University of Nottingham Ningbo China

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

BEng, Architecture

: September, 2023
: 4 Years
: English
: May, 2023
: RMB 110,000
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: 081217178800 / 081214567888



Course overview

The course provides an open and holistic education in architecture, aiming to form the next generation of architects and design thinkers to create better and inspiring built environments. The programme is designed to encourage creativity and innovation while responding to the professional requirements of architectural education.

You will develop an in-depth understanding of the contemporary architectural debate, allowing you to develop independent and critical thinking. It also provides a variety of hands-on projects, exercises, workshops, and facilities for students to work within.

Special features

  • Creative problem-solving ability in the design of the built environment, founded on awareness, knowledge and understanding of the contemporary local and global architectural discourse;
  • An understanding, knowledge and ability to design and practice architecture within the local context of China, as well as at an international level;
  • Appreciation of the aesthetic values of means of individual expression, and capacity of communication, through the imaginative use of appropriate media;
  • Understanding of the principles of sustainable environmental design, and knowledge of the materials, methods, and techniques relevant to the design and construction of buildings and urban spaces;
  • Capacity to articulate critical thinking and propose original reflections on themes of relevance to the theories and practices of architectural design;
  • Understanding of the national and international framework of professional design practice and knowledge of the contextual regulations of the construction industry;
  • Independent approach to learning, promoting appropriate research methods of design investigation and fostering lifelong education.

Course structure

The degree is offered as a three or four-year programme depending on your entry qualification.

  • For domestic students, the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system and is based on a four-year programme.
  • For international students, with relevant qualifications, the course structure follows the UK higher education system and is based on a three-year programme.


This course is accredited by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA Part 1).

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.

Among the 38 graduates from BEng (Hons) Architecture in 2019, 18 chose to continue their studies. 38.9% of them were admitted into one of the top 50 universities in the world. The University of Nottingham admitted one student to study their PhD.

The curriculum is designed on international standards founded on the well-established UK pedagogic tradition of architectural education. On completion of the Part 1 programme at UNNC, students are offered a broad range of opportunities in professional practice or further education both in China and internationally.

Graduates from this programme can enrol in postgraduate architecture courses, such as Masters and PhDs, at The University of Nottingham, UK, at other UK Universities, as well as in universities in China, Asia, Europe, and the US. The University will provide support to graduates for admission into postgraduate degree programmes.

Graduates from this programme will be able to join architectural practices as Part 1-equivalent graduates in most parts of the world. This will allow graduates to gain professional experience and further develop skills that are required to join programmes of further education, or develop a career in architectural practice. The University provides support for our graduates for placements and internship, both during study and after graduation.


1. High school diploma and above.

2. Non-Chinese citizens who hold a foreign passport and comply with the relevant regulations set by the “Document No. 12 (2020) of Ministry of Education of the PRC ".

3. Physically and mentally healthy.

4. Applicants under 18 years old (Per September) should provide a letter of guarantee for their guardian in China (notarization required).

Application Documents:

1. Scan passport: Front page and Endorsement page (page 3/4, if there is an addition or change of name). ( (

2. Recent passport size photo, with the following format: Recent full-faced passport size photo (the head occupies 70% of the size of the photo); the aspect ratio is 4:3; white background without borders; the size is 100-500KB (*.jpg,*.jpeg). (

3. Language Certificates

- English Taught: IELTS with an overall score of 5.5/6.0 or TOEFL IBT 85 (different for each university)

- Chinese Taught: HSK 4-6 (levels and minimum scores are different for each major and university)

4. High school diploma (for bachelor degree) and Bachelor or Master diploma (for master and doctoral degree), hasn’t graduated students should provide an official statement from your high school or university as proof of graduation (Pre-Graduation Statement). ( (

5. High school transcripts (for bachelor degree) and university transcripts (for master and doctoral degree), page sorted in 1 file. Please contact your school to get ‘1 sheet’ kinds of transcripts. (

6. 2 (two) recommendation letters from your teachers in high school (for bachelor degree) and two university professors (for master and doctoral degrees) along with letterhead and stamp from the school. Please also include the email and phone number of recommenders. (

7. Study Plan / Personal Statement, approximately 800 words (English/Mandarin) and must be signed with a clear name. You could check general personal statement points grid here (

8. Additional requirements that apply vary from university to university, for example:

- Entrance Examination / Interview.

- Curriculum Vitae (CV). (

- Financial Statement (from Bank). (

- Certificate of No Criminal Record (SKCK) from the Local Indonesian Police. (

- Medical Check Up Report. ( (


- Documents number 4-6 above, MUST be translated into English / Mandarin, and legalized by the school or you could use the services of a sworn translator.

- Documents needed for Additional Requirements do not need to be prepared in advance, our team will follow up with you later.

- Please neatly SCAN each file in pdf format, the size must not be more than 1 MB (except the passport photo must comply with the requirements above), then upload everything to the system at

1. Tuition: RMB 110,000 Per Year

2. Text books for undergraduates: flat fee of RMB 2,500 per year (only for Year 1 students), If your books do not total RMB 2,500 at the end of each academic year, you will be refunded the difference.

3. Accommodation costs: approximately RMB 5,000 – 16,000 per year for oversea students, depending on the type of accommodation.

4. Living costs: RMB 16,200 - 31,500 per year for living expenses.

5. Compulsory insurance: RMB 800 per year for undergraduates.

6. Campus card fees: RMB 200 for the first year if you choose to live on the campus. And the money will be used to precharge utilities.