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Architectural Design (International) MArch/PgDip

Architectural Design (International) MArch/PgDip

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Study mode

Full time


24 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MArch - Master of Architecture

Subject areas

Architectural Design

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

The course runs parallel to the MArch/Pg Diploma in Advanced Architectural Design. It shares the same curriculum so you’ll join students on this course in an exciting and challenging environment.

You’ll develop skills in advanced design, analysis and architectural critique designing complex buildings in a variety of contexts and addressing social, cultural and environmental issues.

This course demands a high level of design ability and self-motivation.

What you’ll study
Year 1

The first year of study is centred on consolidating your architectural design skills.

You’ll be introduced to the idea of architecture as a responsive solution to fundamental social issues.

You'll take a subject class in an area of expertise aligned to the research in the department and research and produce a dissertation on a topic of personal interest related to design.

Year 2

You’ll undertake a significant architectural project on which you're required to take a standpoint on contemporary architectural issues. This is developed through a theme that reflects your own interests and creative ambitions and is supported by subject classes.

You’ll also attend a taught course in professional studies and a series of guest lectures.

Students progressing from the Diploma to Masters undertake an additional semester of study to pursue an aspect of the thesis project to a greater level of detail.

Study trips provide opportunities for intensive examinations of the culture and built fabric in a variety of urban and rural locations both in the UK and overseas. Recent trips include Barcelona, Rome, Paris and Venice and the less familiar Gdansk, Toledo and Monte Caruso.

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad, subject to academic performance. The department has the most expansive international exchange programme in the UK. We've agreements with 22 institutions across Europe, Canada, the Far East and South America.

Accreditation: RIBA at Part 2

Students will also achieve PgDip exit awards during this course.


Full-time students are examined over Years 1 and 2 on all aspects of the course.

The MArch degree normally requires further assessment over the summer semester. This will be on an aspect of the diploma project that is explored to a greater level of detail.


We work closely with the University's Careers Service. They offer advice and guidance on career planning and looking for and applying for jobs. In addition they administer and publicise graduate and work experience opportunities.


This new typology should be derived from one of 4 strategic research areas: City, Society, Technology or Environment. The project concludes with the design of a significant urban building typology; developed from your brief, which incorporates the primary space and considered approach strategies devised in Semester 1.

Tuition fees

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 (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

First or second-class Honours degree in Architecture, or equivalent agreed academic standard. This course is aimed at Students who have gained their first degree in architecture from a university overseas. Students with a degree in architecture from an UK/EU university should apply for the MArch Advanced Architectural Design. An academic portfolio will be required containing all relevant design work from your previous course of study.

University information

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