These are the top 5 universities in the UK for architecture
Are you keen to study architecture in the UK? Here are the top 10 universities, according to The Complete University Guide. Source: Shutterstock

If you’ve always marvelled at the architecture of buildings in your neighbourhood, community or even those around the world, you might want to study architecture. 

Architecture plays a pivotal role in human civilisation. Our homes, schools, offices, places of worship and community buildings are not merely there for practical purposes for us to live, work, pray or play, they also serve as cultural symbols and, in some instances, works of art.

Beyond that, architects are stepping up their game to create sustainable solutions to some of the worlds’ most pressing challenges. There’s a growing trend to make buildings more eco-friendly, leading to innovative new practices such as cloaking buildings with algae, among other things.  

Clearly, architecture is a field that continues to evolve, making it an exciting and attractive field to branch into. If you’re keen to study architecture, here are some of the UK’s top universities, according to The Complete University Guide 2019

1. University of Bath, England

Despite the vast number of universities offering architecture courses, Bath continues to reign supreme. The university has several accolades under its belt, and was ranked first for architecture in the Good University Guide 2019, as well as by The Complete University Guide 2019. 

The school offers a BSc (Hons) Architecture as well as MArch Architecture. Bath combines periods of professional work experience within its courses, enabling students to benefit from a combination of academic and practical study.

2. University of Cambridge, England

This university needs no introduction. Cambridge’s Department of Architecture offers both undergraduate and postgraduate architecture programmes. Core teaching in the undergraduate programme is done in a studio. Here, students have their own dedicated design space and are supervised by experienced tutors who draw from their experiences as professional architects.

“Studio work accounts for 60 percent of the overall marks each year with the remaining 40 percent coming from essays, coursework and exams in the academic side of the programme,” states the university website. 

3. University of Sheffield, England


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This public research university is a member of the prestigious Russell Group. Its School of Architecture provides undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in architecture, including a BA in Architecture, BA in Architecture and Landscape and MArch in Architecture, among other programmes.

4. University College London, England


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Located in London – one of the most exciting cities in the world – UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture is internationally renowned for its award-winning innovative research and teaching, as noted on its website. Aspiring architects at the school will spend their time in both the studio and the workshop, with approximately 70 percent of the programme taught and assessed through students’ design portfolio. 

“Design teaching is delivered by leading practitioners, specialists and academics in small groups or on a one-to-one tutorial basis with frequent review sessions,” says the school.

5. University of Strathclyde, Scotland

Located in Glasgow, Strathclyde’s Department of Architecture is among the oldest and largest such departments in the UK and is internationally recognised as one of the most socially active schools of architecture in Europe, with “projects rooted in real urban concerns” (DOMUS Europe’s Top Schools 2014).

Prospective students can undergo a five-year journey with Strathclyde’s undergraduate programme, BSc Architectural Studies, followed by the graduate programme.

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