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University of Central Lancashire, Full Time MA Degrees in Architecture, Building & Planning

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The MA Interior Design course has been developed as a coherent part of the School of Art Design and Performance’s Masters Programmes and shares the same values and philosophies that unite them. Read more
The MA Interior Design course has been developed as a coherent part of the School of Art Design and Performance’s Masters Programmes and shares the same values and philosophies that unite them

The focus of the MA Interior Design course is rooted in 'creative practice'. As a postgraduate student, you will be able to form a uniquely individual, tailor made programme of study. You may choose to work either within an established area of contemporary interior design practice or explore the potential for design diversity.


Staff involved in teaching the programme are Chartered members of associated professional bodies such as the RIBA. They will endeavour to provide assistance in opening up opportunities to network with regional bodies appropriate to your study programme.


Practical work is carried out within our extensive and very well equipped studios and workshops. A programme of guest lecturers, visits to exhibitions and UK cities, workshops, manufacturers, and opportunities to study abroad further broaden, support and enhance the environment within which you will study.

A special feature of the MA programme is the blend of practice and theory which underpins the student projects. As a student on an MA course in the School of Art Design and Performance you will belong to a large and varied postgraduate design community. You will study some core modules alongside students from other design disciplines and through this participation in a common programme; you will experience a strong sense of community, sharing of knowledge and access to a wide range of staff skills and resources.

Practical and theoretical elements are assessed. Assessment strategies involve portfolio assessment, presentations and reflective diary summaries.

Successful completion of a combination of research and practice modules leads to the MA award. Intermediate Diploma or Certificate exit awards are available should studies be incomplete.


The MA Interior Design course has been developed as a coherent part of the School of Art Design and Performance’s master's programmes and shares the same values and philosophies that unite them. At the outset of the programme all students are required to participate in an induction and diagnostic phase. During this three week programme student’s develop a proposed area of study and negotiate methods and topics for their research.

Throughout the master's programme students work simultaneously on both their research and practice modules. Research often helps students to re-orientate themselves in industry and to develop very personal design philosophies that inform their practice thinking. Upon conclusion of their practice studies students are expected to have achieved outcomes made possible through unique connections explored through their research.

In the second semester you may choose to undertake field studies and take a more outward looking focus and more rigorous validation of their ideas through professional networking or even external placement. You will have the opportunity to study abroad for a period of time and a regular feature of the course takes students to New York and Berlin.

Interior Design also encourages students to engage in internship positions as part of their studies that offer real design practice experience. These experiences can fuel the development of rich and varied CV’s ready to enhance your career.

By the end of the course all students should have completed a cohesive body of creative work to a professional standard and be able to clearly articulate a sound intellectual rationale and broad critical viewpoint.


In addition to the employment opportunities we seek out for students we are keen to travel to explore and research realistic design contexts. These trips range from those close to home to more International locations. As a result we visit sculpture parks, local cities in the North West of the UK, London, Berlin and New York. We receive fantastic feedback from students about these experiences.

The MA will further your career opportunities within commercial design practice. Research has shown that graduates who have undertaken some form of work experience are significantly more likely to gain employment in relevant sectors than those who have had no work experience. The programme has strong a strong track record of internship success with students following leads provided by staff to take part time positions in practice during their studies.

The MA is, however, not seen as wholly vocational as it also recognises the value of personal development, satisfaction and enlightenment.

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The Master of Architecture (MArch) course focuses on design innovation and current theories of architecture and urbanism to challenge your thinking and prepare you for practice. Read more
The Master of Architecture (MArch) course focuses on design innovation and current theories of architecture and urbanism to challenge your thinking and prepare you for practice. The studios, workshops and CAD suites at UCLan are among the UK’s best and you will receive regular one-to-one tutorial support from a team who are leading thinkers and practitioners in their field. In addition, opportunities for international study and lively discussion with a variety of visiting speakers will enrich your experience and inspire your creativity.

The MArch course provides progression for Part 1 Architecture graduates to a Part 2 course (which is a requirement for professional membership).


The course has excellent links with the ARB, RIBA and local practices throughout the North West region of the UK, and the UK more generally.

Our Associate Year Out programme currently has a number of students currently employed by both Architecture and Design practices across the country.

The Architectural Studies Unit at UCLan have an Advisory Board composed of experts from industry and lay people who are informing the development and fine-tuning of our courses to ensure our graduates are employable and sought after in the market. The Professional Studies module also allows students to strengthen their knowledge of the architect’s role in the process of building via frequent interaction with architectural practitioners in the classroom, in the office and on site.

We also invite local practitioners to attend our regular design reviews or to be guest speakers.


The Master of Architecture at UCLan is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) leading to Part 2 recognition, which allows you to proceed on a path to become a registered architect and ARB member.


The MArch course builds on knowledge acquired in undergraduate courses, yet it establishes a clear distinction between Part 1 and 2 levels by enabling students to progress their design work and critical thinking skills further to position themselves within contemporary architecture discourse. The course is informed by a dynamic and challenging regional need, specifically in areas such as urban and rural contextual issues, food production, regeneration, post-industrial landscapes, heritage protection, and sustainable urbanism.

In Year 1, this is achieved through a series of guided complex urban and rural design projects, which consider the professional context and technological strategies early in design process to derive creative solutions to the challenges of sustainability in architecture and urbanism.

Theoretical modules such as Critical and Cultural Contexts, Innovation and Realisation, Research Methods, and Professional Studies allow students to expand and deepen their critical understanding of architecture, its context and practice.

The final year modules - research methods, dissertation and design thesis - offer a platform for students to apply and celebrate the culmination of their acquired knowledge and skills via their selected design thesis project, developing independence and preparing for practice. Each module must be passed to achieve the final award, though modules are weighted to allow you to focus on design, discourse and production.

These curriculum themes focus on regional challenges, but are inspired by study of international solutions and emerging global concepts and strategies for future urbanism in a climate of change. Students will have the opportunity to travel to Europe and beyond to visit practices, sites and buildings in order to enhance their learning. The School is also in the process of establishing academic and exchange links for Architecture through the ERASMUS programme.

The School has established, and continues to support, collaborative projects with local schools, practices and architectural societies such as the North Lancashire Society of Architects (NLSA).

Issues in architectural and urban design practice are also explored extensively through dialogue with an array of multidisciplinary practitioners via the Associate Year Out programme, interdisciplinary design collaboration and live design projects. By maintaining and strengthening our links with renowned architectural practices, the course gears students towards a focus on employment and industry needs as stipulated by professional bodies, and in line with the University’s mission to maximise student employability.

Our courses are popular with overseas students and benefit from one of the most diverse and active student communities. This is matched by an equally diverse tutor team from across the globe whose teaching and research interests reflect a wide-ranging professional and academic agenda.

The University has, and continues to commit high levels of investment in its architecture courses. The level of teaching support is enviable with staff to student ratios unparalleled in the UK. Preston is the home town of the innovative Building Design Partnership (founded by George Grenfell Baines) who built Preston Bus Station, one of the most important modern buildings in Britain. But it is our students who are our greatest asset. We look forward to welcoming you.

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