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3 good reasons to study Architecture at Salford


Integrated industry experience will prepare you for professional practice.


We're ranked 5th in the UK and 36th in the world for Architecture and Built Environment teaching (QS world ranking 2017).


This course is designed to satisfy the requirements of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), providing the crucial second stage in the seven-year education of an architect.

Course Summary

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This contemporary Master of Architecture (MArch) course combines the best of theory and practice to get you ready for professional practice, entering offices or engaging with MPhil and PhD research.  

Our uniquely hands-on programme integrates industry experience with academic study; while completing your degree you will complete industry placements where you will take an active role in creating architecture and enhancing practice.

You will typically get the opportunity to go an international study trip, enabling you to enrich your study experience and stimulate your creativity. Visiting speakers will also contribute to your learning, bringing real-world examples that will enable you to develop a deeper understanding of this  subject, and  giving you insight into what is required to become a chartered architect.

Our academics are leading architecture practitioners who regularly contribute to research and enhance current practice. Their knowledge and experience puts them at the forefront of this field, and if you study here, you will be able to tap into this vast knowledge bank.

You will be taught in purpose built design studios located in our brand new New Adelphi building. These carefully designed spaces house the specialist equipment and tools you’ll need to inspire your creativity and execute your ideas.  

You will learn in our world-leading School of the Built Environment, which was ranked 5th in the UK and 36th in the world for architecture teaching, in the prestigious 2017 QS World University Rankings.

Course Details

Course Structure

In the first year of the MArch you will benefit from placement experience in architectural and design offices as part of the design-based modules (i.e. Performative Technologies – Material Matters, Advanced Digital Design Technologies, Urban Ecologies). Through these placements you will be able to develop your professional skills and understanding of the realities of the field.

Your personal development is encouraged at each level of the MArch through structured workshops and other activities, with the research skills you develop enabling you to be self-directed. The two year course will culminate with a semester-long design research project – a thesis – in which you will articulate an architectural position which looks forward to professional practice.

The PgCert is constituted by 60 credits and by the following modules:

  • Histories and Theories (15 credits) 
  • Performative Technologies – Material Matters (30 credits)
  • Advanced Digital Design Technologies (15 credits)

The PgDip is constituted by 120 credits. In addition to the previous modules noted, the PgDip includes:

  • Advanced Practice Management and Law (15 credits) 
  • Urban Ecologies (45 credits)

Those who choose to successfully complete a thesis will earn the full MArch award.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Architecture (MArch) programme will typically have a first degree in architecture from an accredited undergraduate programme (normally with ARB/RIBA Part 1 exemption). Typically students will have achieved a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1). Whilst it is not a requirement for entrants to have completed ARB Part 1, all Parts (1, 2 and 3) will need to be completed in order to be admitted to the UK Register of Architects.

Applicants will be required to submit an electronic portfolio of work as part of the application process. Applicants who have a portfolio which evidences a passion for architecture, and who have demonstrated they can achieve at a high level, will be considered for a place on the course and for an interview. The portfolio should include relevant work from an undergraduate architecture course which shows achievement of ARB/RIBA Part 1 (or non-UK equivalent), as well any work done in practice which might be relevant. Portfolios should demonstrate the range of creative and representational media, including various forms of drawing, and three-dimensional making. Relevant written work should also be included. For any further information on the ARB/RIBA Part 1 criteria please click here.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
We do not require references provided that you have the standard academic entry requirements.  If you do not, then we will ask you to complete the Accreditation of Prior Learning process referred to above.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

The MArch is designed for those who are passionate about architecture, have an appetite for knowledge, a desire to experiment and who wish to engage with forward thinking architectural design practices in which advanced technical skills, 'live' briefs, and practice-based learning are embedded.


  • The programme is based on a modular structure over two years with each module providing learning and appropriate skill development consistent with its position in the overall structure, and complementary to the other modules at each level.
  • Intensive 'diagonal' workshops are embedded throughout the program to ensure integration across the modules and a holistic approach.
  • The learning outcomes will be achieved through a combination of design studio-based and seminar-led learning that includes lectures (including from invited practitioners), seminars, tutorials and workshops, supported by student presentations, symposia and peer feedback. 
  • Work based learning placement/industry experience – in which students will act as “consultant-researcher-designers” – will complement specific modules, aimed at testing the theoretical concepts against their practical implementation. 
  • Normally an international study trip will be incorporated in the learning and teaching strategy. 
  • The lectures will engage students in a variety of tasks and discussions of issues. You will be actively encouraged to increase your knowledge by further reading and visits.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

The staff involved in the MArch is composed of academics with a strong record in practice and in research.

Professor Oren Lieberman
Dr. Claudia Trillo
Dan Dubowitz
Athena Moustaka
Mark Alston
Dr. Julian Holder


Career Prospects

Students graduating from the MArch will be able to enter employment, typically in architectural offices but also in other built environment and design practices. Those wishing to continue their architectural career progression will seek opportunities to engage with the required 24 months of professional practice before sitting the Part 3 exam.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£12,300

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:
  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.