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Year of Entry 2019/20


Full-time Architecture

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

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What is the fee? Home/EU: See fees section below
International: See fees section below
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September

Student satisfaction

This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Experience a dynamic learning experience spanning the spheres of industry and academia, exploring diverse and cutting edge forms of architectural practice.
  • Engage in exciting live, engaged projects collaborating with local and international communities, organisations and architects.

The innovative three year structure allows you to work in practice alongside your studies, while the overseas field trip provides a global understanding of architecture. This course promotes and delivers excellence in building and urban design and explores architecture as a complex, interdisciplinary and dynamic ecology.

How you learn

The course is based on principles of collaboration, exchange and pluralism, and aims to provide a friendly, supportive, yet challenging experience of learning. We value the experiences and agendas that our students bring to the course, and the ambition is that students leave not just with a Part 2 qualification but with a rigorously developed and creatively explored position within the discipline. The course has 3 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

The 3 year structure allows you to work in an architects practice for 3 or 4 days per week alongside your M.Arch Part 2 study offering a unique opportunity to develop intellectual and practical skills and knowledge at the same time. Students are often in a good position in relation to Part 3 by the end of the M.Arch course.

In Year 4, students join Studio 4 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 is supported by two modules on The Praxis of Architecture: 1 Theory and Recent History, and 2 Expanding Practice.

In Year 5, students enter into a 'vertical atelier' system where they work on the design project alongside the Year 6 students. Atelier projects have been delivered recently in Vilnius (Lithuania), The Netherlands, Lisbon (Portugal), South Wales, Manchester and Lancaster.

Year 5 has an urban agenda (partly delivered with the Sustainable City Ecologies module) and also sees student begin to develop their thesis design project through initial research in the Critical Study module. The final Year 6 involves two modules which relate to the students thesis project, and cover the core concerns of the course, developing sophisticated Scenarios, Construction Ecologies, and exploring their professional implications in the Integrated Practice module.

Staff on the course are all either active practicing architects, active researchers, or both, and have a wide range of high quality experience. Their research and experience form the basis of the course content, and these adjacent activities and their wider network often offer opportunities for students to engage in research projects or symposia, practice visits, and design events.

Future careers

The innovative course draws together experiences of practice and academia in a stimulating learning environment that prepares students for practice. One of the course's core agendas is to explore the diverse forms of architectural practice that exist, and we use our extensive local, national and international networks of leading architects to inspire and inform our students.

You gain expertise in social and ecological approaches to urbanism and architecture.

This course prepares you for a career in

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


This course is a professionally accredited Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Registration Board (ARB) route to a Part 2 qualification.

Catalina Ionita

‘This course has provided a platform for me to grow and become a bold practitioner who understands how to create appropriate architectural propositions in unfamiliar contexts and communities.’

Catalina Ionita, MArch Architecture

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Equipment and facilities

Our position in the Department of the Natural and Built Environment enables us to explore the interdisciplinary nature of current practice through teaching and research connections with planning, geography, construction and environment staff and students. Furthermore, our position within the Sheffield Institute of the Arts (SIA) provides a stimulating context to explore collaborations with art, design, graphics and interior design departments.

Teaching is delivered through seminars, lectures (staff and guests), workshops and tutorials, the majority of which take place in dedicated postgraduate studios. Modern IT resources and a substantial and very well equipped workshop support these facilities.

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 this 3 year route of the course, it is desirable that students have had some practical experience, but not essential since experience can be gained alongside the course, therefore in some cases, students may join directly after completing a RIBA Part 1 course.

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'.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Design Studio 4 Credits: 50 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

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Critical Study Credits: 15
Module: Design Studio 5 Credits: 40
Module: Sustainable City Ecologies Credits: 15
Module: The Praxis Of Architecture 3: Developing Your Agenda For Practice Credits: 10

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Design Studio 6 Credits: 65
Module: Integrated Practice Credits: 15

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

3-year course: Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting in 2019/20 is £6,170 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

3-year course: Our tuition fee for international students starting in 2019/20 is £8,835 per year. Please note that this course is not eligible for full-time Tier4 visa sponsorship. International students may apply for part-time Tier4 sponsorship on an individual basis. Please contact Admissions for further advice.

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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.

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