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Architectural Design MA

Course Description

The Architectural Design MA is a pre-professional programme developing a specialist approach to architectural thinking, and design execution. This is an internationally popular course that attracts students globally and currently offers two streams:

• Philosophical Discourse and Architecture – this stream pursues a humanistic approach to architecture rooted in the humanities, that examines the epistemology of modern architecture in concert with modern continental philosophy, which allows you to integrate knowledge of specialized disciplines into a unified and meaningful whole.


• Design Computation and Architecture – this stream will examine the concept of space and the problem of configuring space in architecture. Taking an interdisciplinary approach you will review literature and explore concepts from a range of fields, including theoretical biology, social science, systems theory, cybernetics, semiotics and computation to establish ways and means of rethinking and designing architectural space

Graduate careers

Graduates may either find employment with a leading architectural practice or progress onto professional qualification. Graduates are given the opportunity to complete the MArch with advanced standing, commencing in MArch Year Two, subject to portfolio review and interview. After the course, many students continue with their architectural education and aspire to qualify and register as an architect in the UK, or pursue academic research. The MA in Architectural Design offers access to careers in allied industries, such as planning, architectural conservation, urban design, facilities, estate and project management, or into other fields such as journalism, heritage and history studies, film, web design, lifestyle design, game design, event design and digital animation, strategic management, and political advocacy.

Visit the Architectural Design MA page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Art, Design and Humanities Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarship programme is based on academic achievement and merit, and applies automatically to all DMU Home/EU students who are graduating this year (2014) or have graduated within the last two years (2012 or 2013) who achieved 2:1 or above, and enrol onto one of our full-time Masters programmes.For terms and conditions and a full list of eligible courses, please visit dmu.ac.uk/adh2020

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fees discount


At De Montfort University (DMU) we are fully committed to supporting our students and graduates throughout their personal and career development, and that is why we would like to introduce the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship scheme for DMU alumnus, which will cover 50% of the tuition fee on a postgraduate taught course at DMU.

Application Procedure

The scholarship will be awarded automatically (subject to the eligibility criteria). There is no separate application process or deadline.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Successful completion of Architecture BA (Hons) or equivalent ARB/RIBA Part I qualification, at 2:2 Honours or above. Graduates with degrees in cognate design fields may apply. A portfolio of design work, submitted digitally is required. Candidates without requisite academic qualifications who possess relevant industry experience can be considered upon assessment individually.If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. English Language tuition, delivered byour British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Course Fees

Please see dmu.ac.uk/pgfees for more information

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