Male student working on a model in the workshop

Key Information


3 years


Up to 6 years

Typical Offer



Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Revalidation





Course Code


BArch (Hons) Architecture

This programme is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board as providing exemption from Part 1 examinations, which are required to register as an architect in the UK.

Key Information


3 years


Up to 6 years

Typical Offer



Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Revalidation





Course Code


Dr Mark Olweny  - Programme Leader

Dr Mark Olweny - Programme Leader

Dr Mark Olweny joined the University of Lincoln from Uganda where he was Associate Dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment at Uganda Martyrs University. Mark has worked in architectural practice and education in Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and Uganda. His research interests relate to architectural education and the student experience, the architecture of Africa, and environmental design and energy performance of buildings. He is particularly passionate about enhancing the student learning experience in architectural education.

Academic Staff List

Welcome to BArch (Hons) Architecture

The BArch (Hons) degree aims to prepare students for a career in the exciting field of architectural practice, placing a strong emphasis on design and creativity. Based in the historic city of Lincoln with roots in Roman Britain, the University's location provides an inspiring context in which to explore architecture.

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

The course forms the first stage of a three-part programme of education and training for aspiring architects. The University of Lincoln also runs RIBA / ARB Parts 2 and 3 programmes, and all three parts are required to register as an architect in the UK.

Accreditations and Memberships

The course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board as providing exemption from Part 1 examinations, which are required to register as an architect in the UK.

Did You Know?

The Nicola de la Haye Building, home to the Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment, was designed by the renowned architect the late Rick Mather.

Degree Show

Explore our 2022 end-of-year degree show. 

How You Study

On this course, students study the underlying concepts of architecture and the ways in which a building can meet the needs of its occupants and of society. They are encouraged to learn important drawing techniques, alongside computer-aided design (CAD), and hands-on modelling.

Histories and theories of architecture are introduced in the first year, along with design theory, processes and practices, building construction, and environmental design. In the second and third years, students are able to work on a series of independent and collaborative projects, and to shape their learning in line with their interests. These projects aim to prepare students for work in the industry.

The programme aims to bring out your creative potential, explore design processes, and lay a foundation of cultural and technical knowledge. 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.

As an architecture student, you will spend time in dedicated studio sessions during which you will develop your knowledge and skills. You will undertake projects through a blend of theoretical, practical, individual, and collaborative methods. Learning methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and directed studies. This may be augmented by site and live project visits when possible.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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Teaching takes place in bespoke studios, information technology suites, and workshops, which are equipped with a range of specialist resources including rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and laser-cutting equipment.

Female student in the Architecture Studio with a model of a building

“My time at Lincoln has enhanced the meaning of architecture, allowing me to understand how it impacts people and place. The teaching has helped me to analyse opportunities and constraints in a much more rigorous way. The collaboration with my tutors gave me the support to allow me to succeed.”

Callum Pell, BArch (Hons) Architecture student


RIBA Mentoring Scheme

Architecture at Lincoln is part of the well-established RIBA student mentoring scheme. Third-year students are paired with architects in the Midlands region and can gain experience over a series of days, providing opportunities for site visits to observe how architects work.

Industry Links

Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment has connections with regional and international companies, such as Lincoln City Council, Laing O'Rourke, and Foster + Partners. These can offer the opportunity to get involved in placements, live projects, site and factory visits, and events. Students may gain a hands-on understanding of construction, fabrication, procurement processes, manufacture, and materials. Furthermore, RIBA East Midlands can offer opportunities for continued professional development events.


As part of the course, you have an opportunity to be part of the Lincoln Architecture and Design Society which organises study and recreational events. The society is supported by academic staff and the Students' Union. The Society usually organises two trips per year - one regional and one international. There may be costs associated with trips.

In addition, there is the opportunity to take part in the well-established Erasmus programme, which enables you to study abroad as part of your course. Please note that students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and general living expenses while undertaking study abroad.

Architecture Exhibition

Visit our virtual RIBA validation exhibition from 2022. 

