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Hi! I am planning to join the architecture course this Sep in NTU but I am not very sure it will be the best decision after doing some research and people saying that it’s bad. Any idea how it is like in NTU??
Original post by Anonymous
Hi! I am planning to join the architecture course this Sep in NTU but I am not very sure it will be the best decision after doing some research and people saying that it’s bad. Any idea how it is like in NTU??

Hi mate, before making decisions or judging a University make sure you do research. But don’t worry I done that for you. Have friends that live in Nottingham and I have done some research from credible sources online.

The reason I say don’t make judgements about a university is that “people are saying that it’s bad”. I’ve heard this statement so many times when it comes to universities and what this actual means is a stereotype people say because it’s became pop culture or trend about that University. Now to check this stereotype I looked at the facts and came to the conclusion that not only is it not a bad university as a whole. That it is in fact a good university, and a very good one for the course architecture in comparison to all the other university’s in the grade bracket boundary of ABB and ABC (120-128). If you had higher grades such as AAB then yes there are a few better options. But at that grade boundary for architecture NTU is probably one of the best. I based this off statistics and employer data.

Key information about the uni and the course:

ranked 1st for employment in the whole of the UK (the uni as a whole)

Ranked 6th by the complete university guide

Ranked 21st out of all the unis for architecture

Ranked 1st for UG studying it by the complete university guide

It is also ranked 29th by the times

There’s not much I can find to say bad about architecture course. Maybe other courses might not be as good as other unis at similar grade boundaries but for architecture NTU is very solid.

All in all from research the uni got a lesser rep to other unis because of the party’s and the night life in Nottingham. However, for your course and law and a few other courses at NTU you will get the latter of people. Meaning you will get smart individuals who also have a fun aspect to them but will be balanced individuals. Compared to other courses that will have more just party people compared to academic. The teachers for the course are very good and the course is good its self.

Any other questions Just let me know. You can find all where I got this information from the complete university guide rankings for architecture and just in general. You can also find information from the times and RIBBA and then uni guide.

Edit: (forgot to say that this is probably one of the best ex-poly university’s for architecture compared to other ex-poly unis that are close in grade bracket. The closest is Sheffield Hallam. But even then NTU ranks higher in both general and course specific to architecture. If you are looking for a russel group uni then you will need at least A A B or A A A. As this is a high grade subject.
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Original post by Studentknowledge
Hi mate, before making decisions or judging a University make sure you do research. But don’t worry I done that for you. Have friends that live in Nottingham and I have done some research from credible sources online.

The reason I say don’t make judgements about a university is that “people are saying that it’s bad”. I’ve heard this statement so many times when it comes to universities and what this actual means is a stereotype people say because it’s became pop culture or trend about that University. Now to check this stereotype I looked at the facts and came to the conclusion that not only is it not a bad university as a whole. That it is in fact a good university, and a very good one for the course architecture in comparison to all the other university’s in the grade bracket boundary of ABB and ABC (120-128). If you had higher grades such as AAB then yes there are a few better options. But at that grade boundary for architecture NTU is probably one of the best. I based this off statistics and employer data.

Key information about the uni and the course:

ranked 1st for employment in the whole of the UK (the uni as a whole)

Ranked 6th by the architects journey (a credited source of information about things related to architecture)

Ranked 21st out of all the unis for architecture

Ranked 1st for UG studying it by architects journal

It is also ranked 29th by the times


There’s not much I can find to say bad about architecture course. Maybe other courses might not be as good as other unis at similar grade boundaries but for architecture NTU is very solid.

All in all from research the uni got a lesser rep to other unis because of the party’s and the night life in Nottingham. However, for your course and law and a few other courses at NTU you will get the latter of people. Meaning you will get smart individuals who also have a fun aspect to them but will be balanced individuals. Compared to other courses that will have more just party people compared to academic. The teachers for the course are very good and the course is good its self.

Any other questions Just let me know. You can find all where I got this information from the complete university guide rankings for architecture and just in general. You can also find information from the times and RIBBA and then uni guide.

