MSc Architectural Engineering

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2019

Tuition fees 19/20
Home (full-time, per year): £7,000
Home (per credit): £39
International (full-time, per year): £14,450

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International admissions

+44 (0)151 904 6499

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About this course

Make global connections on this Masters course in Architectural Engineering, learn about sustainable technologies and improving building performance through design.

  • Study on this specialist Masters course for holders of first degrees in architecture and architectural technology, construction management, engineering and related built environment disciplines
  • Opt for the part-time study option if you are already in employment
  • Engage in multi-disciplinary project work
  • Benefit from the internationally recognised research of our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute

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

The course will lead you to 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.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

​Career opportunities on graduation should present themselves in architectural practices and construction and engineering firms associated with the built environment.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Building Design Suite
20 credits

This module will enable you to confidently design and detail buildings of a complex nature, giving due consideration to appropriate technology in the design and production of your architectural detail drawings.

Building Engineering and Detailing
20 credits

This module enables you to apply knowledge and understanding from previous and concurrent modules to produce a comprehensive design solution for a large or complex building. The solution will reflect the technical and professional expertise expected of a Masters graduate in architectural engineering.

Sustainable Design
20 credits

This module enables you to evaluate the implications of design decisions on the environmental performance of buildings. Case studies are used to ensure that learning is grounded in practical application.

Integrated BIM Theory
20 credits

This module provides basic theory, concepts, protocols and standards that can be applied to a construction project in a multidisciplinary setting. It aims to critically evaluate strategic issues in the management of integrated BIM centred projects.

Collaborative BIM Project
20 credits

This module develops your practical and team skills, within the context of collaborative working, on an industry project. You will follow BIM protocols and practice as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary project team to achieve project success.

Integrated BIM in Practice
10 credits

This module is designed to give an overview of BIM in industry. It is delivered via a series of lectures from experts in the field, working in various disciplines on BIM projects. Lectures are followed by reflective discussions/workshops. The module will show you how to develop strategic plans for incorporating BIM in practice, by identifying business benefits and challenges surrounding BIM application across multiple disciplines in the construction industry.

Research Methods
10 credits

This module focuses on your critical understanding of the research process. In preparation for your research study, it also develops skills in research design, implementation and presentation. You will come to understand the differing techniques, strategies and methods used to undertake research in the built environment.

60 credits

This module develops and tests your ability to prepare a dissertation, based on the study of a subject related to your chosen discipline within the built environment. Dissertation preparation normally takes place after completion of the Postgraduate Diploma stage.


An insight into teaching on your course

Teaching methods

You will learn via formal lectures, seminars, directed learning and coursework tasks and guided independent study.

Applied learning

Our extensive links with professional bodies and employers ensure this programme is industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development in this field. The industrial liaison panel for the MSc includes: the IBI Group, Owen Ellis, Galliford Try, Tata Steel and a range of smaller architectural practices based in the region.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessments on this programme 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.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Steven Fowles

Steven Fowles

Programme Leader

Highly experienced in teaching and programme management, Steven leads an experienced team who combine research activity with practitioner experience to deliver postgraduate degrees in the disciplines of Commercial Building Surveying, Facilities Management and Architectural Engineering. Steven is a Chartered Town Planner and contributes to linking education with professional practice via both his work for professional bodies, and through acting as external adviser for Universities. His research interests cover urban regeneration and smart cities, sustainability and built environment education research, with particular regard to the links between enterprise and education.

I enjoy working with diverse and engaging students who are passionate about a career in the built environment. I also like working with industry and academic leaders around the world to deliver cutting edge research projects that influence industry best practice and feed directly into teaching materials.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

This programme is based in the City Campus. Besides well-equipped workshops, we have: a structural testing laboratory, a concrete laboratory, a radio frequency and microwave laboratory, a highways research laboratory, an industrial chemistry laboratory, a soil mechanics laboratory, hydraulics laboratory, surveying laboratory, light structure and materials laboratory, building information modelling (BIM) software and expertise and smart homes.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 in architecture, design, engineering, built environment 


  • similar

Additional information:

  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • Non-standard applications are welcome

If you have any specific queries, please contact

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

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

You need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient level of knowledge to embark on the programme and to complete it within the time limits. You should provide evidence, at the interview stage, of your learning capabilities and commitment to a postgraduate programme of study.

Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed. In exceptional circumstances applications by mature healthcare practitioners without sufficient qualifications will be considered.

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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