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Student pathways to The University of Sheffield

What is architecture?

Architecture is the art and science of designing buildings and structures. It includes related fields, such as interior architecture and landscape architecture. Architecture courses focus on buildings, offices and other public and private structures. Landscape architecture focuses on outdoor spaces, which includes anything from parks or sports sites to motorways.

All types of architecture can have real-world impacts. They can fulfil housing and leisure needs, improve environmental quality, conserve historical landmarks, and respond to political agendas.

Why study Architecture?

Architecture is a fascinating and rewarding subject to study at university. Some of the benefits include:

Practical and creative

Architecture courses are hands-on. You’ll use skills such as sketching, computer modelling, 3D design and photography. You will also learn how to manage budgets, work independently and collaborate with others. Creativity is as important as practical skills, as you’ll be designing beautiful structures that could become works of art.

Make an impact

Architects can make social, environmental and political impacts. They solve problems, improve lives and enhance environmental quality. They design affordable housing, regenerate waste grounds, and enhance rural areas. Your work could have a lasting impact on cities and green spaces across the world.

Career satisfaction

Architecture is a well-paid job with excellent prospects and the opportunity to travel. The work is varied, and time is divided between the office, site visits and working with others. Architects are passionate about what they do, and they have transferrable skills that are useful in other careers.

Architecture at the University of Sheffield

Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA) is an inspiring place to study your degree. It has been named as the best place to study Architecture in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2019). 

All architecture courses at SSoA are professionally accredited by RIBA or the Landscape Institute. Teaching takes place in the Arts Tower – the UK’s tallest university building, with stunning views over the city and countryside. Facilities include dedicated architecture studios and computer rooms. You'll also use the media unit, photography studio and reprographics studio with 3D printing.

Teaching includes theory, design and professional experience. You’ll be supported by leading academics, practising architects and passionate teachers. They'll help you to develop the knowledge, skills and industry contacts you need for a successful career in architecture. Around 96% of SSoA students are employed within six months of graduating. Many find work with top architecture practices in the UK and overseas.

Architecture degree options at the University of Sheffield

Sheffield offers a choice of accredited three-year undergraduate architecture degrees:

BA (Hons) Architecture includes academic lectures and creative studio work. With a BA or BSc (Hons) Landscape Architecture degree, you’ll study topics such as green technology, ecology and urban regeneration. Sheffield also gives you the option of studying both disciplines with BA (Hons) Architecture and Landscape.

Related degrees:

Degree preparation at the International College

The International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities prepares you for a degree at the Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA). Choose the Society and Environment pathway and you’ll study key subject modules that relate to architecture. You’ll also develop your English language skills and study skills. When you complete your Foundation Year, you will have the confidence and skills to succeed in your architecture degree at Sheffield.

Architecture career prospects

When you graduate from a leading architecture school like SSoA, you’ll have an exciting choice of career or further study options.

Architecture careers include:

  • Residential architect
  • Commercial architect
  • Industrial architect
  • Landscape architect

Related careers include:

  • Architectural technologist
  • Interior and spatial designer
  • Building surveyor
  • Commercial surveyor
  • Historic buildings inspector
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Production designer for theatre, TV or film
  • Structural engineer
  • Town planner

96% of graduates

are employed within 6 months of graduating (Destinations survey 2016/17)

1st in the UK

for Architecture (Guardian University Guide 2019)

Your pathway to studying Architecture 

Find out more about the International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Entry Requirements

See the entry requirements and fees for studying Architecture at the University of Sheffield

Sheffield IC student studying architecture


Born in Indonesia.

Made in Sheffield.

“I am going to be a landscape architect because I live in Jakarta, which is a city known for traffic and pollution, but in reality it’s a beautiful city if you open it up. Hopefully I can change things up, make myself a better member of society – that’s my goal.”

Guilio, studying Landscape Architecture