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About Architecture at Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University, as part of the Russell Group, is one of the best places to study Architecture in the UK. In 2014-2015, Queen's Architecture was ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in The Sunday Times League Table. In the 2018 Guardian League Table of 49 schools of architecture we are ranked 1st in the UK for Added Value, 7th for Career Prospects and 7th Overall.

Supported by a diverse group of staff and external tutors engaged in international, award-winning research and practice, over 75 per cent of our students regularly graduate with a 1st Class or 2.1 degree. All students, many of whom come from outside Northern Ireland, receive a high degree of personal tuition in a strong studio culture in which every student has dedicated personal studio space.

Our established reputation generated over 50 years means that our graduates are often placed with leading employers from around the world. They are those who will be leaders in their fields, creatively rethinking the past, present and particularly the future of the built environment.




Career Prospects

This first degree on Architecture (RIBA Part 1) leads to the postgraduate Part 2 and 3 programmes, which can be taken at our institution or elsewhere. Many of our graduates return to our postgraduate Part 2 programme.

Our graduates can be found involved with a surprisingly wide range of activities. Many continue to work in private architectural practices ranging in size from two or three people to a staff of over 100, providing a general practice service to private and institutional clients, designing individual houses, social housing, commercial developments, civic buildings, concert halls, theatres and galleries. Many commissions are won through architectural competitions.

Although primarily intended as a first degree for those wishing to undertake postgraduate studies and become professionally qualified architects, the course offers a wide-ranging general education in design, visual appreciation and problem solving, which is valuable in its own right.

Although a much higher proportion of our graduates progresses to being registered architects, a certain number of our graduates do diversify and move outwards into related careers and roles. They may work in stage set design, town planning or housing policy, conservation of historic buildings, interiors, furniture design or specialist building physics such as acoustics. They may provide technical assistance to voluntary and community groups tackling difficult social and economic problems. Our graduates work in many different parts of the world, have their work published and receive awards.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

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  • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
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Notes about fees for this course

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2019-20 will be based on 2018-19 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.


Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student's tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Architecture costs

There are additional costs for both materials (model making and printing) as well as for the yearly study trips to cities outside Belfast. The amount for materials and equipment will vary depending on how students decide to represent their work, but a budget of £1,080 for the three year course is appropriate. The costs for study trips will vary upon location, but students should budget £1,100 for the three year course.

How do I fund my study?

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at


Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
AAB + GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Applicants with a grade C in GCSE Art or no Art at GCSE/A-level may be invited for a portfolio interview. Guidance for applicants preparing an art portfolio can be found at Neither Technology and Design nor Craft, Design and Technology are considered an alternative to Art.

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H2H3H3H3H3H3 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics.

Applicants with a grade C in Junior Certificate Art, or no Art at Junior/Leaving Certificate, may be invited for a portfolio interview. Guidance for applicants preparing an art portfolio can be found at

Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 75%. GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent in Access Course.

Art requirements as above.

All applicants
A broad spread of scientific, creative and language-based subjects is desirable, since high scores in specific subjects do not necessarily indicate suitability for the wide-ranging demands of the degree. Evidence of broad general intelligence, a hardworking nature and a genuine motivation and interest in architecture is also required. Applicants are encouraged to appreciate the demands of studying architecture and the combined scientific and creative nature of the subject.

The entrance requirements outlined above reflect the demands of the BSc, but acknowledge that the highest A-level performance is not always an indicator of an applicant's suitability for the degree.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Natural and Built Environment. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of receipt by the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service and, if appropriate, the Selector from the School. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

For entry to Architecture last year, offers were initially made to those who achieved at least three GCSE passes at grade B or above plus three GCSE passes at grade C or above, to include English Language and Mathematics. The final threshold varies from year to year depending on competition for places and, last year, offers were made to applicants with one grade B plus five grade Cs at GCSE (including English Language and Mathematics).

All applicants must provide evidence of artistic ability and this requirement is satisfied by grade B or better in GCSE Art. Candidates who have not met this requirement will be invited to attend a portfolio interview, provided they have demonstrated a satisfactory commitment to architecture/motivation/artistic ability in their UCAS application. The information provided in the applicant's personal statement and the academic reference is noted and is an important factor for candidates who do not have an acceptable Art qualification. Unless there is clear evidence of motivation and commitment to Architecture, candidates may not be invited for a portfolio interview. Guidance for applicants preparing an art portfolio can be found at

Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS are also considered. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant's portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as a BTEC Extended Diploma, Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.

The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates taking a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and the Mathematics and Art requirements must always be met.

The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 140 credits at Distinction and 40 credits at Merit. For applicants offering an HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and 6 Merits.

For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile, but this must include grade C or better in GCSE Mathematics, and the Art requirement must also be met. To be eligible for consideration, the grades obtained in the first year of the HND must allow the overall offer to be achievable. Where offers are made for Stage 1 entry, these are currently conditional on successful completion of the HND with 4 Distinctions, 10 Merits and 2 Passes overall. Applicants with sufficiently high grades in the first year of a relevant HND may be interviewed by the Academic Selector for possible entry to Stage 2 and, where offers are made, these are currently conditional on successful completion of the HND with 5 Distinctions and 11 Merits overall.

Candidates offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits, provided the Mathematics and Art subject requirements for entry to Architecture can also be met. Where offers are made, these are conditional on both achieving an average of 75% in the Access course and meeting the entry criteria for Architecture.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

Applicants who have been made an offer are given an opportunity to meet with Architecture staff at an information session at Queen's. Prospective students are encouraged, but not required, to bring a portfolio with them to act as central focus for this conversation. The session allows staff to explain Queen's Architecture in detail and it offers applicants the opportunity to ask individual questions about the course. These sessions normally occur alongside a day-long experience of the School, including a presentation about the course, tours of studios, labs, teaching rooms and other University facilities, as well as discussions with current students.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (, giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.


For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Speaking and Listening and 5.5 Reading and Writing, or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

  • Foundation
    The INTO progression course suited to this programme is

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

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