International Foundation in Architecture


Preparing students for direct entry to Year 1 of professionally accredited undergraduate degree in Architecture or Planning, Environment and Development at Queen's University Belfast. __On campus study__ This program is available to study on campus only.

Key information

  • Progress to Year 1 of a professionally accredited undergraduate degree.
  • Prepare your art portfolio during the programme.
  • Learn from a qualified and highly experienced architect.
  • Develop self-evaluation skills through weekly informal critiques of work produced in class.
  • Learn in classes set up as workshops, and have the opportunity to draw and make detailed models.

Entry requirements

Age requirement
Academic requirements
Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades. All students must hold a GCSE grade 4/C Mathematics or equivalent.
English language entry requirements
3 Terms: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in all other subskills) or equivalent.

Dates & Fees

September 2023 start
(3 Terms)
Mon 18 September 2023 - Fri 21 June 2024

January 2024 start
(3 Terms)
Mon 8 January 2024 - Fri 30 August 2024


Compulsory Modules
English Language and Study Skills
30 Credits
Practical Skills for Art Portfolio
30 Credits
Principles of Architectural Design and Practice
30 Credits
Specialist Modules
Foundation Mathematics
30 Credits
Foundation Politics and International Relations
30 Credits


 =  Placement option available
 =  Study abroad option available
Final level
English level
Additional requirements

Architecture-BSc (Hons)
B overall with a minimum of C in Speaking and Listening and grade D in Reading and Writing
GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent plus evidence of artistic ability.

Geography-BSc (Hons)
B overall with a minimum of D in all subskills
BBC + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent

Planning, Environment and Development-BSc (Hons)
B overall with a minimum of grade D in all components
BBC + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent