MA Architectural Design

University of Sheffield    School of Architecture

Full time September MA 1 year full-time Award winner
Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Creative Arts & Design (9)

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The MA Architectural Design programme at Sheffield is your opportunity to develop your own distinctive design practice and explore the processes and methodologies of architecture. This studio-based course offers the chance to work on real-life projects with local and regional groups, providing valuable hands-on experience. Whether you're interested in pursuing a stand-alone MA or preparing for a PhD, this programme offers the perfect platform to investigate architectural themes in depth. With a focus on theory and practice, you'll develop the skills and knowledge to become a creative and original architect. Join us at one of the UK's top architecture schools and make a difference in the built environment.

About the course

Develop your own distinctive design practice by exploring the processes and methodologies of architecture. You'll study in a studio and have the opportunity to work on real-life projects with local and regional groups.

This studio-based course will help you develop your own distinctive design practice. You’ll explore design processes and methodologies. There are opportunities to work on real-life projects with local, regional and international groups as part of our Live Projects initiative. You can take the course as a stand-alone MA or as preparation for a PhD via our PhD by Design programme.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a subject related to design in the built environment, such as architecture, landscape architecture or urban planning.

You should also provide a portfolio which includes a custom assignment. See programme website for details.

We will also consider your application if your degree is not design based but you have considerable professional design experience.

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Student Profiles

Yiye Lin

The programme at SSoA gave me an opportunity to work with people from different countries and backgrounds. This experience really helped me adapt quickly to an international design team at my current job in Shanghai. Although I have to learn new things constantly, the architectural knowledge delivered in the School is fundamental. Also the training in SSoA really improved my critical thinking and analytical skills which are very important for me in dealing with projects in a complicated context.

The unique Live Projects programme and the specific concern given to social issues at SSoA has definitely influenced the way I approach things by showing the possibility that designers can somehow trigger meaningful social changes. In the real projects I have engaged in, although most of them are commercially oriented, within a team of similar values, we are always trying to fit in thoughts about society and public concerns.

The best thing about Sheffield I think is the friendly environment for international students!

Rahil Bhayani

Returning to practice after completing the MA in Architectural Design, I was able to join an organisation in a higher position than previously. The knowledge acquired on the course helped me to critically analyse and draw on more rational, design oriented solutions through research. Research as a skillset has been tremendously useful for me and has changed the way I approach and derive solutions.

The University of Sheffield offers a wide spectrum of extra-curricular activities with the Students Union at the epicentre! It’s a place where you can reach out for almost anything as an international student. Apart from that, Sheffield as a city offers a fantastic and a very vibrant life for students. The University Arms, City Centre, Winter Gardens, Moore Market and Peak District have been some of my favourite places, throughout my studies!

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