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Architecture: Collaborative Practice

School of Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences

This course gives you the chance to work with some of the country's top architectural practices. It blends practice-based experience with academic research and learning.
Collaborative Practice cohort at Hawkins Brown

Course description

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
Allies and Morrison
Assael Architecture
Baca Architects
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
Haworth Tompkins
HLM Architects
HTA Design
Hutchinson and Partners
Levitt Bernstein
MAKE Architects
Metropolitan Workshop
Mikhail Riches
Mole Architects
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
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:

  1. Secure a placement in one of the partner practices.
  2. 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.

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


Core modules

Year 1 

  • 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

Year 2 

  • Design 3 and 4
  • Live Project 2
  • Design Manifesto
  • Environment and Technology 2
  • Management and Practice 2
  • Dissertation

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

Student profile

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.

Yanni Pitsillides
MArch in Architecture: Collaborative Practice

Entry requirements

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.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


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

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+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.

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