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MArch - Master of Architecture
The Masters course at LSBU promotes a studio-based culture which encourages debate and enquiry about contemporary societies, the postmodern city, and relationships between urban and landscape conditions. You'll consider these through a range of innovative and personal responses to architectural design projects; environmental and constructional technologies; critical research expressed in extended, structured writing, and the skills needed to operate as a progressive professional practitioner.
This course will see you build on analytical design skills and professional competences established at undergraduate level, with a focus on innovation in design, construction, and resource efficient technology. Working in vertical design studios, you will develop an understanding of, and methods relevant to contemporary professional practice, together with an ability to produce complex and diverse design proposals.
When you graduate you’ll be ready to start your second stage of professional practical experience in an architect’s office before progressing to the RIBA part 3 professional practice course and examination.
Lecture based modules are generally assessed by written and/or drawn submissions.
The course is well connected to key practices in London; many LSBU graduates also choose to work abroad. You may also use your qualifications outside architecture to enter careers such as journalism, project management, writing, teaching, research, or software and gaming design.
In addition to offering the university award of MArch: Master of Architecture (and RIBA part 2), the course is also a preparation for the second period of practical training. The first period of practical training is usually, but not exclusively, undertaken following completion of the first degree in architecture (RIBA part 1).
To be eligible for admission to the RIBA part 3 Professional Practice Examination, you must have successfully undertaken a recognised RIBA part 1 and part 2 qualification – and have completed a minimum of 24 months eligible practical training.
The Professional Practice and Design Economics module explains the need for a business-oriented and professional attitude to work, and emphasises the need for forward planning of projects.
Graduates from the Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture are employed at Foster and Partners, Niall McLaughlin Architects, Stanton Williams, Wilkinson Eyre, and Zaha Hadid Architects among many other globally recognised practices.
Although architecture graduates make their own arrangements for placements, the school is very often able to direct students to practices who are actively seeking staff. We benefit from the RIBA mentoring scheme, making us very well connected to local and regional practices.
The course is unconditionally validated by RIBA and offers the professional award of RIBA part 2 on successful completion. The regular validation cycle ensures that your work is carefully sampled by peer reviewers to ensure course content and outputs retain close relevance to professional practice. The course and qualification is also prescribed by the Architects Registration Board.
For this course (per year)
For this course (per year)
This course is usually intended for graduates of architecture courses where students hold a university degree and part 1 professional qualification recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Applicants to the course should have a first degree in architecture (2:2 or better); however, the University recognises that individuals may develop additional skills outside university, and will interview such applicants who have developed a high quality portfolio of relevant academic and practice work. Applicants for this course must also meet the following additional entry requirements: Students holding overseas degrees in architecture should, desirably, demonstrate that their work has RIBA part 1 equivalence by contacting the Architects Registration Board regarding the ARB Prescribing Examination; Applicants for the part-time course should be working in practice; All students considered for admission will be required to attend an interview with a portfolio of work; if located overseas, applicants will be required to send a portfolio of work to the admissions tutor; We will also consider applications from those who have gained skills through a wide range of vocational qualifications, or relevant responsible experience.
London South Bank University (LSBU) is one of London’s highest regarded and longest established universities, with a history going back over 140 years. It is located in the central London Borough of Southwark and is firmly rooted in the heritage and future of the city. The university works hard to foster firm ties with business organisations in both public and private sectors, building professional networks of academics and employees and...more