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Architecture (MA)

Course Description

If you want to pursue a design specialism within architecture this studio-based course will help you realise your ambitions.

You will take a research-by-design approach in a studio environment to help you develop your own specialism and research-based study.

We offer an international perspective on design and you will be encouraged to develop exciting design-led propositions on issues such as environmental sustainability, urban resilience and resource depletion.

You will study three themes - sustainable urbanism, facade design and architectural interiors. You will complete introductory and advanced projects in your chosen theme and, at the end of your course, you will have the opportunity to exhibit or publish your thesis work.

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

- 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/architecturestudio_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.


We receive notification of practice vacancies and our graduates are highly sought after and many find rewarding work in private design consultancies, local government agencies or environmental organisations in the UK and overseas. Your course will provide a solid foundation should you want to become an academic researcher in architecture, and you will also have the option to continue your studies and work towards a PhD.

- Architect
- Interior Designer
- Urban Designer
- Urban Planner

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

The Leeds School of Architecture, Landscape and Design at Leeds Beckett is well recognised within the three specialist areas. We have world renowned practitioners and academics in sustainable urbanism who have won international design competitions and have worked with and for leading design firms, such as Bauman Lyons Architects and MacCreanor Lavington.

The facade design tutorial team have worked on innovative designs for firms such as Foster, Atelier One, HOK, Ian Simpson, and Zaha Hadid. The architectural interiors team consists of practitioners, academics and designers, who specialise in themes such as building reuse and museum and exhibition design. Many of the students undertake live projects or competitions.

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-of-the-art library and specialist workshops.

Craig Stott

Senior Lecturer

"Our course will give you skills in architecture that will be recognised around the world. The creative practice of design is central to our course, giving you a great insight into conception, elaboration and production of the spaces, buildings, cities and landscapes that make up the built environment."

Craig joined our University in 2010 and has a background in structural engineering. He has a strong interest in closed loop urbanism – a concept that by understanding material resource flows within city, it is possible to create a zero waste system. Craig also helped to found the Leeds School of Architecture's Live Project Office which engages in community-based projects, using architecture as a catalyst to positively transform local neighbourhoods in economically deprived areas.


- Design Studios
Architecture students gain access to our extensive studio facilities – including workshop and computer modelling software – to design and build projects.

- 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 (MA) 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

(Student Profile)

Rosie Cockroft

Leeds Beckett helped me to achieve my dream of creating spaces that improve people's lives. I now have my ideal job designing creative play areas for schools, nurseries and leisure attractions.

Rosie Cockroft
Timberplay in Sheffield


Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) - 20+ Awards

To be eligible for a Scholarship from our University you must:•Be progressing from an Undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 (i.e. your Undergraduate course began on or after 1 September 2012).
•Be undertaking a Masters course (students on Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diplomas, MA/MSc ‘top-up’ courses, Integrated Masters or any other type of Postgraduate or Professional course will not be eligible).
•Meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to study.
•Be undertaking a course that is fundable by HEFCE (for example, NHS and NTCL funded courses are not fundable by HEFCE, so students to those courses will not be eligible).
•Be studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years (applicants to courses where the duration exceeds 24 months will not be eligible).
•Be domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU).
•Be paying your fees through personal or family resources. If you have your fees paid or part paid through a sponsorship arrangement you would not be eligible for a Scholarship.
•Be able to attend the course applied for in 2015-16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Leeds Beckett University is offering 105 scholarships, each worth £10,000, to UK and EU students who will be starting Postgraduate taught Masters courses in September 2015. The Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative, aimed at widening access to Masters courses by removing barriers to Postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups. Included in this scheme are 15 scholarships to support Women in Science.

Application Procedure

You must make an application for a Scholarship alongside your application for the Masters course. Your application will be considered against the eligibility criteria stated at http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pss/.All applications for a Scholarship must be received by the University by 31 May 2015.You must complete the PSS application form and supply the relevant supporting evidence by 31 May 2015. Failure to submit by the deadline and/or provide the necessary supporting evidence will mean that the application will not be considered.To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online form at: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pages/postgraduate-support-scheme-apply/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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

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