Architecture graduate destinations


of our Architecture graduates are in work or further study after 15 months*

*The structure and coverage of this survey are determined by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) employment indicator 2020/21, published in March 2023.

Great graduate careers

The majority of our Architecture graduates go into jobs related to their degree specialism. Thanks to the transferable skills and experiences they develop through our courses, they also find careers in:

  • Business Management
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Housing and Creative Marketing
  • Interior Design
  • Project Management
  • Sustainability Consultancy
  • Research.

Some graduates may also develop varied portfolio careers or become self-employed in jobs such as:

  • Architectural Assistant
  • Carpenter
  • Designer
  • Drafter
  • Freelance Artist
  • Visual Artist.

Top graduate employers

Graduates work with leading public and private architectural organisations across the country, as well as small to medium-sized architectural enterprises. We have employer partners who shape our courses, ensuring they are distinctive, future-facing and practice-led. Our partners also advise students on careers and provide internships or work experience. Graduates find jobs with our partners as well as these leading employers:

  • Aecom
  • Buro Happold
  • Hoare Lea
  • Local Councils
  • Mace Group
  • Stride Treglown Ltd
  • Redrow Homes
  • UWE Bristol

Further study

Some of our Architecture graduates prefer to go on to further study and often go on to do Architecture part 2 and part 3 courses – at UWE Bristol or elsewhere. Others complete Masters courses in subjects like sustainability, heritage and conservation.

The Careers Service provides students with guidance on choosing further study courses, applying for a place, and preparation for interview (if required).

Accredited by industry

All of our courses are, or are in the process of applying for, professional recognition or accreditation. So, graduates leave with industry-recognised qualifications and study exemptions in many cases.

Find out more about our Architecture courses

See more information about UWE Bristol's excellent university rankings and reputation.

Career support throughout your degree

From the moment our students start, they get careers information and advice  from employers, our careers team, and their tutors. So, by the time they graduate, they will be equipped with the experience, contacts and skills to succeed in their chosen careers.

Industry ready graduates

Work experience is vital in today's crowded jobs market. Our students get this on regular live briefs and consultancy projects. And while they're here, we provide one-to-one support helping them find work placements, internships and volunteering experience that fit their career plans.

Placement students are more likely to go into high-level graduate jobs and have a higher average starting salary. As well as providing students with support in their search for a placement, we prepare students through tailored workshops. Previous students have secured a year-long placement at employers including: AECOM, Arcadis, Atkins, Baily Gardner LLP, BAM, Barratt Homes, Bray & Slaughter, Colliers, Core Five LLP, Faithful & Gould, Galliford Try, GVA, Hartnell Taylor Cook, ISG, K8T, Knight Frank, Laing O’Rourke, Michael Dyson Associates, Savills, Skansa and Stride Treglown.

Exhibitions such as our annual College of Arts, Technology and Environment Degree Show attract employers from across the region. This is the perfect opportunity to network with employers and showcase project work. Take a look at our online yearbook to see the incredible standard of work that has been produced.

Business start-up skills

Each year, graduates start up businesses in areas such as web design, product design, technical sales, property development and IT consultancy. They get a head start while they're here. Enterprise skills are built into the curriculum, and students work one-to-one with employers on consultancy projects. They also learn about self-employment and start-ups in one-to-one appointments and tailored workshops in our enterprise zone.

Specialist careers support

Careers advice and coaching is available for each department. The Careers Service provide input into the curriculum and alongside degree programmes, giving up-to-date labour market and graduate destination information, as well as coaching for students in their professional development planning.

Students are emailed a fortnightly newsletter with news of top work-based learning opportunities, and can access the UWE Bristol Careers Toolkit which includes access to our services, a job search engine, resources, videos and employer information. Students can also come along to our twice daily careers drop-in or schedule a one-to-one with our dedicated team. We also arrange regular presentations and Q&As from leading sector employers. It doesn't end when students graduate.

Students are emailed a weekly newsletter with news of opportunities and have access to cloud-based career resources. They can also come along to our twice daily careers drop-in or schedule a one-to-one with our dedicated team. We also arrange regular presentations and Q&As from leading sector employers.

It doesn't end when students graduate. Alumni can access our full careers services for up to three years after graduation.

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