MArch Architecture

School of Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences

We are one of the UK's top architecture schools. You'll enjoy the freedom to express yourself and develop the skills you need for your career.

The Architects' Journal (2014) says we're the best architecture school outside London.

Perhaps more than any other school in Europe, we push our students to understand that architecture is about people. We believe this makes them better designers and better citizens.

Real design projects with real clients are an integral part of all our taught courses.

Through our research, we work with communities all over the world, influencing policy and improving lives.

About the course

We believe people and communities should be part of the design process. This ethos makes our MArch one of the most innovative and influential in the UK.

Through our unique live projects you can work with local, regional and international groups on real-life challenges. You could be building, designing urban masterplans or designing in detail.

The design teaching is studio based with several research-led options. Programmes run by specialist staff link together lectures, studio work and research.

Providing professional accreditation as an architect, the degree is currently validated by the RIBA at Part 2 and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Your study will be mainly studio based, with design projects each year.

To qualify as an architect, you'll produce at least one comprehensive design project and a dissertation.

Core modules

  • Design 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Live Project 1 and 2
  • Theory and Research 1 and 2
  • Environment and Technology 1 and 2
  • Management, Practice and Law 1 and 2
  • Dissertation 1 and 2

Optional modules

  • Reflections on Architectural Education
  • Analysing Urban Context (Sheffield 1900)
  • Interactive Urban Visualisation Modelling
  • Critical Spatial Theory
  • Parametric Architectural Geometry
  • Building Information Modelling, Management and Analysis


Our design teaching is studio-based with several research-led options. Programmes run by specialist staff link together:

  • Lectures
  • Studio work
  • Research


Each module is assessed individually, either by:

  • Formal written exam or
  • Coursework

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Postgraduate student from the School of Architecture

Our built environment contributes a high percentage of carbon emissions and is one of the causes for global warming. I'm hoping to apply what I learn to influence people in the building industry to consider their impact on the environment.

Chun Yuen, postgraduate student in School of Architecture

Key facts

Course duration

2 years full-time

Entry requirements

You'll need BA Architecture, 2:1 or equivalent, from a RIBA/ARB-approved institution, along with one year in practice.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

We don't have the fee for this course. Use this fee calculator to look it up or contact the department to check.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Advance your career

Our graduates are architects, project managers, urban designers and client advisers.

Employers include the Olympic Park Legacy Company, Hawkins Brown, Renzo Piano Building Workshop and URBED (Urbanism, Environment & Design) Ltd.

Learn from experts

You'll be joining one of the largest and most diverse groups of full-time architecture academics in the country. Our staff come from the arts, physical and social sciences, and engineering. This connects our research to other disciplines and stimulates debate about the future of architecture.

Our international research projects shape policy and address public and professional needs. We integrate those projects with our teaching on courses that will develop your core skills. You'll be encouraged to provide social and environmental solutions to the challenges of our time.

Explore your ideas

You'll have access to a lot of specialist facilities. Our media unit has a range of audiovisual and environmental equipment including artificial sky for daylight simulation, a thermal imaging camera and a mixed reality imaging suite.

We have our own photography studio, reprographics unit and 3D printers. There are design studios, research rooms and computer labs.

Our teaching is more than lectures and seminars. Our student-led design projects help you learn by doing.

Working with real clients on real projects, you'll discover the benefits of socially engaged design and collaborative working. The outcomes make a difference to communities.

Dr Cristina Cerulli

One of the great satisfactions of my work comes from working with our students, whom I see as collaborators/co-researchers. Generally, though, it’s the idea of creating something, be it a module, a piece of research or an architectural project, that might transform, however slightly, the status quo towards something more ethical, just and sustainable.

Dr Cristina Cerulli, MArch and MA Urban Design tutor


Apply using the School of Architecture's online form.

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 0306/0309