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Master of Architecture

Course Description

The MArch program is for students who have completed the BA (Hons) Architecture course and the subsequent year in practice (during which students can maintain regular contact with the School). The course comprises design studio, history and theory, technology, and professional studies. The studio course is taught in small research groups called units. Each of these approaches architecture from a different specialised position, offering expertise, skills and knowledge. The units’ agendas and programmes are driven by staff, research and responses to contemporary events and issues. At the beginning of each academic year you will make a preference from a choice of the School’s units. You would normally expect to spend a year studying with a particular unit.

The history and theory course is conducted through lectures and seminars. All students will write an 8-12,000-word dissertation to satisfy the requirements for this course. This is completed during the first year of the course. The technology component is embedded into the design studio via seminars, masterclasses and discussion with consultants. All students will be required to make a number of different submissions, including a detailed examination of a building proposal. Professional Practice is supported by two lecture series and is completed during the second year of the course. All students will be expected to make a written submission at the end of each series. Study tours and international collaborations take place each year related to the studio units and there is the possibility for exchange under the Erasmus (Europe) and the American/Australian exchange programme in the first full-time year.

Special features

This course satisfies the ARB/RIBA Criteria for Approval and thus provides exemption from Part 2

Following successful completion of this course you may then take a further year of professional experience before sitting the Examination in Professional Practice. The examination together with two residential preparation programmes satisfies the ARB/RIBA Criteria for Approval and provides exemption from their Part 3, enabling you to qualify for registration with ARB as an architect and join the RIBA.

Opportunities for study exchange in Europe, America and Australia.


NOTE: Existing students completing the BA(Hons) Architecture Part 1 who progress to Master of Architecture will remain on their existing fee structure (with restrictions).

Visit the Master of Architecture page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have at least an upper second class undergraduate honours degree in architecture and/or ARB/RIBA Part 1. Admission will normally be dependent on a successful application and interview.A portfolio of work on CD in PDF format should be submitted with your application form. It should include a table of contents with information regarding the duration of project and in which academic year/level it was completed. We also require a concise letter of intent and two references, one of which must be from a former tutor.

Course Fees

UK and EU full-time student fees: £9,000 per year of study. Non-EU full-time international student fees: £19,000 per year of study.

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