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An exciting, creative Master’s degree with accreditation from the ARB and RIBA, for students with a first degree in architecture who wish to progress their studies to final qualification as a practising architect. 

COURSE CONTENT

Your focus will be to investigate the relationships between critical practice, design and research in the making of architectural proposals. The work produced throughout this two year Master’s is a collaborative effort between you, our academics and practicing architects. 

Our studio is divided up into five thematic studio groups, each led by a pair of tutors. Each of the groups also feature an external ‘consultant’ who will contribute to teaching throughout the year. 

This course encourages lateral thinking, problem solving, creativity and engagement with issues in a self-critical process. But it is also broad in its engagement. It will address issues as diverse as our survival on the planet and local engagement with culture and craft - the making of anything from an entire city to a door handle.

WHAT WILL EXCITE YOU?

You’ll be engaging with real projects and real clients locally, and embarking on worldwide field trips – plus our Erasmus scheme gives you the chance to study at a European university. Our students have gone to places such as Munich, Barcelona, Istanbul and Croatia.

THE ENVIRONMENT

You will be based in Belfast, a compelling city for exploring socially engaged urbanism.

You’ll enjoy a healthy staff to student ratio, good studios, where you’ll each have your own space, excellent workshops and technicians.The focus of the MArch is to investigate and develop the relationships between critical practice, design and research through the making of unique and challenging architectural propositions.

THE STUDIO

The studio is divided up into thematic groups which collectively encompass a broad range of approaches to architectural design. The groups reflect the expertise and preoccupations of the tutors and consultants involved. Accordingly, the briefs developed and the work produced become a collaborative investigation between practitioners, students and academics into some of the spatial issues affecting the production of the built environment, both on this island and elsewhere.

Students are offered a choice of group at the beginning of MArch I and then again at the beginning of MArch II, their thesis year. It is imagined that they will choose a different group each year to make the most of the breadth and the depth offered by the studio system. Choices are also offered for humanities and technologies dissertations.

The four semesters of the Masters programme are thought of as a single entity, within which diverse challenges allow the student to identify core strengths and to develop these through open discussion with a strong emphasis on self-directed study and ambitious agendas.

Year 1 Modules (Total Degree Weighting 1/3)

  • M.Arch Studio 1 (30 CATS)
  • M.Arch Studio 2 (30 CATS)
  • Architectural Research: Humanities
  • Dissertation (30 CATS) (project work)
  • Architectural Research: Technology
  • Dissertation (30 CATS) (project work)

Year 2 Modules (Total Degree Weighting 2/3)

  • M.Arch Studio 3 (30 CATS)
  • M.Arch Studio 4 (30 CATS)
  • Thesis Research (30 CATS)
  • Professional Skills (30 CATS)

Visit the MSc in Master of Architecture (MArch) page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

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