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Course content

This ARB/RIBA Part 2-accredited course has been retitled from the previously named Graduate Diploma in Architecture to MArch in Architecture. The course operates within the guidelines stipulated by professional accreditation, but has its own unique character. Being taught in an art-and-design-based faculty means that design is at the heart of our approach.

Key features

  • You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the areas of study required to enter and contribute to architectural practice and architectural discourse.
  • You will acquire a critical understanding of architecture as a cultural, social and material practice, with consideration for the ways in which it impacts on human and physical environments.
  • You will learn to create coherent, responsible and appropriate architectural designs capable of making a positive contribution to the environment.

What will you study?

During this course, you will develop as architectural designers and thinkers and move towards the ability to engage in architectural practice as independent and reflective practitioners. You will build on and further develop the knowledge, understanding and skill acquired during your first degree and a recommended initial period of work-based learning. The emphasis of this course is therefore to deepen and consolidate existing learning and skill, rather than to introduce a wide range of new subject material.


Design projects, reports, seminars, presentations, essays, case studies, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that all modules listed below are compulsory for that level.

Core modules (Level 6)

  • Reading Architecture
  • Designing Architecture
  • Representing Architecture
  • Making Architecture

Core modules (Level 7)

  • Dissertation
  • Thesis

What this course offers you

  • The Architecture MArch is designed for architects seeking a route to registration in the UK. It focuses on architecture as an active and demanding cultural practice.
  • Design is at the heart of the programme. Theoretical, technical and contextual studies underpin your learning in the studio.
  • Your dissertation gives you the chance to further investigate an area of interest in depth and develop valuable research skills.
  • This course is a prescribed qualification by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). The programme covers both ARB and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) criteria Part 2.
  • You will also have the chance to work alongside students studying other courses in the Faculty and gain from their expertise.
  • Many members of staff are research active or professional practitioners, which keeps your learning cutting-edge.
  • The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your academic studies, you gain practical skills in:
  • data collation, review and synopsis;
  • communication (oral, written and electronic);
  • time management;
  • computing; and
  • co-operation and teamwork

Visit the Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) - MArch page on the Kingston University website for more details!





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