Architectural Engineering

Architectural Engineering MSc

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,300
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £35 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

Course type



Built Environment

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Make global connections on this Masters course in Architectural Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University. Learn about sustainable technologies and improving building performance through design at postgraduate level to enhance your career.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • Designed as a specialist Masters course for holders of first degrees in architecture and architectural technology, construction management, engineering and related built environment disciplines
  • Part time option if you are already in employment
  • Opportunity to engage in multi-disciplinary project work
  • Internationally recognised research in our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute

BIM is a significant breakthrough in architectural engineering and this new course will combine traditional CAD with collaborative interoperability which is a prerequisite of current industry requirements.

Mike Farragher, course tutor

83% of research from LJMU’s School of the Built Environment is considered of international importance or recognised internationally and this informs what you will study on this Masters degree programme.

Introduction to the School

The Department of Built Environment delivers an exciting range of professionally-accredited postgraduate programmes designed to develop innovative and creative professionals equipped to react to the challenges of the modern global built environment.

Our portfolio of programmes includes courses for experienced practitioners who want to enhance or refocus their skills to secure promotion or enter a new area within this fascinating profession. We also run courses specifically designed to equip aspiring entrants to the sector with the skills and competencies they need to succeed.

Whatever your ambitions are for the future, our postgraduate qualifications will ensure you enjoy excellent career prospects both in the UK and internationally and enable you to provide ‘real world’ solutions to the challenges of sustainable global development.

Why study this course at LJMU?

This Masters is perfect preparation for many careers within the construction and design industry, including a role as an architectural engineer.

You will develop your understanding of construction design and detail using a range of software producing design and technical detail for complex buildings to a professional standard. 

Studying the theory and practice of BIM (Building Information Modelling), within an interdisciplinary approach, will ensure that you are up-to-date with contemporary practice and building compliance regulations.

According to H M Government 2012: “BIM is the first truly global digital construction technology and will soon be deployed in every country in the world. It is a 'game changer' and we need to recognise that it is here to stay”.

By working in project teams with other postgraduate students in the Built Environment school, you will also learn valuable team working skills which are essential at technician, manager and consultancy level within the industry.

A major component of the course is the Dissertation module. This is an extensive piece of research work in a domain relevant to your academic or professional interests. Completing the Research Methods module will provide you with the research skills to undertake a major investigation and produce a dissertation on the outcome of the research. 

All of the above are crucial skills for a career in the built environment sector.

Programme outline and structure

This new MSc programme aims to develop your range of knowledge, understanding and practical skills, including CAD software. Your Masters skills will help you progress in a variety of roles within the built environment sector.

You will have the training to become  a problem-solving architectural engineer or architectural technologist who is able to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and produce creative, sustainable design solutions to an advanced standard. 

You will: 

  • extend your understanding of current and emerging sustainable technology and practices
  • develop analytical, critical and problem solving skills appropriate to evaluating and improving building performance with design solutions
  • have clear career development opportunities in areas allied to architectural engineering, technology and management
  • develop your skills as an independent researcher and creative problem solver in the architectural engineering sector

When you graduate you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts and principles of architectural engineering as a sustainable built environment discipline

  • demonstrate critical understanding of the implications of design, environmental and management issues of information modelling that are relevant to architectural engineers

  • apply appropriate technical solutions following the analysis and evaluation of complex design problems

  • use CAD software proficiently for architectural engineering purposes

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7

  • Building Design Suite
  • Building Engineering and Detailing
  • Sustainable Design
  • Integrated BIM Theory
  • Collaborative BIM Project
  • Integrated BIM in Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

The programme is based on coursework using a variety of methods of assessment.

Assessments include reports and essays, design tasks, oral presentations, computer-based exercises and a research dissertation.

Most modules have a combination of tasks to provide a balanced schedule of activities during the year.

Staff research interests

The Department of Built Environment is recognised as one of the UK’s leading research departments for built environment and sustainability research.

83% of related research submitted to the REF 2014 is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.

The curriculum is informed by ongoing research and consultancy projects conducted by the internationally acclaimed Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Institute (BEST). 

Entry requirements (Home)

The standard entry qualification is an honours degree in a cognate discipline from an approved university. The degree award should be at least second class upper level. A cognate discipline includes degrees in architecture, design, engineering and built environment subject areas.

Alternative qualifications together with substantial relevant work experience may also be deemed to be acceptable for entry to the programme subject to the approval of the programme leader.

Overseas student applicants must have the equivalent qualifications as UK students. In addition they must have achieved an IELTS score of at least 6.5.


LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, Masters by Research, MPhil/PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?



6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

Our extensive links with professional bodies and employers ensure that all of our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development in this field.

The industrial liaison panel for this programme includes:

  • IBI Group
  • Owen Ellis
  • Galliford Try
  • Tata Steel
  • A range of smaller architectural practices based in the region

Career opportunities following this course include architectural practices and construction and engineering firms associated with the built environment.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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