Pursuing Architecture as a profession seems like an excellent career choice. It’s a Creative and Respectable profession with a remarkable combination of materials, texture, aesthetics and function with a direct impact on carving spaces with style, colour and impact. The impact of architecture is such that it makes the space livelier and more functional. The profession also seems well as a paid job. It requires immense creativity, dedication, and in-depth study of the competitive market, making it extremely crucial to choose colleges or universities wisely. Today, we provide you with a list of the ten best universities for studying architecture in the UK.

1. University of Cambridge

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The very frequently recognized UK’s Top institution for the study of architecture, the University of Cambridge, requires no introduction. Its global academic recognition and reputation as one of the world’s top universities makes it a top choice for students of all subjects. The University’s BA in Architecture is taught by faculty at St John’s College and is described on the University’s website as the only Cambridge degree that combines the intellectual challenges of Arts and Science with the opportunity for creative design. The course elements include the history and philosophy of architecture, culture, contemporary and urbanism, as well as construction, environmental and structural design.

To know more visit- https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/architecture

2. The University of Bath

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The University of Bath is well recognized for its research and teaching, for its high student satisfaction rates, and for providing outstanding preparation for the workplace. Its attractive and lively campus on the edge of the city provides superb sporting, cultural and social opportunities. It’s currently ranked as the 1st University for Architecture within the Sunday Times and Times good university guide. The architecture & civil engineering department offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with an interdisciplinary focus.

To learn more – https://www.bath.ac.uk/departments/department-of-architecture-civil-engineering/

3. University of London

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The University of London has the main campus in upmarket Bloomsbury in Central London, and there are plans to open a further campus on the site of the London Olympic 2012 park in east London. The University of London is home to the prestigious Bartlett school of architecture, one of the most influential, innovative and exciting architecture schools in the world, which sets the agenda for what architecture schools could be. The school offers graduate and undergraduate degrees with top-ranking research, innovative teaching and state-of-the-art facilities across two London sites.

To understand more about the university visit – https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/architecture/ 

4. Cardiff University

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Located in the Capital city of Wales, across two main campuses, Cardiff University is a Russell Group of universities member. Its Architectural programme focuses on making two-thirds of the BSc based on project work. Architecture is a full-time course here with work-based learning spanning over five years.

To know more Visit – https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/architecture

5. University of Nottingham

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The University of Nottingham is a founding member of Russell Group with campuses in the UK, Malaysia and China. It’s a global university. Its UK campus is considered one of the country’s largest and most attractive campuses. Nottingham is one of the top five universities targeted by a massive group of leading graduates and employers. The University’s department of architecture and built environment has been voted in the top 3 schools for architecture by Architects Journal, 2020.

To know more about the university visit – https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/engineering/Departments/abe/index.aspx

6. Queen’s University Belfast.

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Queen’s University is the 9th oldest University in the UK, based in the heart of Belfast. Its historic campus and the surrounding conservation area are complemented extremely well, with outstanding facilities for education and research. The architecture programme is taught at the school of Natural and Built Environment. Students benefit from a vibrant environment dedicated to workshops and architectural design studios.

The cross Programme activities are described as a core feature, providing a connected curriculum that allows all students to develop a broad skills base. Cross-programme activities are described on the website as a ‘core’ feature, providing a connected curriculum which offers all students the opportunity to develop a broad skills base. The Queens University of Belfast is ranked 8th in the UK for research in architecture. They are leaders in architecture research, and their top-notch expertise spans three core themes: Architectural Design, Sustainable Cities, Architectural Humanities, and Heritage.

For more information – https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/NBE/Disciplines/Architecture/

7. Manchester School of Architecture.

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The Manchester School of Architecture is a product of a collaboration between the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. The school is ranked among the Top 15 in the World (QS World Rating 2021). The Courses here are accredited by institutions such as the Architects Registration Board, The Landscape Institute and The Royal Institute for British Architects. Manchester itself is a city with a rich landscape and architectural history as well as modern urban regeneration, much of which has been designed in concurrence with graduates of the school.

To know more – https://www.msa.ac.uk/

8. University of Sheffield

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The University of Sheffield is another university among the Russell Group and has been established as one of the largest, best-regarded universities in the UK. This school offers a range of courses, providing a balance of design work, theory, and professional experience. Students will learn how to lead on projects, solve extremely complex problems and communicate ideas while thinking about the wider responsibilities as a role of an architect in society.

For more info – https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/architecture

9. The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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The University is located in the heart of Glasgow, which is one of the UK’s largest and most vibrant and inviting cities. The University won the Times Higher Education University of the year prize in 2019–and became the first University to receive the UK-wide award twice. It was also named the Scottish University of the Year 2020 by the Sunday Times Good University Guide. The Department of Architecture is a part of the highest-ranking faculties of engineering in the UK. Facilities include two design studios; A drop-in where students can be a part of a collaborative studio community and another that is dedicated to designing teaching, a workshop and a library for traditional model making.

For more information on the architectural department – https://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/architecture/

10. University of Arts London.

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Based in London, The University of Arts London is the largest arts and design university in Europe. Its degree course in Interior design, Architecture and spatial design enjoys an excellent reputation, and the Architects Registration Board recommends the BD in architecture at Central Saint Martins.

To Lean more –https://www.arts.ac.uk/subjects/architecture-spatial-and-interior-design

Online sources

 Kings Education. 2022. The 10 Best Architecture Universities in the UK (2022 List). [online] Available at: <https://www.kingseducation.com/kings-life/best-architecture-universities-in-uk>

 [Accessed 11 September 2022].


Disha is an architecture graduate from Nagpur University, 2021. Being an avid traveler, she has always tried to connect the city’s art & culture with architecture. She is a keen learner & an extremely creative individual who always seeks opportunities to enhance knowledge & experience in the field of architecture.

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