Course summary

The MArch (Part 2) is a long-established and well-respected course that is prescribed by the ARB and validated by the RIBA to give exemption from the second stage of professional education. The emphasis of the course is on innovative design work, and on developing a caring and critical approach to the study and practice of architecture.
The course fosters diversity of choice, interpretation and approach, whether in design projects or more academic research. The former focuses on sophisticated design programmes (in formal, technical, professional or urban terms) that demand rigour and self-criticism. The latter focuses on your major dissertation, an extended piece of specialised research into architecture and its historical or theoretical contexts.
The course has three main objectives: to develop your design ability through project-based experimentation; to present an evaluation and critique of your coursework within a broad cultural context, and in light of technical, economic and legal constraints; and to promote the articulate explanation and representation of quality and value in design projects.

Course structure

Core modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

  • Architectural Productions

This year-long module consists of interwoven strands of design and research brought together as two projects (Design and Research 1 & 2), which will cover issues in research, design intentions, detailed practice, and critical brief writing. You will be able to choose from a number of alternative themes and project briefs described by studio tutors in presentations at the beginning of the academic year. The theme or context of the second-semester project might be to explore further and test the first design project taken in Semester 1. This second project will place greater emphasis on the detailed resolution of the design proposal, often at a larger scale on another site, and will deal more explicitly and critically with the issues of brief, context, materiality and technology.

  • Architectural Reflections I

The module consists of four discrete components each of which takes the form an independent series of lecture courses, workshops, seminars, and assessment elements. Led by experts in their fields, each component provides the frameworks necessary for holistic, reflective practice in architecture. These four components are 1. Digital Design: Tools & Techniques, 2. Critical Practices (Professional Studies) 3. Applied Technical Studies (1), and 4. History and Theory.

  • Architectural Productions II

This is a year-long module linking two projects (Design Hypothesis and Design Thesis) as a single integrated approach and process. These two projects are linked to encourage fluid and the unitary, cyclical interplay between research investigation, design development, and resolve architectural ideas.

  • Architectural Reflections II

This module, which consists of three components, will provide you with the final progressive ingredients of reflective practice prior to embarking on a professional career: 1. Dissertation; 2. Applied Technical Studies (2); 3. the Strategic Report. You will produce a 10,000-word dissertation that will develop the topic you chose in the preceding History and Theory component (Architectural Reflections I). An applied technical study, concurrent with the development of the main design thesis (Architecture Production II), culminates in material and technological specialisation, concluding with a report explaining the resolved environmental, structural and constructional strategies. The final component of this module is a Strategic Report, which focuses on the sequence of critical decisions that have been or are being made as part of the design thesis, and how these either correlate with or challenge existing legislative frameworks.

Entry Requirements

UK

You are required to have an undergraduate degree in Architecture, or similar, with a high level of achievement, which will normally be validated by the RIBA for Part 1/prescribed by the ARB for Part 1. You will usually have one year's (post-degree) professional experience.

At the interview, you should present your academic portfolio together with examples of work undertaken during professional training, and any relevant contextual material.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

EU and International

You are required to have an undergraduate degree in Architecture, or similar, with a high level of achievement, which will normally be validated by the RIBA for Part 1/prescribed by the ARB for Part 1. You will usually have one year's (post-degree) professional experience.

At the interview, you should present your academic portfolio together with examples of work undertaken during professional training, and any relevant contextual material.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

Careers

Career path

Most students who complete the Architecture MArch (Part II) are subsequently employed in architectural offices and become registered architects after taking the Part III exam. Others progress to take further Master’s or PhD degrees and then go into research or teaching.

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Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated August 5, 2019
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