MArch Architecture

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Year of Entry 2024/25
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MArch

Architecture

Full-time Architecture

Study this cutting-edge, research-led and career-focussed RIBA/ARB Part 2 architecture course, with added work experience.

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How long will I study? 2 / 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2024
Placement year available? Yes

Work Placement Route

For international students wishing to undertake a placement as part of this course, you must apply to the work experience route. Transferring to the work experience route later will not be possible due to visa restrictions.

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 local and global understanding of the subject.
  • Engage in exciting projects alongside diverse communities, organisations and architects.

On this two-year course you will develop a sophisticated and progressive approach to architectural design. Teaching and design projects are centred on a set of priorities that include social and ethical architectural practice, user and community participation, environmental sustainability, ecological forms of construction, and innovative and alternative models of architectural practice. 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.

There is the option of taking a year of practical experience between year one and year two.


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How you learn

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All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

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 Ecological Architecture. 

You learn through

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

Course leaders and tutors

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Dr Goran Vodicka
Senior Lecturer in Architecture

Paul leads the BSc (Hons) Architecture course, where he has overall academic responsibility for all three years of the undergraduate degree and has been voted as one … 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 architecture and creative construction practices are also explored in the Construction Ecologies module. 

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.

Student work
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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

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

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 typically students would have had some experience of architectural practice, normally 6-12 months, but we are able to consider applications from students without practical experience.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, email our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change.

The modules for the 2 year full-time course are listed below as Year One and Final Year.
The modules for the 3 year full-time course are listed below as Year One, Year Two and Final Year. Year Two presents an option to take a year of practical experience.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Construction Ecologies Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Design Studio 4A (Extended) Credits: 75 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: Postgraduate Placement Credits: -

Final year

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

Fees and funding

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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