MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Pt 2)
Start date September
Duration 2 years
Our innovative and influential MArch Architecture course will enable you to make sophisticated architectural propositions that respond creatively to social, economic, political, cultural and technical contexts. At the heart of the course is a range of specialist design studios and our ‘Live Projects’ programme, offering excellent opportunities for you to develop graduate-level research by design.
The design studios explore current challenges and opportunities in architecture. Initial themes are developed out of the studio leader’s research interests and you are encouraged to develop a critical approach to the production of architecture in contemporary society, learning from the past and visioning the future. The studios offer you the freedom to experiment with ambitious and innovative spatial proposals and develop your own lines of enquiry, while being supported by tutors who offer excellent specialist research and practice experience.
Live Projects are a core part of the MArch course, and are seen as a pioneering initiative in architectural education. For a six-week period in both years, you will work on projects with a range of clients, from local community groups and charities, to regional authorities. The projects reveal the benefits of socially-engaged design and collaborative working, producing outcomes that make a real difference to communities.
On this course you are encouraged to be canny, flexible, responsive and socially enterprising, which we believe will enable you to negotiate and respond to the challenges of our time and also lead on defining what ‘Future Practice’ might be.
|Structure and modules||
For the first six weeks, students in the first and second years of the course participate in Live Projects. All projects have a relationship with a client external to the University and the vast majority of these clients are drawn from the public or volunteer sector. For the remaining weeks of Semester 1 and all of Semester 2, students in both years join design studios dedicated to particular specialist themes. You are encouraged to experience a variety of ways of working, therefore you will take part in different studios each year.
For module descriptions please view the MArch Student Handbook.
Studios are delivered by leading architects and academics. In 2017-2018 the studios were led by:
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of changes, the University will consult and inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.