Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering


About us

Digital image of the Velodrome - courtesy of London 2012

Olympic Velodrome designed by graduates

Graduates Jonathan Watts and George Oates worked together on the roof of the Velodrome building, one of the most sustainable venues in the Olympic Park in terms of design and construction.

Image courtesy of London 2012.

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)1225 385394

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering has a unique character as the only interdisciplinary department in the UK.

Our student standards are among the highest in the country for both disciplines, both at entry and at graduation.


We have around 600 undergraduate students, 100 MSc students, over 50 research students and staff, and around 35 teaching and research academics.

Due to the joint nature of the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, collaborative, integrated design is central to our studio teaching across all disciplines.

All our undergraduate programmes can be taken as sandwich courses with supervised industrial placements.


Sustainability within the built environment is core to our teaching and research and is reflected strongly across our degree programmes and research centre activities.

Research is organised around four centres BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM), Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA), Energy and Design of Environments (EDEn) and Research unit for Water, Environment and Intrastructure Resilience (WEIR).

Our research was ranked joint first in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) in the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit of assessment. Overall, 90% of our research activity was graded as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

AthenaSWAN Bronze AwardAthena SWAN

We are proud to have received an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in higher education and research. The University of Bath also has an institutional bronze award.