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Key information
Source: HOTCOURSES, May 2017.


Qualification type

MArch - Master of Architecture

Subject areas

Building Design / Architecture

Course type


Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, May 2017.

The Master of Architecture (Global Practice) recognises the global and interdisciplinary nature of design practice in the built environment. It is designed for professionals with ambitions to lead in global design practice. In teaching, learning and assessment, the emphasis is on interdisciplinary teamwork and project-based design in the built environment.

There is scope for students to design the Masters Design Project to suit their aspirations in academic research or design practice in the built environment. The programme involves global design practices in collaboration with participants, and aims to produce employable leaders in Architecture and allied disciplines in a global context.

The programme is aimed at architects and allied built environment professionals who are ambitious to take a leading role in architectural practice. They might want to grow their own practice or move into one of the big global practices.

The programme is focused on: Communicating effectively in interdisciplinary global working environments. Building a global network. Managing big, complex practices and projects. Designing sustainable buildings in a range of contexts from community self-builds to international airports. The main aim of the programme is to give students opportunities to undertake design projects, collaborating with a cohort of students from around the world and the UK in an intensive, one year, full-time format.

The Master of Architecture (Global Practice) is designed to prepare graduates to enter these new, collaborative work environments by providing the opportunity to develop new cross-cultural skills, attitudes and competencies and providing learning that is transferable in multiple contexts.

The programme aims to expand and transform students’ perspectives, helping them research and apply sustainable design and construction methods and techniques for managing diverse projects and teams in the context of global architectural and engineering practice. The programme is designed to provide a flexible and responsive learning environment that aims to prepare and equip graduates for growing environmental and social challenges, respects the diversity of the students’ own values and beliefs and looks to foster an outlook that is interdisciplinary, intercultural, innovative and inclusive. Students can exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma level.

Different course options
Source: HOTCOURSES, May 2017.

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


These are the sub-topics that you will study as part of this course.

Source: HOTCOURSES, May 2017.

Advanced Design Project (30 Credits) - Core

The advanced design project is a vehicle for in-depth investigation of spatial, aesthetic, sustainable, ecological, social, cultural, professional and methodological issues relating to architectural practice in a global context. The module focuses upon the application of research and design principles in the real world, ensuring, wherever possible, that you are engaged with real clients and problems in the built environment. The module discusses the relationship between architecture, industry, community and other stakeholders and professional practice. You are expected to apply the knowledge and understanding acquired in theoretical investigation to the resolution of an advanced design project.

Context of Sustainability (15 Credits) - Core

This module provides an overview of sustainability in the built environment and contemporary sustainable design. The aim is to provide you with an understanding of the development and articulation of technological and practical strategies for design. Throughout the module a range of cultural and intellectual factors- social, political, economic, technical, ecological and aesthetic- that shape the environment are emphasised. The module is designed to foster an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable architecture and environmental design.

Design Research Project (15 Credits) - Core

This module presents an opportunity for applying principles of design research and considering theoretical and practical issues relating to multidisciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge and practice. The aim is to foster in students from different cultural backgrounds and specialist disciplines, awareness of and respect for the diversity and the interdependencies of their practice. You are expected to demonstrate a range of skills and knowledge in planning, implementing, documenting and presenting a group or individual design project.

Tuition fees
Source: HOTCOURSES, May 2017.

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, May 2017.

Students should have a 2:2 honours degree in Architecture and preferably three years' experience in practice in the built environment.

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