Architecture: Collaborative Practice
School of Architecture,
Faculty of Social Sciences
This course blends practical experience with academic research and learning. It’s a two-year, full-time masters with two semesters of practice-based education in the first year and two semesters of University-based education in the second year.
This is a unique opportunity to develop your experience working with some of the country’s top architectural practices.
How to apply
To apply for this course you should be currently working at one of our partner practices.
- View our list of partner practices
5 plus architects AHMM Allies and Morrison Assael Architecture Baca Architects BDP Bennetts Associates Bond Bryan Broadway Malyan Buckley Gray Yeoman Carmody Groarke Coffey Architects Cullinan Studio Duggan Morris Architects EPR Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Grimshaw Architects Hawkins\Brown Haworth Tompkins HLM Architects HTA Design Hutchinson and Partners Levitate Levitt Bernstein MaccreanorLavington MAKE Architects Metropolitan Workshop Mikhail Riches Mole Architects Owal MSMR Architects Panter Hudspith Penoyre & Prasad Perkins and Will Proctor and Matthews Rogers Stirk Harbour RMA Architects Sheppard Robson Stiff + Trevillion Architects The Manser Practice Urbed Waugh Thistleton Weston Williamson + Partners
However, if you are interested in the course and not working in one of the partner practices, we encourage you to contact us.
What if I don't work in a partner practice?
You have two options:
- Secure a placement in one of the partner practices.
- Secure a job in a practice that may wish to become a partner (this can be your existing practice).
We advise that you submit an application to us, detailing in your personal statement what your intentions are for securing a placement (from the two options above). Once we have reviewed your application we'll invite you for an interview if we think you're suitable for the course. At the interview we'll discuss how to secure a placement in more detail. You can begin to contact the partner practices to see if they have any vacancies but please let them know that you're interested in studying this course so they are aware of your contractual and professional requirements.
Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB)
- Live Project 1
- Architectural Research Methods
- Management and Practice 1
- Reﬂective Design Practice
- Environment and Technology in Practice 1
- Dissertation Proposal
- Reﬂections on Architectural Practice
- Design 3 and 4
- Live Project 2
- Design Manifesto
- Environment and Technology 2
- Management and Practice 2
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; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.
Our design teaching is studio based with several research-led options. Programmes run by specialist staff link together lectures, studio work and research.
Each module is assessed individually by coursework.
2 years full-time
I chose this course as it was rooted in reality, allowing me to reﬂect on practical experience. It merged an academic learning environment within a practical setting, allowing me to earn while I learned. I think the course has empowered me by encouraging me to self-reﬂect and also by giving me the opportunity to look 'behind the curtain' at top UK practices.
MArch in Architecture: Collaborative Practice
You’ll need BA Architecture, 2:1 or equivalent, from a RIBA/ARB-approved institution, along with 9 months in practice. 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.
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
Fees and funding
Find out how to apply on the School of Architecture's website:
+44 114 222 0349
Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.
Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.