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MArch

Architecture

School of Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences

This course will enable you to make sophisticated architectural propositions. You will discover the benefits of socially engaged design through research-led design studios and our acclaimed live projects programme.
Architecture postgraduates with tutor

Course description

The degree is currently validated by the RIBA at Part 2 and prescribed by ARB. Your study will be mainly studio-based, with design projects each year. To gain your RIBA Part 2 qualification you’ll produce at least one comprehensive design project and a dissertation.

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

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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

Year 1

  • Design 1 and 2
  • Live Project 1
  • Architectural Research Methods
  • Environment and Technology 1
  • Management and Practice 1
  • Dissertation 1

Year 2

  • Design 3 and 4
  • Live Project 2
  • Design Manifesto
  • Environment and Technology 2
  • Management and Practice 2
  • Dissertation 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. The courses have similar structures. Each module is assessed individually by coursework. Course handbooks are available on our website with further information on modules and assessment procedures.

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. You are required to have carried out 9 months or more practical work experience in the field of Architecture by the start date of the course.

You should have RIBA Part 1 or equivalent.

We will ask to see your design portfolio.

If you don't have RIBA Part 1 and you're offered a place it will be your responsibility to gain Part 1. You can do this while you're here on your MArch course. Find out more about this on the ARB website.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score 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 0349

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