International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Architecture at Salford


You will develop a critical and ethical awareness of complex contemporary issues and challenges which are at the forefront of architectural practice


Excellent staff will foster originality in the application of methodologies of spatial creation, including those in the area of performative spatial practices, which contribute to research, scholarship and the enhancement of practice within the field


Designed to satisfy the requirements of the Architects Registration Board and the Royal Institute of British Architects, this course provides the crucial second stage in the seven-year education of an architect

Course Summary

Our MArch course prepares you for professional practice, entering offices or engaging with MPhil and PhD research. It is a unique programme which integrates professional practice and academia in a way which does not set up the division between the two: whilst on the MArch, you will already be making architecture and play a role in enhancing practice.
The MArch consists of a series of sequential and interwoven modules and briefs which develop a learning journey over the two year duration of the course. Relationships are developed between design/speculative/discursive modes and bodily/material/performative modes, and between professional practice and academic experimentation and rigour. Projects on the MArch are set out in a rhythm which supports your development of areas of concern and your own architectural themes and positions.

Course Details

Course Structure

In the first year of the MArch, the teaching and learning strategy includes work-based learning in the form of 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 through a unique learning experience.

Your personal development is encouraged at each level of the MArch through structured workshops and other activities. The research skills you develop will enable 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 Intermediate Terminating Qualification PgCert is constituted by 60 credits and by the following modules, corresponding to the 1st Semester of the 1st  Year modules:

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

The Intermediate Terminating Qualification PGDip in Architecture Studies 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)

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 a 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.

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 advanced 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. 
  • The work based learning placement – 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 excursion will be incorporated in the learning and teaching strategy. 
  • The lectures will engage the students in a variety of tasks, and discussions of issues. You will be actively encouraged to enlarge and extend 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 February 2017.