Architecture is a unique subject that blends artistic flair and ability with scientific knowledge. To be an architect at Sidney Sussex requires a creative mindset as well as strong academic ability and drawing skills.

Whilst Architecture is a small subject, Sidney Sussex still stives to create a passionate community of architects that are able to share ideas, enourage their creativity and develop their skills.

Undergraduate Study

In the first year at Sidney we cover a broad range of subjects, including theory, history, drawing and site visits.

Financial support is available to help Architecture students with the purchase of drawing and modelling materials: the College will reimburse 50% of expenditure each year, up to a maximum of £200.

Written work

We will not ask you to submit any written work as part of your application.

Portfolio

We ask candidates invited to interview to bring a portfolio along with them. The portfolio is an essential part of the application. Our advice would be to edit it well, but make sure there is plenty of content, including sketchbooks and life drawings if you have them. There should be no 3D objects in the portfolio— only pictures of sculpture and other 3D work.

Admissions assessment

Applicants are required to take an at-interview written assessment.

Interviews

  • Two interviews. The first will be a more general interview focusing on candidates' interest and wider exploration of Architecture; the second will be subject-related, including discussion of the portfolio and analysis of some architectural images.
  • We will ask you to bring along your portfolio of creative work (e.g. drawings, paintings, sculpture, photos) to interview.
Subject requirements
  • Learn about our standard entry requirements for Architecture on the University website.
  • At Sidney, we require either Mathematics or Physics at A-level or IB Higher Level. We require an essay-based subject at A-level or IB Higher Level. Please note that Art is not essential at Sidney but applicants should be maintaining a sketchbook and a portfolio of their own artwork.
  • Please note that offers are set on an individual basis using all of the information available to us in context of the entire field of applicants.
Beyond the syllabus

Are you excited to learn more about the subject by delving beyond the school syllabus? Explore our Beyond the syllabus resource hub to discover interesting websites, podcasts, videos, and books related to the subject you love!

Typical intake

2 - 3

Typical A-level offer

A*AA

Typical IB offer

41-42 points overall, with 776 at Higher Level

Postgraduate Study

All University of Cambridge applications for postgraduate study are processed centrally by the Postgraduate Admissions Office. The application form and supporting documents are submitted electronically via their website and the online self-service system, though academic decisions on applications are made by the Faculty or Department.

Funding

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, Departments, Research Councils and central University funds. You can use the Postgraduate Admissions' Cambridge Funding Search to find out which type of funding you might be eligible for, and how and when to apply. They also operate a Postgraduate Funding Competition to co-ordinate some of these funding opportunities and make the process easier for you as an applicant.

To find information about the funds available for postgraduate students at Sidney, visit our Studentships and funding page.

Useful links

Course directory | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

Funding | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

How do I apply? | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

International students | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

Opportunities to work, travel, and study

The College is able to offer financial support for a number of student pursuits including:

  • Professional and research internships
  • Study awards
  • Vacation travel
  • Arts and music
  • Sport

While it will not be possible to provide support in all cases, current students are strongly encouraged to apply if they have a project which would benefit from financial support.

Discover more on our Opportunities to work, travel, and study page.