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Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

Course Description

UCA Canterbury

The second part of our Master of Architecture (MArch) professional qualification is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), enabling you to become a registered architect.

Our School of Architecture has been ranked in the Architecture top ten by the 2016 Guardian University Guide. This course carries full and unconditional prescription from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) as satisfying the Part 2 criteria.

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Student work


Course overview:

Our MArch course emphasises design as a research practice. It understands the architect as someone whose cross-disciplinary role enables them to draw upon knowledge from various related disciplines, to develop effective strategies and models for sustainable practice. This may be within the context of the production of buildings, the spaces between them or the urban contexts in which they occur.

On this course you'll be able to consolidate your architectural experiences, both in education and in practice, whilst simultaneously questioning your preconceptions of the discipline.

By the end of the course, you'll be equipped to adopt a critical position within the profession and wider society. You'll also be able to initiate and deliver projects which are grounded in design-based research, and continue a process of learning through practice based experimentation and enquiry.

Course content

Stage 1 -

In stage one, you'll undertake a number of tutor-led studio design projects. Lecture and seminar series are interwoven with studio design projects and inform their content;

Design Research: Enables you to embark on an extended piece of complex architectural design research, leading to a rigorous proposal. You're required to demonstrate your ability to devise ambitious architectural strategies, structural and sustainable objectives and approaches and coherent responses to site within the project as a whole.

Design Technology: Involves the origination and implementation of a programme of individual research into technologies and experimentation. This will be devised by you and it usually emerges from the research themes and issues in your design research project. A series of programmed interdisciplinary workshops introduce key skills and concepts, interspersed throughout the course of the unit, providing specialist inputs and opportunities to evaluate individual research from different vantage points.

Dissertation: A period of self-directed research on a subject related to the historical, theoretical and critical concerns of architecture. The unit is based around a structured reading programme as a way of introducing you to contemporary architectural theories. These texts are exposed to careful reading in seminars and tutorials, and they're intended to provide you with a departure point your own specialised research and inquiry.

Stage 2 -

In stage two, you'll develop your own research agendas, drawing heavily upon the issues and methodologies introduced in stage one.

Design Thesis: You'll develop and present your design thesis project. The format of presentation may include the production of diverse media, for example models, drawings, installation, video, photography and text.

Technology Dissertation: You'll produce a technical dissertation, which arises out of an issue identified in your design thesis. You're required to apply your understanding of technical knowledge to the resolution of building design problems or to the development of novel approaches to design issues through rigorous, well-documented experimentation.

Future Practice: Designed to provoke experimentation, risk-taking, exploratory and playful work while addressing the rigours of professional practice. These characteristics are reinforced through lectures, workshops and tutorials. The unit covers a range of topics such as business (including marketing and advertising), economics, law and legal, management, media, systems and operation, professional practices and a series of talks related around the RIBA stages: pre-agreement, ideas-design, pre-construction, construction and completion.


Architecture studios - Dedicated postgraduate open plan studio spaces, used for group tutorials and personal working.

3D workshop - 3D workshop with machines for working in wood, metals, plastics and ceramics

Computer suite - Fully equipped computer studio with Macs and PCs programmed with the latest software for design and animation

Laser cutters and 3D printers - Access to the laser cutters and 3D printers on campus

Course staff

John Bell - http://www.uca.ac.uk/staff/john-bell/

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Studying in the UK - http://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/

Studying abroad - http://www.uca.ac.uk/study/study-abroad/

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in Architecture (normally 2.1 or above) with Part 1* of the professional qualification recognised by the ARB and RIBA


Normally one year in an architectural practice following the Part 1 qualification.

*The process for confirming Part 1 equivalence of overseas qualifications is undertaken by the ARB, the independent statutory regulator of architects in the UK, and also the UK's Competent Authority for Architects. Read our information about this or visit the ARB website - http://www.arb.org.uk/

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

Student regulations

Find out more about the operation of our courses, student conduct, assessments and examinations.

Student rules and regulations pages - http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/student-regulations

Visit the Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

See course description

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