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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MArch - Master of Architecture

Subject areas

Architecture (General) Building Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The first year of the programme is a flexible learning year with student-chosen pathways and includes block-release teaching delivered at our London campus, meaning students will be charged at 60% of the annual tuition fee. The second year is based at our Loughborough campus and will be charged at the standard annual tuition rate as stated above.

The MArch Architecture programme expands the ‘hands-on’ ethos of our highly esteemed BArch Architecture course to further integrate industry and research. Students engage with the very latest thinking and technologies in architecture and urban design to foster innovative applications for our global future.

The programme is structured around a student-centred learning approach and ‘research by design’ pedagogy that provides a flexible framework from which you can deliver design experimentation and entrepreneurial thinking by taking advantage of the broad ecosystem of actors and resources that our integrated design lab approach affords.

The first year will be a flexible learning year designed to support a personalised learning journey, with block-release weeks at our London campus. The second year will be delivered at Loughborough, allowing you to construct and test designs of full-scale prototypes using our studio space, our newly refurbished, dedicated studio space environment, VR and digital fabrication labs, and over 3,000m2 of workshops. The focus will be on a research-led design module that will integrate the dissertation and global future(s) modules as part of a holistic, studio-based approach to architectural design and entrepreneurship.

Design labs focus on specialised areas of design research to establish a unique identity for each lab, allowing you to test speculative lines of enquiry as part of an iterative and reflective design process, resulting in visionary and robust design propositions. Each student has an allocated workspace, which allows cross-fertilisation of ideas for the formation of a lively, tight-knit creative culture.

Your future career

As a new programme, employment opportunities will build off the well-established and fruitful relationships of the undergraduate BArch Architecture programme, with students securing employment in the UK and abroad.

Many of our industry partners engage with the University’s research and in delivering guest lectures and design studio workshops, providing an ideal opportunity for you to discuss employment opportunities. Some of our industry partners include Sheppard Robson, Glenn Howells Architects, and Francesco Pierazzi Architects, to name a few.

Recent graduate destinations of the BArch sister programme include Aukett Swanke, Gensler, and Holmes Miller.


This module curates a personalised learning journey in advanced architectural design, customised by students and comprising three potential pathways: Pathway I is practice-led with students engaging on practice-led design projects by linking academic design studio learning with their work experience in practice; Pathway II is research-led with students developing research-led design projects by mobilising real world scenarios and urban contexts; A hybrid route is also possible (Pathway III) whereby students engage in either pathway per semester.
Design Studio M2 - Core
Global Futures: Climate and Architecture - Core
Research Dissertation - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

A portfolio submission and interview will form part of the admissions process for candidates that have earned a first or 2:1 on their Part 1 course. In cases where an exceptional portfolio and interview score is achieved by a candidate with a 2:2, an offer may be made. Consideration of job prospects form part of the criteria given the structure of year one.