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MArch in Architectural Studies

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MArch - Master of Architecture

Subject areas

Architecture (General)

Course type


Course Summary

The MArch in Architectural Studies programme is research and project driven with multi-disciplinary input in the areas of Urban Design and Creative Urban Practices, Urban Building, Computer Aided Architectural Design, and Energy and Environmental Studies.

The programme begins with a series of core lectures and seminars, balanced by focused reading of key literature related to the four areas of enquiry. This enables all of the students on the programme to gain a multi-disciplinary perspective and provides ground for shared discourse.

The Master of Architectural Studies pathways are:

  • Urban Design
  • Creative Urban Practices
  • Urban Building
  • Digital Creativity
  • Energy and Environmental Studies
  • History and Theory of the City
  • Zero-Energy Mass Customised Housing

The Core Lectures and Seminars form the background and basis for the preparation of two research papers and for identification and development of the the individual project.

The Master of Architectural Studies taught programme is not an ARB/RIBA Part 2 accredited programme. The Diploma in Architecture programme is ARB/RIBA Part 2 accredited.


Coursework, essays, practical design projects. Formative assessments take place at key points throughout the year with summative assessments at the end of each academic year. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.


Individual Research Project 1: Report (10 Credits) - Core
Research Paper 1 (30 Credits)
Core Research Methods course: Research Primer for Architects (20 Credits)
Research Paper 2 (30 Credits) - Core
Individual Research Project 2: Feasibility Report (10 Credits) - Core
Individual Research Project 3: Project (60 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students require a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree, or the equivalent in a field relevant to the student’s chosen Pathway. Along with the completed application form, students must submit: A portfolio,( except for History and Theory of the city Pathway, where two examples of academic writing and an outline of a research proposal should be submitted in lieu of a portfolio). A personal statement; Evidence of relevant academic qualifications Two academic references, The choice of the Pathway intended to be studied and a written rationale supporting the choice.