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 75%. GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or equivalent in Access Course.

Art requirements as above.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

36 points overall, including 6,6,6 at Higher Level + if not offered at Higher Level/GCSE, then Standard Level grade 4 in Mathematics.

Art requirements as above.

BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma

QCF BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with overall grades D*D*D* + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 GLH at Level 3) with overall grades D*D*D* + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

Art requirements as above.


A minimum of a 2:1 Honours Degree, provided any subject requirement is also met

All applicants

All applicants must have GCSE English Language grade C/4 or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

A broad spread of scientific, creative and language-based subjects is desirable, since high scores in specific subjects do not necessarily indicate suitability for the wide-ranging demands of the degree. Evidence of broad general intelligence, a hardworking nature and a genuine motivation and interest in architecture is also required. Applicants are encouraged to appreciate the demands of studying architecture and the combined scientific and creative nature of the subject.

The entrance requirements outlined above reflect the demands of the BSc, but acknowledge that the highest A-level performance is not always an indicator of an applicant's suitability for the degree.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Natural and Built Environment. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of receipt by the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

For last year's intake, offers were initially made to applicants for Architecture offering A-level/BTEC Level 3 qualifications who achieved at least three GCSE passes at grade B/6 or above plus three GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above, to include English Language and Mathematics. The final threshold varies from year to year depending on competition for places and, last year, offers were made to applicants with one grade B/6 plus five grade C/4 at GCSE (including English Language and Mathematics).

For applicants offering Irish Leaving Certificate, please note that performance at Junior Certificate is taken into account. Last year the initial Junior Certificate profile to qualify to be made an offer was 3B/3 Higher Merit and 3C/3 Merit grades. The Selector also checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of Leaving Certificate subjects can be satisfied. This threshold may be lowered as the cycle progresses depending upon the number and quality of applications. The final threshold is not usually determined until late in the admissions cycle, so there may be a delay in processing applicants who do not meet the initial threshold.

All applicants must provide evidence of artistic ability and this requirement is satisfied by grade B/6 or above in GCSE Art. Candidates who have not met this requirement will be invited to submit a digital portfolio. The information provided in the applicant’s personal statement and the academic reference are important factors for candidates who do not have the required level of qualification in Art. Unless there is clear evidence of motivation and commitment to Architecture, candidates may not be invited to submit a digital portfolio. Guidance for applicants preparing an art portfolio can be found at

Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS are also considered. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas, will also be considered, provided the Mathematics and Art requirements are also met.

For applicants offering an HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 4 Distinctions and remainder Merits. For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile, but this must include grade C/4 or better in GCSE Mathematics. To be eligible for consideration, the grades obtained in the first year of the HND must allow the overall offer to be achievable. Where offers are made for Stage 1 entry, these are currently conditional on successful completion of the HND with 6 Distinctions and 10 Merits overall.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

Applicants who have been made an offer will be given the opportunity to attend a taster session to meet with staff and students in the department. This is an opportunity to get insight into what studying Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast is like, to see working practices within the school and to speak with current students about their experiences.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (, giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

International Students

Our country/region pages include information on entry requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, student profiles, upcoming events and contacts for your country/region. Use the dropdown list below for specific information for your country/region.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Speaking and Listening and 5.5 Reading and Writing, or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.



Career Prospects


This first degree on Architecture (RIBA/ARB Part 1) leads to the postgraduate Part 2 and 3 programmes, which can be taken at our institution or elsewhere. Many of our graduates return to our Master of Architecture programme.

Our graduates can be found involved with a surprisingly wide range of activities. Many continue to work in private architectural practices ranging in size from two or three people to a staff of over 100, providing a general practice service to private and institutional clients, designing individual houses, social housing, commercial developments, civic buildings, concert halls, theatres and galleries. Many commissions are won through architectural competitions.

Although primarily intended as a first degree for those wishing to undertake postgraduate studies and become professionally qualified architects, the course offers a wide-ranging general education in design, visual appreciation and problem solving, which is valuable in its own right.

A much higher proportion of our QUB graduates progresses to being registered architects, with a certain number of our graduates diversifying and moving into related careers and roles. They may work in stage set design, town planning or housing policy, conservation of historic buildings, interiors, furniture design or specialist building physics such as acoustics. They may provide technical assistance to voluntary and community groups tackling difficult social and economic problems. Our graduates work in many different parts of the world, have their work published and receive awards.

Employment after the Course

4th for “career after six months” of 55 UK-based schools of Architecture in the 2023 Guardian League Table

Alumni Success

Queen’s Architecture Graduate and Lecturer Alan Jones elected RIBA President 2019-21.

RIBA High Commendation for Queen's Architecture Graduate.

International Testimonials

Board of Architects Malaysia accreditation.

Professional Opportunities

RIBA Awards and Competitions

Degree Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus/Future Ready Award. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £4,750
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,750
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £9,250
EU Other 3 £25,300
International £25,300

1EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

The tuition fees quoted above are for the 2024/25 academic year and are a guide only. In addition, all tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase in each year of the course. Fees quoted relate to a single year of study unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

There are additional costs for both materials (model making and printing) as well as for the yearly study trips to cities outside Belfast. The amount for materials and equipment will vary depending on how students decide to represent their work, but a budget of £1,080 for the three-year course is appropriate. The costs for study trips will vary upon location, but students should budget £1,100 for the three-year course.

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

How do I fund my study?

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at


Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at



How to Apply

Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at:

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2025 from early September 2024.

The advisory closing date for the receipt of applications for entry in 2025 is still to be confirmed by UCAS but is normally in late January (18:00). This is the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.

Applications from UK and EU (Republic of Ireland) students after this date are, in practice, considered by Queen’s for entry to this course throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2025) subject to the availability of places. If you apply for 2025 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.

Applications from International and EU (Other) students are normally considered by Queen's for entry to this course until 30 June 2025. If you apply for 2025 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

The Institution code name for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at:

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Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study. Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.

Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

  1. Applying through UCAS
    Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2025.
  2. Applying direct
    The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
  3. Applying through agents and partners
    The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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