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On this two-year course route, you will produce refined design and research projects — developing advanced skills in curating, and producing work for public, professional and community audiences. The course promotes and delivers excellence in building and urban design, and explores architecture as a complex, interdisciplinary and dynamic ecology. You’ll graduate not only with a Part 2 architecture qualification, but with a rigorously developed and creatively explored position within the discipline.

  • Participate in an innovative learning experience focussing on critical design, ecological attitudes and the role of architecture in society.
  • Explore diverse, cutting-edge forms of architectural practice.
  • Develop a global understanding of the subject on overseas field trips.
  • Engage in exciting projects alongside diverse communities, organisations and architects.

How you learn

On this course, you'll experience creative studio teaching culture, and develop critical skills for future career in architecture.

We use our extensive local, national and international networks of architects to inspire and inform your work — allowing you to explore the subject in all its diversity.

The course provides a friendly, supportive and yet challenging experience, to which your own input and expertise is essential. Based around principles of collaboration, the course has three main agendas: The Praxis of Architecture, Social and Political Design, and Ecologies of Architecture.

You learn through:

  • design portfolio
  • lectures
  • workshop sessions
  • coursework
  • exhibitions
  • essays and reports
  • field trips and practice visits

Applied learning

The 2 year route follows the traditional Part 2 format and enables students to build a strong M.Arch culture in the school of architecture. The shared Praxis of Architecture strand ensures that students on this route benefit from discussions, visits, reviews and other engagement with a range of established architects and practices.

In Year 4, students undertake Studio 4 Extended for the year, a design studio based in Sheffield which explores a different theme each year, and introduces some of the working approaches of the course, such as mapping, field notes, scenarios, and experimental design processes. Studio 4 Extended is supported by two modules on The Praxis of Architecture: 1 Theory and Recent History, and 2 Expanding Practice.

Ecological and urban issues are also explored in the Sustainable City Ecologies module.

Students subsequently enter Year 6 of the 'vertical atelier' system where they work on the design project alongside the Year 5 students from the 3-year route. Atelier projects have been delivered recently in Vilnius (Lithuania), The Netherlands, Lisbon (Portugal), South Wales, Manchester and Lancaster.

In Praxis 3 Developing your Agenda for Practice, students reflect on experience of architectural practice to date and your future aspirations and plans, and in Critical Study Extended, students are able to develop an advanced piece of postgraduate research.

All of the design modules are embedded in existing communities, in the UK or abroad, and your design project will engage directly with these conditions before exploring creative future scenarios and architectural strategies and interventions. You will work with a range of actors including local community members, architects and other design professionals, artists and local authorities.

Throughout the course, you’ll undertake field trips to witness a diverse range of architectural projects and organisations who work at the cutting edge of architectural practice and debate.

The school's national and international network of allows you many opportunities to network with students, academics and practicing architects. The Praxis trip to London provides the opportunity to visit a range of leading, innovative, architectural practices.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • architecture
  • design
  • planning and urban design
  • various spatial practices
  • research and academia
  • construction

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus.

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with:

  • fully equipped design studios with extended access in the evenings and weekends
  • modelling workshops with laser cutters, 3D printers and a range of woodworking and metal working tools
  • Adobe Suite software (including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) image and movie editing software
  • rendering software including Rhino and Grasshopper.
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) software
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) software
  • energy and environmental modelling software

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Design Studio 4A (Extended) - 75 credits - Coursework 
  • Sustainable City Ecologies A - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • The Praxis Of Architecture 1: Theory And Recent History - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • The Praxis Of Architecture 2: Expanding Practice - 15 credits - Coursework 

Final year

Compulsory modules:

  • Critical Study (Extended) - 30 credits
  • Design Studio 6 - 65 credits
  • Integrated Practice - 15 credits
  • The Praxis Of Architecture 3: Developing Your Agenda For Practice - 10 credits

How do I apply?

Complete an application form to apply for this course.

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Visit the Architecture (MArch) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

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