The best UK universities 2024 – Architecture

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The Guardian has recently released its list of the best universities in the UK for 2024. The rankings are based on eight different scores that add up to a total of 100. These scores consider various factors, including the feedback and teaching quality reported by students in the National Student Survey conducted annually.

In the guide, you will find UK universities’ overall league table, individual subject profiles, and tables. Let’s take a look at Architecture!

1. University of Cambridge

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Guardian Score: 100/100
Course: Ba (Hons) Architecture

The University of Cambridge is a public institution of higher education in Cambridge, UK. It is renowned for its commitment to research and its unique collegiate structure. The University of Cambridge, established in 1209, is the third-oldest university in the world that has maintained uninterrupted operations.

Cambridge comprises 31 semi-autonomous constituent colleges and more than 150 academic departments, faculties, and other institutions, which are organized into six schools. A total of 121 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to individuals who are associated with Cambridge, including its alumni, academics, and associates. The university boasts a distinguished list of alumni, which includes 194 athletes who have achieved Olympic medals.

2. University of Cardiff


Guardian Score: 84.9/100
Course: MArch (Hons) Architecture

Cardiff University is a public research institution located in Cardiff, Wales. The institution was founded in the year 1883 under the name University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire.

The university comprises 26 academic schools, which are categorized into three distinct colleges: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Biomedical and Life Sciences; and Physical Sciences. Cardiff University is home to two esteemed Nobel Laureates, namely Sir Martin Evans and Robert Huber, who are part of its distinguished faculty.

3. University College London

Bartlett School of Architecture

Guardian Score: 84.2/100
Course: BSc (Hons) Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies (Year Abroad), BSc (Hons) Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies, BSc (Hons) Architecture, MEng (Hons) Engineering & Architectural Design, MSci (Hons) Architecture (Sandwich Year, Year Abroad)

UCL is a publicly funded research institution located in London, England. The institution is a constituent member of the University of London, a federal university system. It is the second-largest university in the UK in terms of overall student enrollment. A total of 30 academics and graduates affiliated with UCL, including both resident and visiting scholars, have been honoured with Nobel Prizes.

In 1911, University College London (UCL) received an undisclosed monetary contribution amounting to £30,000, which, when adjusted for inflation, is equivalent to £3,250,000 in the year 2021. This generous grant was specifically designated for the construction of a dedicated facility to house UCL’s School of Architecture. In 1919, the donor granted permission to be recognized under the name Herbert Bartlett, resulting in the renaming of the educational institution as a tribute to his contributions. In 1915, Gertrude Leverkus became the first female student to formally register for the architecture program at UCL.

4. Loughborough University

Guardian Score: 82.9/100
Course: BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering & Architectural Engineering (Foundation Year), BEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering, MEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering, BArch (Hons) Architecture (Sandwich Year), BSc (Hons) Urban Planning, BSc (Hons) Commercial Management & Quantity Surveying, BSc (Hons) Construction Engineering Management, BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, MPlan (Hons) Urban Planning

Loughborough University is an esteemed public research institution situated in the market town of Loughborough, located in Leicestershire, England. The university is comprised of a total of 20 academic departments and more than 100 research groups, institutes, and centers. These entities are now distributed among nine schools. Loughborough was presented with the prestigious title of “University of the Year 2019” in The Times and Sunday Times University Good University Guide.

5. Ulster University

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Guardian Score: 82.4/100
Course: BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology And Management, MArch (Hons) Architecture, BA (Hons) Architecture

Ulster University is a publicly funded higher education institution with many campuses situated in Northern Ireland. The institution under consideration is the most extensive higher education establishment in Northern Ireland and ranks as the second most sizable university on the island of Ireland, surpassed only by the federal National University of Ireland.

The institution has a commendable record in terms of future study and employment rates within the United Kingdom, as evidenced by post-graduation employment or continued education rates exceeding 92% within six months. The educational offerings provided by the university are the most extensive in Northern Ireland, encompassing a wide range of disciplines, including arts, business, engineering, information technology, life and health sciences, management, and social sciences.

6. University of Edinburgh

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Guardian Score: 81.9/100
Course: MA (Hons) Architecture (Optional Year Abroad), MA (Hons) Architectural History & Heritage (Optional Year Abroad), BEng (Hons) Structural Engineering With Architecture (Optional Year Abroad), MEng (Hons) Structural Engineering With Architecture (Optional Year Abroad)

The University of Edinburgh is a public research institution situated in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. The institution in question is recognized as one of the four ancient universities in Scotland and holds the distinction of being the sixth-oldest university that has maintained uninterrupted operations within the English-speaking world.

The university’s notable alumni include Alexander Graham Bell, Charles Darwin, David Hume, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, J. K. Rowling, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Furthermore, Edinburgh has had the privilege of being associated with a notable array of esteemed individuals, including 19 recipients of the Nobel Prize, four distinguished recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, three esteemed recipients of the Turing Award, as well as a laureate of the Abel Prize and a recipient of the prestigious Fields Medal. These accomplished individuals have either been alumni or members of the academic staff at the university.

7. University of Sheffield

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Guardian Score: 81.3/100
Course: MEng (Hons) Structural Engineering & Architecture (Optional Foundation Year), MEng (Hons) Structural Engineering & Architecture (Optional Foundation Year, Sandwich Year), BA (Hons) Architecture, BA (Hons) Architecture & Landscape

The University of Sheffield is a public research institution in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Sheffield University comprises a total of 50 academic departments, which are effectively structured into five faculties and an international faculty. Sheffield University has a notable association with eight Nobel laureates, six of whom have either graduated from or served as long-term staff. The Sheffield School of Architecture has continuously ranked in the top 10 rankings for “Architecture and the Built Environment” in Europe and the United Kingdom. It holds the distinction of being one of the oldest architecture schools in the United Kingdom, having been established in the year 1908.

8. University of Liverpool

Victoria Building, University of Liverpool

Guardian Score: 80.6/100
Course: BA (Hons) Architecture (Optional Year Abroad)

The University of Liverpool is a public research institution located in Liverpool, England. The institution has a notable roster of alumni and past teachers, including nine individuals who have been awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize. Additionally, it provides an extensive range of academic offerings, with over 230 undergraduate degree programs spanning across 103 distinct areas. The university in question holds the distinction of being the United Kingdom’s inaugural institution to create academic departments dedicated to the fields of oceanography, civic design, architecture, and biochemistry.

9. University of Nottingham

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Guardian Score: 80.6/100
Course: BArch (Hons) Architecture (Optional Foundation Year, Optional Year Abroad), MEng (Hons) Architecture & Environmental Design (Optional Foundation Year, Optional Year Abroad)

The University of Nottingham is an esteemed public research institution located in Nottingham, England. The university comprises various schools and departments that are structured within five faculties, namely Arts, Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, and Social Science.

10. UWE Bristol

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Guardian Score: 80.6/100
Course: BSc (Hons) Architecture, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture (Optional Sandwich Year), BA (Hons) Interior Architecture (Foundation Year), Beng (Hons) Architecture & Environmental Engineering, Beng (Hons) Architecture & Environmental Engineering (Foundation Year), BA (Hons) Architecture & Planning, BA (Hons) Architecture & Planning (Foundation Year)

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is a public research university near Bristol, England, United Kingdom. UWE Bristol is among a select group of four universities in the United Kingdom that has a University Enterprise Zone, offering ample accommodation for more than 70 firms. Additionally, it has the largest robotics laboratory in the UK.

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