An Introduction to Your Modules

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Buildable, Habitable Design 2023-24ARC1004MLevel 42023-24Students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the principles of construction related to human habitation. This includes construction methods, material properties, legislation, climate and human comfort.CoreContextual Design Projects 2023-24ARC1003MLevel 42023-24Students can record preliminary ideas, sketches, analysis, design development, and technical research in their portfolios for discussion at tutorials and presentations. Selected elements of the design can be developed in detail.CoreDesign Process and Communication 2023-24ARC1002MLevel 42023-24This module is designed to give students the opportunity to understand the processes that are commonly used to organise and support study, research, analysis and studio design projects in architecture. It will also explore core communication skills appropriate for a career in architecture.CoreHistory and Theory of Architecture and Design 2023-24ARC1001MLevel 42023-24This module is designed to covers the development of architecture, art and design from ancient times through to the present. Visual research, analysis and presentation techniques can be developed alongside text-based academic techniques.CoreArchitectural Design Projects 2024-25ARC2002MLevel 52024-25Students have the chance to undertake design projects set by the tutor to explore principles, theories, methodologies and concepts. Appropriate working methods are introduced and guided by the tutor. The module is delivered using independent or linked design projects, one of which, because of the level of detail required, may be relatively small in scale. Projects may include housing, landscape, public buildings or the conversion of existing buildings. Defined products are required at intermediate stages and at the end of each project.CoreDesign and Society 2024-25ARC2001MLevel 52024-25This module introduces theories about interior, architectural and urban space. The course recognises that the role of the designer includes not only the considerations of the formal qualities of the designed object or environment in relation to its immediate audience but also encompasses a broader set of responsibilities to society as a whole.CoreIntegrated Design Project 2024-25ARC2003MLevel 52024-25This module is designed to be the culmination of the second level architectural design studies. It acknowledges a number of different approaches within architectural design. Students are expected to complete a medium-scale design project that demonstrates an integrated approach to design, technology and communication. This aims to provide a vehicle for preparing a professional CV and portfolio of work.CoreSustainable Design 2024-25ARC2004MLevel 52024-25Students have the opportunity to develop awareness of the principles and practise of sustainable development and environmental design. This includes the chance to develop an understanding materials, technology, energy usage and social factors.CoreDesign and Society (International) 2024-25ARC2010MLevel 52024-25OptionalInternational Module A Representation and Design 2024-25ARC2006MLevel 52024-25OptionalInternational Module B - Technology and Design 2024-25ARC2007MLevel 52024-25OptionalInternational Module C - Context and Urban Planning 2024-25ARC2008MLevel 52024-25OptionalInternational Module D Theory and Design 2024-25ARC2009MLevel 52024-25OptionalSustainable Design (International) 2024-25ARC2011MLevel 52024-25OptionalArchitecture Research Projects 2025-26ARC3001MLevel 62025-26Students have the opportunity to demonstrate the management of two independent, self-managed research projects. They are expected to take full charge of their programme of study and become increasingly empowered to investigate, interrogate and challenge as they progress.CoreComprehensive Design Project - Detailed Design 2025-26ARC3003MLevel 62025-26Students are expected to develop an outline design into a fully resolved and detailed design for exhibition in the Schools Degree Show. The Comprehensive Design Projects are the culmination of the course, and this module can help to demonstrate students' skill in managing and resolving the complexities of contemporary architectural design within a range of perspectives, issues, and interests.CoreComprehensive Design Project - Technical Studies 2025-26ARC3004MLevel 62025-26This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the technical knowledge and skills useful in-practice. Students have the opportunity to develop a holistic understanding of how technology integrates with architectural design and how this relates within a comprehensive design project.CoreOutline Design Project 2025-26ARC3006MLevel 62025-26The Outline Design Project is a vehicle for the student to develop an individual design approach from initial research, through design explorations to a coherent outline building design.CoreProfessional Context 2025-26ARC3005MLevel 62025-26In todays ever changing and highly competitive business environment, if an architectural practice is to survive, it is essential that architects have an understanding of the construction industry and the value its contribution can make to the UK economy. Architectural practice can no longer rely upon designing interesting buildings alone, but must do this in an efficient manner. This can only be achieved by being conversant with contemporary business management strategies, coupled with an understanding of project management within the UK construction industry.Core

How you are assessed

For this course assessment is 100% by coursework in each year. The way students are assessed 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.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics return in-course assessments to students promptly - usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

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 weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

Standard workshop induction costs are usually covered by the University, as are some initial printing and material costs. However, depending on the media/materials chosen by the student, there may be additional material and printing costs incurred.

Mandatory field trip costs are covered by the University, but optional study visits which may include international trips or a student exchange programme, are at the students own expense.

Entry Requirements 2023-24

United Kingdom

A Levels: BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent qualifications).

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit or equivalent.

T Level: Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points.

A combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTEC, EPQ, etc.

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.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry. We will 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.


Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

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

Portfolio and Applications

While applicants do not usually attend an interview, they are required to submit a digital portfolio as part of their application. The digital portfolio is a multi-page PDF file that demonstrates the applicant's interest in architecture and design. 

Applicants have the freedom to format the digital portfolio in a way that reflects their personality and inner creativity. The portfolio could include any kinds of drawing, illustration, artwork, physical and virtual 3D models, photography, or any related work. Applicants need to caption their works and provide descriptions. It is recommended you include between 7 to 15 pieces of work in the portfolio. 

Career Opportunities

The BArch (Hons) Architecture forms the first stage of a three-part programme of education and training for aspiring architects. The University of Lincoln also runs RIBA/ARB Parts 2 and 3 courses, which students must successfully complete to become a registered architect. Lincoln graduates work all over the world in public and private practice, in planning, housing, and design-based professions.

During the course, mock interviews take place to help students prepare for job interviews. There may also be the opportunity to receive portfolio advice.

Visit Us in Person

The best way to find out what it is really like to live and learn at Lincoln is to join us for one of our Open Days. Visiting us in person is important and will help you to get a real feel for what it might be like to study here.

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Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching

At the University of Lincoln, we strive to ensure our students’ experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted to Government guidance to keep our students, staff, and community safe. All remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England were lifted in February 2022 under the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid-19, and we have embraced a safe return to in-person teaching on campus. Where appropriate, face-to-face teaching is enhanced by the use of digital tools and technology and may be complemented by online opportunities where these support learning outcomes.

We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance make this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.