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Architecture (MArch)

Course Description

MArch explores architecture that responds to the complex and changing context of architecture and urbanism and the transformations taking place in society. Urban investigations and an awareness of the shifting conditions of the contemporary city with its differing social structures, geography, culture, climate, economics, energy consumption, technologies and urban patterns, will form the basis of the MArch studio research. Experimentation, critical reflection, debate and a diversity of approaches are encouraged through different practices and methods in order to locate and establish informed positions and skills.

Key benefits

- Based in one of the most culturally significant cities in Europe, the two-year Master of Architecture programme at the Belfast School of Architecture offers a distinctive, exciting and dynamic research-led learning experience leading to exemption from the ARB/RIBA part 2 examination.

- We provide a friendly and supportive learning environment to help you feel at home and make an easy transition to university life.

- We invest significantly in our facilities to provide the best learning experience. Our £250 million Belfast campus redevelopment represents a new chapter for Ulster, providing a state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility in the heart of the city.

Visit the website: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/course/march-architecture-ft-pg-bt

Course detail

- Description -

The overall intention of Year 1 is to progress from discussing wider global architectural issues to then progressively focus on a very particular context where you can explore different interpretations of what architecture means, before developing individual proposals based on rigorous investigation and research. You will be asked to compile your research into a research fieldbook and then to share your knowledge in a collaborative way. Crits and discussions for the project will often take place in the chosen project context, opening up the process to a more public discourse.

Year 1 students will build on this exercise by undertaking an international study-trip to further inform your understanding of current issues and the relationship between project ideas and the urban/social context of the city in question. MArch students have previously investigated cities such as Boston, Berlin and Barcelona.

Year 2 of the MArch begins by exploring architectural ideas in a more oblique way than just starting a design thesis with a site and brief. These explorations will allow you to cultivate potential ideas and research for your thesis project in a less linear way and which aims to enable you to position yourself relative to the wider culture and debates at an advanced level in the discipline of architecture. The final year design thesis projects are all deliberately located in Belfast, to engage the city the school is rooted in. This allows a unique type of engagement with current issues and the changing urban nature of Belfast.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

The Master of Architecture programme uses a full range of teaching and learning scenarios. There are two main learning activities: Taught Study and Self-Directed Study:

- Taught studies include such activities as reviews (reviews of work, sometimes known in architecture as crits/critiques), tutorials (individual and group), seminars (staff and student led), workshops and demonstrations.

- Self-directed study is carried out within the module timetable but without time-tabled staff contact. You are expected to carry out such activities as ideas development, research, designing, drawing, reading, writing etc.

Career options

Graduates are working in many different practices both nationally and internationally on a range of exciting building and urban projects. The knowledge gained during this professional degree (i.e. RIBA Part II) will not only support a wide range of employment opportunities in architecture practices, urban design bodies, architecture conservation organisations, and many governmental and private relevant institutions but also facilitate the route to a PhD level research.

How to apply: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why Choose Ulster University ?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We recruit international students from more than 100 different countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/postgraduate


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a degree with at least 2:2 honours or equivalent and have a portfolio of their own work.Applicants must have an undergraduate architecture degree giving exemption from the RIBA/ARB Part 1 with a supervised year out experience in architecture practice.A minimum of IELTS score of six is required or a TOEFL score of 550 for students whose first language is not English. English language entry requirements: View Website

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