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Full time & Part time September MA, Other Full-time: 2 years | Part-time: 3 years

About the course

The MArch (RIBA Part 2) is the second stage of your professional training to become an architect. You'll be inspired by innovative architecture teaching from academic and industry professionals and develop your critical ability, skills and creativity.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have:

An upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in architecture
at least 9 months of post-undergraduate professional practice experience
a diverse portfolio demonstrating academic and professional experience (see ‘How to Apply’ for detailed guidance)
prepared a critical self-appraisal (see ‘How to Apply’ for detailed guidance)

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Where will I study?

Where is Birmingham City University

Student Profile(s)

Ben Derbyshire

Ben Derbyshire is the Managing Partner of HTA Design LLP, a multidisciplinary firm of 120 architects, graphic designers, planners, landscape architects, web designers and sustainability consultants.

Examples of his practice’s notable projects, both in the UK and abroad include Greenwich Millennium Village, Waterport Terraces in Gibraltar, the redevelopment of Queen Elizabeth's Children's Hospital and the South Acton regeneration project in London and Hanham Hall zero carbon community in Bristol.

Alongside this, Ben is Chairman of the Housing Forum, a board member at Design for Homes and he sits on the New London Sounding Board, the council of New London Architecture.

Ben studied Architecture at Birmingham School of Architecture, part of Birmingham City University, finishing his course in 1973.

Following university, he went on to do postgraduate course at the Cambridge University School of Architecture and from there, aged 23, he joined the recently-formed practice of ex Cambridge graduates Bernard Hunt and John Thompson – then only five strong. The practice grew and changed and he grew with it. Now both founders are retired and Ben has emerged as managing partner of a multidisciplinary firm.

The University and the course gave me a solid grounding in reality. It allowed me the scope to work with real problems amongst local communities and thus I forged an interest in community architecture that has served me throughout the rest of my career. "

“I am proud to be at the helm of an energetic and creative practice with a succession team of younger partners who are up for the challenge of becoming the best in our field and taking the practice forward. I have never had a more enjoyable professional experience!

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