Course Information
3 years School of Architecture & Design Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BBB (or equivalent qualifications) K100

98% of Lincoln Bachelor of Architecture students were satisfied with the overall quality of this course, according to the National Student Survey 2016.


The BArch (Hons) Architecture degree is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). The programme places a strong emphasis on design and creativity and aims to prepare you for a global career in architecture and related disciplines.

The School is part of the well-established RIBA Mentorship Scheme, where students are paired with architects as mentors. The scheme provides opportunities for site visits to observe how architects practice.

On this course, students can study the underlying concepts of architecture and the ways in which buildings can meet the needs of occupants and of society. Students have the opportunity to learn drawing techniques, alongside computer-aided design and hands-on modelling and construction.

We are designers working to create imaginative and practical building designs. Our School of Architecture & Design is a cooperative, multidisciplinary environment for sharing ideas, which aims to support students in discovering their own design approach.

How You Study

In the first year, students can be introduced to the history and theory of architecture, design processes and practices, building construction, environmental design and habitable buildings. In the second and third years, students can work on a series of independent and collaborative projects. As students progress, they can mould research and design projects to explore current issues that are of interest.

The course aims to release creative potential, explore design processes and lay a foundation of cultural and technical knowledge. Skills in drawing, computer-aided design, model-making and exhibition can be developed through a series of design projects. Students have the opportunity to participate in practical explorations of materials and construction techniques which can lead to adventurous designs.

The curriculum is designed to address the social, theoretical and contextual issues of living in the contemporary city. Design projects aim to build confidence in responding with imagination, humanity and concern for the environment.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Study

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

What We Look For In Your Application

Students are asked to submit a digital portfolio along with their application.

There isn't a limitation on the size for your portfolio. We understand that you may be applying to numerous schools of architecture and that you may be asked for a number of different formats therefore, if you already have a portfolio prepared that addresses the guidance below, please submit this.

Portfolios are expected to be between 7 and 15 pieces of work. Portfolios are accepted in the following formats:

  • PDF attached to email.
  • PDF or Jpegs uploaded to a Dropbox folder you share with us.
  • A link to your online portfolio.

    The main purpose of the portfolio is for us to see what makes you an individual and what your interests and abilities are.

For more information and guidance on portfolios, please click here


Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Architecture & Design Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BBB

International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

All applicants will be required to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and Maths.

All relevant work experience should be noted on the application form.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Level 1

Buildable, Habitable Design

Students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the principles of construction related to human habitation. This includes construction methods, material properties, legislation, climate and human comfort.

Contextual Design Projects

Students can record preliminary ideas, sketches, analysis, design development, and technical research in their portfolios for discussion at tutorials and presentations. Selected elements of the design can be developed in detail.

Design Process and Communication

This module is designed to give students the opportunity to understand the processes that are commonly used to organise and support study, research, analysis and studio design projects in architecture. It will also explore core communication skills appropriate for a career in architecture.

History and Theory of Architecture and Design

This module is designed to covers the development of architecture, art and design from ancient times through to the present. Visual research, analysis and presentation techniques can be developed alongside text-based academic techniques.

Level 2

Architectural Design Projects

Students have the chance to undertake design projects set by the tutor to explore principles, theories, methodologies and concepts. Appropriate working methods are introduced and guided by the tutor. The module is delivered using independent or linked design projects, one of which, because of the level of detail required, may be relatively small in scale. Projects may include housing, landscape, public buildings or the conversion of existing buildings. Defined products are required at intermediate stages and at the end of each project.

Design and Society

This module introduces theories about interior, architectural and urban space. The course recognises that the role of the designer includes not only the considerations of the formal qualities of the designed object or environment in relation to its immediate audience but also encompasses a broader set of responsibilities to society as a whole.

Integrated Design Project

This module is designed to be the culmination of the second level architectural design studies. It acknowledges a number of different approaches within architectural design. Students are expected to complete a medium-scale design project that demonstrates an integrated approach to design, technology and communication. This aims to provide a vehicle for preparing a professional CV and portfolio of work.

Sustainable Design

Students have the opportunity to develop awareness of the principles and practise of sustainable development and environmental design. This includes the chance to develop an understanding materials, technology, energy usage and social factors.

Level 3

Architecture Research Projects

Students have the opportunity to demonstrate the management of two independent, self-managed research projects. They are expected to take full charge of their programme of study and become increasingly empowered to investigate, interrogate and challenge as they progress.

Comprehensive Design Project - Detailed Design

Students are expected to develop an outline design into a fully resolved and detailed design for exhibition in the School’s Degree Show. The Comprehensive Design Projects are the culmination of the course, and this module can help to demonstrate students' skill in managing and resolving the complexities of contemporary architectural design within a range of perspectives, issues, and interests.

Comprehensive Design Project - Technical Studies

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the technical knowledge and skills useful in-practice. Students have the opportunity to develop a holistic understanding of how technology integrates with architectural design and how this relates within a comprehensive design project.

Outline Design Project

The Outline Design Project is a vehicle for the student to develop an individual design approach from initial research, through design explorations to a coherent outline building design.

Professional Context

In today’s ever changing and highly competitive business environment, if an architectural practice is to survive, it is essential that architects have an understanding of the construction industry and the value its contribution can make to the UK economy. Architectural practice can no longer rely upon designing interesting buildings alone, but must do this in an efficient manner. This can only be achieved by being conversant with contemporary business management strategies, coupled with an understanding of project management within the UK construction industry.

The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

Researchers from the School are involved in the field of sustainable architecture, changing the way buildings are designed and constructed.

Previously, Architecture staff and students, in collaboration with colleagues across the University, designed and built an interactive show garden, controlled by Twitter, which won a Gold Medal at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.


Students on this course will receive a licence for Adobe Creative Cloud free of charge.


Placement Year

When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.


Our award-winning Architecture Building was designed by the internationally renowned architect Rick Mather.

Teaching takes place in bespoke studios, information technology suites and workshops, which are equipped with a range of specialist resources, including rapid prototyping and laser cutting equipment.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

This course is the first stage of an integrated programme of study offered by the University of Lincoln. It is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board as providing exemption from part 1, 2 and 3 examinations, which are required to register as an architect in the UK.

Lincoln graduates can be found working all over the world in public and private practice, in planning, housing and other design-based professions.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. []

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

Design for Exhibition and Museums focuses on the design of narrative environments for commercial exhibitions, events, retail spaces, visitor attractions and museums. The programme specialises in ‘storytelling’, whether for a brand, a collection or an idea.
The BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design degree at Lincoln takes a multidisciplinary approach that positions the subject between the academically rigorous profession of architecture and the fast-paced world of contemporary visual culture and design.

Tuition Fees

Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, subject to final confirmation from government, there will be an inflationary adjustment to fees to £9,250 for new and returning UK/EU students. In 2018/19 there may be an increase in fees in line with inflation.

We will update this information when fees for 2017/18 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. []