Bachelor in Architecture with Honours


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Program Description

The Course

The BArch (Hons) Architecture degree is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) as providing an exemption from part 1, 2 and 3 examinations, which are required to register as an architect in the UK.

This course places a strong emphasis on design and creativity and aims to prepare students for a global career in the exciting field of architectural practice.

Architecture at Lincoln is part of the well-established RIBA Mentorship Scheme, where students are paired with architects, providing opportunities for site visits to observe how architects work.

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. The Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment 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 are introduced to the history and theory of architecture, design processes and practices, building construction, environmental design and design theory. 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 the 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 course 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 Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.

How You Are Assessed

For this course, assessment is 100% by coursework each year. The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that may be used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports, and projects, or reviews of creative output. The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.

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 are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.


Our researchers are helping to create advances in architectural design to inform the way buildings are designed and constructed. Students helped to design a new village hall in Scothern, exhibited at the Frequency Festival, and were involved in live building projects such as the Mud + Stud structure which is being used to test thermal qualities of traditional building methods and to preserve construction techniques.

Students on this course are currently provided with free access to Adobe Creative Cloud software for the duration of their studies.

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 teachings and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
  • International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English and Maths. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Arts Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:

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

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities. Read less