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This course is a professionally accredited Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Registration Board (ARB) route to apart 2 qualification in architecture. It is suitable for part 1 graduates with or without practical experience, as it provides the opportunity to work alongside your studies.

The course creatively explores the role of architecture as a socially and environmentally sustainable practice with which to design spaces, buildings and cities for an increasingly uncertain future.

Across a range of design, technical, social and theoretical modules, you explore the potential of a socially and physically sustainable approach to design, architecture and urbanism.

The course provides a platform for you to develop an ambitious and exciting personal agenda within architecture. You are encouraged to produce original, visionary, and aspirational design propositions, which are always rooted in, and emerge from, real existing conditions.

You apply your skills and knowledge on an international field trip in year two or three.

Through the design projects and related modules, you develop experimental design and critical research skills.

In year four, the design studio 4 module uses collective research to allow you to develop individual proposals for new social and architectural interventions within Sheffield. Studio 4 is building a body of research and proposals around our city; recent themes have included Reintroducing Death to the City, Controversies of Architecture at Park Hill, and Hacking the Upper Don Valley.

Years five and six employ a vertical system for design, with three Atelier. Design projects have been sited in The Netherlands (Rotterdam, Utrecht and Delft) and in various locations across the UK. The Atelier sessions all pursue the development of innovative and creative architectural design proposals in response to your study and analysis of real-life social, cultural and environmental conditions.

Professional recognition

This course is a professionally accredited Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Registration Board (ARB) route to a Part 2 qualification.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Starts September and October

Year one core modules

  • Design Studio four
  • Theories of architecture and design

Year two core modules

  • Design studio five
  • Urban Strategies
  • Sustainable city ecologies
  • Critical study

Year three core modules

  • Design studio six
  • Scenario mapping
  • Integrated practice


  • Coursework
  • Design portfolio
  • Exhibition
  • Essays
  • Reports


The three year route, allows you to learn while in practice. Your academic study gives you an advanced entry point into the architectural profession and an added level of preparation for the Part 3 final examination in architecture.

This course improves your present working practices through deeper understanding, knowledge and focused professional skills.

You gain expertise in sustainable approaches to design – a subject of increasing global importance.

Although the focus is on gaining a professional qualification in architecture, the course also gives you access to related careers in • design • planning and urban design • construction • conservation • environmental design.

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




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