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Architecture (MArch)

Course Description

This is a creative, studio-focused course with a strong commitment to design research, which allows you to qualify with Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2. The design studio will take centre stage during your studies as you are challenged to develop solutions to a series of architectural design problems.

Your course will explore different approaches to architecture, its theories, techniques and forms of agency, and will address the key themes of integrated sustainability and post-industrial urbanism.

You will study architectural agency and its forms of social engagement, and the use of computational techniques to produce architectural solutions within material and social systems. You will also explore the innovative use of film and other media in the process of architectural and urban design.

You will explore your personal interests in relation to city, regional, national and global perspectives and forge an individual approach to architecture.

As part of your studies, you will visit exemplary buildings and complex urban contexts that challenge the role of architecture in the city.

Studying with us will also give you exemption from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and RIBA Part 2 examinations.

You can see examples of our students' work on our School of Art, Architecture and Design website - http://cagd.co.uk/public/architecture/MArch/

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/architecture_ma

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Upon graduating you will be able to seek employment in an architect's office in order to complete your Part 3 requirements, which will then enable you to practice as a fully-qualified architect. Our students have gone on to achieve significant success within architectural practices in the UK and overseas.

- Architect (Private Practice)
- Architect (Local Authorities)
- Architect (Government Organisation)
- Architect (Commercial Companies)

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course benefits

This course offers high quality, creative design education as a basis for qualification and practice as an architect while fulfilling Part 2 requirements for Architects Registration Board Prescription, Royal Institute of British Architects Validation and the QAA Architecture Subject Benchmark for final award programmes.

You will have access to an excellent learning environment which includes new multimedia studios equipped with drawing boards, computers and model-making facilities, a state-oft-the-art library and IT suites and specialist workshops.


- Design Studios
Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing students to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

- Library
Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, our Library has you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Architecture (MArch) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Bradley Spencer

My course developed my design skills while also broadening my awareness of the social and ethical roles architects play within society. The expertise I learned while studying are now used in my day-to-day work, whether designing conceptual masterplans or detailing construction packages. It's a great course with friendly, dedicated staff, and Leeds is a great place to be.

Bradley Spencer
Architect, The Manser Practice


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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