MA Architectural Design

School of Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences

We are one of the UK’s top architecture schools. You’ll enjoy the freedom to express yourself and develop the skills you need for your career.

Our course teaches us about the community we live in, how to approach our ideas and designs, and how to use new technology to create a better vision. Using these skills I can make a better future for our community, who are our real clients. After my MA I plan to apply for a PhD at Sheffield.

Yusuf Abushamaa, MA Architectural Design

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

This studio-based course will help you develop your own distinctive design practice. You’ll explore design processes and methodologies. There are opportunities to work on real-life projects with local and regional groups. You can take the course as a stand-alone MA or as preparation for a PhD via our PhD by Design programme.

Architecture student Yusuf

Core modules

  • Special Design 1 ‘Live Project’
  • Design Project 1 and 2
  • Reflections on Architectural Design
  • Thesis Design Project

You will be able to choose a route of study based on your area of interest from options available.

Examples of optional modules

  • Reflections on Architectural Education
  • Conservation and Regeneration Principles and Approaches
  • Participation in Urban Design and Architecture
  • History and Theory of Urban Design; Trajectories on Urban Design Practice
  • Principles of Building Physics for Sustainable Design
  • Building Environmental Simulation and Analysis
  • Renewable Energy
  • Parametric Architectural Geometry
  • Critical Application of Building Information Modelling

Teaching and assessment

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, either by formal written examination or by coursework.

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification related to design in the built environment, such as architecture, landscape architecture or town planning.

Your degree doesn’t have to be design- based. If you have a lot of professional design experience we’ll consider your application.

We’d like to see your portfolio to get an idea of your design abilities. And we may ask you to come to an interview.

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

Applying: what to include

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Guidance on your design portfolio and other supporting materials.

How to apply

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: ssoa@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 0305

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