BEng Architectural Engineering


Program Description


The BEng Architectural Engineering programme is specifically designed to produce architectural engineers with sound knowledge, problem-solving skills, and a comprehensive understanding of the multidisciplinary aspects of a building. The principles and precision of civil, structural, and building services engineering, as well as the creativity of architecture, are combined in this unique programme.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU undergraduate programmes, earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.

Why Should I Study Architectural Engineering At XJTLU?

  • The programme is accredited by Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), UK which enables you to become a world recognised chartered engineer
  • It is intended to bring together the creativity of building design and the precision of engineering analysis to give a well-rounded education
  • Explore the form and appearance of buildings, their environmental, social, and economic impact, as well as their analysis, design and construction considering current business and commercial practices
  • Prepares students for working with professional judgement and applications in multidisciplinary teams by utilising the variety of professions represented within both the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Architecture
  • Most of our graduates go on to further study at the world's top universities in countries such as the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands
  • Highly dedicated international academic staff will provide you with an outstanding learning experience and full support throughout your academic career at XJTLU
  • Modules incorporate active learning activities such as site visits, field work, lab experiments, computer analysis, and also the use of technology-enhanced learning methods
  • Opportunities to work with academic staff on current research projects as research support students and contribute to potential research publications.


BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)

This degree is accredited as:

1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

Knowledge and skills

Upon graduation, you will have:

  • gained a sound knowledge and understanding of architectural studies, building services engineering, construction project management and cost estimation, building information modelling and core civil engineering subjects such as structures, hydraulics, geotechnics and materials
  • acquired problem-solving skills and practical knowledge of the key aspects of civil engineering and architectural design practices
  • completed a building design and construction project that combines professional elements of both civil engineering and architecture
  • mastered the principles of project management, allocated project resources effectively and applied modern construction practices
  • applied a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques in resolving architectural engineering problems.

Modules: Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes, and core skills for your degree.

Modules: Year Two

You will take fundamental modules that are essential for all civil and architectural engineers and for higher level studies: mathematics, basic structures, materials, fluids, surveying, and management. In addition, three modules from the department of Architecture are integrated to introduce students to the basics of architectural design.

Modules: Year Three

Year three will enhance your knowledge in building design and construction projects. You will be offered modules related to structural analysis and design, construction materials and methods, soil mechanics, and project management. In addition, aspects of buildings that are specific to architectural engineers will be taught: building topology and building services engineering.

Modules: Year Four

In the final year, you will learn more about advanced analysis and design related theory together with real-world practical examples. You will be offered modules related to structural design of steel, timber and masonry, foundations, earthquakes, and construction management. The capstone design project will guide you to design a large-scale structure. More subjects related to architectural engineering will be introduced, such as cost control and estimation, and building information modelling (BIM). In addition, you will undertake an individual research project of an investigative nature across two semesters of year four.


BEng Architectural Engineering graduates will have a firm grounding in architectural engineering and will be equipped to take up professional employment in the construction industry and consultancy sectors as well as becoming lifelong learners and globally competitive citizens. The programme also provides a sound basis for further graduate study in architecture, civil and structural engineering, construction management and engineering or related fields. Architectural engineers mainly work as structural engineers, project managers, consulting engineers, BIM engineers, cost estimators, building envelope designers, and researchers.

Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. ... Read More

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. Read less