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
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.
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:
The Intermediate Terminating Qualification PGDip in Architecture Studies is constituted by 120 credits. In addition to the previous modules noted, the PGDip includes:
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.
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 advanced 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.
Professor Oren Lieberman
Dr. Claudia Trillo
Dr. Julian Holder
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 February 2017.