2019 start
MArch

Architecture

School of Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences

Discover the benefits of socially engaged design through research-led design studios and our acclaimed live projects programme.
Architecture postgraduates with tutor

Course description

Your study will be mainly studio based, with design projects each year.

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

In our design studios you'll 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.

To gain your RIBA Part 2 qualification you’ll produce at least one comprehensive design project and a dissertation. The degree is currently validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

We are one of the UK's top architecture schools. Our teaching staff are doing world-class research, helping to make the school a leader in our field across the UK and internationally. Through our teaching and research, we explore the social, spatial and environmental implications of architecture. As a Sheffield student you will engage with real issues affecting the built environment.

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Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Modules

Core modules

  • Design 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Live Project 1 and 2
  • Architectural Research Methodologies
  • Environment and Technology 1 and 2
  • Management and Practice 1 and 2
  • Design Manifesto
  • Dissertation 1 and 2

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules. These might include:

  • Reflections on Architectural Education
  • Critical Spatial Theory
  • Politics of Architecture and Urban Design
  • Future Climates and Architecture
  • Building Environmental Simulation and Analysis
  • Parametric Architectural Geometry
  • Building Information Modelling, Management and Analysis
  • Materials for Low Impact Buildings: Theory
  • Renewable Energy
  • Conservation and Regeneration Principles and Approaches
  • Trajectories of Urban Design Practice
  • Spatial Practice and Development
  • Participation in Architecture and Urban Design
  • History and Theory of Urban Design

Teaching

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

Assessment

Each module is assessed individually by coursework. 

Duration

2 years full-time

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

Entry requirements

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

You should have RIBA Part 1 or equivalent.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Find out how to apply on the School of Architecture's website:

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Contact

architecture-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0306 or +44 114 222 0309

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.