MArch Architecture and Town and Regional Planning

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 should be closely involved in the planning and design of their own communities. This ethos makes us one of the most innovative and influential architecture schools in the UK.

This course is a rare opportunity to qualify as both an architect and a town planner. The degree is recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), validated by the RIBA (Part 2 level) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Your study focuses on a range of themed, design-based studios dedicated to specific areas of practice or research. There are compulsory modules in town planning, humanities management and building sciences, and an integrated town and regional planning project.

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

Core modules

  • Design 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Theory and Research 1 and 2
  • Environment and Technology 1 and 2
  • Management, Practice and Law 1 and 2
  • Spatial Planning Systems
  • Dissertation 1 and 2

Optional modules

  • Live Projects 1 and 2
  • Natural Resources Planning
  • Sustainable Development: A Critical Perspective
  • Transport Planning
  • Sustainable Development in Practice
  • Health and Well-being in the Built Environment
  • Cities of Diversity


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

  • Lectures
  • Studio work
  • Research


  • 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

Use this fee calculator to look up the fee for this course or contact the department to check.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

Graduates work for architecture practices, planning departments, regeneration agencies and research organisations all over the world. Some are inspired to start their own practices.

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 Aiden While

There are enormous opportunities for creative urbanism in cities across the world. For the first time the majority of the world's population live in cities and the search is on for creative responses to the challenges and opportunities of large scale urbanisation. The MArch Architecture and Town and Regional Planning allows architecture students to develop core design skills in a broader urban framework drawing on two leading international departments in the University of Sheffield.

Dr Aiden While


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