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.
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.
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:
The PgDip is constituted by 120 credits. In addition to the previous modules noted, the PgDip includes:
Those who choose to successfully complete a thesis will earn the full MArch award.
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.
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.
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 staff involved in the MArch is composed of academics with a strong record in practice and in research.
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.
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There are also other sources of funding available to you.
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.