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Year of Entry 2019/20
MArch

Architecture (2 years)

Full-time Architecture

Study this cutting-edge, research-led and career-focussed RIBA/ARB Part 2 architecture course — developing your ability to produce innovative social and ecological architectural projects.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: See fees section below
International: See fees section below
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2019

Course summary

  • Participate in an innovative learning experience focussing on critical design, ecological attitudes and the role of architecture in society.
  • Explore diverse, cutting-edge forms of architectural practice.
  • Develop a global understanding of the subject on overseas field trips.
  • Engage in exciting projects alongside diverse communities, organisations and architects.

 

On this two-year course route, you will produce refined design and research projects — developing advanced skills in curating, and producing work for public, professional and community audiences. The course promotes and delivers excellence in building and urban design, and explores architecture as a complex, interdisciplinary and dynamic ecology. You’ll graduate not only with a Part 2 architecture qualification, but with a rigorously developed and creatively explored position within the discipline.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Dr Sam Vardy talk about this course.

On this course, you'll experience creative studio teaching culture, and develop critical skills for future career in architecture.

We use our extensive local, national and international networks of architects to inspire and inform your work — allowing you to explore the subject in all its diversity.

The course provides a friendly, supportive and yet challenging experience, to which your own input and expertise is essential. Based around principles of collaboration, the course has three main agendas: The Praxis of Architecture, Social and Political Design, and Ecologies of Architecture.

You learn through

  • design portfolio
  • lectures
  • workshop sessions
  • coursework
  • exhibitions
  • essays and reports
  • field trips and practice visits

Course leaders and tutors

Sam Vardy
Sam Vardy
Senior Lecturer in Architecture

As Course Leader for the M.Arch (RIBA Part 2), Sam coordinates the course and teaches design studio, research modules, and theory and history. He is also an admissio … Read more

Applied learning

Work and Study

The 2 year route follows the traditional Part 2 format and enables students to build a strong M.Arch culture in the school of architecture. The shared Praxis of Architecture strand ensures that students on this route benefit from discussions, visits, reviews and other engagement with a range of established architects and practices.

In Year 4, students undertake Studio 4 Extended for the year, a design studio based in Sheffield which explores a different theme each year, and introduces some of the working approaches of the course, such as mapping, field notes, scenarios, and experimental design processes. Studio 4 Extended is supported by two modules on The Praxis of Architecture: 1 Theory and Recent History, and 2 Expanding Practice.

Ecological and urban issues are also explored in the Sustainable City Ecologies module.

Students subsequently enter Year 6 of the 'vertical atelier' system where they work on the design project alongside the Year 5 students from the 3-year route. Atelier projects have been delivered recently in Vilnius (Lithuania), The Netherlands, Lisbon (Portugal), South Wales, Manchester and Lancaster.

In Praxis 3 Developing your Agenda for Practice, students reflect on experience of architectural practice to date and your future aspirations and plans, and in Critical Study Extended, students are able to develop an advanced piece of postgraduate research.

Live projects

All of the design modules are embedded in existing communities, in the UK or abroad, and your design project will engage directly with these conditions before exploring creative future scenarios and architectural strategies and interventions. You will work with a range of actors including local community members, architects and other design professionals, artists and local authorities.

Field trips

Throughout the course, you’ll undertake field trips to witness a diverse range of architectural projects and organisations who work at the cutting edge of architectural practice and debate.

Networking opportunities

The school's national and international network of allows you many opportunities to network with students, academics and practicing architects. The Praxis trip to London provides the opportunity to visit a range of leading, innovative, architectural practices.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • architecture
  • design
  • planning and urban design
  • various spatial practices
  • research and academia
  • construction

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • fully equipped design studios with extended access in the evenings and weekends
  • modelling workshops with laser cutters, 3D printers and a range of woodworking and metal working tools
  • Adobe Suite software (including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) image and movie editing software
  • rendering software including Rhino and Grasshopper.
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) software
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) software
  • energy and environmental modelling software

Entry requirements

All students

Typically an Honours degree in Architecture, 2:2 or above, with RIBA Part 1 validation and ARB prescription, or Equivalent European qualifications, satisfying the EU Architects Directive 85/384/EEC.

In addition to the above, in all cases, suitability for entry will be judged by panel interview with presentation of design portfolio of academic work and where relevant, practice based work.

International or non-EU applicants will need to have a qualification from one of the RIBA Validated International Schools. A high level of English language competence will be required to complete the award successfully.

If the language in which the first degree was taught is not English then typically IELTS 6.5 will be required.

For entry onto the 2 year route of the course it is essential that that students have had some practical experience in an architectural company. Ideally this would be 12 months of experience but we are able to consider applications with a minimum of 6 months experience.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Design Studio 4A (Extended) Credits: 75 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sustainable City Ecologies A Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Praxis Of Architecture 1: Theory And Recent History Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Praxis Of Architecture 2: Expanding Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Critical Study (Extended) Credits: 30
Module: Design Studio 6 Credits: 65
Module: Integrated Practice Credits: 15
Module: The Praxis Of Architecture 3: Developing Your Agenda For Practice Credits: 10

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

2-year course: Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

2-year course: Our tuition fee for international students starting in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year. International students may apply for a Tier 4 visa for this course.

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Architecture courses (PDF)

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