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MArchD Applied Design in Architecture (ARB and RIBA part 2)

Accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). This course is also accredited by the Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM).

This programme is grounded on the belief that architects should be thinking well beyond the constraints of market forces and the traditional disciplinary limits of the profession, towards forms, technology and spaces for a more sustainable future. This is a student-led programme, and you can have very different experiences within it depending on the choices of studios and courses you make.

Why choose this course?

  • Founded in 1927, the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes has established an international reputation for the quality of both its research and its teaching.
  • As one of the largest architecture schools in the UK, with around 600 students and 70 staff, it plays a leading role in defining the national, and international, agenda in design education and research.
  • The school enjoys an international reputation in research, in areas ranging from sustainable design to modular buildings and from design for well-being to vernacular architecture.
  • Staff in the school regularly secure research funding from the UK's research councils and the European Union as well as industry, with an annual research grant income averaging £1m in recent years.
  • This programme provides RIBA/ARB Part 2.

Teaching and learning

The unique nature of the Applied Design in Architecture offers you the opportunity to select an individual pathway that will create a distinctive graduate profile that is unique to you alone.

The ability to choose modules from within design specialisations offers you the prospect of defining your own position. You will find that you are being taught with, in most cases, direct entry master's students from countries around the world.

This aspect is complemented by the Year 2 design studio where you will engage with a distinctive agenda and experience a diversity of design specialisation thinking from students within your unit.

Self-directed learning is highly supported by staff in the School of Architecture. Personal choice engenders motivation and a high level of commitment, and the programme has been designed to embrace this aspect whilst clearly building on skills, thinking, application and design production to achieve a final portfolio of the highest standard.

The Exhibition

The end of year exhibition is the culmination of each year’s academic programme. It is not only a showcase for your work, but is in itself an important opportunity for you to develop spatial and presentation skills in a very immediate and hands-on way. All students must play a full role in designing, organising, making and maintaining the exhibition. To this end the exhibition is an integral part of your design studio and design specialisation programme.

The programme employs a wide range of teaching and learning methods; lectures, seminars, crits, tutorials, peer assisted learning, self-directed learning, site visits, office visits, field trips, and online learning.

Approach to assessment

All work is assessed and marked as a percentage. Students must pass all compulsory components of the programme without exception. The pass mark for all modules is 50%. Students must pass all components of the Research into Design year to be permitted to begin the Design and Technology year.

At the end of the second semester in Year 2 there will be an internal cross-unit portfolio examination to determine the final design grades for each student.

There will also be internal and external portfolio based examinations at the end of the programme for all students. The final assessment for the Applied Design in Architecture occurs in the final semester of the programme, at which point every student presents their portfolio and display of work to an internal assessment panel, and then to an external examiner in an individual examination.


The modules Management Practice, and Law 1 and 2, include guidance on the necessary professional skills that are required both for ARB Part 2 and for preparation in commencing ARB Part 3. The design studio generates a portfolio of work that not only demonstrates the learning for ARB Part 2 but also written, research and visual skills. The design portfolio is intended as the vehicle for students to synthesise all facets of their learning in order to seek practice employment.

In addition the school maintains a jobs wall that advertises vacancies locally, nationally and internationally. 

Visit the MArchD Applied Design in Architecture (ARB and RIBA part 2) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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