Studying architecture is not as big as one would expect in the field of science. After all, why choose architecture when you could go into computer science and revel in the booming technology market? And even if you did want to specialize in construction work, you could always just go into civil or mechanical engineering. What use does architecture have when you have all these other majors?

Architecture may seem eerily similar to civil engineering, but their differences set them worlds apart. Some differences include:

  • Job Responsibilities: Civil engineering focuses more on the structure of the building itself-testing building materials, performing surveying operations, risk analysis of the foundation of the building and so on-so they tend to be able to get more job opportunities while architecture focuses on the artistic aspects of the building-trying to get the best aesthetic, feel and functionality of whatever building is being made, be it office, house or whatever-so they’re mostly relegated to interior work of buildings and just that.
  • Scopes and Concerns: Both play very important but wildly different roles. Civil engineering deals more with on field work-measurements, quantity surveying, supervising on-site constructions, procurement of building materials, safe constructions, etc.-whereas architecture focuses mainly on the artistic side-artistic drawing and designing, utilization of space along with using proper shapes and colors for designing, aesthetics of the environment good appearance, etc
  • Skills and Focuses: Civil engineering require more technical, analytical and generally scientific skills while architecture leans more on the mathematical and artistic sides of the engineer skillset.

So if you feel like you’ve got an artistic side you want to put to use during your engineer work then keep on reading to find out some of the best universities for an architecture education in Europe.

Loughborough University


Those who wish to study in the U.K. should take a look at Loughborough University, a big player in the field of English academics. With a beautiful campus and an award-winning student experience in almost every field of university life-teaching, research, internships, campus life, you name it-you’d be hard pressed to find someone who wouldn’t want an opportunity to study at this renowned institution. Keep in mind, though, their tuition fees-those who are native to the country will have the costs of education be almost 50% cheaper than the international students. Great if you’re a UK resident, managebale if you’re an international student with money to your name, not so great if you’re not an international student whose pockets are light-be sure to try and get a scholarship to offset the costs.

Examples of some of the achievements they’ve acquired over the years are:

  • ‘University of the Year for Sports’ for 2022.
  • Over 90% of their research classified as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
  • Number 1 in the U.K. for employer-student connections.

You can look up their programs on the topic over here:

Atlinbas University

Those future architects looking to study in Turkey, look no further than Atlinbas University. Located in the heart of Istanbul, the country’s capital, you’ll be in no shortage of quality education with these people. While the university has three campuses, you’ll be spending most of your time here at the Gayrettpe Campus in the city center, which hosts the university’s School of Law. They have many aces up their sleeves when it comes to beating out the competition, including:

  • A strong academic staff consisting of PhD holders with teaching experience in the best universities in the world and multiple international projects and publications under their belt
  • An effective education including hands-on learning experience and an academic advisor for each student.
  • Strong foreign language education with many of their programs being in English, as well as professional English courses in the curriculum for those who want to learn the language.
  • A university with a close connection to other institutions, ensuring many opportunities for internships, entrepreneurship courses, summer schools and joint programs
  • Support for finding employment, including employment opportunities at partnered companies and a career center support building to help students acquire a job before graduation
  • And many more advantages!

If you’re interested, you can check out their programs on the topic here:

Queen’s University Belfast

Speaking of studying in the U.K., another great choice for those in the region is Queen’s University Belfast. A high-quality university through-and-through, a few of the university’s achievements include:

  • The city of Belfast itself, which has the lowest student rent in all of U.K. as well as the best public transportation
  • An active campus filled to the brim with many exercise facilities and sports teams
  • Amazing research opportunities and a strong focus on research culture
  • Winner of many awards and accreditations in both academics and sports

If you’re interested, you can look up their masters of the topic here:

University of Lincoln

Located near the Brayford Pool of Lincoln, the aptly named University of Lincoln has more to offer their students than just a pretty view of the local lake. There are many achievements this proud institution can boast of, but the most notable ones include:

  • World-leading research with an emphasis on specific topics such as history and computer science.
  • Active student life with its very own Student Union that even owns its own pub.
  • In the centre of Lincoln, a bustling student city which manages to combine both the serenity of a suburban neighbourhood with the excitement you’d expect out of an urban area.
  • Plenty of extracurricular activities to keep you occupied such as academic societies, sports clubs, advice centre, employability programme and various other events hosted by the Student Union.

If you’re interested you can check out their programs here:

And there you have it-just a few of the European universities out there which can jumpstart your career in architecture. If you’d like to do more research on this topic (or just university related matters in general), be sure to check out Udrus.