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Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) MArch

Course Description


This ARB/RIBA Part 2-accredited Architecture course has been retitled from the previously named Graduate Diploma in Architecture to MArch in Architecture. The course operates within the guidelines stipulated by professional accreditation, but has its own unique character. Being taught in an art-and-design-based faculty means that design is at the heart of our approach.

Key features

You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the areas of study required to enter and contribute to architectural practice and architectural discourse.
You will acquire a critical understanding of architecture as a cultural, social and material practice, with consideration for the ways in which it impacts on human and physical environments.
You will learn to create coherent, responsible and appropriate architectural designs capable of making a positive contribution to the environment.

What will you study?

During this course you will develop as architectural designers and thinkers and move towards the ability to engage in architectural practice as independent and reflective practitioners. You will build on and further develop the knowledge, understanding and skill acquired during your first degree and a recommended initial period of work-based learning. The emphasis of this course is therefore to deepen and consolidate existing learning and skill, rather than to introduce a wide range of new subject material.


Design projects, reports, seminars, presentations, essays, case studies, and dissertation.

Course Structure

Please note that all modules listed below are compulsory for that level.

Core modules (Level 6)

Reading Architecture
Designing Architecture
Representing Architecture
Making Architecture

Core modules (Level 7)


Entry requirements

The course has been designed for applicants seeking a route to registration in the UK and who already have Part 1 exemption as well as at least a year's professional experience. However, there are opportunities for students without this work experience to join the course. If you are in any doubt as to your eligibility to join the course, you are encouraged to apply, stating your experience and qualifications. All suitable applicants are then interviewed prior to acceptance onto the course.

What this course offers you

The Architecture MArch is designed for architects seeking a route to registration in the UK. It focuses on architecture as an active and demanding cultural practice.
Design is at the heart of the programme. Theoretical, technical and contextual studies underpin your learning in the studio.
Your dissertation gives you the chance to further investigate an area of interest in depth and develop valuable research skills.
This course is a prescribed qualification by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). The programme covers both ARB and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) criteria Part 2.
You will also have the chance to work alongside students studying other courses in the Faculty and gain from their expertise.
Many members of staff are research active or professional practitioners, which keeps your learning cutting-edge.
The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your academic studies, you gain practical skills in:
data collation, review and synopsis;
communication (oral, written and electronic);
time management;
computing; and
co-operation and teamwork
We offer a part-time study option to help you fit your studies around other commitments.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) MArch page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lesley Anne Price

"I came to Kingston for my Part 2 (Diploma) in Architecture, rather jaded after my experiences as an undergraduate at another university, to find a refreshing variety of units and tutors on offer.

"I chose to do the Masters course under Michael Shoul. It was exactly the curriculum I had been hoping for when I set out to become an architect and the approach to the craft has stood me in good stead ever since. I came back to do my Part 3 professional qualification, which I found to be thorough, appropriately difficult and entertaining at the same time.

"After some years as a conservation officer in a local authority, I am now working for myself in private practice in central London, specialising in the repair/reuse of historic buildings. I am hoping to travel more widely, working on historic structures, when my family and last child leaves home in (hopefully) two or three years' time!

"I am still in contact with Kingston University and regard my tutors there as friends as well as colleagues."


Entry Requirements

ARB/RIBA Part 1 or exemption from it;in most cases, not less than 40 weeks of appropriate professional experience prior to entry; a high level of basic design skill as well as an ability to engage in a rigorous, graduate programme of study;an understanding of architecture as both an academic subject and an ongoing practice; and a commitment and motivation to the practice of architecture.

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