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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Architecture, Building & Planning

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

    UK/EU £8850
    Overseas £16200

    For full details regarding fees and funding, please visit: website.

  • Last Updated

    03 October 2019

The MA in Architecture and Urban Design (MAUD) proposes a particular perspective of the city, combining the strength of architectural history and theory with the study of the contemporary city, to provide an understanding of architecture and urban design that addresses the dynamic conditions of cities today.

The MA in Architecture and Urban Design (MAUD) is a wide-ranging mainstream Master's programme in architecture that gives you an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective on contemporary architecture and urban design. The programme informs you about the latest knowledge of architecture and urban design in order to prepare you to become a successful professionals working on a global scale.

You are taught how to combine academic analysis with the development of creative and intellectual skills. We regard theory and practice of architecture as equally important, and believe that joint effort and excellence in both areas are necessary for communicating architecture and urban design competently and successfully. You are encouraged to develop your creative and imaginative abilities; to produce ideas and undertake work that conveys your understanding of architecture and cities in fresh and effective ways.

You learn how to approach contemporary architecture and cities and their relation to the society, culture and arts including film and theatre. Through the analysis of wider social and environmental aspects and through modeling of cities’ life and its dynamic forces, programme considers the ways in which both the heritage buildings and the new design proposals can facilitate in the sustainable development of cities in the future.

Kent School of Architecture and Planning (KSAP) has developed a unique partnership with Farrells, the internationally renowned architects and urban planners. John Letherland, the Head of Master Planning is currently the Programme Director for the course.

This is a versatile Master’s qualification for architects, urban designers, surveyors, historians, landscape architects, theorists, engineers and other related professionals involved with planning and design of contemporary cities, as well as graduates interested in pursuing further postgraduate studies and an academic career.

This programme is split-site whereby the Autumn term is delivered at our Canterbury campus and the Spring term is delivered at the Paris School of Arts and Culture.

About Kent School of Architecture and Planning

Research at Kent School of Architecture and Planning (KSAP) achieves excellence in both the history and theory of architecture and in sustainable urban, peri-urban and environmental design. School staff have design expertise and specialist knowledge; they are at the forefront of current architectural issues, including sustainability, technology, professional practice and research. Our staff are active at academic and professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, and appear and publish in local and national media. The School promotes innovative and interdisciplinary research, emphasising sustainable design.

Much of the project work involved in the KSAP is located on 'live' sites in the local region, using real clients and engaging challenging issues. Students in all stages of the school have been introduced to real urban and architectural design challenges in Lille, Margate, Folkestone, Dover, Rye, Chatham and, of course, Canterbury. Much of this work involves liaising with external bodies, such as architects, planners, council and development groups.

Course structure and Modules

The MA is composed of four taught modules and a dissertation on the topic of your own choice.

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

Compulsory modules currently include:

Optional modules may include:

Assessment

Assessment is by coursework and the dissertation.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • ensure that you achieve excellence in your knowledge of architecture and cities through the development of your understanding, research, design and other related abilities
  • promote creativity and excellence in architecture and urban design; from understanding concepts to thoughtful project development and the integration of research, strategically and in detail
  • develop your knowledge of the theoretical, historical and professional contexts of architecture and urban design and ensure that you are aware of your responsibilities
  • develop your understanding of architecture, cities and urban design within a broader cultural context that would include studies of arts and humanities
  • promote and support independent research and high-quality skills
  • accommodate a wide range of views and develop your specialised original interests
  • develop understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research and promote originality in applying knowledge in architecture and urban design
  • develop initiative, responsibility and sound critical judgement in making decisions about complex architectural and urban design issues
  • enable you to develop strategies for self-improvement and commitment to research and learning
  • support you in achieving your full potential in all parts of the programme
  • enable you to learn from the direct experience of the city and the wealth of its resources as this programme will be partly based in Paris. 

Careers

Our Master’s programmes have been devised to enhance your prospects in a competitive world. Professionals in the architectural, planning, environmental design and conservation fields who develop higher-level skills, accredited by relevant bodies, will find themselves well-placed to progress in their field. Our students have gone on to work for major public agencies and universities, as well as leading practitioners in the private sector.

Find out how to apply here.


Visit the MA Architecture and Urban Design - Canterbury and Paris page on the University of Kent website for more details!

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