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Full time & Part time September MA, Other Full-time: 2 years | Part-time: 3 years
Architecture, Building & Planning (3)

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The MArch (RIBA Part 2) programme at Birmingham School of Architecture offers the next stage of professional training for aspiring architects. With a focus on innovation and creativity, you'll learn from industry professionals and gain the skills needed to design the buildings of the future. The course goes beyond the requirements of professional bodies, providing a stimulating and dynamic educational experience. You'll have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in cities such as Reykjavik, Istanbul, Amsterdam, and Barcelona, and benefit from connections with over 100 architecture practices. With a diverse portfolio and relevant work experience, you'll be well-equipped for a successful career in architecture.

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.

Benefiting from our links with more than 100 architecture practices, our graduates design and create the buildings of the future. They have secured successful architecture jobs with well known practices such as Associated ArchitectsHawkins\BrownHopkins Architects and Glenn Howells Architects.

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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.
Prepared a critical self-appraisal (see ‘How to Apply’ for detailed guidance).

Applicants will also need to submit a good portfolio.


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Where will I study?

Where is Birmingham City University

Student Profile

Ben Derbyshire
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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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