Edit: (forgot to say that this is probably one of the best ex-poly university’s for architecture compared to other ex-poly unis that are close in grade bracket. The closest is Sheffield Hallam. But even then NTU ranks higher in both general and course specific to architecture. If you are looking for a russel group uni then you will need at least A A B or A A A. As this is a high grade subject.


Can you give the link to your source in the architects journal please?
I can’t find where I saw architects journal. I could’ve sworn I saw it say architects journal. Well it now says complete university guide. (I’ll edit it to complete university guide.

https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/nottingham-trent-university-n91/courses/architecture-barch-hons-2024-659dd4f5026c#:~:text=%2D%20**Top%201%20Ranking**,(Complete%20University%20Guide%202024).
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Original post by Studentknowledge
I can’t find where I saw architects journal. I could’ve sworn I saw it say architects journal. Well it now says complete university guide. (I’ll edit it to complete university guide.

https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/nottingham-trent-university-n91/courses/architecture-barch-hons-2024-659dd4f5026c#:~:text=%2D%20**Top%201%20Ranking**,(Complete%20University%20Guide%202024).


Be careful what you post (and believe) about statistics. Unis pull what they can from rankings to promote their courses and they are often meaningless. The page you sent me to is a quote from NTU's webpage - "**Top 1 Ranking** | NTU is 1st for the number of UG students studying Architecture, building and planning (HESA, 2021/22)". This doesn't say anything about the quality of the course - it just means they take more students than other unis.

Also, league tables should be taken with a pinch of salt. Don't rely on them as a means for choosing a course. I can't ratify a lot of the stats you are quoting in post #2. This is what I found for NTU:

Universities in UK

45th Complete uni guide https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?tabletype=full-table
42nd The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2023/sep/09/the-guardian-university-guide-2024-the-rankings


For architecture

21st Complete uni guide https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings/architecture
29th The Guardian
Original post by normaw
Be careful what you post (and believe) about statistics. Unis pull what they can from rankings to promote their courses and they are often meaningless. The page you sent me to is a quote from NTU's webpage - "**Top 1 Ranking** | NTU is 1st for the number of UG students studying Architecture, building and planning (HESA, 2021/22)". This doesn't say anything about the quality of the course - it just means they take more students than other unis.
Also, league tables should be taken with a pinch of salt. Don't rely on them as a means for choosing a course. I can't ratify a lot of the stats you are quoting in post #2. This is what I found for NTU:
Universities in UK
45th Complete uni guide https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?tabletype=full-table
42nd The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2023/sep/09/the-guardian-university-guide-2024-the-rankings
For architecture
21st Complete uni guide https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings/architecture
29th The Guardian

What would you use as a means of choosing a course then ?

Because from what I can see. The rankings show that it is a good uni for that course. 21st and 29th. Which compared to other ex-poly unis is one of the best.
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Original post by Studentknowledge
What would you use as a means of choosing a course then ?

Because from what I can see. The rankings show that it is a good uni for that course. 21st and 29th. Which compared to other ex-poly unis is one of the best.


For architecture, read the RIBA reports for each school:

https://www.architecture.com/education-cpd-and-careers/riba-validation/riba-validated-schools-uk

Then visit the uni, listen to the subject talks and then chat to staff and students. Research the staff specialisms and see how they influence the course. Search for the end-of-year degree shows to see the work students are producing. Look at the studio spaces and equipment, and decide if it is an environment you would be happy in.
Original post by normaw
For architecture, read the RIBA reports for each school:
https://www.architecture.com/education-cpd-and-careers/riba-validation/riba-validated-schools-uk
Then visit the uni, listen to the subject talks and then chat to staff and students. Research the staff specialisms and see how they influence the course. Search for the end-of-year degree shows to see the work students are producing. Look at the studio spaces and equipment, and decide if it is an environment you would be happy in.
Grade wise what would be the best uni for ABB? (128)? For mainly the course and future prospects

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