Writtle University College and ARU have merged. Writtle’s full range of college, degree, postgraduate and short courses will still be delivered on the Writtle campus. See our guide to finding Writtle information on this site.

About the School of Engineering and the Built Environment

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Here, you'll find the largest choice of engineering and built environment courses in the East of England, many of which are accredited by professional bodies.

We're located in Chelmsford, and also offer courses across East Anglia with our regional partner institutions.


Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies and all are developed in close collaboration with industry and with emerging technologies in mind. Our courses are accredited or prescribed by:

  • Architects Registration Board (ARB)
  • Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
  • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)
  • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE
  • Association for Project Management (APM)
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

In addition to providing undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses, we also train and provide research support to private and public sector organisations. We'll encourage you to gain the right work experience during your studies and support you with this, as well as offering the option of taking a sandwich year placement with an industry-relevant partner.

First-class staff

Our team of academic, technical and support staff take pride in delivering an up-to-date and exciting curriculum, while offering a friendly atmosphere in which you can thrive.


With our four research groups, everyone in our department stays up to date with the latest industry thinking and findings


We offer exceptional facilities to support our students, researchers and the businesses we work with. From modern architecture studios and workshop space to dedicated engineering labs. Explore our engineering labs and 3D printing (additive manufacturing) facilities.

Visiting us

If you're thinking of studying one of our courses the best way to find out what makes us unique is by visiting our next Open Day. See exactly what we have to offer, have a tour of our facilities and chat to staff and students.