University of Portsmouth

BA Hons Architecture

Architects design the world around us and influence the way people live and work. On this Architecture degree – accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – you’ll learn how to design buildings and play a role in shaping cities and communities.

You’ll use the latest software in our studios and develop the model making, sketching, drawing and team-working skills you need in your career as an architect.

You’ll also work on real projects with our in-house architectural practice and have the chance to use your skills and knowledge on a year-long work placement, working with and learning from professional architects.

After your course, you can continue your journey to become a registered architect. You could also follow past graduates into careers as landscape architects, interior designers and architectural technologists, or work in planning or historic building conservation.

Entry Requirements

A levels – AAA–AAB
UCAS points – 136–144 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Career Prospects

Many graduates on this course continue their architect training with paid, mentored professional experience in a practice, before studying at postgraduate level for a Master of Architecture degree. 

You can use your skills in areas such as design practice, planning and historic building conservation. 

Past students, having completed their registration, have gone on to run their own practices. For example, Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop, DMWA and PCA.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Course Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.


We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Year 1

Communication: Fundamentals
Design: Architectural Application
Design: Exploration
Design: Introduction
Histories. Theories and Matters of Concern
Technology and Environment: Exploration

Year 2

Communication: Creative Practice
Design: Architectural Investigation
Design: Architectural Narratives
History And Theory Of Modern Architecture
Technology And Environment: Design Practice
Optional modules
-Architecture Study Exchange
-Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
-Thematic Design
-Student Enterprise
-Professional Experience
-Modern Foreign Language
Placement year (optional)
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to
get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get
mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Communication: Professional Practice
Design: Major Project Preparation
Design: Major Project Synthesis
Design: Major Project Technical Resolution
History and Theory: Dissertation
Technology and Environment: Discovery

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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