Facts and figures

The Welsh School of Architecture was established in 1920 and has grown considerably over the past 95 years to attract students, research projects and staff from all over the world.

In 2017 the Welsh School of Architecture continues to maintain an outstanding reputation for teaching and research which has been indicated by successful rankings in leagues tables, research impact cases, community projects and graduate prospects.


The School has over 600 students enrolled on our degree programmes from all over the world.

  • 378 Undergraduates
  • 78 Postgraduate Research
  • 169 Postgraduate Taught (including the MAUD jointly run with the School of Geography and Planning)

Student numbers correct using University records 2015

Research Income

  • In the past five years research awards have totalled over £6.5 Million

League Tables

The School’s position in current official league tables

League table Position
QS World Rankings 39th
Guardian University Guide 8th
The Complete University Guide 10th

QS World University Rankings
The QS World University Rankings by Subject highlight the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas, covering 36 subjects as of 2015. Published annually since 2011, the rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

Guardian University Guide
The methodology for the Guardian University Guide focuses on subject-level league tables. Eight statistical measures are employed to approximate our performance in teaching each subject.

The Complete University Guide
The Complete University Guide has been publishing university and related league tables online since 2007. The subject league tables use four measures: Student Satisfaction, Research Assessment, Entry Standards and Graduate Prospects.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

A global reputation for innovative research into architecture and the built environment underpins our continued success. The strength and depth of our expertise in fields including low carbon environments, sustainable design, the cultural context of architecture, and the influence of designed environments on quality of life are reflected in our GPA score of 3.11 and a UK ranking of 13th. A distinctive feature is 90% of our research has been deemed ‘outstanding’ for its impact in terms of its reach and significance, ranking us top in the UK.

Overall 45.0% 30.0% 16.0% 9.0% 0.0%
Outputs 30.0% 32.0% 24.0% 14.0% 0.0%
Impact 90.0% 10.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment 50.0% 50.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


The School is accredited to provide all of the qualifications necessary to become a practicing architect in the UK. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture Studies (Part 1), the Master of Architecture (Part 2) and the Diploma in Architecture: Professional Practice (Part 3) are all validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have approved our MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation which is also accredited by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). By using the School’s established expertise as a research locus for sustainable design, the programme addresses concerns which have been identified internationally by the International Council on Monuments and sites (ICOMOS) as the critical future direction of conservation education.

Our MSc in Sustainable Mega Buildings is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE), the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Chicago. The CTBUH have taken on the role of course accreditors, providing general guidance and feedback, but also confirming that it achieves a high standard of teaching and learning.

Our MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings is also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE).

The Masters in Urban Design is recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a ‘specialist’ masters for those who have completed at least a three year RTPI recognised undergraduate spatial planning degree, allowing completion of the RTPI’s educational requirements for membership. It is also accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), allowing completion of the educational requirement for RICS membership.

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