BEng (Hons) Architectural Environment Engineering

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Key information


BEng (Hons) Architectural Environment Engineering

Types of study

Full time


Three or four years depending on entry qualifications

Start date

September 2021


Architecture and Built Environment / Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study model

2+2, 4+0

Note: For the 2+2 study model courses, the student will spend the last two years at our UK campus. For the 4+0 study model courses, the student will spend the entire degree programme in Ningbo, China with 'study abroad' opportunities from year three.

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Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three-year degree programme, or a four-year programme with a preliminary year. The preliminary year enables you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin here. If your country is not listed, please email

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese prospectus.

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English or your entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution), you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Minimum requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in writing) – eligible for three-year programme;
  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in writing) – eligible for four-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55) – eligible for three-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51) – eligible for four-year programme.

Minimum age requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of “admission” is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis. If your parents or guardians provide their written agreement, in advance, to additional safeguards and requirements. Visit here for more information.

Course overview

The course involves the use of modern and environment-friendly technologies to create comfortable and efficient indoor environments. You will apply your skills to design energy-efficient buildings incorporating renewable energy, green architecture, ventilation, lighting, acoustics, and electrical/control systems.

This course aims to develop an understanding of the principles and techniques of architectural environment engineering science and the ability to apply these principles and methods for sustainable development of the built environment.

Special feature

  • You will explore the use of sustainable materials and building services systems driven by non-fossil fuel based technologies with a view to contributing to the construction of economically viable, environmentally friendly buildings during your career.
  • You will be given the opportunity to apply your knowledge and enhance your analytical abilities through research projects.
  • You will consider, in more detail, the holistic design of a building, its internal environment, and the systems necessary for environmentally responsible building construction.

Course structure

The degree is offered as a three or four-year programme depending on your entry qualifications. Students have the option to study the whole course in China or spend their last two years at The University of Nottingham, UK. Year one (Preliminary year - Ningbo) is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.


This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

Year 1 modules


The preliminary year is designed to help you develop your English language skills so that you can make the most of your degree programme.

This special English language programme designed by the English for Academic Purposes experts at the University's Centre for English Language Education is carefully integrated with academic content modules so that you are prepared fully for years two to four of your degree programme.

*Note: This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

Year 2 modules


Year two compulsory modules (qualifying year)

Environmental Design 1

Thermofluids 1

Electricity and the Built Environment

Fluid Mechanics and the Built Environment 1

Architectural Engineering Design 1

Architectural Engineering Design 2

Performance of Construction Materials  Mathematical Methods for Architectural and Environmental Engineering   


Year 3 modules


Year three compulsory modules (Part 1)

Thermofluids 2

Differential Equations and Calculus for Engineers

Acoustics and Lighting

Introduction to Renewable Energy

Project Management and Development 1

Fluid Mechanics and the Built Environment 2

Control Systems for Built Environment

Environmental Performance Modelling

Architectural Engineering Design 3

Architectural Engineering Design 4



Year 4 modules


Year four compulsory modules (Part 2)

Compulsory - Students must take all modules in this group.

Computational Fluid Dynamics for the Built Environment Heat transfer and cooling technology AEE Research Project

Architectural Engineering Design 5

Energy and Waste


Restricted - Students must take a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 10 credits from this group.

Building Information Modelling & Management    


Careers and further study

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Career Development Office can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements, and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

Most of our graduates continue to study for Master’s degrees in related subjects at top universities in the UK, USA and other countries. The most popular destination for many years has been the highly ranked University College London (UCL).

After studying, our graduates typically work for a range of companies including global engineering and construction firms such as Arup, Glumac and WSP, to smaller national and regional consultancies and contractors, depending on their preference. Companies are highly positive about graduates from this course and particularly value their ability to think about integrated design, rather than just specific components. International companies also find our graduates’ ability to work in both English and Chinese a great asset.

Some graduates prefer instead to pursue research and return to us for PhD study. If this interests you then our research-active and internationally recognised staff will be willing to discuss your options.


  • Gaomi (Shanghai) Architectural Design Consulting Co., Ltd.
  • China Petroleum Engineering Construction Services Ltd. Southwest Company

Further study

Among the 75 graduates from BEng Hons Architectural Environment Engineeringin 2020, 67 chose to continue their studies. 86.6% of them were admitted into the top 50 universities in the world.

2021 QSWorld University Rankings



University of Cambridge


Imperial College London


University College London


National University of Singapore


The University of Edinburgh

27 The University of Manchester 1

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


New York University


The University of Sydney

  Total 58



Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships.

Historically, nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Please check here for scholarship types and policies for applicants from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas countries. If you are a mainland Chinese student, please visit the Chinese language prospectus.

Contact us

Admissions Office

Room 222, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


International Admissions Office

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0)574 8818 0000 ext. 8505

Faculty Office of Science and Engineering

Room 427, Sir Peter Mansfield Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


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