Everything you need to know about applying for one of our MArch programmes in the School of Architecture.

MArch student work at Summer Exhibition

How to apply

You will need to complete our online application form. As part of the process, you will be asked to upload supporting documents. You are not required to send any hard copies to the department. 

You can submit more than one application if you are applying for two different courses, however, you will have to submit them separately. The system will save your details from the first application so you will only need to enter your information once.

Attend one of our postgraduate open days to find out more.

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​​​​​Applications will close on the 23rd August 2024. 

Supporting documents


You will need two references ideally one from your previous university and one from a previous or current employer. The reference should include how long the referee has known you and in what capacity, work undertaken by you, your attendance record and their opinion of your suitability for the MArch course.

Design portfolio

Some advice on putting together your portfolio:

  • You should include a range of academic and practice work
  • Use this as an opportunity to show your breadth and range of experience
  • We do not need every drawing from every project
  • Feel free to include extra activities such as competitions, workshops, field trips
  • This should be 10-12 sheets
  • Please keep file size for this to a max of 20Mb
  • You should submit this as a pdf. We do not accept links to online portfolios or shared drives.

Personal statement

Your personal statement should be 500-600 words, reflecting on your previous architectural experiences. We would also like to know why you have applied to study at the Sheffield School of Architecture. It is always of value to know what your architectural approach is and what areas of the subject you are really interested in.

Our students' work

Get a sense of the sort of work our students complete by viewing last year's end of year exhibition or looking at information on previous years' studios

After you apply

When your application is submitted you will receive an email confirmation containing your application number. We aim to process your application within four weeks. If you are successful, you will be invited for an interview. Unsuccessful applications will be notified by email.


Interviews will be an opportunity for you to discuss your experience to date and answer a series of questions. 

Please bring a portfolio which should include examples of academic and practice work. Feel free to include any dissertations and essays that you may have completed at university. You can also bring along any reports that you may have worked on in practice. It is always good to see a mixture of work and please include a couple of sketchbooks.

If you are invited to an interview but working/travelling abroad we can offer online interviews. Please email if you would like to do this. 

Graduates of the Sheffield School of Architecture

If you studied a Sheffield architecture undergraduate degree and are applying to return to study an MArch course in Sheffield, you should apply using the online application system but will not be required to upload the supporting documents. If you are invited to interview please be aware that this is a competitive process. You should prepare a portfolio as described above. 

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