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MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Pt 2)

Start date September
Duration 2 years

Course overview

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 freedom to pursue and nurture my own skills and areas of interest is something that was important to me when making my decision to study MArch at Sheffield. The course offers a well-rounded and grounded learning experience, by encouraging originality and creativity that is relevant towards current social issues. Live Projects have been one of the most enjoyable parts of the course. The connection between education and the real world has been invaluable in preparing me for my future career in architecture.

Ashley Mayes
BA and MArch Architecture

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.

The MArch course is recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects as giving exemption from RIBA Part 2.

It is also prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), subject to periodic review by ARB, for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects.

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.

Year 1 Modules

ARC550 Design 1 (15 credits)

ARC551 Design 2 (30 credits)

ARC552 Live Project 1 (15 credits)

ARC553 Architectural Research Methodologies (10 credits)

ARC554 Environment and Technology 1 (10 credits)

ARC555 Management and Practice 1 (10 credits)

ARC556 Dissertation 1 (15 credits)

You will also choose one optional module (15 credits) aimed to enhance understanding and skills in a specific area of interest. This module can be selected from a rich range of options offered by the School of Architecture's masters courses.

Year 2 Modules

ARC560 Design 3 (15 credits)

ARC561 Design 4 (30 credits)

ARC562 Live Project 2 (15 credits)

ARC583 Design Manifesto (15 credits)

ARC584 Environment and Technology 2 (15 credits)

ARC585 Management and Practice 2 (15 credits)

ARC566 Dissertation 2 (15 credits)

For module descriptions please view the MArch Student Handbook.

Studio Staff

Studios are delivered by leading architects and academics. In 2017-2018 the studios were led by:

Dr Jo Lintonbon

Simon Baker

Howard Evans

Carolyn Butterworth

Leo Care

John Sampson

Satwinder Samra

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.

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