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  MArch Architecture: Collaborative Practice


University of Sheffield    School of Architecture

Full time September Other 2 years full-time Award winner
Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Creative Arts & Design (9)

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Are you ready to take your architectural career to the next level? Look no further than our MArch Architecture: Collaborative Practice programme. This unique two-year, full-time masters combines practice-based experience with academic research and learning. In the first year, you'll have the opportunity to work with top architectural practices, followed by university-based education in the second year. Our programme is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). To apply, you'll need a 2:1 or equivalent BA in Architecture from an RIBA/ARB-approved institution, along with 9 months of practice experience. Don't miss your chance to join our award-winning student community and make a difference in the field of architecture.

About the course

This course gives you the chance to work with some of the country's top architectural practices. It blends practice-based experience with academic research and learning.

This course blends practical experience with academic research and learning. It’s a two-year, full-time masters with two semesters of practice-based education in the first year and two semesters of University-based education in the second year.

This is a unique opportunity to develop your experience working with some of the country’s top architectural practices. 

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Entry Requirements

To apply for this course you should be currently working at one of our partner practices.
However, if you are interested in the course and not working in one of the partner practices, we encourage you to contact us.

You’ll need BA Architecture, 2:1 or equivalent, from a RIBA/ARB-approved institution, along with 9 months in practice. You should have RIBA Part 1 or equivalent.

We will ask to see your design portfolio. If you don't have RIBA Part 1 and you're offered a place it will be your responsibility to gain Part 1.


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Student Profiles

Yanni Pitsillides

I chose this course as it was rooted in reality, allowing me to reflect on practical experience. It merged an academic learning environment within a practical setting, allowing me to earn while I learned. I think the course has empowered me by encouraging me to self-reflect and also by giving me the opportunity to look 'behind the curtain' at top UK practices.

Naomi Bailey

I worked at the London-based architectural practice Levitt Bernstein whilst studying for my Part II masters at Sheffield. I was one of 13 Collaborative Practice students who were embarking on Sheffield's newly established MArch course.

I soon realised that studying in a professional environment meant you had immediate access to valuable knowledge, advice and support from experts, which made this unique MArch experience extremely rewarding and beneficial for my academic work.

The course follows a 4-day work week structure. This left Friday as my focused study day which was also used for tutorials with the course leader, Satwinder Samra, and intense design-day sessions with my fellow Collaborative Practice students. These were held at various architectural practices around London and Sheffield who are affiliated with the course and often ended with a tour around the practice and presentation by directors or senior staff members about their approach to design. A particular highlight was spending a tutorial day in the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' office situated in the Leadenhall building aka. the 'cheese grater'. We were fortunate to meet and listen to Ivan Harbour who presented initial drawing concept and development sketches for upcoming projects.

Overall, I felt studying and working in practice added purpose to my research. I was more confident in meeting, interviewing and talking to various members of the practice from junior to senior staff and directors of Levitt Bernstein. I was fortunate to be working in a practice who were very supportive and accommodating of my academic studies but I can say my Collaborative Practice peers had similar experiences too.

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